5 November 2008
Yes, he did.
This is the first time since 1988 that I’ve voted for the winning presidential candidate. I don’t think I’ve ever voted for a winner in primaries – my choice usually withdraws a few weeks after my state votes. (Then again, this year I had to vote for “uncommitted,” a candidate [edited to add: by this I mean an option, not a person, if that makes any sense] who stayed front and center for many voters until they walked into the polling booth! So maybe my luck is changing in that arena as well :^).
Much has changed in the world since 1988, and much has changed in my own approach to politics. But for most elections, I’ve had a paper ballot and scantron-style bubbles. I think I may have voted with an old-fashioned lever-operated voting machine once (maybe twice) in my 25 years of eligibility living in 4 counties in 3 states. So I found this photo essay rather intriguing. I’d love to hear a sound recording of the marbles falling into boxes in Gambia. Make sure you actually click on a photo and go through the slide show – in addition to describing the voting process in each country it tells the election turnout in the most recent presidential campaign. For what it’s worth, my precinct had 73% turnout this year, and the one that shares our polling place was just over 68%, both close to the county-wide total of 69.33%. The range in my city was high of 90% to low of 40%. What was the turnout in your precinct? In your household?