Driving home this morning (having spent last night at Jenn’s), I intentionally drove past my polling place to see how long the lines outside were. To my surprise, there weren’t any. Upon arriving home, I double-checked that my polling place hadn’t moved due to some bizarre storm-related damage or something similar, and it had not. Armed with this knowledge, I grabbed my knitting and headed back out into the world.
I didn’t even get a chance to open the knitting bag. There was no line. I’m hoping that this is because all of my neighbors got their voting in early (and often, of course), and not because of a general lack of voter turnout. However, given the lines I was seeing at the early voting polling place (which is just across the street from my house), I tend to think it’s the former, and not the latter.
So, if you’re eligible to vote, get out there and do it.
A few days ago, I was talking with the son of a friend from high school. Today will be the young man’s first voting experience. He was asking me some questions about what he should do and how he could be prepared. Here’s part of what I came up with, in a more presentable form. (more…)