Photo: Bain News Service via The Library of Congress at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ggb2004008785/
I hate politics but I love voting!
Normally I vote under the watchful eye of Jesus at the Christian Science Reading Room, but this time I voted at the Buddhist Bookstore. I never thought of Buddhists as being more commercially-minded than Christians, but there you go. Anyway they are both LITERARY VENUES!
My poll workers were a teenage girl and an older woman. The teenage girl wanted to try looking up my name in the book, but the older woman didn’t think she was ready yet. Then I went to the privacy booth. I used my smartphone to look at my notes about what I wanted to vote for! I got two choices for some things, and THREE choices for others. We have ranked choice voting. I used a special marker to make the arrows complete. It is like taking the SAT only shorter and you have to stand. But YOUR ENTIRE FUTURE still depends on the outcome.
Then I fed my ballot into the machine, chomp chomp, and got a free sticker! I said thank you to everyone and they all gave me big smiles. I live in a democracy! We all do our part.
Photo: Lewis Walker, via the Library of Congress at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/owi2001042017/PP/
(Go John Avalos, Go!)