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||It's Almost Over....
It's Almost Over
week we will know who our next President is, unless it is another of
those count, recount, and no account fiascoís like we had several
years ago in Florida. They say that everyone has just about quit using
the old dimple and chad method now, except a few counties in one state,
Idaho I think it is.
Now they have newer and better ways to mess up the vote, touch-screen
machines with no paper back up. I suppose thatís one way to be sure
there is no recount. A few people around these parts claim they touched
one candidate on the screen and the X lit up for another. Election
officials say it is ďfinger rollingĒ also known as ďblame the
Some polls still use the old one-arm bandits where you flip the levers
and pull the big red handle to register your vote and open the curtains
when you are done. The voting machines at my polling place were small
and had buttons to push to light up the X and a big red button to push
when you were done.
All machines have the problem of making it hard to vote for a write-in.
Iíve heard of new machines that scan a paper ballot and if there is a
problem, you can fix it while you are still there. We donít have such
fancy technology in these parts, so I guess all you can do is vote and
hope it is counted right.
Apparently, complaints of machines not working right are not widespread
and there have not been too many. After standing in the long lines,
Iíd hate to think it was for nothing.
I early voted this year. Iíd seen and heard enough. I knew who I was
voting for so why wait? I thought Iíd save time by early voting, but
the line was really long. I guess everyone heard that there was going to
be a record turnout at the polls and wanted to avoid the rush.
I read in the paper that 50% of the registered voters have already
voted. So, the polls may not be very crowded on Election Day after all.
I still remember the last election where I messed up and forgot to vote
early and then had to vote after work on Election Day. I kicked myself
the whole time I stood in line for not voting early. Nothing you can do
but wait, though, unless you decide not to vote.
Itís pretty amazing really, how people are willing to wait forever if
thatís what it takes to cast their ballot. Standing in that line as it
snakes back and forth lets you know that you are doing something
important, participating in something bigger than you are. It never
fails to give you a feeling of pride seeing the democratic process in action.
I was surprised at how many candidates were on the ballot for President.
Gee, Iíd never heard of any of them except for the two main
candidates. Afterwards, Honey and I got into a discussion about third
party candidates. He says they are not good because they cannot win and
they draw votes away that could cause a good candidate to lose.
I can see the point, but I think third party candidates are still
important. Running for President can give a candidate a forum to discuss
issues that need to be brought up, but might not be discussed otherwise.
They also bring issues to the forefront that may later be taken up by
the major parties as part of their platform.
So, thatís about all I have to say about voting except that I hope the
candidate I voted for wins. Itís a bit of a letdown to go to all the
trouble of voting only to have your candidate lose. But at least Iíve
participated and done my part and have earned the right to say ďI told
you soĒ when things donít go the way they should.
Copyright 2008 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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