My polling place was very comfortable, nobody pestering me for my opinion, and full of information about each candidate right at my fingertips. Yes, I voted from home with an absentee ballot two weeks ago. I like the idea of having the ballot mailed to your house, and being able to avoid going to the actual polling booth.

Is that wrong? I don’t think so. In some ways I feel better informed about issues when I can look up information on each candidate before voting. It doesn’t really matter on the headline grabbing races, but it does help for the smaller local elections. At least for me, I would always forget which judge I wanted for which seat.

Anyway- I rather feel like all the hard work that went into this election by me and many of my friends was wasted. I’m still trying to figure out what the majority of Americans were thinking. How could they be so easily fooled?

Oh, wait! I forgot we’re talking about Americans.

3 Comments so far

  1. Diane (unregistered) on November 5th, 2004 @ 8:50 am

    Not being critical at all of your choice to vote from home, but you do realize you are allowed to bring the voters’ pamphlet, or any other aid you like, into the voting booth with you? I filled out the sample ballot in my voter’s pamphlet at home, then pulled it out of my pocket in the booth and voted my little heart out.

    I think part of the reason I’ve avoided absentee ballots is concern that it will get lost. Also, the electronic votes seem to get tallied earlier (judging by the fact that on TV for the close races they always say “with 100,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted…” or some such thing) so I feel when they announce a winner that my vote actually was part of that.

  2. tyd (unregistered) on November 6th, 2004 @ 9:50 am

    Yes, I’m aware that I can take other items into the voting booth. My main point was that I didn’t have to go anywhere. You see I have this inate fear of people that I don’t know, which doesn’t lend me to wanting to go where many people might be.

    I’m not real concerned with the my ballot getting lost. There is a system in place for you to call, and make sure that your ballot was received.

  3. Diane (unregistered) on November 7th, 2004 @ 10:52 am

    Oh, hey – I didn’t know that, about the system in place where you can call to see if your ballot was received. That’s good to know and might actually swing me towards absentee voting in some future election.

    Anyway, I’m glad both ways exist.

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