VOTE November 7th, 2012
Election Day is always one of my favorite days. It’s a pretty amazing process. I love the volunteers at the polls, chatting with neighbors while waiting in line, and earning the “I VOTED” sticker. I love to vote if for nothing other than the fact that we are free to do it in this country. It makes me reflect on a lot of things, like the fact that women haven’t even been voting for a full 100 years yet, which seems so crazy.
Yesterday, I waited over 2 hours to cast my vote on a gigantic paper ballot, but it was worth it. I didn’t realize that DC schools were in session yesterday, but it was fun to see the wide-eyed kids wondering what all these adults were doing in their school — last time I voted in DC, it was at a church, and prior to that I’m used to Maryland schools that give the kids a day off. I think it’s good for the kids to see what the voting process is about, even if they didn’t fully understand what was going on (one girl asked if we were waiting in line for the commissary? hmmm..)
In the evening, we watched the results roll in with a couple friends at the local watering hole on all the big screens. Talk about graphic map/swipe-screen/charts/tables/percentages overload. I think some of the news networks need to go back to basics on the presentation of information. I found the best method was to simply listen to the crowd, which would cheer every time electoral votes were awarded to Obama. Easiesr than watching the jumble of red, yellow, and blue graphics.
Because we are old geezers, we headed home before the results were announced, and stayed glued to the Twitters while laying in bed, waiting for the final count, at which point we could hear lots of cheering and fireworks celebrations in the streets. I love living in DC.
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