Some words and phrases just give me a warm feeling – family, freedom, grand kids, liberty, These United States, and Election Day. It’s always a great day. It has to be. Too many have died so we can have it for it not to be revered.
Tuesday morning I will feel the electricity in the air as soon as I awake. I’ll have news television on early, though knowing full well it is all supposition. That’s OK, I have horses in the race and I want supposition. All day long I’ll stay in touch one way or another.
It is better I think during the non-Presidential election years. This is how our republic works – pick your guy or gal and they carry the mail for you all term. It’s cool actually, like the old television commercial about having “people.” When my candidate wins I do have people, them, to do my bidding for me. I like it.
Also during non-Presidential elections there is no silliness about the so-called “popular vote.” For Presidential selection it is irrelevant since we choose our people, electors, to choose the president. But the media seem focused on it, sort of like time of possession in football or first downs, interesting, but not the score that matters. Don’t they know?
But this Tuesday there is a popular vote and it does count. We’ll pick our reps and many state and local leaders. Sometime midday I’ll go to my polling place and cast my votes. I know my selections and this year there will be no game day decisions.
I’ve had some great times at polling places. Over the years there have been Election Days when I stood in line for hours, talking with others, there to have their say. It is the best of America. We never talked about our candidates, even knowing that someone standing close would cancel our vote. Good for them, that is how it works. No, we talked about the weather, families, football, or work. Anything but the candidates – that was for inside, and for action in the booth, not talking.
I have voted absentee and it was fun, sitting at the kitchen table with my wife discussing our choices. She usually gets a couple of them wrong, but that is OK, too. Yet, give me the polls every time. I hope we never go totally online with voting. It will take the “community” out of our democratic processes and we will be less for it.
And I am not among those who think everyone should vote. Vote if you want, vote if you know what you want. But I do think everyone should have to go to the polls. Stand in line every two years to honor those who made and make it possible.
My experience has been that it is always cordial and conversational. People are there for a common reason, a noble reason, to feed and perpetuate our Republic. None of them can be “wrong.” We stand in line to have our say, with a vote. No coups or overthrows, no tanks in the streets, no former leaders escaping to exile. That’s enough for the words “Election Day” to give you a warm feeling too.