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    Thursday, November 06, 2008

    Learning While Voting

    Voting was more fun this year than it ever was before!

    There were a lot of folks out voting, and for the first time in my life, I actually had to stand in a line to be able to vote.

    Another first; there were actual electioneers out in front of the polling center!

    So for our history-making election, I registered 6 people to vote, drove a first-time voter to the polls, and even printed pout a sample ballot for Ladybug to fill out.

    There had been so many voters there that before noon they had run out of "I Voted" stickers, and had already racked up a total of nearly 2,000 voters!

    We also learned some neat things while we were voting. See, we had joined in to enter a raffle, and you could get an entry for sending a (personal data obscured) copy of your voter's registration card, and another entry for a photo of you with your ballot.

    What we didn't know was that it is illegal to take photos in the election room itself, so when I aimed my camera at my friend, with his empty ballot, there was quite a commotion, what with poll workers yelling at me to stop. Of course I stopped immediately, and didn't take a picture at all, deciding that if it was that big of a deal, we'd just take a photo outside the polling place and hope it worked for the entry. Then someone came up to me and held out her hand. Like hell I was going to give her my only digital camera, I had no idea what she was going to do with it. So I hugged it close and told her I hadn't taken a picture, to which she asked to see, so I politely held onto my camera, and showed her the two photos on the sides of what would have been the photo she was looking for had I actually taken it. She commented on how interesting some of my pictures were, thanked me for my time, and explained the law on photos in the ballot center.

    Learn something new every day! *smile*


    Summer said...

    No photos? That's odd. Here people were taking photos of themselves voting and no one said anything about it. It's interesting how different the laws in various places can be.

    Whimspiration said...

    Weird. It was inferred to me that it was a federal offense. *boggle*