Monday, November 05, 2012

Why I will not be voting

Gather around, my friends, for a sad story of self-imposed disenfranchisement.

Why I will not be voting for anyone in 2012:

1. On October 18th, I checked the rules for regular ballot submission for American citizens living abroad and found out that the deadline to send them was the 16th. D'oh! HOWEVER:

2. That same day, I looked into filling out an Emergency Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (their term) at our local embassy/consulate. That's what we did in Damascus in 2004 and it worked out really well for us. I read through the rules and from what I could tell at the time, we qualified. So we kicked back for a few days until the next time we headed into Dubai, at which time we planned to swing by the consulate and fill out our EFWAB. (And can I just say here that I love that it's a voting EMERGENCY? It makes it seem like we'll be filling it out under duress, all sweaty- and nervous-like.)

3. Then, the morning we were planning to go to the consulate, we found out that Oregon doesn't support (no longer supports? It did in 2004) the EFWAB so we were really and truly out of luck. No voting for us in 2012. SAD FACE. Except:

4. I was having a hard time coming to terms with voting for either of these guys anyway. I'm sorry for the 98% of my friends who I just offended, on both sides. I will never know for sure what I would have marked on my overseas absentee ballot (whether EMERGENCY or otherwise), but the plan was to write in Jon Huntsman.

5. In conclusion, I feel pretty bad about not voting this year, and thus neglecting my civic duty. I'm consoling myself with #4, above, and also by reminding myself that Oregon is in no way a swing state. As for all the local elections...well, we are non-resident residents of Oregon (that is a technical term), ok?

You can go ahead and shame me in the comments. Just know that I'm feeling ashamed all on my own, too.

In the meantime, please enjoy:


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16 comments:

Yvonne Anderson said...

I didn't vote either and not because I missed deadlines. Partly because of me being lazy and dreading a trip to the consulate (I hate the traffic in that part of town), but mostly because of the same reason in your #4. Don't worry, I won't shame you as long as you don't shame me.

Liz Johnson said...

HAHAHAHA that second video is so awesome. Seriously. I admit that I had a hard time deciding who to vote for as well, and I wasn't even given a write-in option! I might've eeny-meeny-ed it this year.

You should just type up something and entitle it "BRIDGET PALMER'S OFFICIAL EMERGENCY ABSENTEE BALLOT" and mail it to the Oregon voting people. Then you can say you voted, albeit maybe not officially. :)

Ashley said...

I feel the same way. I have no idea what I am going to do tomorrow. I just know I won't be voting for either Mitt or Barack...Missouri has a "sore-loser law" so they don't count write-ins unless they are registered...

Julia - Finding My Way Softly said...

I think that you can officially unguilt yourself. There are not any really big races or ones that will be very close. :-) well, water board position 4 in Clackamas County doesn't have anyone running, so a write-in candidate surprise could happen. ;-)

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Sorry you didn't get to vote--at least you tried. We all hate the campaign in its negative nastiness. I think hard to separate all that from the candidates and what their election would mean for the future of our country. I'm able to do that, and vote with an eased conscience.

If I were queen I would declare a 2-month campaign period which is plenty of time for dissemination of information, intelligent discussion and debate, capped off by election day.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

PS: ok, so I just made that good citizen comment. Have to confess I voted against a candidate out of SPITE (we filled out our ballots last night). I'm still furious at our local Democratic party who deceived us when our Congressman Wu was up for reelection in 2010. His staff knew he was mentally ill and SAID NOTHING. He was reelected and immediately most of his staff resigned and spilled the truth; then he was rightly forced to resign. So we were subsequently dragged through a special election to fill his vacated seat which cost tons more $$ and forced the losing Republican candidate (Cornilles) to wade through the campaign process all over again. He lost, Democrat Bonamicci won, and she is up for reelection to that seat right now, so I voted for another candidate about whom I now nothing, just to spite the Democrats. So there. [But the Dems won't feel it because Bonamicci will win by a landslide in this neck of the woods]. I'm oozing acid right now.

Glenda The Good said...

What, I feel like I did when I heard about the Tiger Wood's (many) sex scandals...my hero has fallen :) J/K lady you live a million miles away and you did what you could. What more could we ask for? I agree with your mom....2 month campaign period. Direct elections. All states have to vote in the primary on the same day. No more stump speaking, campaign ads, super packs, etc. A few elections. A good campaign website with actual plans and ideas. Maybe two or three interviews on prime time. That's all I want :)

Katie Lewis said...

Man, we already voted, but I still feel entirely unenthusiastic about both candidates. I'm sure they're both fine. I'm sure they'll both do stuff I think is dumb. (This line of thinking, by the way, is why I will probably never care at all about politics.) I know a good citizen would be really opinionated one way or the other, but I'm so... not.

P.S. Living in Ohio has, more than any other time before, made me so excited for the elections to be over. Being in a swing state is not as fun as it's cracked up to be.

Kristen said...

This is a very important presidential election for our country's future. The United States has a lot of problems, and the election system is certainly not perfect. But I am having a hard time coming to grips with the fact that my friend Bridget, who I have always viewed as a very intelligent, world-minded, fact-seeking individual, would even consider that Barack Obama should be allowed a second term. He had his chance to bring forth his "hope and change." This isn't the right place for me to drone on and on about his failures as President, and I apologize to you and the plenty of others who these statements offend. But I am not ashamed to be excited about the prospect of having a man in charge who has real-life experience with budgets and the bottom line and who emanates strength of character. There. I'm clicking "publish" quick before I chicken out of speaking my mind.

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Amen Kristin!

Susanne said...

I voted two weeks early. My first time voting early in a general election. Sorry you were unable to vote, but your reasons for not doing so make sense.

Kristen said...

I returned here shortly after submitting my comment with the intention of deleting it, but I appreciate your approval, Suzanne. I realize that three sentences does not allow enough context for me to make a solid argument on such a heated and sensitive topic. I also understand that living abroad provides an entirely different frame of reference for American politics: not only because International media is probably even more anti-American than our own domestic news corporations, but also because I seem to recall that your personal experience with socialist/communist government has been largely positive. So I suppose my disbelief is not so much in the possibility that you would vote for Obama, but in the notion that you are still unsure at this point. The candidates have divergent visions for the future of the US, so the undecided voter is an enigma to me (presuming that voter is sufficiently informed). I still think very highly of you, my dear friend, and hope you don't mind my brazen replies Conservativing up your wonderful, friends-with-everyone blog. :) And I can't NOT say how much I love those classic Simpsons clips. I think of that second one every time I wish I could vote Libertarian.

Bridget said...

I love your brazen replies. Bring it on! I'm surprised you got any kind of pro-Obama vibe from this post. But of course I would consider voting for him, in the general sense of the word. That's what an election is, right?

You rightly guessed that living overseas presents a different view of American politics. Foreign policy issues that seem irrelevant to many Americans in the US are a big deal over here, and have the potential to directly impact my life.

Bridget said...

And UGH, I hate getting into politics if for no other reason than because it makes it hard to be friends with everyone, as you said. :) Just know that all opinions are welcome here!

I do sometimes wonder how skewed my idea of American politics is, being so removed from the pulse of American society at large. I get all my information from online news sources. The only indication of the everyman's opinion that I have is FB, which is...probably not a good thing.

Jessie said...

This is for Kristen: http://kylemonson.com/2012/09/12/the-revolution-will-be-tweeted/

Julee said...

I second...third that Kristen!

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