Tuesday, November 02, 2004


Had to wait more than half an hour to get into the polling place. Every other time I have voted there, I've been able to stroll right it. On the other hand, this is the first time I've voted there in a presidential election. Kerry signs around the polling place outnumbered Bush by a considerable margin. Two girls sporting Bush/Cheney buttons stood outside (the requisite 40 feet away) passing out sample ballots. No Kerry volunteers to be seen. The line of voters was mostly quiet; friends would chat briefly and resume their places in line. Both Bush and Kerry buttons were to be seen, but both were far outnumbered by people unencumbered with campaign paraphernalia.

Inside, the voting was orderly and without incident. Everyone was required to show photo ID and state their legal name and address. No hovering lawyers or observers to be seen anywhere. Then again, Spotsylvania County, Virginia isn't exactly a swing district.

All in all, it was a good experience. Citizens taking their responsibilities seriously. None of the anger, accusations, and recriminations so present in the blogosphere and on tv.

For all of the problems, past, present, and future, this is still a remarkable political system we have.

God Bless America!

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