What happened to the romance of voting?

I got to my polling place at 7:15 PM and there was a long line. It took 45 minutes to get through the line, and I cast my ballot just before 8 PM, when the polls close.

  • Governor/Lt. Governor: O’Malley/Brown
  • Comptroller: Peter Franchot
  • Attorney General: Douglas F. Gansler
  • U.S. Senator: Benjamin L. Cardin
  • Representative in Congress (District 05): Steny Hoyer
  • State Senator District 22: Paul Pinsky
  • House of Delegates District 22 (vote for 3): Gains, Healy, Ross
  • County Executive: Jack Johnson
  • County Council District 003: Eric C. Olson
  • Judge, Court of Special Appeals: Ellen Holander (YES to continue)
  • Judge, Court of Special Appeals Circuit 04: James P. Salmon (YES to continue)
  • State’s Attorney: Glenn F. Ivey
  • Clerk of the Circuit Court: Pegee Magee
  • Register of Wills: Cereta Lee
  • Judges of the Orphans Court (vote for 3): Cartwright, Groves, Ivory-Orem
  • Sheriff: Michael A. Jackson
  • Board of Education at Large (vote for 4): Beck, Jacobs, Thomas, Watson
  • Board of Education District 001: Rosalind Johnson
  • Board of Education District 002: Heather Illiff
  • Board of Education District 003: Pat Fletcher
  • Board of Education District 004: Steven Morris
  • Board of Education District 005: Owen Johnson, Jr.

    But somehow, the romance of voting is gone. The last several elections in Maryland use the electronic touch-screen ballots. I liked going into the booths and pulls the curtain closed and then punching the cards, or pulling the lever. It’s just not the same.

    Incidentally, I waited in line for 45 minutes, listening to my iPod and when I got the front of the line, one of the election judges asked me to turn my iPod off. I’m not sure how my iPod would have affected the election, but I turned it off.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.