Elizabeth did not have school today (they have been off for three days, I still haven’t figured out why), so I had her with me this morning, and I took her to vote with me. I thought it would be a quick in-and-out, like the old days when almost no one voted. In Ohio we have been voting for a month, and the early voting lines this past weekend here in Columbus were 40 minutes long. Took us an hour … guess I blew that one.
The poll worker handling my vote told me he expects our precinct turn-out to be 75-80%, I have never seen that before. Then on the radio going back home they were reporting record level turn-outs around the state. That must be good for someone, but I don’t know who.
Anyway, back to the reason for our conversation today. My next-ex-wife woke me up to tell me not to teach Elizabeth one party or the other because Marine and I don’t vote the same way (she votes a straight party ticket). Well … I am not surprised she said that, if she really knew me she would know I never vote ANY party ticket (but then again if she really knew me we would probably not be getting a divorce).
So, anyway I decided to explain everything to Elizabeth like I have explained it to first time voters before. I explained that voting is a responsibility, not a right (my grandfather hounded that into me, and he never did tell me who he voted for). Then I explained how I found information about the issues and the candidates, and followed that up with quite a bit more information, remember I had almost an hour to kill. I answered her questions (except when she asked who I was voting for). Then we voted.
When we got back to the car I asked Elizabeth, “So, what did you learn about voting Sweetheart?” She said, “It’s not the party that is important, it is the people, and I am writing that down.”
And she is only seven … right on, you just made daddy proud.
So … who did I vote for? Well … I voted for … some D’s, some R’s, and a few that had other letters after their names (2 others to be exact). Hey, I always told ya’ll here on this page I do not take sides on politics or religion.
Now, don’t forget to vote and have a great day!
I am not taking sides one way or the other on the links to articles below. I put these up only as a sample of what is out there already and we still have 5 hours of voting to go. The articles below are the “related articles” recommended by my web host. Looks like it is going to be a long day (think I turn the radio off … I already quit watching TV).
- Obama’s Dems have begun the CHEATING! Here’s how to Stop it! (amateurvscompetent.wordpress.com)
- Some Malfunctioning Machines Reported Throughout SoFla (nbcmiami.com)
- Wendy Long tells of poll chicanery (timesunion.com)
- D.C. Jail helps inmates vote, a rarity nationwide (wjla.com)
- Miscast Ballot (youviewedblog.wordpress.com)
- Ballot errors, ballots in the mail, voter inquiries, voting machine preparations, polling place locations, and poll workers (blogs.berkeley.edu)
- No Excuses for Not Voting (everonward.typepad.com)
- Election workers on alert as polls open (mysanantonio.com)
- Long lines for early voting before Tuesday’s election (cnn.com)
- Voting Day, beware of fraud (republicmainstreet.wordpress.com)