Greg Cohoon (drmellow) wrote,
Greg Cohoon

Vote Early, Vote Often

During luch today, I wasted my vote by voting for Michael Badnarik (Libertarian) for President. I was able to do that because North Carolina has early voting -- they call it one-stop absentee voting. Today was the first day that early voting was open and beeler and I met up with reba_quate to go ahead and vote during lunch today. It was lots of fun and the voter turnout was much higher than the poll workers expected. I was the 349th person to vote today. Outside of the presidential and governor's races, I mostly voted Republican. I undervoted in 9 races where I didn't have enough information on the candidates to make a choice. I'm against all of the proposed state constitutional ammendments and bond issues.

So why did I vote for Badnarik? I'm definitely not a fan of Kerry, and I'm not really much of a fan of Bush. Given a choice for either of them, I'd rather have Bush, by my preference is only slight. I don't agree with all of the planks in the Libertarian platform, either, but I'd like the Republican party to see that they've really been moving too far to the left. Bush is not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination, and I want a conservative President. In the grand scheme of things, my vote really doens't matter much, especially since the main candidates are so similar. So I decided to vote for the candidate that most closely matches my beliefs, even though he doesn't have a prayer.

Now, if the votes in North Carolina are so close that my one vote would have really made a difference, I might regret today's vote. But I really don't think that's going to be the case.

Anyway, I voted. I can't wait for the political season (and inevitable lawsuits) to end.

[Edit: Thanks collingwest for pointing out the list of one-stop locations in North Carolina.]

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