So I voted in the primary today. Normally I early vote, this was the first time in a long time I hadn’t. Wasn’t easy. I showed up at the wrong place at 8:00, and by the time I got to the right place (across the street) it was 8:15 and packed. I got in line to “get my paper” whatever that was. By the time I got my paper, it was a little after 9, I still have to get in line to vote, which looks like about 30 minutes, I have a 20 minute drive to my workplace, and a client meeting at 10. Had to bail. Couldn’t chance it.
So I left, and thought, you know, if I get back here a little early, with my paper, maybe it won’t be so bad. Fat chance. When I got there, about 4:45, the line was an hour long. Oh, well, I already had my paper, so that cut off 45 minutes from others that just showed up. I got in line between two ladies, and we had a nice little chat about how much this process sucked, saw my neighbor, exchanged a few chuckles, you know, didn’t kill me. Anyway I stood in line and voted.
I’ve been reading social media posts about how bad our candidates are (on both sides) how rigged our system is, yadda yadda. I don’t disagree, but I served my country for 24 years and I’m voting. I’m going to participate and have my voice. It always reminds me of how low the satisfaction rate with congress is, and how every time there’s an election, Americans send them all back. You know, that’s on us. Winston Churchill said “Democracy is the worst form of government, other than all the other ones that have been tried.” I believe that.
Anyway, here’s the point of this post. When I showed up in the morning and stood in line to “get my paper” in line H-K, there was a pleasant lady at the table who looked me up “in the book” filled out my form, got me set up. When I went back at 5 o’clock, standing in the “snake-line” to vote, I looked over at the table, and there was that same woman, helping people with a smile on her face 9 hours later. They are volunteers. We need more people like her. God bless you, Ma’am.
And God Bless ‘Murica.