Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.

11.07.2006

I made freedom count

That was the little tag line on my "I voted" sticker tonight.

We did take the opportunity to teach our children the valuable lesson about the importance of voting tonight. We had to stand in line for a total of 55-60 minutes to vote and by the end of that time, the wiggly, hungry children were begging to vote and leave. We used the time to explain to them the privilege of voting and how many people in the world don't get that luxury, so it is worth the wait. In the backs of our minds, though, we were wondering. ;)

These wonderful *note the sarcasm* eScan voting machines wreaked havoc on the voters and caused us to wait in line like we've never done before to vote. Unlike other regions, we didn't have the choice of using a paper ballot, and so far, I haven't heard lots of great things about the electronic voting machines. Kelly didn't have good luck and I have to add I was highly pissed that there was an option to pick a language other than English in which to vote. My opinion, as non-PC as it is, is that if you can't speak English well enough to vote intelligently, then maybe you shouldn't be able to vote at all in the United States.

There, I said it. My left leanings escape me at times like this. I lean to the left on several issues, but speaking English in the United States should just be a given. If I planned to make my life and living in Mexico, I would expect to speak Spanish while I was there. Same for any country in the world.

6 Comments:

  • At 10:05 AM, November 08, 2006, Anonymous alli said…

    The e-scan machine at my polling place worked perfectly. It took a minute to get the picture of how much pressure you need to use on the screen, but after that it was a breeze. :) YMMV.

     
  • At 12:46 PM, November 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My little Diebold machine worked for me, but personally, I love me some paper trails. :)

     
  • At 1:17 PM, November 08, 2006, Blogger Random and Odd said…

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

     
  • At 8:16 AM, November 09, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Thanks for the birthday wishes, that is very sweet.

    And, Kami, I also like to have a paper trail, just in case ...

    And, Alli, it could be operator error here in the sticks. Most of these old people aren't used to using computers and it was taking them forever.

     
  • At 3:30 PM, November 09, 2006, Blogger Kelly said…

    Well, if I can figure the damn thing out in Korean... then certainly it isn't that difficult to vote in English... one would think! Sorry you had such a wait!

     
  • At 6:02 PM, November 09, 2006, Blogger Lemon Stand said…

    I'm so glad I live in a small rural town that still has paper ballots that get put into a very old hand cranked box and then when the polls are closed, they are taken out of the box and counted by hand. :o) Course we had 474 voters turn out which was 65% of the registered voters!

     

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