Broken promises already. Sheesh. I was told that voter turnout would result in gigantic, around buildings and blocks, veritable masses of people waiting and waiting to push a button or fill in a square, or whatever their locale's chosen tally method required of them. I was looking forward not only to sharing this history-making event with the crowds and casting my first ballot in Kentucky, but also to a lot of free knitting time. When I arrived at my designated polling place the parking lot was half-empty, and I only had to wait for one person in front of me, and if my last name had started with an earlier letter in the alphabet I wouldn't have had to wait at all.
I was cheated, I tell you!!!
But in all seriousness, I did have a moment I don't think I'll forget soon. As I was leaving, I overheard two people who had voted immediately before me discussing the various issues and races they had been presented. I was on the phone, and didn't clearly hear their discussion, but one was very clearly confused about whether her vote would be counted. I believe she was worried that because she didn't vote on one of the sections that her other votes wouldn't count. I know this to be untrue, but because my nature is to mind my own business and at least try not to eavesdrop, I didn't stop to clarify. (I also try very hard not to be a smarty-pants. Those who know me personally know that this causes my eye to twitch, but still I try.) I regret those instincts. I wish I had stopped and let this woman, who appeared near tears, know that her vote would indeed count no matter on which items she did or didn't vote.
I feel that our right to vote and have that vote counted is about as fundamental an American right as there is. It is the absolute cornerstone from which all other rights and powers rise. I'm sad that our trust that this right will be honored has been so damaged. I shouldn't have to worry that I'll be able to vote correctly, and yet I did. And it makes me angry that others would prey on this distrust and ignorance to coerce and intimidate voters to question their decisions and their right to make them and have them be heard. It's disgusting and pains me to my very core.