One week to go

29 Oct

One week to go before Election Day.  This is always a fun week for me to watch friends and loved ones start to finalize their choices for next Tuesday:  “I don’t like my party’s candidate, but I’m tired of holding my nose.”  “I’ve been so busy that I haven’t paid attention to who is on the ballot.”  “Which offices are being decided this year?”  


Me?  I’ve never had too much internal turmoil with my votes, thanks to writing in my votes.  It’s not that I don’t care:  I pay close attention to politics on three levels (local, state, and federal), and can usually tell you who’s running.  I feel I do a pretty good job vetting all the candidates, with some being disqualified earlier than others; because of this, I have actually voted for someone actually on the ballot.  I’m not entirely dismissive of anyone that makes it on, but it’s pretty damn close.


This is one advantage that I feel write-in voting has:  It eases a lot of internal turmoil and mental anguish that can be invoked from not being completely in love with your party’s candidate.  I believe that many voters have this perception of <b>needing</b> to choose between two candidates, as that’s the impression that seems to be built up by many sources (media, peers, etc).  With a write-in vote, the choices expand to the limits of one’s capability to imagine.


It’s also great fun.  I’ll be relaxed on Tuesday.


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