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It looks like Wales will have good voter turnout numbers by the end of the day. Mine was ballot #402 at 11 am. There was a sign at the intersection of Monson Road and Hwy 19 reminding people to vote today at the Wales Senior Center. (We voted at the Elementary School before the new Senior Center opened about 2 years ago.)

Wales is small; I didn't expect much in the way of a line. Not only was there no line, election worker Leis Phinney saw me walking in. I heard her giving my last name to the person with the voter book covering the last third of the alphabet. Not only was there no waiting, I didn't even have to take the time to state my name.

Much to my pleasant surprise, we have stickers this year. I don't remember having them in 2004, and we don't normally have them for the smaller elections, either. Not only did we have stickers, we had a choice -- "I Voted Today" or "My Vote Counts." I liked the "My Vote Counts" design better, and it also reflects a truth I hold dear. Every vote counts. It doesn't matter if my ballot is in complete agreement with all of the winning candidates and propositions, in complete disagreement, or someplace in between, as is usually the case. My vote counts. And if the election is run properly, so does each and every other one of the votes validly cast. I thank everyone working on the elections to assure they are valid and the results reported are accurate.


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Nov. 4th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Every vote does count. Once when I administered a Hugo Award that won by one vote, voters for the winner speculated over whether theirs was the one vote that turned the result. I told them that they all had that one vote, because if any one of them had voted differently, it would have changed the result.

But that's just the extreme case of a general principle. As I just finished writing a concert review, let me put it this way: It wouldn't be a full house if you'd stayed home.
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
At our polls, you only got a sticker if it was your first time to vote.
Nov. 4th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
The roll of stickers here was placed on the scanner; you could take one (or not) after your ballot was successfully scanned.

Our polling place was reporting 1016 voters as of noon -- which was not the highest reporting precinct in town (City Hill was reporting 1200+) -- I hadn't know there was a contest about the top voting precinct in town, so there you go.
Nov. 5th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Normally, everybody gets a sticker here, but since I got mine on Saturday, I don't know if they ran out. Probably not, since we use the same ones all the time:

(wavy flag)

with the words curving around the flag.

Yeah! They just called Mark Warner (D) for our new VA senator!
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