Tuesday, November 6, 2012

I Sorta Voted..

After having never missed the opportunity to cast a ballot since becoming of age, I ran into a snag this morning. 

Decked out in a carefully planned RW&B outfit, properly poofed and polished, new voter card in hand for my new precinct (city side)...
I went to the polls.
Following all the rules, standing in the line..
Getting to address verification station...
Presenting my card and ID...

My name was not on the precinct roll.
"But I have this official card issued by the Commonwealth that tells me to vote here.
How can this be??? " in my kindest voice.

Head officials were brought over, calls were made, voter advocates observing from both parties watched with interest..

A suspicion of clerical error, but no resolution.
Instead I was given a Provisional Ballot to fill out and seal.
Supporting evidence of voter eligibility attached.
Signatures affixed. 
By Friday, an election officer will determine whether or not I am a duly registered voter.
If so, my ballot will then be opened an counted. 

I am in one of those swing states the candidates have been (over) focused on.
I want my vote to count. 

So if the race does indeed become too close to call,
and we are all waiting for the provisional ballots to be verified and counted,
think of me.
I will be in hiding. 


TexWisGirl said...

oops. one snafu, hopefully to be rectified.

Beth said...

I think somebody goofed. I hope that it all gets straightened out and your vote gets counted!

Debbie said...

i wore my red, white and blue as well!! i voted but i didn't get a button ;)))

Kathryn Ray said...

Oh man, what a bummer. Will they notify you that it has/has not been resolved by Friday?

thecrazysheeplady said...

I'm thinking THEY should be the ones hiding... :-o

Lynne said...

Your words made me smile. I chaired a voting precinct yesterday and I am quite familiar with situations that present ballotting variables such as a provisional.

It was a long, long day for any of us who worked the polls for this General Election. Unbelievably numbers of people stood in our precinct lines yesterday. It never stopped ALL day long. It was way past midnight before I made it home.

And today it is all about Snickers the dog . . .

Cathy H. said...

How frustrating! I hope every thing was cleared up and your vote was counted!