OK, I do NOT want to get into a political thing but yesterday we had the chance to participate in the primaries in Kentucky. Being a registered voter and responsible citizen I made my way to the little country church that serves as our voting place. I made my way in, went to the table to prove that I am me via my KDL, dealt with the 'senior citizen big time' poll worker, assisted her in finding my name after repeating it several times then proceeded to cast my vote. What I found inside the little curtained off area was a red light only on the Republican side. Huh? What's up with this? See, I had never voted in a primary before like a lot of people. Usually by the time they get to Kentucky the nominee is already decided. But as we all know this year is different.
I stood there attempting to vote for the DEMOCRAT that I wanted to be president of our great country but was denied. It seems that when I registered to vote I must have been in another world because I was registered as a Republican. I could accept the fact that I had decided at one time or another that was the party I had chosen. What I could not understand is why in the world I could not vote for who I wanted. Anyone knowing me would understand that I immediately got very pissed off (but I was a lady and didn't take it out on anyone, this time!). I did, however, find a button that provided me the option to NOT vote for the candidates on the left side of the machine, namely REPUBLICANS. So I felt like I completely wasted my time.......except......that now I know I need to change my voting information.
I don't understand why we have to pick a party anyway. When the senior poll worker asked me what party I was registered in I responded that I wasn't in any as far as I knew. She looked at me like I was stark naked and my brains were exposed and quipped "are you an Independent?" I quickly said no but if anything I was sure I was registered as a Democrat. She looked and looked which is when I helped her, bless her heart. When I found myself in the R side and not the D side I was aghast. My parents were always Democrat, as far as I can remember anyway (So, corrections if need be please).
I will wait until after November to change my voter information because I want to assure that I can vote then but I just think what happened is wrong. Why should we have to choose anyway? I like to vote for who I think will do the best job, be they Republican or Democrat. Needless to say I am still fuming but I guess I will get over it. I did wear my little tacky "I voted today" sticker while my farrier was shoeing my horses. At least I did my part.