Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Every vote counts

Today I had the opportunity to exercise my right as a citizen and vote in the national, state, and local elections as a California resident. Another of the many conveniences of living in an urban area, is that my local polling location was conveniently location on the next block over from our aparment in the local fire station. My voting experience was a very pleasant one. I had my morning cup of coffee and stood in line for about 30 minutes waiting for my opportunity to cast a ballot. While in line, another fellow American and I traded news headlines and discussed the process. It was good to meet some of my "neighbors" in the area.

Once inside the firehouse, I was greeted by amazingly friendly and helpful poll workers who were doing a great job at keeping the flow of people moving. They were also extremely skilled at keeping the mood calm and light-hearted. When it was my time, I walked up to the small portable 'vote-a-matic' stand and started filling in my ballot. The ballot in San Francisco was four pages including the presidential race, US Senate, state races, state propositions, and local city propositions. Five minutes later, I had successfully completed all the right arrows with the black 'magnetic pen' and it was time to take my ballot to the largest portable scan-tron ever made. Another few seconds, and my ballot was cast!

Overall, I thought the voting experience was an extremely positive one. It was good to see so many people interested in the electoral process, and everyone seemed good humored about the whole thing. It should be interesting to see how the day/night unfolds.

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