2006.11.07

Earlier in the week Dana checked the city’s web site and determined we should go to the community center. We got there just after 7 AM. The line was short, maybe 15 people or so. There was a guy in front of us who heard me ranting about the media and the government, and then kicked in with his opinion, saying the media and the government mean to control us and keep us down (so far, so good) and he then suggested we watch some 2 hour movie on YouTube. I muttered something about not trusting YouTube since they do not have a history of respecting the rights of creators, and since Google, a large evil corporation now owns them, they really can’t be trusted. (I’m guessing the guy was not a Democrat, since he had a ‘Dump Doyle’ sticker on his long black trenchcoat.)

So we get to the front of the line and Dana is not listed, so they send her to register. I am not listed either. I give them my address, and one person tells us to go to Greenland Elementary School, while another suggests we go to City Hall and ask them. We opt for Greenland since I voted there previously when I lived a few blocks away. Greenland had a long, long, line. Not 15 people long, more like 50 or 60, and it seemed to be moving slow. It was just after 7 AM though, so maybe that’s why.

The voting process itself was pretty smooth and easy. At Greenland they had sample ballots on the wall so you’d know what it would look like. They handed me a ballot and a small slip of paper with a number (I was number 99 – I believe it said ‘voter 0099′ to be precise.) I walked to the little standup desks with sidewalls filled out the paper ballot using a black felt tip pen that was provided, and then brought it to a machine (it was not a Diebold, but I do not remember the name of it.) A woman instructed me to insert it into a slot on the machine, and I did so, and handed her my number slip, which she placed on one of those spike things people use on their desks to hold expired bits of paper. That was it, so we left… Hooray for Democracy!




3 Responses to “My Voting Experience”

  1. I don’t quite see how you think the media and the government are collaborating. They seem to be often at odds with each other. Could you explain this further for me?

  2. I don’t think I said they were collaborating (though the often do) but both groups have an interest in keeping the public lazy and unresponsive, to keeping the status quo and not changing things. Those in power rarely like to lose it.

  3. MarkNo Gravatar says:

    Pete
    You and Dana were lucky you don’t live in Colorado because you have to register to vote like 2 months before the election otherwise you’re screwed. If you move in the mean time you can fill out some lengthy form, I think, and then vote. I tried to get an absentee ballot but I never received it so I had to vote a provisional ballot which means it won’t be counted until 10 days after the election, if it is counted at all. So pretty much my vote doesn’t count.
    Glad to hear you went with the paper ballot although I’m wary of the scanning machines but atleast there’s some record of your actual vote unlike the computer voting booths.
    Was the movie “Freedom to Fascism”?
    As I’ve always said, Democracy just doesn’t work anymore….

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