Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Civil obligations

I have voted in every federal election since I turned 18. But this time my absentee ballot hasn't arrived. I only asked for it in July. It's now two weeks til the election. I can download a "Back-up Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot" and send that in which means I have to go through more trouble, more forms, more international postage and for what? This ballot won't be counted since I'm required to vote in MA.

Is it worth it?

4 comments:

Cam October 23, 2008 at 12:43 AM  

Hey Laura, dig your blog. If you do get your ballot in, all that extra effort would make the vote an even more meangingful gesture. There should be some satisfaction in knowing you were part of one of the most significant elections we've ever had -- even if it's just being +1 of the popular vote tally in an almanac.

Good luck w/ all the bikin'!

Jon October 23, 2008 at 12:05 PM  

It would matter more if MA was a swing state, which I don't think is true. As it is, the only measure I think you probably oughta use is your personal satisfaction and not civic obligation, in this particular case. I think?

Laura October 23, 2008 at 7:54 PM  

In the end, I sent it in yesterday.

Laura October 25, 2008 at 9:28 PM  

And, I got my official absentee ballot in the mail today. Well done, Somerville. Only 9 days til the election, I'm sure if I overnighted it, it would get there in time.

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