The Broken Voting System

I voted today! First, I went to the nearest recommended poll that my mother and father in-law voted at, and they were like, “You can’t vote here. You have to go to [such-and-such] elementary school.” I thought it was strange, but I complied, because I wanted to vote. On the way out of the first stop, a gentleman was handing out Gospel tracks and saying, “Here is some non-political good news for you to read.” Although I disagree that Jesus message wasn’t political, I didn’t really have the time or energy to get into it…even further, I digress.

So I pulled up to the elementary school and went into the main office. I thought I was going to have to sign in as a visitor to vote. Luckily, the kind receptionist was able to point me toward the library. I thought it was strange that the school was still in session, but that is also acceptable. Once I got to the library, the first question they asked me after a cordial, “Hello” was, “Will you be voting Republican or Democrat?” I paused for a moment and didn’t really know how to answer. I was hoping to vote for people on both sides. I raised this concern, and they said that in a Texas primary I had to choose which side, and that I couldn’t vote as Independent. I retorted, “No wonder the system is broken.” They laughed.

After about a minute of internal debate, I ended up choosing a Democratic primary. The most important issues for me this year are the federal deschedulization of cannabis, and the right to open carry anywhere in Texas…or the US. First and foremost, I voted for Bernie Sanders. I wanted to vote Republican and write in Rand Paul and cast a vote for Tinderholt, but I wasn’t able to do that and vote for my most important issues. Bernie is the only presidential candidate still in the race that is promising to relax cannabis laws. I disagree with the idea of making government bigger, but let’s be honest, the government has been steadily getting bigger with Republicans and Democrats at the helm. I don’t think this will change without voting for a 3rd party.

I made a few other voting decisions, and then I moved on to the referendums. The first one was about a fair, living wage, and equal time off for people regardless of sex, race, religion, or other discriminatory category. I voted to support that one. The second was a push for more fairness during court preceedings, regardless of sex, race, religion, and such. I voted in support of that one. The next one was an initiative to expand into more renewable energies due to global warming. I am not a global warming believer, but I do believe we need to become less dependent on oil, so I voted in support. The next one would allow school campuses to opt out of open carry. I voted against this one. Shootings only tend to happen in gun free zones. Whether it is a police officer, veteran, or concerned parent, if someone wants to strap on a gun and keep students — elementary to college — safe, that is cool with me. I think there was one more, but I can’t remember it at the moment. Either way, these were the most memorable.

After casting my ballot, I spoke with the volunteers and thanked them for being present to facilitate voting. I admitted that I hadn’t voted since 2004. I voted for George Bush, and I was active duty military. I picked my boss, and I regretted it. I hope I don’t regret my decisions today, but time will tell. Either way, I exercised my right and my voice. If you are in Texas, I encourage you to get out and vote today. You don’t have to vote as I did, please vote your conscience. It’s part of what makes this country great…or at least, will one day make it great again.

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