I just wanted to give an update on my absentee ballot. I had written before about waiting for it to come. Well I finally did get my ballot, but it was a long road to get it here.
When I wrote about it before, I was hoping that it would arrive that week. Well, it didn’t come, but I did receive a new voter precinct card with my married name on it about two weeks later. I was puzzled. I did see one bright spot in that my precinct card had arrived, so I was glad that they seemed to have the address right. The clock started ticking loudly in my ears at this point. It was getting into October a bit and I still didn’t have my ballot.
So I called the local voting office back home again and explained my situation. I was able to talk to a nice lady who was very helpful. She looked at their records and saw that my married name was on the voter rolls and that they hadn’t mistakenly sent my ballot to my former address. So that was good. But who knows? :-) My first ballot is out there floating in the ether somewhere.
Anyway, we both sprung into action. The voting lady told me that they could issue me another ballot and cancel the old one. I had to fax them a statement saying that I would destroy the other ballot if it came and then I had to sign the letter. Well, that first ballot hasn’t come and if it EVER does, you can be sure that I will destroy the heck out of it. LOL. I don’t want any troubles like that. And anyway, I , deep down in my soul believe in one person…one vote. I kind of believe that it just slipped through the cracks and never got mailed.
So back to my story, we don’t have a fax machine, but we were going to use a faxing program that is on Brit Boy’s computer. Well of course when the time came, it didn’t work. I had to call the voting lady back and ask if I could send her the scanned statement by email instead. She had to go and ask her manager to make sure and then she gave me the go ahead. Well, let’s just say that Murphy’s Law was in full force ;-) At that VERY moment, our broadband connection went down. After a few choice, colorful words, all that Brit Boy and I could do was laugh. So we switched the broadband off and on and it came back to life. It is so temperamental sometimes. Then, I kid you not, my email provider had glitches…..Ugh!!!! LOL. So I said it like my mom would have said it, “I’m gonna pray over it.” And I walked away from it for a minute. To let you peek into my mind a bit, in my head, I was singing the song “Lovely Day” by Bill Withers to myself to calm my nerves. LOL. This song always puts me into a good frame of mind. I was not gonna be beaten.
Finally, we were able to get into the email, and I sent the statement and did my happy dance :-) Since Murphy’s Law was kicking my backside that day, I called and made sure that the email had gone through and that my statement was okay. I know I made the phone company so rich that day :-) The voting lady did receive it and it was fine. I thanked her so much for her help.
So they mailed another one to me and I finally got it. But I wondered if this was perhaps my first ballot. There was no real way to tell from the postmark. I had to save my happy dance for later. With the time difference, I had to wait until after 2pm my time in order to call her. We were old friends by now :-) She asked me what the number was next to my name and I told her and added that there was an asterisk next to it. She said that this was for sure my new ballot. She had added the asterisk in order to differentiate them in the system and I felt good because with me mentioning that without her prompting, it showed that I was playing fair. I thanked her that one last time and felt like we should be sharing a drink or something after all of our talks :-)
I finally was able to mail off my absentee ballot last week and it felt good. I have always voted and I never take it for granted because my grandparents and even my parents for a time, could not cast a vote. So it is always a duty that I carry with me for them. And you know, this experience of having such a hard time in trying to cast my vote, it just makes me appreciate it even more. Even though no one was physically standing in my way to bar me from voting, circumstances were making it seem like I was being kept from it. This was an odd feeling. And these are the times when I feel isolated from back home…times when I can’t do what I need to do and want to do. I will say that through it all I held my cool really well and the amount of laughs at the annoyances are letting me know that I’m learning to release and let go a whole lot better :-)
Happy voting to all of my fellow citizens back home and around the world! :-)