Last Wednesday afternoon I was in northern Washington, putting the finishing touches on a three-month stay in the Northwest. I worked on three different forestry projects during that period. At long last it was time to head home to Georgia.
In other years when I have made this trip, I've taken my time getting home. But this year I had a problem: I had not arranged to vote absentee, and the calendar told me that I only had a few days to get all the way across the country. Thus I made Tuesday, November 6 my deadline for getting home. One day I covered 635 miles, but that's not anything I would want to do on a regular basis!
Yesterday afternoon, 2,775 miles later, I pulled into town and began reacquainting myself with the sights along the highway that I had not seen since late July. My very first stop: the polling place.
Unlike so many voters across the country, I did not have to wait at all to vote. There was no line. I was in and out of the polling site within ten minutes. Assuming that the Diebold machine functioned properly, my vote was cast for President Obama.
Even though there was little doubt that Romney would win Georgia, I wanted to make certain that my vote was added to the mix. How can I complain about anyone else's vote, or anyone else's failure to vote, if I had not voted myself?
Interestingly, Georgia went 53% to 45% for Romney. That is not a huge margin compared to other red states. Will Georgia become a battleground state in 2016? Stay tuned.
Now that I am back home, I will have more time to participate in the Daily Bucket. There have been quite a few days where no Bucket was posted, and I will try to fill in some of the gaps from here onward.
Macon, Georgia is cloudy and 47 degrees this morning. Showers are predicted with a high of 59 degrees. But the election results have me in a sunny mood!
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