Spitting into the wind.

Well, I voted today, for the first time since the 1992 Presidential elections. I guess you could say I’ve been disillusioned with the whole political process, so I’ve been avoiding it completely for years. But now, I have a one-year-old, and it would be an understatement to say that she’s changed the way I look at things. I didn’t feel like I could continue to be apathetic about the government, since many of the laws being passed may one day effect her world.

So I made up my mind that I would vote this year. Once that decision to vote was made, choosing a candidate was easy. I read as many different sources as I could find, but they all seemed to point me back to one candidate. Sure, Bush and Kerry both seem to be career politicians (in other words, notorious flip-floppers, double-talkers and truth-benders), so choosing one over the other can sometimes seem like the lesser of two evils. But once I looked at the issues, one candidate’s political platform was clearly more in line with my own beliefs from top to bottom.

I knew who I was voting for, but I was dreading the actual voting process. I had heard news reports stating that we should expect three- to five-hour waits, and I’m not always the most patient person. Also, we’ve been very busy at work, and we didn’t “officially” get any time off for election day. I meant to vote this morning, before work, but my wife needed help with the baby and time sort of got away from me. Instead, I left work at 5pm to cast my vote, fearing that my whole evening was lost. I arrived at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Smyrna at about 5:15 and jumped into a line that was about thirty people long.

No more than fifteen minutes later, I was walking out of the building with my “I’m a Georgia Voter!” sticker on. Can you believe that? I thought I was going to have to wait hours, but I didn’t even have time to finish the lollipop I was sucking on. It was faster than when I’d voted in 1992, and that was on a college campus with three times the pollsters.

I was impressed with the speed and simplicity of voting in Cobb County. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. In fact, the only negative part of the whole experience was the fact that my votes didn’t count. See, I’m a Democrat. And I voted AGAINST the constitutional amendment to recognize marriage solely as a union of one man and one woman. I knew when I went in that this state was a Republican bastion, so I knew my Presidential vote was made more out of a sense of duty than to help my candidate. But I naively thought the amendment vote would be a closer race. I thought my vote would be a bit more important there. So far, it hasn’t been. That amendment will pass with something like an 80% YES vote.

So I have very mixed feelings about voting in Georgia. Although casting my vote was a painless process, it’s sort of depressing to knowing that the majority of the state thinks differently than I do. It doesn’t exactly make me excited about raising my daughter in this area. And despite the pride I felt in voting the way I did, it kind of felt like I was just spitting into the wind…

1 Comment so far

  1. Seth (unregistered) on November 3rd, 2004 @ 3:56 pm

    Be the change you want to see in the world. If not you, who? If not now, when? Make this world better for yourself and leave it better for your family.

    I’ll get off my soapbox now before I fall and hurt myself.

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