Tuesday, November 08, 2005

can "J" vote today?

so, today is election day for all you voting advocates out there. i care more about today's election than most, considering it was only local governement votes for me where i think my vote actually matters more than in, say, federal elections where most people are only choosing between the "lesser of two evils". or so they tell me.

anyway, D and i get there a few minutes before seven b/c we are used to the People's Republic of Cambridge where there would already be a long line and i have to catch the train at 737am, so we want to get in and out.

first of all, there is basically no one else there to vote. oh, one guy. yes, this is somerville. yes, i'm ashamed. but there are a million people "checking" voters. well, only two to sign us in but a whole host of other folks sitting behind these two doing i have no idea what.

so, i go up to the desk, give my address and then my name. the woman finds it and then pauses. then screams back to the "official" lady in charge: "it's a J. can J's vote today?" the man in front of me was just allowed thru. presumably he isn't a J though. the "official" lady yells back that "anyone" can vote today. apparently even us "J"s. why don't they just try to malign me in front of the whole office? why don't they just try to shame me into not voting? why don't they just try to rig the election!

but i'm not ashamed of being a "j". that's right. i'm not a democrat. i'm registered green. well, apparently it's "j"-green. or however they spell it in somerville.

the whole operation was pretty shady. their clocks were slow (d played "spot the republican challenger" while we waited) and the guy at the ballot box was there, apparently, to yell at you for "taking" a privacy sleeve for your ballot even tho you had no choice.

next time around we might start a write in campaign for me for mayor. can you imagine a "j" as mayor? wouldn't that throw the town into a tailspin?


At 9:28 AM GMT-5, Blogger dlamming said...

are we sure the guy at the ballot box wasn't the republican? we know they're not into privacy... especially for "j"'s and "j" sympathizers.

maybe somerville is actally slumbervile, where everyone doesn't vote till 9. yea, that must be it. :)

At 9:31 AM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

Hey, I'm a green, too!

And I had trouble at the polls as well. For some reason I was put on the inactive voter list even though I vote in every election no matter how depressing.

And if I lived in Somerville, I'd totally write you in for mayor. In fact, I'm trying to get Kettle to write me in for mayor on her way home tonight.

At 10:02 AM GMT-5, Blogger catswym said...

oh, it's definitely lazy town. i mean, remember that guy across the street still asleep at 10am on a friday when we were moving in?

ooo...the greens are taking over. and the "man" doesn't want us to. it was probably sent out on the "man's" mailing list to try to suppress our votes!

and i'm not saying how i know about TMML (the man's mailing list), all i'm saying is i have proof it exists.

At 10:14 AM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

I didn't think it was because of my party affiliation, but perhaps I was wrong. In light of your experience, I'll have to re-evaluate.

At 10:41 AM GMT-5, Blogger dlamming said...

seriously though- do the greens even have a primary? how do they choose candidates?

At 10:47 AM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

They are chosen for us by the central committee, as it should be!

jk... I have no idea. I never read the stuff they mail me. I'm a bad green.

At 10:49 AM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

Actually, it also just occurred to me that when I last re-newed my driver's license, I changed from green to independant, so I'm not a green at all. Sorry for the confusion!

At 10:53 AM GMT-5, Blogger catswym said...


At 10:58 AM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

Hey! I actually was a green at one point, so I think poser is totally inappropriate here... Sellout, maybe... but poser? No!


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