Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Despite this Post You Should Still Vote


So today I was escorting B to our local precinct to cast his vote. (I'm registered as an Independant and cannot vote in our state). The was no line up to his specific voting booth. There was a man sitting there to take his name, get his signature and show him his voting booth...and like the patriotic American he is, B proceeded to the booth to cast his vote. After about a minute he stuck his head out and informed them it wasn't working. He couldn't get his vote to go through...the man gave him some instructions but to no avail...it wasn't working. Then the man said, "Wait...are you a Republican?" B answered in the affirmative and the man said, "Oooohhhhhh....no wonder..." All sorts of other people tried to give B directions, but quickly whispers of he's a Republican, he's a Republican spread through the workers and they too stopped what they were saying while silently nodding, "Ohhhhh..." Apparently they have to set the booth to Republican or Democrat before the voter enters the booth. If it's set to the wrong party the voter can not cast their vote. We had to stick around for a Democrat, registered to our precinct, to come vote in that booth before they could reset it for a Republican thus allowing B could properly cast his vote. I think it's interesting (read annoying, ironic?) that the people working the polls would not even ASK what party we were voting for. They just made the assumption that B was a Democrat. I almost felt like we had to apologize for B's political preferences. We didn't. But it was slightly uncomfortable for about 2 minutes. In the end they were nice people, B cast his vote all proper like and we're no worse for the wear...but I still think it's an interesting story.

5 comments:

  1. The Same Thing happened to me! It was kind of embarrassing... even though I guess I shouldn't be embarrassed by my party affiliation, eh?

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  2. that was a very entertaining story. don't you love how opposite utah and new york are?

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  3. I forgot to mention that Matt was able to vote, even though he's not affiliated with any party- he just had to do it by filling out a paper ballot. And, he had to specify that he wanted a Republican ballot.
    There's still time! Go vote, Miggs!

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  4. The same thing happened to me AND to Helaman (we went at separate times)! Hilarious.

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  5. I got to the polls with all my kids (I want them to know how important voting is) and the woman yelled across the room--she's a Republican! "I know, I've all ready set the machine" came the reply. Was it that I had three kids with me and was pregnant with my fourth that they just "Knew" I was voting Republican? I was more embarrassed when I got into the machine with the kids and they started yelling out my choices for President in an attempt to find their names--and I thought it was supposed to be a secret ballot.

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