Something very rare happened this morning…I got up early with no problem. I popped out of bed and into the shower to get ready to do the thing I have been waiting for four years…VOTE.
It’s my first time voting in California (my last being in Chicago) and overall it was a pleasant experience. I voted in Silver Lake and most everyone was ultra friendly – one woman even gave the head volunteer $20 so that he could get coffee and breakfast for the other volunteers. The voting booths weren’t really private (I like the curtains drawn, Wizard of Oz style) but the ballot itself was simple: put the ballot in, make a mark with your pencil, and hope that nothing messes up.
Turnout seemed to be really high. The line was to the sidewalk when I arrived but by the time I left, it was starting to go up the block. People who have lived in the neighborhood for years say that this is the most people they’ve ever seen. I might have mis-understood, but I remember hearing one of the volunteers saying that they already had more people than they had been expecting and that they now think voter turnout will be 80%. Regardless of who you are voting for, that’s fabulous.
I like voting in person – it’s an incredible experience to have. I don’t think I’ll ever mail in a ballot. You don’t get that cool “I Voted” sticker.
Update: apparently my area isn’t the only one with high voter turnout. This morning LA Voice talks about their polling place and asks you about yours. One things for sure, we aren’t apathetic today!