I am unsure how I feel about advance voting. While I appreciate the convenience, and I am considering voting ahead of the election this time around, I also worry that it dilutes the impact of a one-day election.
I also worry that, if I vote in advance, some big scandal will break, and I'll want to change my vote.
But I've never tried it, so I'm going to give it a shot this election.
I'll be honest, though, I'm pretty underwhelmed with this whole election. I know who I'm going to vote for, and I've known for a while, but I wish I could have been more excited about it. I don't fall into the "undecided" category, but I guess I'm looking for a reason to get enthused -- for a reason to change my vote.
I've coined a word for this feeling -- "underdecided."
It's like the phenomenon of being "underemployed" -- sure, you may have a job, but maybe it's only half-time, or maybe it's not fully utilizing your skills. That's how I feel about myself as a voter.
I'm engaged, I'm passionate about the issues, I want to be challenged and motivated. I want candidates and campaigns to have vision. And I know why candidates play it safe, but it doesn't make my any happier.
Anyway, I've decided that the one thing that would make me advance vote for sure is if I could get a lawn sign like this:
That would at least stop the endless parade of pamphlets and door-knocking!
PS. If you want to vote in advance yourself, the advance polling places are already open. You can find details in this Brandon Sun story.