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.