3 weeks ago
As one of today's 13457 tasks, i went to the county board of elections (5 minutes from where i work and go to school) and voted.
a few notes: 1.) it was nice to see a big turnout, especially from minority voters! (my boyfriend went last week and noted also that there was a wide variety of voters present as well!) 2.) i spent several hours reading about candidates and issues, and really don't like voting by party line (especially as a green party/ independent voter myself)... but there just wasn't enough time. thus, i left a few spots blank (like incumbents or unopposed candidates i didn't have time to look up). also, we had two sutulas (from different parties) and a satola to keep it all interesting!
3.) i'm an educated, intelligent citizen who cares about democracy. it's infuriating how little i know about each candidate/ ballot issue... so i'm disheartened by hope little i knew as an engaged member of society. (with full-time work and school, plus family health issues, i have so little time to do my political homework these days.) i hope others had more time to read up on everything. :/ 4.) like most other developed nations, we should make election day a federal holiday, or at least allow a few hours off to get to the polls! i think and hope our voting turnout might then be a bit better.
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