I’ve been a proud voter in the City of LA since I turned 18. I come from the kind of family that takes photos of your first visit to the polling place. I enjoy it. I’m a nerd like that.
Today was the first Election Day in awhile that I was able to cast my ballot in person, rather than via an absentee ballot. It wasn’t the worst experience because, fortunately, my eyesight is fairly decent and I have enough patience to double check my work.
I had a few Florida-style flashbacks, however, as I attempted to match up the ballot and the bubbles – which, by the time I reached the bottom of the ballot, allowing for parallax error, shadows, and general reading tempo had become almost completely off-set. See?
The gray lines are rather slim, but if you click on the image you’ll get a closer view. This photo was taken by holding the camera much more directly over the ballot than most people would be standing.
It wasn’t an impossible task – but I felt uncertain enough in my inking that I counted down from the top and matched everything up, just to make sure.
If you haven’t voted yet today, keep this in mind and take a second or two longer to make sure your machine helps you cast the votes you intend to cast.
Don’t forget – polls are open until 8:00pm tonight and, so long as you are IN-LINE at 8:00pm, you have the right to cast your vote. Also, you always have the right to cast a provisional ballot (at ONE polling place, that you believe to be your correct polling place) – regardless of whether they can find your name on the rolls or not. Lastly, if you obtained an absentee ballot and forgot to mail it in, all is not lost. Simply take your filled out, sealed ballot to the polling place (either yours or ANY polling place within Los Angeles County, if you’re an LA County voter) and deposit it in the box. Or surrender it and vote regularly with everyone else. Still have questions? Don’t know where to go? Click here.