Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Who wants Beer???

This sign confronted Voter No. 280 on the way to the polls this morning.
Church in background is convenient, well-run polling location.
No lines, no waiting, no ID. Easy peasy. After a brisk walk to the polls this sunny fall morning, at 9 a.m. Voter No. 280 thought how nice it is to live in a secure suburban Republican precinct where you can exercise your Right to Vote in such a convenient, casual way. The friendly volunteers in charge today didn't happen to know this voter, but no matter. Signing his name under his registration after stating his address was plenty good enough. As it should be.
The hard part came when confronted with the box on the ballot for the Scott County Commissioner race. The incumbent is a personal friend, has done a good job and deserves to be re-elected. Her opponent is named Dave Beer. This put the voter in the uncomfortable position, for the first time in his long life, of voting against Beer.
The voter exited the precinct with an "I Voted" sticker and a sense of patriotism. But also some uncertainty. Would long lines have been discouraging? How long would he be willing to wait to exercise his right to vote? Would he become an "early voter?"
As Voter No. 280 strolled home on the neat pathways, he was happy to know that as long as he doesn't move, his patriotic determination will probably never be tested.
Nothing but respect for those patiently standing in line today. Courage, patriots!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Our entire state is vote by mail. So we got to vote exactly when the mood struck us and not a minute before. But people are driving up to drop-off boxes, which are an alternative to mail, and finding stuffed boxes, partly because the ballots are so big, and partly because of the number of ballots. We shall see the upshot of all that soon, I guess.

Sorry you had to vote against Beer.

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