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My Vote

I must say, I think what I just felt was exhilaration. I haven’t done something that felt so right in a long time.

Here’s the election booth:

Here’s a crappy photo of my vote:

I didn’t realize I’d actually get to write in my write-in vote this year. I guess I got one of those cool-looking retro voting booths.

The funny thing is, as I write this right now, I can actually hear someone blasting (or singing) the National Anthem. God fucking bless America.

Oh, and check out this kid’s “letter” to the President I saw in the elementary school while waiting to vote:

They can’t even make the kids write their letters from scratch? And what kind of brainwashing bullshit is this? Who says the kids “hopes” the President will do anything?

Let me put forth this one wish for Arthur’s sake. If, after he grows up, he does choose to work on Wall Street, I hope he’ll be able to do it without some President throwing his greedy ass in prison.

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1 Douglas Guthrie { 11.04.08 at 12:58 pm }

I loved your article “My Right Not to Vote”. I have always felt that my non-vote is every bit as much my right as anyone elses vote. I choose not to vote for the same reasons you state in your article. I am 38 years old and have never voted. Granted, for the first few years of my voting-eligible life, I just didn’t give a crap. But then as I matured I realized that my vote is extremely valued and I have yet to encounter a candidate worthy of it. People always remind me of all the dead men and women that have fought for my right to vote and I tell them that no, they fought for my right to CHOOSE to vote (or not vote). Anyway, I’m glad to see that I am not alone.

2 David Buchner { 11.04.08 at 2:08 pm }

Jesus soaked in Rum, that’s creepy. Any clue what grade Arthur is in?

3 Rick Signer { 11.04.08 at 2:14 pm }

I know the feeling - I got to write ‘none of the above’ about twenty times. Very nice feeling.

4 Jason Roth { 11.04.08 at 5:39 pm }

Not sure how old Arthur was. But I do know that he was writing exactly what he thought his teacher wanted him to.

By the way, the rest of the story is that when I got to the voting booth, the volunteer asked me if I knew how to use the booth. I told her “no”, since it was an older machine than I had used before. I asked her how to enter a write-in candidate, but she couldn’t figure it out. Minutes later, after broadcasting to everyone in the vicinity that I was trying to enter a write-in candidate (which I was fine with), some 80-year old manager came in and saved the day.

I ended up completely forgetting about writing in the other candidates. So, I just voted for president and “no” on this proposed amendment. I felt a little conflicted about it since the “target group” is veterans, but my intuition tells me: if it sounds like bureaucratic bullshit, then vote against it. (I interpreted the question to mean: “Do you hate veterans, you fucking uncaring prick?”, to which I answer, “No, but fuck you.”)

5 Michael { 11.05.08 at 12:43 am }

You are lucky. The crappy ballot I got only left me enough room to write “None of Above,” leaving out the “the.” I didn’t much care about anyone else since they were merely a bunch of faceless nullities to me. I had a similar proposition for veterans that I felt a bit conflicted about too, but I ended up voting no on that along with the extra funding for children’s hospitals. Muhahahaha!!!

Does anyone else seem to think that the resolution of this election is rather anticlimactic? I am so used to having bitterly contested and drawn out election days that for McCain to concede before the last polls even close is freaky. I bet that people are running to tell voters still in line at the various remaining precincts in Alaska to not bother since Obama already won. Now that would be funny.

6 Jason Roth { 11.05.08 at 8:02 am }

It wasn’t anticlimactic to me. Not in the sense of “surprisingly boring or unmentionable”. But then again, I made the mistake of drinking last night (as I did prescribe) in a bar in Manhattan. You would have thought the fucking Yankees won the World Series.

The only thing of interest was buying David Cross my trademark “Malcolm X” shot. (After and before annoying him with my vocal denunciations of our new commander-in-chief.)

Oh, and in case you’re interested: it’s “like a Black Russian, only blacker”. That’s a Black Russian with J├Ąger.

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