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On the craptaculousness of voting

I didn't realize that voting electronically was the default now and that the only way to vote by paper ballot now is to vote by absentee ballot.

I would've asked people about this sooner, but I wasn't expecting to be able to vote until my Asian Lit. teacher spontaneously didn't show up for class today, giving me the time to do so. Hopefully my completely unsecured electronic voting record will not be tampered with and will be safely applied when the time comes.

This was my first time ever voting. (^*^) You know, for anything other than sushi versus Indian food or what have you.. I'm strangely okay with it, though if I ever do it again (and I suspect I might), I will try and be more well informed ahead of time, and plan for it. As it is, there were some things I just had to skim over, since I had no idea who these people were.. still, I hope I did some amount of good, or at least more-so than bad..

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dancinglights
Nov. 7th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
I left a lot of items blank on the primary ballot (mostly the schoolboard), as I really only headed to the polls then to state my opinion on a specific couple of races and wasn't terribly informed on every single candidate. It's much better to show up and leave some things blank than to stay home and not have a say in any part of it you may care about.
aekiy
Nov. 7th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
:noddly nod: I did the best I could on things, and basically set my priorities to voting Green where available, Democrat where not, and skimming over the rest.. then there were the ammendment items, some of which were confusing. There was one, though, about ammending the Maryland constitution so that people can't sneakily sell off state land any more. That one I voted on.
dancinglights
Nov. 7th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
YAY. That item, along with the senate and governor's race, are the only reasons I've voted this year. Still need to go after work today. Blerg.
aekiy
Nov. 7th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
Oya. Same for me, actually.
sixteenbynine
Nov. 7th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
Glad you voted, period. :D I did the same first thing here; we still use the old mechanical voting booths.
aekiy
Nov. 7th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
Ya, next year I'll make sure ahead of time that I know everything I need to do to vote by paper ballot.
kitten_goddess
Nov. 7th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm voting tonihgt. BTW, I think everybody should vote. If you don't know what you're voting for, you'll get precisely what you deserve! I am one of those, unfortunately, but I'll still vote anyway.
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