Well, it’s done. We casted our votes on this surprisingly warm Tuesday afternoon fairly easily, save the 45-minutes waiting in a shadeless line for our turns at the touch screen booths. Before we embarked, I recapped the issues we would be deciding on to Lynda using my sample ballot. I can only hope the personal satisfaction in her choices equal mine being her first election.
The only downside to our short trip, as previously mentioned, was the wait. The waiting in a line was not so particularly unpleasant as to deeming it necessary to make efforts to expand upon it, but the gossip I overheard while doing so was so excruciating, I feel I must. Being a captive audience to very vocal yet ill informed commentary from the latino family ahead of us, 2 family members, being minors not yet of age to participate, decided that we should hear their opinion on current events. Also Kerry supporters, these 2 were voicing their personal woes from oil prices to law enforcement, spinning issues in ridiculous directions, basing said spin upon personal opinions attacking Bush that are truly inconceivable to reality. I disapprove of our current president, but at least I try and practice a measure of objectivity rather than simply spew contempt for someone based upon emotional response. Hey, they’re just kids, and it wouldn’t have affected so much had the parents not been so attentive to their children’s spin, almost to the point of being readily available to having their choices influenced by it. In some ways, it’s depressing to see citizens with the power to vote not feel inclined to become more educated about issues that will affect our lives. I know this intellectual laziness is probably much more frequent throughout the country than I would assume, but seeing it in person on election day was difficult to endure.
On a more positive note, scanning the polling reports, things look pretty good. Kerry is ahead in all exit polls for most states, and the sentiment appears to be taking hold across the country. Being a western state, California still has roughly six more hours until the polls close, and a lot can happen in that amount of time during a major election. I’m going to remain in my optomistic frame of mind that we’ll see a new face in the Oval Office come January.