Early Voting Smooth in My Part of Florida

I did it! I voted today, and it went off without a hitch. Taking no chances, I voted directly at the county supervisor of elections’ office where, unlike my home precinct, they must have an upper age limit for poll workers.

One note of caution, passed along by one of the nice, lucid poll workers. Because there are so many presidential tickets (13 on my ballot), some of those oblivious types who only show up to vote every four years were mistakenly voting twice in the presidential race. They found their guy at the top, then drifted down the long column, and just above “Write-In,” they marked off another one. Most of these errors were being caught on the spot, thanks to the optical scanners, and the doddering fools were allowed to take another ballot.

Because there are so many presidential tickets (13 on my ballot), some of those oblivious types who only show up every four years were mistakenly voting twice in the presidential race

If you vote early, or if you know anyone who plans to, you might mention now that they should only vote once until they get down to “Congressional” or whatever comes next on your ballot. And if you vote later, remember.

My “I Voted” sticker got attention and questions everywhere I went afterward. Most people wanted to know if it was hard to vote early, and I assured them it was not. Some people, like the Lebanese guy at the cheap gas station, wanted to know who I voted for. I pointed to the Obama/Biden bumpersticker he has stuck to the safety glass protecting him and his cash register, and he lit up.

I was so stoked from the whole thing that I went by Obama headquarters when I got back to town and made a couple of hours’ worth of phone calls to registered Democrats. Only one woman hung up on me. The majority of the rest were voting for Obama but a few were, unbelievably, undecided. We were supposed to ask the undecideds what their main issue was, and they all said, “the economy.” Are you kidding me? What’s to be undecided about there?

Anyway, vote early and often. For Obama.

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