I wasn’t planning to write about politics here, but the most interesting thing I did today was vote in an all write-in election. A write-in campaign always seems so rebellious and democratic, since it’s usually mounted by a candidate who gets shut out of the ballot. I remember voting for Sal Albano (background toward the bottom of this), and feeling great glee when he won.
This time, everybody is a write-in.
My state representative, Rachel Kaprielian, who I have voted for ever since she came knocking at our door some years ago, was suddenly appointed to Registrar of Motor Vehicles. This being Massachusetts, she was unopposed in the primary, and would have been essentially unopposed in the general election, but she resigned after the deadline for anyone else to get on to the ballot. All of a sudden, we had a blank ballot. (And here’s why it remained blank.)
We’ve been indundated with stickers and flyers and candidates knocking on our door like I’ve never seen before in a local election. I attended the candidates forum, and I came away feeling good about my choice. I even talked about with my friends. Wow, I feel like such a citizen.
So I brought the appropriate sticker and put it in the write-in space, and maybe tomorrow we’ll know who won.
By then I’ll be back to talking about bugs.