It’s ‘turn back the clock’ weekend. I hate that they’ve moved it so far back into Fall, but whatever. I don’t know why we have to keep changing, honestly. It used to be for Farmers, but with technology they don’t need it anymore. I think it’s more of a PR thing, now. “Change the clocks, change the batteries.”
And this year, it’s “change the clocks, change the president,” which, as a no-so-big-fan of Obama, entertains me. And provides a segue into this story:
I voted yesterday (Friday). I wanted to take Josh, and I wasn’t sure how it was going to work on Voting Day, with him having to be at school, and me having to be at work, I didn’t want to deal with lines and whatnot. So I checked him out of school at lunch hour and we headed to the County Auditor’s office. I sat down with my ballot and started showing him how it works – without saying any names out loud. And we were using stage whispers – there was nobody else voting anyway. And the auditor shows up… “He can’t be here.”
“What? What are you talking about?”
“The boy. He can’t watch you vote.”
“That’s ridiculous. How is he supposed to learn?”
“He can learn when he’s 18”
Oh, the comebacks I had for that one. But I could tell that Josh was getting upset, so I held my tongue, finished voting, and scooted us out of there. And proceeded to tell him that, in this case, an authority figure was wrong – there is no Iowa Law stating that minors may not witness their parents’ votes. I know this because friends and I have brought our children to various polling places in the past, and voted with them on our laps. Don’t know what the deal with this particular auditor was…
So. That’s my voting story for this year. What’s yours? Have you participated in the Early Voting Wave, or are you a traditionalist, and saving your vote for Tuesday? Or are you like a friend of mine who is sick and tired of the whole process and refuses to vote at all?
And don’t forget to check your clocks, otherwise you’re gonna be expected to have donuts when you arrive an hour early for work tomorrow morning!