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There is a lot of apathy going on in this country.

We all want the economy to be better.

Like. Right. Now.

But we don’t have the energy to do anything about it. I mean, complaining about the economy is draining enough. Can you imagine if we actually tried to vote or something? We’d probably faint from exerting ourselves too much.

I keep hearing all the news reports about how no one is going to head to the polls except for the Tea Party folks. And it sort of depresses me.  Because voting is this amazing privilege and it’s so important for each one of us to get out there and be counted and people shouldn’t just sit on their couch watching “The Desperate Housewives of Nebraska” (It’s coming, I’m sure) and not vote…

And that’s when I realize, I’m not registered.  We forgot to register in our new town.

So I step off my mental high horse and call the local board of elections in Westchester to inquire about registering.  Too late. The deadline passed. But couldn’t they make a tiny exception for me since I had twins and I’ve been awfully busy and tired. And to prove it, I explain that just this week I returned a library book to the library that actually belonged to me. And if that isn’t convincing enough, today I accidentally bought the tester lotion at the store so I paid full price for a lotion that is already used and half full.

Despite this unbelievably convincing argument, I am turned down. Too late to register.

So now my options are…

1. To somehow get myself to my old neighborhood in the West Village to vote on election day. (Not happening due to giving birth to an abundance of children.)

2. Vote by absentee ballet. (I’d have to lie as to why I can’t vote in person. You know… I can’t vote because I’m traveling abroad. And when I say, “abroad,” I mean, over the Triboro Bridge.)

3. Appear before a local judge on election day and plead my case. What would I say? Despite the fact that I completely forgot to register and get all my news these days from 3 minutes of 1010 Wins, Page Six in the “New York Post,” the Approval Matrix in “New York Magazine” and four minutes of “The Daily Show,” I’m really very educated and deserve the chance to vote. Oh, and by the way, who is exactly running?

Yeah, I don’t think so.

23 Responses to we all have the right to vote. just maybe not this year.

  • Abby Siegel says:

    Oh my love, now I feel bad because I’m a single gal with just a baby nephew and I’m not planning on voting next month! I vote for presidential elections. But you can beat me up if I don’t vote and Cuomo doesn’t win, cuz that Paladino guy needs to get smacked too. xoxo

  • jenni says:

    Vote absentee. Seriously. I looked up the New York form, and it says due to absence from county or NYC on election day. Well, obviously you’re absent from your county – you moved. They don’t ask you WHY you are absent. You can send it in up to seven days after the election. The form is right online to download.

  • Michelle says:

    Kelcey, absentee is the way to go. Didn’t you see Iron Jawed Angels? Lots of amazing women fought hard so that we have the right to vote. We owe it to them to never miss an election.

  • Becky says:

    They just loosened up the absentee voting requirements in MN, which is awesome. I don’t need to, but it’s nice to know there’s not a million hoops to jump through if I did.
    I completely agree that it’s easy to complain, but that you should probably shut it if you don’t bother voting. That sounds harsh, but seriously…what did you think was going to happen if you didn’t bother going? (I’m using “you” in the broad sense – not you in particular. Also, you should vote absentee, but if you can’t I don’t fault you for not voting at this point.)

  • OHmommy says:

    You make me laugh. Travel abroad. Ha. I have nothing more to add. I am exhausted and I didn’t even give birth to an abundance of kids this year.


  • Kristi says:

    I live in MN, where you can register on voting day. It always surprises me that not all states do this! It was especially nice when I was a student who moved around a lot.

  • Daphne says:

    Oh no that just won’t do. You Must Vote. Make it happen! Our state sucks, but at least we have mail in ballots so we can leisurely vote on the couch…

  • Flucky Mom says:

    I think you have to go with absentee. And yes, having to cross the Triboro counts. I don’t have to tell you how long it would take to get into the city. I seriously hate I-95.

    Anyhow, you raise a good point about being an educated voter though. I think there should be a mandatory quiz you take before you enter the booth to make sure you have the correct facts and basic civics knowledge to vote. Sorry, may be harsh, but I’m fed up.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    I vote Absentee because I’d fight everytime I went to polls with woman who would turn the book for me to sign the Wrong Way. I’m left handed and I’d turn the book around, and she’d turn it back again…and we’d go ’round and ’round and I’d ask her, ‘Am I the Only Left Handed signer who votes here’? Then her 100 I.Q. would kick in and she’d realize I can’t sign like ‘other people’. No more jerks to deal with when I want to vote….

  • Allison T. says:

    PLEASE vote absentee! I’m about to lose it over the whole “NPR doesn’t deserve to be funded by our government” issue and for that reason alone will freak out if all the conservatives take over in office.

  • Alecia says:

    That sucks! In my state (Idaho), we just have to bring a piece of mail addressed to us at the address within the voting district (and ID) and you can register on election day. Why make it difficult for people?

    My sister started calling the Tea Party the Tea Baggers and it really changes my mental image to a more positive one when I hear about them.

    Good luck casting your vote!

  • ~Laura says:

    Oh, I feel for you! That first year of having twins is like being sucked into some weird time warp speed vacuum thing that sucks all of your mental ability away. Don’t worry. SOME of it comes back. And yeah, I’m with them, vote absentee. You deserve to be heard.

  • Jordaba says:

    I’ll give you my vote – you just tell me who to vote for and I’ll do it. Oh wait, I still have to get my ass over to the polls. Never mind.

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