As the only registered voter currently in residence Chez Songbird, I resist the suggestion that I vote early.
I grew up in a political family, and going to the polls had personal importance, although my dad had "retired" from politics by the time I could vote. Because I remember holding his hand on the way to the polling place, because I remember going behind the curtain with him when I was too little to read the names opposite the levers, because I remember the exciting sound of the machine recording his vote as he pulled the handle to open the curtain again, I like to vote on election day.
Pure Luck voted before he left for Non-Contiguous New England State, going down to City Hall and filling out an absentee ballot.
#1 Son, still in transition from home to his grown-up life in a Slice of the Big Apple, did not register in time there and also voted absentee in Vacationland, where he still has his driver's license. (And his medical bills. And his credit card offers.)
Snowman registered to vote and requested his absentee ballot on the same day in August. In our state, a young person turning 18 before Election Day can register to vote. He turned 18 on Thursday, so his vote will count. The ballot arrived at Land o'Lakes a few weeks ago, and he duly filled it out, signed it and returned it.
On Tuesday, after school, Light Princess will go with me to our polling place (at the Conservative Temple not far from here), and witness my vote.
I got a call last night from the state Democratic Party asking me to volunteer on Election Day. I have to work until 3, and then I'm going to vote, and then…well, he said, couldn't you vote early?
No. No, I really can't. I hope you'll understand. (I set a different time to volunteer.) He told me that even the phone bankers will start going door to door at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, to literally get out the vote, making sure people know where to go to cast their ballots.
This election fills me with excitement and a little terror! I've been choosing hope all year, even when fear threatened to command my attention instead. I'll be voting that hope on Tuesday.