Today I did my civic duty and voted in the state election as well as the national Presidential election. I’ve always felt it was important to take part in the process and vote in every election, and this one was no different.
Today however, I didn’t vote alone – the Little Professor & Mighty Princess came along. When talking with them before we went, I found out that the Professor wanted Abraham Lincoln to be President and the Princess wanted George Washington. I couldn’t argue with either choice, but I did have to explain that they simply weren’t an option this time…
They were pretty impressed that we vote at the same school where they play soccer. After a minor setback at the sign in desk – I had neglected to complete my town census, so I was dropped from the rolls and had to be added back in – we picked up our ballot and found ourselves a booth.
I explained the process to the kids, and showed them the ballot while we filled out our choices. I answered questions about the various candidates and gave some information about their positions and they impressed me by making a lot of the same choices I had. Though, I think there were more questions about the uncontested positions, than the others.
“Why is there no-one else listed?” “What if we don’t like what that person does?”
I also explained the various ballot questions we were voting on and let them come to their own conclusions on each. Again, they impressed me by reaching the same decisions I had. Overall, they were pretty impressed with the process and yet surprised at how quickly it was over. As we were leaving the Princess asked “so, did we win?”.