Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Time to Vote

I didn't want to take pictures of all the folks (including some of our local very famous celebrities!) waiting in line to vote, or the voting machines (we had the old-fashioned kind with the levers, no electronic machines for us, thank goodness!) For some reason it just seemed, well, unseemly. (If you want to see what voting in Sharon looks like -- very simple and plain, but sometimes democracy looks that way-here are my pics from primary day - the main post links to my other blog with a mini-photo essay.)

Anyway, this gentleman was taking his time to check out the ballot before he went inside. It was a bit complicated - five or six parties were fielding candidates, and there were about eight important offices up for grabs, everything from state representative and state senator, secretary of state and state treasurer, to congressional rep, senator, governor, and a new office, probate judge (actually the most local of all of them.) Of course our state has gotten the most attention for the battle between Senator Lieberman and his challenger, anti-war candidate Ned Lamont, but many of the other races are just as important to those of us living here. (Luckily none of the others got nearly as nasty - the political ads in the senate race were just awful, and the congressional race was just as bad.)

One final note: just before I sat down to compose this, the phone rang. I picked it up and heard, "Hi, this is President Bill Clinton...." It was a recording, of course, but I still enjoyed sitting at my kitchen table listening to Bill encouraging me, personally, to get out and vote! The polls stay open for another few hours, then we'll all sit back in front of the TV and find out at long last what the people want!


Blogger Victoria said...

I love this photo (Pancake breakfast?!?! Neat!) Did the gentleman know you were taking his photo, or was he just being very still?

6:13 PM  
Blogger Fay said...

Jenny, you just proved that you are good at capturing not only beautiful natural scenery, but also anything that can catch people's heart! Just want to let you know that I really like this picture!

6:28 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I just love his posture! A wonderful capture of this doorway scene. You bring us right there!

5:41 AM  
Blogger tut-tut said...

You captured a true New Englander. I really enjoy your posts. Does Sharon have town meeting, or has that disappeared in Connecticut?

9:59 AM  
Blogger Meg Nakagawa said...

I've really come to like photos of the elderly. This one is just lovely.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Kala said...

That was a good timing for a picture! I love the democratic process - the results of the election speak for themselves and the peoples voices are loud and clear! God Bless America! =)

3:12 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

Jenny, It's even more old fashioned here! We still jnumbr squares on a paper ballot, with a pencil, and place it in a ballot box! No fancy-schmancy electronics for us!! The only machines with handles to pull, are old fashioned slot machines (one armed bandits)

7:38 AM  

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