- You show up and give them a last name. Mine is pretty unique, but all I did was tell the woman my last name and she said, "Nancy?" Umm, yeah. Shouldn't I have to supply the first name too? Or verify my address? Or something? I turned 18 the day I left California for college in Utah and voted absentee for the 4 1/2 years that I was living there. So I didn't vote in person until I moved back to California. I was shocked that they had a list of voter's names and addresses hanging outside the polling place door and that I didn't have to show ID. I didn't have to show ID! No one does! I'm still so surprised by this.
- Today I colored in bubbles on a sheet. I know there was a lot of problems with the punch out ballots in the 2000 election, but I colored in bubbles... like I was in high school and taking a scantron test. AND... it wasn't with a number two pencil. I used a pen. Ahh.
- When I was done with my ballot the woman had me feed it into a printer/copier looking machine's feed slot. She informed me that it didn't matter which way I fed it in. So basically, it was an electronic version of a wooden block with a slot in it. Interesting.
- Our kids are big John McCain supporters. We're not sure why. We're Republicans, but we're not really big fans of McCain. At one point, we were both planning on voting for Obama. But our kids, maybe due to his grandfatherly look, have latched on to McCain and are big supporters. Jed is worried that people are going to think that our kids support McCain because we've been pushing it at home. We haven't been. Not at all. Jed can't stand the man.
The good things about voting:
- I got a sticker.
- My kids got to vote at their own voting booth section of our polling place.
- We got free ice cream from Ben and Jerry's.