Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Primary Day

It's primary day
My workplace is a poll site
I'm "minding the store".

The primaries here in New York State promise to be pretty interesting. Today marks the debut of the optical scanners- gone are the old mechanical voting machines with the levers (I hope some have made their way to museums- voting on one of the old machines was a visceral experience). I have to confess, I think I have a bit of a crush on one of the candidates for Attorney General, not that I'd let scarlet tresses sway my vote... The Republican gubernatorial race is interesting- "Tea Party" favorite Carl Paladino, known for his class, is running neck and neck with GOP establishment candidate Rick Lazio, even after sending campaign literature which is almost as noisome as his e-mails. Whoever gains the GOP gubernatorial nomination will most likely be nothing more than a speed bump for the juggernautorial candidate Andrew Cuomo, whose only apparent flaw is his taste in women.

The general elections should be interesting as well, so I'll be popping some popcorn, tossing it with a little pesto, and settling in to take in the spectacle.

Update: One thing that strikes me as odd is how quiet the voting process is now. I can't hear that satisfying **KA-CHUNK** *click-click-click-click* **KA-CHUNK** sound that always characterized voting, and that makes me nostalgic for the noisy old days.


Vonnie said...

when you mind the store, do you wear an apron and wield a broom?

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

when you mind the store, do you wear an apron and wield a broom?

Only if the customer pays $200 for the "fantasy package".

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Voted this AM!!

Substance McGravitas said...

We've never had those machines anywhere I lived. I was always jealous of American voters for the cool lever machines, and now they're gone.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

we've always had paper ballots. Old skool, but so much less room for Dieboldian shenanigans.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The machines that were used in Ohio 2004 (I was still in NYC back then) were banned by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (my preferred candidate for Senator in the primary).

South Carolina and some other states bought them.

Glennis said...

I can only hope that the democrats come out in November - please god - and sensible people vote against the wingnuts.

I have always voted on the punch-card or ink-a-vote system, so I've never used a voting machine. Have always wanted to know what "pulling the lever" really was like.

Vonnie said...

fantasy package. **giggle**