Welp, it’s done. Damon and I finally got around to early voting today. We were able to do it at a gym just down the street from our apartment. The lines were actually a lot longer than I’d expected — we were at our polling location for over an hour. Fortunately, they were organized, and moved us through as quickly as they could.
But, we made it! And we got our wristbands (I like these a lot better than the little oval stickers):
Prior to voting, I spent about an hour this morning on the BallotReady website prepping. I expected there to be some elections I didn’t know too much about, but I couldn’t believe how many different positions there were on the ballot we went through today. There must be 50 different judges as well as multiple referendums. It was crazy helpful to get a handle on what to expect and to read candidates’ positions, endorsements, and general info (because all you see when you get into the voting booth is their name and party affiliation). I can’t recommend the site enough. You can make your own ballot guide and print it out or save a PDF (I emailed ours to myself and Damon) and use your phone to go over it when you get to the voting booth.
After Bernie’s campaign this year, I made a promise to myself that I would never again skip voting, and never again vote uninformed. Prior to this election cycle, I’d voted in only Presidential elections, and had been pretty cynical about the whole process. Don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely still a level of cynicism there — but I’m doing my best to do what I can with what power I do have. I’m not sure how any of these elections will turn out, but I did my part.
I was rewarded for it by getting to watch a fat little squirrel eat garbage afterward.
Damon was hungry so he made me stop taking pictures of him, but did take me to Sonic for cheese tater tots and a giant strawberry limeade. So, I guess I can’t really complain.
Anyway — get out there and do your civic duty. We’ve only got 3 days left. And then this whole thing will finally be over, and we can all go back to holding our elected officials accountable for their actions and watching chubby squirrels eat trash.