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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

My voting experience



So my lovely wife and I get to the polls and walk right in. I'm greeted by a worker who directs me to the second table as I'm already registered. Actually, we visit for a bit. He and I were firefighters together for 17 years, so it's not like we are strangers.

When we get to the table, it's his wife who's checking Id's. She's known my lovely wife and I for at least 30 years. However, thanks to new voter fraud laws, she has to check our Ids. Whatever. We get our ballots and step into our booths.

Our town uses paper ballots. After voting we drop them in a machine that scans the votes. That's fine with me, as the physical paper ballots still exist and can easily be hand counted. I'm a big fan of paper ballots. It doesn't take a genius to physically count real physical ballots. Maybe it makes the results a bit too late to make the evening news, but at least the count can be trusted.

On the way out my lovely wife makes a side trip to buy some cookies from school kids doing a fund raiser. I go and hang out with my former coworker for a bit. Afterwards we go home for coffee and cookies, our democratic duty done.

Now I realize your voting experience may vary. Living in a small town makes it a pretty laid back experience for me. That does not detract from the importance of the act. People fought and died so I could have the right to vote. The least I can do is show up and do my part.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're still doing your civic duty Sixbears and your blog is still alive and well. Best wishes. Keith

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    1. Why it's Keith The Flying Tortoise! Good to see you back in the comments section. You've been missed. Hope all is well with you and yours.

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  2. Even tho I know my vote will make no difference in this state which worships the rich...
    I still vote !
    Mainly to somewhat put a check in the balances.

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    1. Most of the time my choices lose, but once in a while I get a nice surprise. NH is a "purple" state, so you never know how it's going to shake out. It's a state where a union can support a Republican over a Democrat. However, our biggest voting block identifies as Independent.

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  3. My choices in my area also lose too, but the state results still go my way generally, so that is okay. I voted early but was surprised the line still ended outside the building - a LOT of interest this year for sure.

    I just hope no matter who won, they can work together. The past two years have been as unproductive a legislature I've seen. They were getting paid for just calling each other names - where can I find a gig like that in the real world.

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    1. Now they'll have to work together if they want to get anything done.

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  4. Figured it would be too close to call here. So we have to endure another month of name calling, etc. Yes, I will vote again. It's gonna be close.....again.

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    1. I hate it when the results drag on and on. Recounts seem to go on forever. At least that's not happening in the local races this year. I'm done and can move on.

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