Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Veni, Vidi, Voted (306/365)

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“People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people.  Of course, that is not true.  Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote - a very different thing.”

Walter H. Judd (American politician and statesman, 1898-1994)

TIME:  10:41 PM
PLACE:  Home
SUBJECT:  Sticker

The kids were off today for the second day of school conferences (mine had theirs yesterday) and it was also Election Day.  Oh joy.  I performed my civic duty by filling in the little circles on the scannable ballot.  I don’t like it - it reminds me of all of the tests I took back in my college days – belch!  Not a good memory to have while making important voting decisions.  Nevertheless, I completed the task of filling out the ballot; I walked it over to the scanning machine; I fed it into the scanner; my vote was counted and then I received my prize – the ubiquitous “I Voted” sticker.  I think it goes quite well with my pink hoodie.

5 comments:

Lucy Corrander said...

I like the idea of the sticker. It's extraordinary how much fun such little things can be and encouraging people to vote, even by such little means, is good.

HOWEVER - I don't like fancy systems for recording votes. We (in England) still have bits of paper and stubs of pencils - very basic but it works. The possibility of computerised voting is raised every so often and, as much as I like computers, I'd like to stick with pencil and paper. There's no room for dispute, everyone can understand it, when the counts are being made everyone can see which piles are bigger than others and if it's a tight result the papers get counted (over and over if necessary) till everyone's agreed.

Hope all goes well and settles constructively after this re-shaping of your government.

Lucy

Mari said...

I voted too, but we didn't get any cute little voting sticker!

bentonflocke said...

we also still have papers and pencils for voting!
But anyway - to vote is important

Sujomi said...

Lucy - I guess the powers that be around here think a machine is a more neutral party in counting the votes. As for our government settling constructively - we can only hope.

Mari - We've been receiving our stickers for the past few years now.

bentonflocke - It IS important. I've seen many races come down to the wire where a few votes made a huge differnce.

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