The Thrill of Going to the Polls

This is the 42nd year The Curmudgeon has been eligible to vote.  In all those years he has missed one primary election, and just one, and in that one election he missed no nominations were being contested.  Even so, he still feels guilty about it.  When he lived in Marlton, New Jersey he sometimes voted in three, four, and one time he thinks even five elections in a single year; government isn’t terribly efficient in Marlton.

Despite this, he still feels a little thrill every time he enters a polling place and pulls the curtain closed behind him.

The Curmudgeon recognizes that there’s a growing trend toward letting people vote early and by mail, and he understands that.  When his father was in his mid-70s and having trouble getting around he started voting by mail.  Mrs. Curmudgeon votes by mail.  Millions of others now vote by mail as well.

But not The Curmudgeon.  Tomorrow he’s going to walk to the polling place, be uncharacteristically uncurmudgeonly to the kind, elderly people who staff the registration book and the machines, and experience that great feeling again when he closes the curtain behind him and makes his choices official.

Forty-two years but it never gets old.  The thrill remains.

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Comments

  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On November 5, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I’m with you. I like to go to the polls. For the last presidential election, I arrived dressed in all cream/white, to vote for a woman I admired for President of the United States. Tomorrow, I shall wear blue and grey, to show my allegiance. Let’s hope for a good outcome.

  • foureyedcurmudgeon  On November 5, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Yesterday I asked my mother, who is 84, if she intended to vote. Mom can barely see, and I expected her to say she wouldn’t be voting. Her simple reply: “If I have to crawl to the polls.”

  • Barbara Snyder  On November 5, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Loved this blog. I feel the same way. I remember registering as a Democrat when I was 18. The woman who did the paperwork sneered at me and said, “All you kids are registering as Democrats.” Well, I hope those kids are still registered and still voting.

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