Reasons 2012 is special:
- I ran my 2nd full marathon.
- It’s predicted (by some) to be the end of the world. (Happy thought for your weekend.)
- It’s an election year!
I don’t know about you, but voting is a big deal in our house. I love, love, love to vote. It’s one of those things that makes me feel American. Politics can be really mind numbing and frustrating. (I’ve watched so much election coverage this year, it made me want to puke at times.) I know more than a few people who have no interest in voting because they believe it doesn’t make a difference. They say that it doesn’t matter who you pick because all they options are crappy options. Plus you got that whole “electoral college” that might make you feel like your vote doesn’t count (depending on who you vote for and where you live).
BUT I don’t feel that way at all. Voting is my right and just like I exercise my freedom of speech and freedom of religion, I exercise my right to vote for whoever I want with a big ol’ smile on my face. Not so long ago, people were putting it all on the line to earn the right to vote. I feel like it’s my duty to honor them and vote, vote, vote. (Or just vote once per elections since that’s all that is allowed.)
Living in Germany means that the process is a little more involved than just showing up at my polling place on election day. A month ago, Stephen and I applied online to get our absentee ballots. It took about a week-ish to get the ballots sent to us via e-mail.
I then printed them out, and we made our selections. (Fun fact: in 2004, Stephen and I voted for different people in the presidential election. In 2008, we voted for the same presidential candidate. This year, I don’t know; He wouldn’t tell me who he voted for!)
Voting this year was not quite as exciting as the usual waiting in line, using the computer voting system, and rocking out an “I voted” sticker (Yes, I love all those things!), but I’ll take it.
The final step: mailing those suckers.
That part was pretty fun. Knock on wood, those suckers should make it to Texas in time to be tallied with the rest of the ballots. Now I just cross my fingers and hope the people I voted for are victorious in November.
Do you vote? Do you get all jazzed up and geek out about it like I do? Do you and your significant other share the same political beliefs?*