I haven't been keeping track but it seems like we are getting at least a half dozen fliers in the mail every day telling us to vote early, perhaps a call or two an evening saying the same thing, and at least one person thus far making sure that we plan to vote come election day if not sooner. I have seen lots of effort before to push the get out and vote effort on election day but this is the first election when the push has been to vote early.
In our county, we already passed the number of early votes in the last presidential election several weeks ago! If you go back thirty years ago, the numbers are staggering on how much emphasis is placed on voting early. It is almost up 1000%! I won't be one of those voting early.
For me, one of the most patriotic things one can do in the country they love is to vote. Sure it isn't always convenient on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November but hey, hundreds of thousand have died so I can vote so why should I let a little inconvenience get in my way? There is something about walking through the cool darkness to the polling place (thanks to Daylight Savings Time) and standing in line with my neighbors to do that one civic duty. I just don't get that same feeling when going down to the courthouse to vote early or by mailing in a ballot. Granted I am new to this area and won't know most of my neighbors but I won't meet them if we never see each other face to face.
Then of course comes the after party so to speak where I get home, flip on the television and watch the results come in. Sometimes it is good news like the last election cycle when we the people voted out four of Iowa's bum Supreme Court Justices because they were legislating from the bench by overturning a law that was passed by the majority of people in the state. But mostly I just like to listen to the talking heads talk about which state much go which way for the party in question to have a chance. So many times I've heard that a few votes don't matter and yet in my short lifetime, a few votes has been all the difference more than once.
So tomorrow, I will wait for my wife to get home and we will go down to our local voting place to cast our ballots and then return home to watch the results on television. Unlike eight years ago, I think we won't have long to wait to get the results but then I could be wrong. All these early ballots are considered provisional and only counted if the number of them is more than the difference in the election night votes and since the emphasis has been on voting early, well it might be days... again.
Happy election day everyone and make sure you get out and vote so that you can legitimately gripe about the choice later on!