Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I did my part. DID YOU DO YOURS?

I voted this morning. I was a good citizen. I was a bit freaked out last week because I thought I wouldn’t be able to vote. You see I am still registered at my parent’s house and I am supposed to be a “permanent absentee” voter, but they never received my absentee ballot. Then when I searched to see if I was still registered there King County had the gall to say I wasn’t registered at all. Wha???? It’s not like I haven’t voted before. PLUS I was active in the caucus and King County said I was registered then. I smelled something fishy. So I called them yesterday and for some unknown reason my voter status had been changed to “inactive”, but they said I could still vote. Wheee!!

So early this morning I headed to my voting place to find there was zero parking. After driving around a while I caught somebody leaving and was able to steal their spot. I headed on in to find the voting room filled to the brim – there was absolutely no room to move. None. Zilch. I was somewhat confused as to why they had it in this tiny little meeting room when in the past the voting was done in the junior high’s library. I guess they heard the voter turnout would be smaller this year? I don’t think Kenmore is very smart. Maybe that’s why we’re called Kenmorons…I went to the democratic caucus and they were far from prepared for that too. That was in the junior high cafeteria and people were so crowded together I have no doubt that is was a fire hazard. It was unbearably hot and nobody could hear you talk. Any time somebody had something to say they had to stand on top of a table and scream. Yep, not prepared at all.

Anycrap, I was finally able to get in line and, luckily for me, some crazy lady got in line right behind me. She was quite dressed up in a Christmas turtleneck and baggy sweatpants. She was also quite creepster in her insistence to speak to every small child there. You wouldn’t think there’d be a lot of small children, but, believe me, there were. In front of me was a mom with her ten year old daughter and her daughter was telling her how she thought that voting meant putting a candidate’s name on a piece of paper and putting it in a box. Creepster lady interjected here to say, excruciatingly slowly, “Well, little girl, that would work in a small election, but with millions and millions of people that would take a long time to count. Don’t you think?” It was unbearably condescending. I wanted to turn around and say she’s a kid, not retarded, but I thought that might be construed as offensive. To another little boy there she kept saying to him, “I bet you could walk right under that table! Walk under the table! Walk under it! Walk under the table!” Oh dear God, it was intolerable.

But I am happy to report that I survived without hurting creepy lady and am now at work anxiously watching the minutes tick by as I wait for the day to end so I can plop myself in front of the TV hooked to the results. I’m going to watch the coverage with my parents while we chow down on pizza and drink wine and play an exciting game of election night bingo that my very cool mom has put together for us.

11 comments:

Alexa said...

i voted! woohoo!

LosingIt said...

ugh, cranky old people. always there to ruin the fun. that's why god punishes them by making them smell like mothballs and impending death.

ps-i voted too!

Andy said...

Well, glad after all that paraphernalia you managed to vote.

stealthnerd said...

I feel like weird old people have a magnet for bloggers. They always stand by us and drive us nuts, never knowing that we're going home and writing about it.

Matt said...

Is it already time to break out the Xmas turtlenecks??

Anyway, I Voted as well!!!

Megkathleen said...

Alexa - Yay for us!!

Losingit - Good point! God is so smart, the smell of impending death is a very good punishment.

Andy - I know! It was a close call.

Stealthnerd - There must be some pheromone we release that says "I like crazy people! Come hang out with me."

Matt - Dude, some people wear those Christmas turtlenecks year round. They probably also never take down the fake tree.

JustinS said...

I wish I got to go somewhere to vote. Dropping an envelope in a box isn't as interesting, and it doesn't make you feel so much like you're part of the process.

But I did get summoned for jury duty in a couple of weeks, so here's hopin' I get something good out of that.

Dingo said...

I don't understand why/how they were so unprepared for this turnout. My voting place was unprepared as well. I just don't get it.

I had creepy old people as well. She kept asking me what the line was for. I thought she was asking about the line for voter verification. But now, she wanted to know what the line (that she was in) was for!

I told her that it was to vote for Obama and that her kids just called me and told me that they would send her to a nursing home if she voted for McCain. Just kidding!! Maybe.

Rachie said...

You updated! Anyway, I voted today and I felt wonderful about it. I can't wait to see what happens tonight. I'm set up in front of my tv and computer. Only hours away.

Kristen said...

A christmas turtle neck?

What an asshole.

Jessica said...

glad you were able to vote..and ewww creepy lady..it's way too early for christmas sweaters!