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Its Election Day

Have you Voted? There is still time. It seems there is a huge interest in this election and if my precinct is any example, it will be a big turnout. Each party says a large turnout is good for them. I have no clue. As bad a job as the pollsters have done in the past, I’m not sure just how to read them now. I say just watch reruns of MASH, WKRP, and Andy Griffith today and wake up tomorrow to sort out the winners and losers.

I voted at the local fire station. There was a long line at 715 in the morning, it took almost 45 minutes to queue up and vote. We use a data card with a little stamp that puts ink in circles on the card.  Its pretty easy and there are no ‘hanging chad.’ You then put the card through a scanner where it is tabulated at that time. When the polls close, the scanner is hooked up to a phone line and the data is downloaded to election central and totaled. Neat, huh.

As you can see from the picture, there were some kids there with their parents. I thought this was terrific. They got to see what democracy was all about first hand.

There is something special about voting, whether your side wins or not. You feel empowered. Try it. You will like it.

JVH

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