Homesickness hits when you least expect it

Absentee voting makes a lot of sense, but it’s so impersonal; many people voted weeks ago, there isn’t any excitement in it.

I miss figuring out whose garage I’m going to vote in, seeing my elderly Chinese and Eastern European neighbors (or going to the basement of City Hall), everyone confused and arguing but at the end the cheerful person handing me my sticker proclaiming “I Voted!” in 3+ languages. It’s chaotic as ever, but for a few minutes we’re working together and proud of one another, before we go back to elbowing for space on Muni and fighting over parking spots.

Absentee takes the community and fun out of voting.


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