Voting in the Time of COVID-19

Of all the things that have been different and weird this year, I have to say, I really enjoyed what was a unique voting process.

In the past, I have always enjoyed going to the polls. I like filling out my ballot on Election Day, feeding it into the machine, seeing what number I was in casting my ballot at my polling place, and taking my “I Voted” sticker, which I would proudly wear all day.

I wasn’t feeling going to the poll in the middle of a pandemic, though, so I requested a mail-in ballot. I had some concerns about it getting where it needed to be in the allotted time, until I discovered that our town has a drive-up ballot drop box right outside the county building.

Filling out the ballot was exactly the same as doing so in the voting booth, except this time, I could let my children see exactly what was on the ballot, from the national choices right on down to the local ones, which was pretty cool. And dropping it off was pretty fun, too, even if there was no counter. The only real downside was that I didn’t get a sticker…I think they should have included one in the envelope with my ballot!

I would definitely vote this way again. I still like the idea of voting in person on Election Day, but the convenience of doing it this way, especially during a pandemic, is very appealing! If only I had this option back when I had to vote on crutches with a broken ankle!

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