Wednesday, November 7, 2012
A few things I want to remember for next time (and maybe you'll find helpful too):
1. If you think the line will be long enough that you might have to wait outside, bring something warm to drink and bundle up! (I actually wished I'd been wearing a thicker sweater).
2. Wear comfortable shoes so you can dodge the annoying people who try to influence your vote on the way in the door. (Honestly, if you don't know who you're voting for by this point, you probably shouldn't be voting at all because it's not an eenie meenie miney mo kind of thing).
3. Bring headphones for the wait. I forgot mine and regretted it. Too many people wanted to talk to me (see #2).
4. Bring your voter registration card. This one is technically not required (your ID should be sufficient), but they couldn't find my name on the list--I'm guessing since we had just moved in September) until I pulled out my registration card to show them, and my name miraculously appeared on a list at the bottom of the pile. It was like magic. Not really, but I think if I hadn't had my card, those women would've never found my name. They kept asking me what name I registered under. I was like, "The same one on my driver's license. The same one I've had since birth." I think they thought I was lying until I showed them proof that I was at the correct polling place.
5. Be thankful that you get to stand in line, be cold, get harassed, and suspiciously eyed by election volunteers. It means you get to vote! And a lot of people in the world can't do that.
I'm writing this while Peter is in the other room listening to the results come in. I can't really watch. By the time this post goes live tomorrow, I'm sure half the country will be celebrating and half the country will be drowning their sorrows. I, for one, will just be glad it's over. Hooray for no more political ads! :)