Be Good Not Bad by Brian Warren

8 November 2006

I voted, the sticker says so.

I voted

Yesterday I voted. The press went on and on about voting problems in Denver. Endless lines, people waiting for hours to vote, others leaving in disgust because they just don’t have time for this. It’s a true shame.

My experience, on the other hand, was just shy of perfect. It was a beautiful day, and I walked the three blocks to the senior center to vote. When I got there, there was no line. In fact, I think I was the only voter there. My only complaint was that workers were gabbing pretty loud. Thankfully I had my iPod with me so I just played some Yo la Tengo while voting. I even used the fancy new machines that supposedly were failing everywhere. I’m pretty sure my vote was counted, because it did leave a paper trail. I saw it.

Unfortunately, not everybody’s experiences were like mine. I happen to enjoy voting. I get a rush out of casting my ballot and enjoying my ultra-tiny sense of empowerment. The fact that the voting process was so flawed yesterday, people were giving up and going home just ticks me off. I don’t blame those people. Had there been a three-hour line at the senior center, I know I would have just turned around and gone home. I had work to do, paying clients waiting for me. I didn’t have three hours to kill.

I don’t envy the people who have to figure out the voting process. It’s a logistical mess, I’m sure, but that’s no excuse.

How would you handle the voting process? I know some people are big fans of vote by mail. I kind of like going down to the polling place and getting my sticker, but a sticker isn’t worth three hours of waiting. Any ideas here?