In San Francisco, I was registered as a permanent absentee voter. The ballots in San Francisco were usually multiple very long pages, front and back, with enough propositions in each election to go through the alphabet at least once. I collected the fliers and booklets and information packets about the initiatives and the candidates in one spot in the weeks preceding the election, then the weekend before the election I would set aside an evening, read through the literature, research pros and cons, and spend a few hours marking my ballot before then dropping it in the mail or taking it to a polling place in person on election day.
I knew that we had an election today, but didn’t receive anything in the mail – no sample ballot, no arguments for or against initiatives, no campaign propaganda. I was flummoxed. I have my voter registration card, so (I thought) I knew where to go. After some searching, I found a sample ballot online. And it was one page. Mayor, City Council, and a redistricting initiative. I researched the candidates and the initiative and drove to the polling place. The volunteers greeted me, I received a ballot, and I voted, all in about 10 minutes. I scanned my ballot and received an “I Voted” sticker. I kind of love this way of voting.
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Happy voter! Glad you got your voice heard…hope you shouted loudly!
I did! Loud and clear! 🙂
Last weekend in Montreal we voted for:
* City Mayor
* City Councillor
* Borough Mayor
* Borough Councillor
and it felt like a lot! Normally we vote for 1 position only; in Federal elections, we vote for our Member of Parliament, and in Provincial elections we vote for our Member of Legislative (or National, in Quebec) Assembly. Makes voting usually super-quick for us. California is quite…. unique in how they do things! 🙂
Yeah – voting in San Francisco was anything but quick. I like to think of California as the Québec of the United States! 🙂