Tuesday, October 28, 2008

If you say voting is hard, I say no it isn't

In a week, people will be lining up at the polls to vote.

Some people.

There are going to be some people who will stay at home on Tuesday, November 4. Granted, some of them may have already voted, but many people are just not going to bother.

And this is a relatively active election. Many municipalities will hold elections next spring and summer, and the majority of voters won't even bother to show up.

Now perhaps some people may be saying that it's too hard to vote. You have to walk or drive down to your precinct, stand in line, bla bla bla.

And what if you're traveling? That's something that affected me last spring; I was on vacation during California's June primary, so my wife and I had to drive to the county seat (San Bernardino) and cast our votes early.

But what if you're traveling for a really long time, and you're a really long way away? You still have no excuse, as How to Split an Atom notes:

In what must be the cheesiest...but most pointed political sentiment of the last twenty-four hours, two astronauts — Edward Michael Fincke and Greg Chamitoff — have cast their ballots from the International Space Station.

This is all thanks to a law passed by the Texas legislature in 1997 that sets up special provisions and procedures for astronauts who want to vote while in outer space.

So if these two can go out and vote, I think that you can.

I just hope they didn't have any hanging chads. They can cause a lot of trouble in zero G.

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