Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Practicing my ballot marker technique for the most important vote I will ever cast
A couple hours from now, I will cast the most important vote in my life. I could have voted early, but I want it to have the complete, ritualistic impact of a trip to the polls. There have been some other votes in my life that were pretty important -- McGovern-Nixon, Carter-Reagan, Obama-McCain, to name a few. But nothing that ever posed quite the absolutely black-and-white difference between two such contrasting philosophies and two such very different temperaments and track records. Whatever happens, tomorrow (or whenever the recount ends, if there is one) Wisconsin will be a very different state.
I want my mark to be equal to the occasion. Above all, I want it to be totally legible to the optical character reader so it zips straight through and gets counted as a Barrett vote with absolutely no question. And, sure, I know voting machines don't award style points, but I want it to look good. This vote matters. Millions of lives will be impacted by this vote and others like it. So I'm going for something assertive but not overbearing, something with a certain "small D" democratic flourish. A line that fills the blank with hope and optimism. I'm still working on it, but I'll get there.