The wait at my polling place was 90 minutes at mid-morning, a time I would have thought would be pretty low traffic. So I had plenty of time to weigh my options on the two things I was still undecided about when I got in line: which presidential candidate to vote for (Obama or Stein) and how to vote on Mass. Question 2, which would allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients.
I can’t remember the last time I was facing a ballot question I was genuinely undecided about. I feel there are strong progressive cases to be made on both sides of this issue, and it was a tough one for me to wrestle. It seems like both choices are wrong, in some important ways, because the question is the wrong question. But it’s the one I had to answer in a voting booth today all the same.
Eventually I did get to vote. I know our political system is broken, but the thrill of casting a vote and getting some small say in government never gets old.
This year my kids are getting in on the voting action! Rio is Very Interested in voting. She made this little website to let kids vote, and has been taking paper voting sheets down to Davis Sq. and getting kids to sign them all weekend. Today she and her dad and sister went out campaigning for Elizabeth Warren.
She asked me who I was voting for and I answered honestly that I had not fully decided.
“I would vote for Jill Stein,” she said.
“Why?” I was surprised. She’s been talking about Obama a lot and I thought she only vaguely knew who Jill Stein was.
“Because she stands for what your heart really believes in, and also because we’ve never had a woman president. I think it might be time to listen to what some other people have to say.”
Well, OK then.
Meanwhile, her older brother will be casting his first votes today! He’s 18 and super engaged. We had a long talk last night about the finer points of voting for the Green party vs the Justice party. Not sure which way he decided to go on that, but so proud of him for doing his homework on it.