Thursday, February 14, 2008


For the first time in my life I got to vote in a primary election that mattered. Apparently everyone else in my prescint was just as excited because i hadn't seen lines this long since the last presidential elections. I have a complaint with how they do the primary here, though. Instead of the usual splitting of the line by alphabet they split it by which party's primary you are voting in. In Arlington, that means that only about 1 in 30 were voting in the Republican primary so to be fair they had everyone wait in the same line and just declare party when they finally made it to the front of the line, which took about an hour. So the whole time in line I would keep looking over and there was never more than one of the 4 voting machines in use, mainly since there was only one question because of a lack of local primary decisions to be made.

So I finally arrive at the front of the line and state my name and address for the whole room to hear and get my little paper to vote. They start up the machine and enter the party for me. But then I just stand there staring. In the weeks, days, and hour in line I am still undecided about who to vote for. In the end I just go with Obama, since he is listed first. But, as we saw, it didn't really matter since Obama won the state with sixty-some percent of the vote.

I can't wait till November, I might just have to take off on election day so I don't have to spend two hours in line to try and vote before work...