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My Last Time Voting

I spent about 10 minutes at the polling place this morning; no line to speak of, though the place was full and they had extra volunteers and extra booths set up.

It was the last time I'll vote in Washington because the state is going all mail-in for future elections; this was the last chance to actually cast a vote in person. In future years, I'll be able to vote by mail, but it won't be the same. I'm going to miss the civic ceremony of it.

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scarlettina
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
That makes two of us!
anaka
Nov. 4th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Make that three.
sirvalence
Nov. 4th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Interesting: I hadn't heard that. I expect that will increase voter turnout. But I understand what you mean about the civic ceremony. I don't often feel that connected to my local geographic community, and participating in it this morning felt kind of nice, even if I was in line for over an hour.
maerson
Nov. 4th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
It was interesting a couple weeks ago to be visiting my family in WA when they received their ballots in the mail. They were all very happy about not having to go to vote, but I really felt... odd. There's something powerful about showing up and making the effort.

There's also something scary about banking on the postal service to ensure the ballot makes it. No offense to the postal service, but I've had too many things lost over the years. (A certain Mox comes to mind...)
richgreen01
Nov. 4th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
My grandfather (who was obviously some kind of dangerous free-thinking anarchist) used to go down to the polling station, tear up his ballot paper into little pieces and post it in the ballot box, saying "that's what I think of that lot!". Wouldn't really work by post.
drobvious
Nov. 4th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
I'm already permanent absentee, so I filled out my ballot during some down time while volunteering last week. I definitely missed the ceremony of it, but what I missed more was the "I voted!" sticker.

I made a replacement sticker out of a Post-It note, but it wasn't the same.
asmor
Nov. 5th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
Huh. Weird.

I've always distrusted the postal service (I think it's a consequence of having grown up with the internet and actually mailing things being a very rare experience for me), so I'm not a fan of that idea.

How do you know that your vote actually made it, and that it was counted correctly?
the_monkey_king
Nov. 5th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
If you don't trust the post office, I think there are some drop-off stations you can go to (3 in the whole seattle area, I think).

But if you're already going somewhere to drop off a ballot, it sort of defeats the convenience part of the mail-in system.
lucashaley
Nov. 6th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC)
Vote-by-mail
I live in Oregon, and we've been voting by mail for about a decade. It does change things, but you needn't lose the 'civic ceremony'. I get together with my friends and family, we hash out our votes, and then we all go to our local library and drop off the ballots in the ballot box. It's a lot of fun, really. And on your free time, too!
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