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In case I wasn’t clear about voting

Thomas L. Friedman

Tom Friedman

If you didn’t get my point the other day — the one about doing whatever is necessary to make sure your vote gets counted in November — here’s how Tom Friedman put it in today’s New York Times (“Will 2020’s Election Be the End of Our Democracy?”)

The threat is real.

So, personally, I will walk, I will jog, I will skip, I will crawl, I will slither, I will bike, I will hike, I will hitchhike, I will drive, I will ride, I will run, I will fly, I will roll, I will be rolled, I will be carried, I will trek, I will train, I will trot, I will truck, I will strut, I will float, I will boat, I will ramble, I will amble, I will march, I will bus, I will taxi, I will Uber, Lyft, scooter, skateboard or motorcycle — and I will wear a face mask, a face shield, gloves, goggles, a hazmat suit, a spacesuit or a wet suit — but I damn well will get to my neighborhood polling station to see that my vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris is cast and counted on Nov. 3.

He sounds pretty determined, doesn’t he?

We should all feel that way.

11 Comments »

  1. I’m not going to do the mail in. We have a voting maybe 1/2 mile away and it’s in the gym of a school. I’ve never seen more than 3 people voting at the same time there, so it’s always in and out.

    • There’s something special about actually voting at the polls. Even if you have to wait in line for 3 hours to vote with a butterfly ballot (that was in Georgia and I was much younger then). I’d do it again if I had to, but I’m sure glad there’s a better option now.

  2. This will be my first presidential election to vote by mail as I’ve always preferred going to the polling site, just to see how busy they were if nothing else. Last time for some other balloting when I couldn’t stand long I found the arrangements to sit and vote very awkward and poor, so I just requested a mail-in ballot for the future in case I might still need it. Now I want mail-in because of the virus. Haven’t decided if I’ll mail it in or take it to a ballot box at the polling place — probably the latter, especially given what’s being done to the USPS.

  3. definitely gonna have all my documentation, get there nice and early, and vote. Hell, if I can find the early voting place, I’ll do it then just in case. I’m in Dump country down here (at least one house on every county road has somebody with a Dump flag in their yard or truck bed, and I’m sure there’ll be some stupid last-minute intimidation factor going on. I’m putting my little 2×3 Joe sticker on my car tomorrow. Wonder how many folks who see it would lose their minds. Amazing how many people are wearing Dump paraphernalia around: hats, face-masks, shirts, or those damned flags in their truck beds or yards, bigger than any American flag you can get at a local store. I find that rather awkward and unfortunate, because it feels like these folks have lost sight of where we are in the world and what our country is supposed to be about.

"Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and intolerance armed with power." ~ Voltaire

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