Life

Voting

Well, this blog entry is going up very late, but I had been going through some tough times and I…still am not ready to talk about it. Well, I will eventually, probably very soon, but not in this particular entry. Today (tonight, really, it’s like 7 pm) I just want to say: I voted in the election this year. It’s my first time voting, and I am pretty happy that at least I played a part in the upcoming craziness. Yikes!

Okay, so I’ve always been the non-political kind. Very meh about both parties, even though I’m firmly a Democrat, but sometimes some Republican candidates sit alright with me (McCain, for example, when he ran against Obama). It didn’t matter because, again, I didn’t vote, so nobody cared what I think. I also reside in a very very blue state, so once more, it didn’t matter that I didn’t vote.

Obviously everything went bonkers these past four years, and we now have some serious autocratic despotic shenanigans going on with declaring victories before all the votes are counted, throwing out perfectly legitimate votes, voter intimidation, and other ridiculous suppression tactics. Still, I wasn’t going to register because, again, neverwaver blue state, but I was talking to a girlfriend of mine (who also lives in a solid blue state), and she said, ‘you know, we’re here joking about moving to Canada and internment camps for Asians as future possibilities, maybe you should, you know, actually go vote?’ and I was like, wow, she’s right. She then said ‘what would you say if your future children ask you “mom, what happened during the 2020 election and what did you do during it?” You’re gonna tell them you didn’t do anything?’ and again I was like, wow, she’s super right. I am part of the political process, no matter how small, and I really should exercise such hard-won rights, especially when this year there are so many people getting their rights taken away. So yeah, my friend (who already voted) convinced me, and I went to register for the first time as a voter online.

My husband also voted for the first time. He registered before I did, because there were actually Props on the ballot that he wanted to vote for, so it’s not the presidential race he’s concerned with as much. He’s a Democrat now but if this were the 70s he’d be a Republican, you know, one of those fiscally conservative socially liberal moderate Republicans that no longer exist. We looked over the ballot together and researched everything on it, and dropped it off a couple of days ago at a dropbox. And btw it’s ridiculously easy to vote in my state. I registered (with driver’s license) online, they sent me a mail-in ballot, I filled it out and found a 24-hour drop-off box 5-min drive from my house, drove over and dropped it in, and that’s it. No contact (COVID’s still here yo!), no lines, no fuss, and there’s a handy tracking website that told me when ballot’s being mailed, processed, etc. I checked it today and it said my ballot’s been received and will be counted. The end. Man, democracy really should be this easy, and not whatever that’s going on in other contested states.

Anyway, I did my part and now we can all wait like ants on fire for the results tomorrow. Or the day after, or the day after that. This week is going to be brutal. I really hope things go smoothly and no one gets hurt more in the process. It’s been a significantly trying year as is.

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