Tacky Sticker Day

Today is Election Day, which I wouldn’t think would be that big of a deal to non-Americans. I was kind of surprised that it was discussed with such enthusiasm on the BBC World News broadcast this morning. I know that our elections have an impact on the rest of the world, but it still seemed odd that there is so much discussion elsewhere.

I got back from voting a few minutes ago. I voted for the Democrats that were running opposite Republicans and (when a Republican was running unopposed) I wrote-in candidates for other positions. I voted for myself for the State Senate seat for my district. I voted for Haley for State House Representative. I voted for Ashley for some judicial position. I would have voted for Kara, but I couldn’t think of a good position for her.

I was a little surprised by how many people had voted at my precinct so far. Since we have optical scan, I could see the exact number of people who had turned in a ballot (1300) and it was a lot higher than I had seen in a long time. I don’t think it was that high for the 2008 elections. I guess that means that the idiots (I mean, the South Huntsville elitists) were probably out in droves. That’s probably not good. Voting should always be a good thing, but folks in this area tend to think that the world revolves around them. (Maybe that explains some of my more self-centered statements.)

There was one thing at the precinct that bugged me. When I was signing in, I handed over my ID. Since I couldn’t find my permit, I used my Medicaid card. (In this state, it is one of the many valid forms of identification.) Well, the woman who was signing me in looked at it and looked at the person next to her and said, “Do we take the Alabama State Medicaid cards?” The woman next to her told her that she thought so, and they both asked me if I knew. I told them yes. What was funny was that if they stood up and walked around to the other side of the table they would have seen a list that says the following:

A. Current, Valid Photo Identification

Government-issued photo identifications (current and valid)
Employee identification for employee with photo of employee produced by the employer
Photo identification card issued by Alabama college or university
Photo identification issued from Alabama technical or professional school (current and valid)
OR

B. One of the following

Utility bill of voter with voter’s name and address
Bank statement with voter’s name and address
Government check with voter’s name and address
Paycheck with voter’s name and address
Valid identification card (authorized by law) issued by the State of Alabama (including any branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Alabama)
Valid identification card (authorized by law) issued by any of the other 49 states (including any branch, department, agency, or entity of that State)
Valid identification card (authorized by law) issued by the government of the United States of America (including any branch, department, agency, or entity of the federal government
Valid United States passport
Valid Alabama hunting license
Valid Alabama fishing license
Valid Alabama pistol/revolver permit
Valid pilot’s license issued by the FAA or other authorized agency of the federal government
Valid United States military identification
Birth certificate (certified copy)
Valid Social Security card
Naturalization document (certified copy)
Court record of adoption (certified copy)
Court record of name change (certified copy)
Valid Medicaid card
Valid Medicare card
Valid electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card
Government document that shows the name and address of the voter

So, yes, a person with a Medicaid card for identification gets to vote.

So I’m sure tonight will be a fun night for programming. I don’t think any new episodes of shows are running tonight, since it’s Election Day and since one channel (Fox) was planning on still having the World Series to broadcast. (Congratulations to the Giants, btw.) So, basically, there will be hours of political coverage by people who say that they are experts on things like elections and voting and making the candidates sound smart or stupid. Fun, huh? I’m fairly certain that the national coverage won’t mention our US House race, even though it’s fairly important. (If Mo Brooks is elected, he will be the first Republican elected in over 100 years.)

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Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.