Locker Room, Politics

Why does voting have to be such a pain

11/7/06 in Locker Room   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect

Take the Poll

Q
Worst aspect of Voting
Long Lines
Lack of technology
The person out front trying to sway your vote one last time
Exit Polls
Other (explain)
Great Experience
So if you hadn't heard or aren't alive ... it's Election Day. This morning I made the voyage down the street to partake in one of the fine freedoms our democracy provides.

I usually feel a great sense of patriotism walking down the street ... but then I got to the closer to the voting facility. I immediately recalled what an awful process this was two years ago, and clearly nothing had changed. Allow me to go on a non-sports rant in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

First there was the cute girl outside handing out fliers to tell me who to vote for ... "Here you go (with a smile), vote for these candidates." In my possession was a disgusting excuse for political paraphernalia that insulted my intelligence, conveniently listing a few choice candidates on one side of the ballot. Oh yeah, never mind my previous beliefs, I'm going to change my vote now that the cute girl told me so. Ugh

Then of course there's the long lines (which today were about 10x shorter than two years ago) because a disturbing lack of efficiency and technology. It is not 2006 where I'm able zoom in on any street in America via satellite, but I still have to use a pencil a punch a chad. This is the equivalent of football still having 4 70-somethings manually operate the first down marker and chain. Ugh

And then there's the nosy fellow waiting outside hoping you'll tell him who you voted for today. For starters, I'm certain you're not even going to write down accurate information. Secondly, why would I tell you anyway? Ugh.

There's more, but I'll spare you. Maybe you even had a great experience at the polls today, who knows. One thing is for sure, the process should be far more pleasant than it is. However, there are two thing I can smile about ... 1)this sweet new sticker I have 2) waking up tomorrow knowing I don't have to hear how so-and-so candidate was grounded in fourth grade.
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11/8/06   |   Isabel322

Life is good here in Oregon -- vote by mail, baby. Pain free. And you don't even need a stamp, just drop it off.

11/7/06   |   Natasha   |   2 respect

CriticalFanatic wrote:
One of my biggest pet peeves on earth ... if you hadn't notice ... is "that person" outside the polls attempting to sway your opinion. It took every ounce of me to not make a smart ass comment to her. And frankly it's killing me that I didn't ... hmmm ... it's just blocks away and I'm in need of lunch.

I would go with if I could! While I had a good experience with the Grandmas running the polls here...  I am always up for some harassment of rude people trying to push their politics down your throat! haha

 

My vote is that you go back... if you saved her stuff she gave you, you could take it back to her along with your oh so sweet comment I imagine you have been playing in your head since you left! LOL

11/7/06   |   CriticalFanatic

One of my biggest pet peeves on earth ... if you hadn't notice ... is "that person" outside the polls attempting to sway your opinion. It took every ounce of me to not make a smart ass comment to her. And frankly it's killing me that I didn't ... hmmm ... it's just blocks away and I'm in need of lunch.

11/7/06   |   Natasha   |   2 respect

CriticalFanatic wrote:
good call. (note to self)

NOOO kidding! I nominate Scott to remind us of this next year!

11/7/06   |   Natasha   |   2 respect

wrote:
It's a great experience when you vote absentee.  I got my ballott early, had two weeks to study the issues, and dropped it off at the City Clerks office last night.  I haven't voted in person in years!

Scott... you are on my bad list for not calling this to our attention TWO WEEKS AGO when we would have time to have done this as well!!! What were you thinking!?!?!?!

11/7/06   |   CriticalFanatic

wrote:
It's a great experience when you vote absentee.  I got my ballott early, had two weeks to study the issues, and dropped it off at the City Clerks office last night.  I haven't voted in person in years!

good call. (note to self)