Today was a run-off election day in Georgia. I had 2 races to vote for: Jim Martin vs. Vernon Jones to be Democratic candidate to face Saxby Chambliss (R) for a Senate seat in Congress and Woody Thompson vs. Annette Kesting for Cobb County Commission. My neighbor 2 houses down has a Woody Thompson sign up.
I had to go to 3 polling places before I could finally vote. My first name is Chinese, which is still considered unusual in Georgia and so it was misspelled in the voter rolls. I'm actually entered twice and turns out I got sent to the polling place for my old address, not my new address.
I got to the electronic voting booth and voted in the Martin vs. Jones race then hit enter to go to the next race. Well, there was no next race because my old district didn't have a race and I had actually hit "cast ballot" not "next" like I thought.
The polling supervisor was there and I filled out a change of address form and all that. I said, I just want to make sure that this is cleared up before November! I got her number so I will follow up later. November's election will be very important and I want to make sure my vote gets counted!
Anyway, I did get to vote for the race I was most interested in and my candidate in the other race won even without my vote. And I got to drive around southern Cobb County, going thru neighborhoods I didn't know about. I could have used the major roads to get to the third polling place, but decided to pull out the map, use the backroads, and listen to my iPod.
Despite it all, it wasn't a bad way to spend a morning.