a bench with a view

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Voting Day

Today (Tuesday) was voting day in California for the primary election, general in November. 

Our voting place is an elementary school about five blocks from where we live.  It is also part of the route hubby and me walk 3-4 days a week close to the time the polls open at 7 a.m., so we just adjusted our time a bit to be down there around 7 a.m. to cast our vote and then continue the walk.

We got down there at 6:58, so obviously we waited.  Hubby checked his cell phone a short bit later and it was 6:59, then again he looked at it the same time one of the poll workers did with her cell phone and the time was now 7 a.m. 

She called out "Here ye, here ye, the polls are now opened."  This is the first time I had been voting that early and never knew how they officially opened the polls or if they even did.  It was kind of exciting to hear that; I got a bit of chills realizing what a great privilege we have to live in a country that we can vote and vote for who we want, rather than be mandated to vote for someone.

I happened to be the first one in a line of three to vote so when I got finished casting my ballot, I had to verify with the poll worker that the box where the ballots was placed in was empty.  It was.  It was neat to see the check and balances in our system, trying to keep it fair and honest.

The news people were saying they expected low voter turnout, about 15%.  While this was a primary, there were still several key propositions that were going to be voted in today.  They were predicting that the reason why it would be so low was voter fatigue.  Fatigued to vote???  Their reasoning was, especially in the City of San Diego that had some special elections this year to fill vacate seats created by the scandal of San Diego's previous mayor, Bob Filner, that voters were basically, in my words, tired of voting, the whole election process.

It made me sad.  I am not actually in the San Diego City area, but a suburb you may call it very close to it so I didn't have the special elections they were talking about, but regardless, like I said above, voting is a privilege and men/women have died protecting our freedom to be able to vote among all the other freedoms we have. I think we need to honor their sacrifice by getting out there and exercising this right.  I have voted in pretty much all elections I've been eligible to vote for.  Most of the time my candidate doesn't win, but at least I have casted my vote.

People in other countries who are denied the vote would probably be appalled to hear the term voter fatigue.  It saddens me to think more people are not interested in at least doing something denied to so many others. 

So now onto November.  I wonder what that voter turnout will be.

35 comments:

Big Mark 243 said...

I got a bit of chills realizing what a great privilege we have to live in a country that we can vote and vote for who we want, rather than be mandated to vote for someone.

I feel the same way as you do, Betty. The entire process is intriguing and I am as perplexed as you are about "voter fatigue". Perhaps "tyrant" or "dictator" fatigue would be more to the weary voter than the free elections we enjoy here...

Bijoux said...

I actually do understand voter fatigue, because it's not always easy for people to vote, and it does seem like many of our elections are for just one or two issues not that relevant to most (like a zoning ordinance). People lack transportation to the polls, or work shifts that start and end at 7. I remember arriving with three little kids in tow and the wait was going to be 45 minutes, so I turned around and left. My husband leaves for work at 5:45 am and by the time he gets to the polls after 6 pm, the lines are ridiculous. So I do get it!

joeh said...

Abstain is a vote.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I recently read a book about the times that women were fighting to be able to vote. They went through a lot just for us to have the right. We all, not just women, do have a responsibility to vote. Our primary was in May here.. and it was a low turn out too.

Linda said...

The political commercials have already started but only caucuses so far. I look forward to voting, as you said, even if things don't go my way.

Jeanie said...

It seems like many of our elections are mail-in ballots these days (just got one in the mail yesterday). I think we miss some of the sense of what we are doing when we don't physically go to the polling place to vote.

Tracy said...

I've always said that voting in the smaller elections means more than the big election. We just voted on a city council election and the person in our district won by less than 25 votes.

The Brown Recluse said...

I'm appalled at the term, "voter fatigue."

The turnout for the primaries are usually low around here. It's like people don't care until it gets to the final round (if even then do they care!). Don't they realize they have a voice in the first round?! I guess not.

It is my goal for the next presidential election to educate as many people as I can. Not sure how exactly yet, but I will trust God to show me the way.

Lord willing, I will make it a point to be at the polls when they open in November...I think it would give me chills, too, to hear them proclaim, "The polls are now open!"

Pat Hatt said...

Voter Fatigue? lol what next

Takes a few minutes to go, check off a few things and poof done, yeah really fatiguing lol even though nothing ever changes, but hey we can vote.

susie said...

I vote 90 percent of the time, I'd say. If there are school issues, I vote.

I used to live in Mission Viejo...for about three months. I've lived everywhere, it seems.

Birgit said...

