Today, for the first time, the whole family went together to vote.
once I removed the black blinds it looked like this
It seems the vendors next door held the same political views, as those papers were similarly obstructed.
To the polling place:
My guy had been voting at his former address and had voted there by affidavit in the primaries. He thought he was in the clear now – little did he know!
The place was empty – more volunteers than voters. In 2008 there had been a long line outside – up to the corner.
As I signed my voting card I was told I was the 100th voter. Pretty pathetic for 11AM. I asked if I get a prize.
“Your right to vote,” one said. Then we all looked at the new machines and shook our heads (the lever machines were famously tamper proof.)
It was the first time – for us – to use the new – no longer tamper proof machines.
It turned out my guy was not in the books so he had to fill an affidavit again – with 6 volunteers at odds with each other over what to do with it.
I went with my daughter at the little table with my faded small print ballot. Luckily for me she located the tiny button to turn on a faint led light that helped a bit.
I reached for the huge magnifying lens – but found it distracting.
So, I removed my glasses, stuck my nose in the paper and voted:
Governor: Howie Hawkins – Green
US Senator : Colia Clark Green – instead of Chuck Schumer (who is projected winner by NYT and didn’t bother to campaign at all)
US Senator : Kristen Gillibrand on the Working Families slate. This was a last minute change of mind – I decided that her gay rights stands make up for her Healthcare vote – reconsidered after this discussion
US Congress – Carolyn Maloney – another last minute change of mind. I put her support for Hillary in balance with the healthcare vote.
Attorney General – another change – I was going to vote for Amy Young – the Working Family candidate per this info. But my new party pulled a last minute switcheroo for the D candidate Eric Schneiderman. As there was no Green alternative and he was not an incumbent, I voted for him on the Working Families line.
State Comptroller – I voted Green – Julia Willebrand.
I headed to the scanner where I remembered I forgot to vote for the ballot proposals: term limits and red tape reduction. I had to go back to the table, stick my nose in the paper again to find the little ovals and voted “Yes” on both.
My guy meanwhile was surrounded by a swarm of confused volunteers giving him conflicting advice.
He was to fill an affidavit – on tiny print – faded red – which he couldn’t read.
I took my glasses off, stuck my nose in it and filled it while volunteers kept bugging me about going to the special tables.
I left my guy behind – waiting in a short and slow line to get his name in the books.