I almost drove by my polling place this morning because … there were no cars parked in front of the church in Temple City. A poll worker opened the door for me and as I walked in, he and the other workers joked that he was out recruiting voters “and invited me in.”
As I went through the process of signing in, getting my ballot and putting my “inka-vote” dot next to the persons I was voting for, I thought how this has become an archaic activity. It is almost like some ancient art, and I’m still doing it like they did in past generations.
It was not so much the paper ballot and the inky half-pen tied to a metal chain that I used to mark my ballot. But it was more the feeling that I was a select remnant: those who still vote in primaries! I had a colleague at work who saw my “I voted” sticker ask me what that was about. So, I guess I’m part of the ancient collective that still votes…
I know what you’re thinking. This voting thing is done WAY too often. And splitting the primary this year (presidential held in February, all the rest held today, June 3) was a bit much. Remember how everyone said the presidential primary in California would make our state “more relevant” in picking candiates for president? Well, imagine what it would’ve been like had we kept our presidential primary in June? We would’ve had CNN and Matt Drudge camping out in California today and all week.
Oh well, water under the bridge….
About today’s ballot. We here at the Star-News/SGV Tribune/Whit DN editorial board enjoyed meeting candidates for judges of Los Angeles Superiior Court. Our choices are in the newspaper today and on our web sites (“Our Picks: Election Day”). Check them out. There are considerable differences in many judicial candidates. Meanwhile go out and vote. You have until 8 p.m.