Election Day is always a long exhausting day. It starts the night before when my sleep is interrupted by worrying about getting up at 4:00 a.m. to go to the polls. This time my sleep was also disrupted by arthritis pain. Was the pain caused from the lack of sleep or was the lack of sleep caused by the pain?
Mother Nature decided to give my alarm clock some assistance. Just before 4:00 a.m. she unleashed a fierce thunderstorm complete with strobe lightning and timpani rolls of thunder. I wondered if the voters would brave this weather. Yes, they did brave it. We had voters in line at 5:30 a.m. — polls open at 6:00 — and it continued that way until the polls closed at 7:00 p.m. Several of us had taken books or magazines with us to read because we were told that the authorities expected a low voter turnout. Well, the voters sure proved them wrong. None of us got to read a word!
I think it was the amendments which brought out the voters. Some of them would result in a tax increase. No one wants to pay more taxes so all these folks came out to do their bit to stop that. In addition, there were some contested campaigns for judges.
I’m convinced a few of the voters had never voted in a primary election before. In Missouri you must declare which party ballot you want. This opens up the possibility of crossover voters who will take an opponent’s ballot in an effort to keep the person they want to get the office in the race. We had a few voters who didn’t want that. One woman in particular wanted us to give her two ballots. She wanted to vote for someone on one of them but she also wanted to vote for some things on a different ballot. Sorry, no can do. She insisted we were denying her of her right to vote. New voters can be so much fun!
At any rate, it was a long day and I’ve been very tired ever since.