So, after the school bus picked the kids up, I drove to our borough building to cast my vote. I was greeted by two borough representatives who immediately started talking about the vote, write-in's etc. I cut them off an asked "Is today just a primary, or is it the final vote? I'm independent - can I vote today?"
The two men smiled, one of them replying "Today is for the flock only. People who think for themselves can't enter."
I was somewhat taken aback by the borough representatives saying that, especially while they were assisting with primary elections! A short discussion ensued on party politics, ending with me telling them "I'll be back when I'm allowed in."
Driving to work afterwards I thought of some of the odd aspects of voting in our country:
- the ingrained party aspect of elections (that our founding fathers warned us against)
- the cumbersome and antiquated method of voting (can't we just have an app for it? Electronic transactions are pretty well understood - we'd could have better voter turnout, less expense, no lines, etc.)
- the ever-growing money influence (I'll write about campaign finance more sometime)
It seems a little broken. That's a problem for a representative democracy, where voting is a primary characteristic.