Vote 2008

Voting experiences

I hope all our US readers have either voted or plan to vote– even if it’s for the wrong guy and his Alaskan running mate. Feel free to share your voting experiences.

I voted this morning at a recreation center in my northwest Washington, DC, neighborhood. I only had to wait a few minutes. For some reason, we were given the choice between paper (optical scan) and electronic (touch screen) voting. I chose electronic. In DC, the only doubt is whether Obama receives 75 or 80 percent of the vote.

Residents of DC were not entitled to vote for president until 1964– it took a Constitutional amendment to authorize it. However, we are the only place in the US without voting representation in Congress (we have a non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives). Thus the slogan “Taxation without Representation” that appears on DC license plates.