Voter Fatigue??? Why not call it by what it is-Voter laziness. Too bothered to get off the couch watching the latest Honey boo-boo saga to actually vote for one's belief or belief in someone else. It is such a honour but many people, especially the young, have not even read about what the women did to earn the right to vote. We have our vote here next week and i wonder how many will come out and vote. In other countries, people risk death to be able to vote. Now many people are too lazy to get off the brains to vote-heck many don't even change out of their pajamas now and leave the house looking like a fluffy cloud from the waist down-ughhh

Debby@Just Breathe said...

We vote by mail and Mark messed up on it this year. He thought it was next week. I never watch the news so I didn't even know! That is pretty sad on my part isn't it?

TARYTERRE said...

I hear you. I have tried to vote in every election since I was registered. I've only missed a handful.

Mary said...

I had no idea what the protocol was for the election! Very neat!
We had an election last month...I'm convinced that a low turnout was the reason the sales tax was voted in...it was a happy day for the school system where I work!

Megan Lee said...

Voter fatigue plagues Virginia as well. I believe in exercising the right as a civic duty whenever possible, but I do understand the disillusionment with politicians...

Liz A. said...

I've never been there first thing in the morning, so I didn't know they opened the polls like that. How cool!

Mevely317 said...

This reminds me of the very first time I was eligible to vote ... I was proud! Due to my work hours and commute time, these days I just vote absentee.

Voter fatigue? Ya. I think all the stories of voter fraud have put a sour taste in the minds of many folk. I'm not exempt by any means! During the last Presidential election, a former co-worker/former FB friend bragged on-line about having a felony conviction and still being permitted to vote. It must have been a slow day at the office, because I got in such a snit I called the polls in her home state, and they were like, "Oh, well."

Paula Kaye said...

We take voting at our house very seriously. My husband is the most patriotic person I know. We have done absentee ballots the past couple of years due to his condition. I don't understand why there would be such a thing as 'voter fatigue'

Stephanie Faris said...

We always vote in the Presidential election but we aren't always good about voting in local elections. We need to be better about that. I didn't realize they say "Hear ye hear ye," either. Sounds like that would be weird!

Carol Noren Johnson said...

I like voters and I like early risers!

jack69 said...

Well what about you? First in line. OI did not know about the call to vote and Poll opening.
Great entry and education. Hope your guys win.
I have been working a little late, but I am glad I took time to do a recap.
SWEET!

jack69 said...

Well what about you? First in line. OI did not know about the call to vote and Poll opening.
Great entry and education. Hope your guys win.
I have been working a little late, but I am glad I took time to do a recap.
SWEET!

Grammy Staffy said...

You are right on. I get discouraged voting in CA because my candidate rarely wins but voting is a price leg and a sacred right. I've never been to the polls when they opened. I'm glad to hear about the procedure. Hugs, Lura

Grammy Staffy said...

Upps auto check changed my comment from privilege to price leg??? Glad I saw it and could set it straight

Shelly said...

I'm with you! And just wanted to let you know I will be closing my blog for a while, but will be checking in on my favorite blogs (like yours!) periodically~

Hollie said...

I agree!! Voting is definitely a privilege!! One I take very seriously!!

JosephAlsarraf said...

Ya I try to vote for my local governments, but I never know who to vote for. I only voted once for the president. I plan to vote again, next election! : )

Veronica Lee said...

I am with you! Voting is definitely a privilege!! I used to take this right for granted until I realized what a big difference a single vote made especially in a country like mine with a corrupted government that needs to be challenged.

Grammy Staffy said...

Just stopping by again to say hello and Sind you a smile.

Jerralea said...

I think a lot of times people feel their vote doesn't count for anything, but that is not true. People have been known to win by only one vote!

It is such a privilege to vote. I'm a firm believer in doing so. A lot of times my candidate did not win, but at least I knew I had tried.

Intense Guy said...

I think the fatigue is with the lousy choices voters get, and being left with "trying to pick the lesser of two evils" all time.

It would be nice to have a choice between two (or more) honest, upright, qualified, candidates for once.

Danielle L Zecher said...

It's just sad how many people choose not to vote. We had our primary elections on May 6th, and had fewer than 20% of voters turn out.

We live in pretty much a one party county, so almost ALL of the local government positions are really determined by the primary and not the general election, which I think makes it even worse when so many people don't show up to cast their vote.

That's really neat about the how the polls are openend. I've never made it that early to vote, I usually go during lunch or after work, so it was nice to learn something new.

Secret Agent Woman said...

My county only has one party and I've not voted in some of the local elections. I always vote in presidential elections and will vote locally now that I've moved to a city where candidates I would actually support can run.

Grammy Staffy said...

Hello again..... thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving another nice comment. I love it when you stop by. Have a great week. Hugs, Lura

Georgene G. said...

Hi Betty,
We haven't been to the 'polls' in years but vote from home on ballots. I believe it's a privilege, too. I know our country has a lot of problems but I still think it's the best place to live in this world.