Inertia Overcome

I got my mail-in ballot in the mail a few days ago.  I didn’t ask for it.  But here it is, in my hand…I blackened the little boxes like on our SAT exams.  Felt good..why not just drop it in the mail, after all?
My daughter is compromising; she intends to drop hers off today at the County Election office.  Covid-respectful yet secure, she thinks. I could ride along with mine….
But I woke up this morning having decided:

no.  I am going to go to the polls.

Maybe this’ll be the last election I will ever vote in.  or the last one in which my vote will ever count.  I want to be with my fellow Americans, look into their eyes, even if we have to wear masks.
My polling place is at our local Lutheran Church. ( Why do all churches built in the 70s have a gymnasium? “Muscular Christianity”?): I don’t know if it’ll be crowded; probably, in a presidential election year.  (I did vote absentee for Trump in 2016 because I was traveling  on Election Day. ) I reckon I want to feel I did SOMETHING, right up to the last minute.   Last time, all of us doggedly doing the only thing we could do (vote!) was enough!

When the roll is called [over] yonder, I’ll be THERE.  Mens sana  in corpore sano, (Deo volente.) 

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10 thoughts on “Inertia Overcome”

  1. Yes;  we will vote on November 3 at our local precinct, which is a community center about six miles away.

    Our Lutheran church has a gym.  A gym is a great resource for church.  We host all sorts of community events there, and we have church-related events there as well.  In part it is there as a community service; the church makes the space available for community sports league play.  (For really large events we charge $50 bucks, which we refund if they clean up after themselves.  For most mundane events, the only charge is that they have to see the banners and crosses and crucifixes we have on our walls.)

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  2. MJBubba:
    Yes;  we will vote on November 3 at our local precinct, which is a community center about six miles away.

    Our Lutheran church has a gym.  A gym is a great resource for church.  We host all sorts of community events there, and we have church-related events there as well.  In part it is there as a community service; the church makes the space available for community sports league play.  (For really large events we charge $50 bucks, which we refund if they clean up after themselves.  For most mundane events, the only charge is that they have to see the banners and crosses and crucifixes we have on our walls.)

    Sink one for the Savior!

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  3. Hypatia:

    MJBubba:
    Yes;  we will vote on November 3 at our local precinct, which is a community center about six miles away.

    Our Lutheran church has a gym.  A gym is a great resource for church.  We host all sorts of community events there, and we have church-related events there as well.  In part it is there as a community service; the church makes the space available for community sports league play.  (For really large events we charge $50 bucks, which we refund if they clean up after themselves.  For most mundane events, the only charge is that they have to see the banners and crosses and crucifixes we have on our walls.)

    Sink one for the Savior!

    Jesus saves!

    Teravainen gets the rebound…he passes over to Aho…back to Hamilton at the point…he shoots…HE SCORES!!!

    Edit: Forgot to add, “THAT’S HOCKEY, BABY!”

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  4. I also got a mail-in ballot here in Tampa, followed a few days later by a mailer urging me to request a mail-in ballot. Hmph. Then a few days after that, Ohio sent me a mail-in ballot request form to my Florida address. It made me wonder how hard it would be to collect one from all 50 states. Anyway, I mailed my vote (singular), and verified that it was counted:

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  5. Owen Wengerd:
    I also got a mail-in ballot here in Tampa, followed a few days later by a mailer urging me to request a mail-in ballot. Hmph. Then a few days after that, Ohio sent me a mail-in ballot request form to my Florida address. It made me wonder how hard it would be to collect one from all 50 states. Anyway, I mailed my vote (singular), and verified that it was counted:

    Ummm, why is there a counter for ballots (“Ballot 1 has been counted”)?

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  6. danok1:
    Ummm, why is there a counter for ballots (“Ballot 1 has been counted”)?

    Good question! I suppose that I could request a new ballot, which would then become “Ballot 2”. So the real question is, what happens to Ballot 1 in that case?

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  7. Owen Wengerd:

    danok1:
    Ummm, why is there a counter for ballots (“Ballot 1 has been counted”)?

    Good question! I suppose that I could request a new ballot, which would then become “Ballot 2”. So the real question is, what happens to Ballot 1 in that case?

    I assume it’s counted as a straight Democrat ballot.

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  8. Owen Wengerd:

    danok1:
    Ummm, why is there a counter for ballots (“Ballot 1 has been counted”)?

    Good question! I suppose that I could request a new ballot, which would then become “Ballot 2”. So the real question is, what happens to Ballot 1 in that case?

    Depends on who you voted for.

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  9. ?Why aren’t you guys with unasked for mail-in’s sending them in with straight Republican votes AND going to vote in person. If the judge balks, throw a hissy-fit. Demand your right to vote! YOU didn’t ask for any mail-in vote!

    OR – you get two Republican votes. It’s what the Dems would do.

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  10. Devereaux:
    ?Why aren’t you guys with unasked for mail-in’s sending them in with straight Republican votes AND going to vote in person. If the judge balks, throw a hissy-fit. Demand your right to vote! YOU didn’t ask for any mail-in vote!

    OR – you get two Republican votes. It’s what the Dems would do.

    Dems get away with it.  Republicans do not.

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