Your take on the presidential race is refreshingly candid and honest. My husband wrote in Newt Gingrich. And he’s feeling hopeful. But that’s just because he’s a tad odd.
While I’m pretty sure you know how I made my mark at the top of the page, my own NC ballot looked like it was cast by a person in the midst of a psychotic break. Dems here, Repubs there. Dole out, McCrory in. A girl can hope. ;-)
I don’t think here in NY we can write-in a candidate. Maybe on an affidavit ballot..not in a voting booth: they have this kinda-ancient-looking machine, with a lever .
Chaz, you have inspired me: I just spent 2 hrs studying candidates from my congressional district: oh my, I didn’t even know there was a battle of passions! At least now I have an idea what awaits me at the polling station; last time all the seats/positions I was supposed to make a selection for were complete news to me.
We don’t get write-ins here in Oklahoma. In fact, we don’t even have third-party candidates for President, owing to the state’s onerous ballot-access law. (Local blogger and Green Party member J. M. Branum, when he ran for the state House, had to be listed as an Independent.)
I always did like those kinda-ancient-looking machines, though: they look simultaneously high-tech and retro, clearly a project for a steampunk revival. This state switched to optical scanners more than a decade ago, and while the hardware is way beyond its shelf date by now, there’s really no satisfactory substitute out there; those computerized gizmos have proven entirely too easy to hack.
Then you would like my polling station. It’s in a school’s basement, a building that was erected in 1928 with fortress-like walls and columns. The voting machines I’ve already mentioned; the volunteers’ age is somewhere between the school’s and the machines’…