Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day

I probably should have waited until this evening to vote but I always fear getting stuck at work or caught in traffic and not making it to the poll in time to vote. I could count on one hand the number of times I have NOT voted since I got the right.
It had rained hard last night. At one point it rained so hard it sounded like Niagara Falls outside our bedroom window. It had not slowed down much when I made a mad dash for the truck at 6:50 a.m. When I rolled into the parking lot of the union hall in Empire, there were only a few cars there. When I filled out my ballot and poked it into the machine it said number 6.
Election day has a storied past in Alabama. I can remember when it was illegal to sell/buy alcohol on election day. I can only imagine that it was because some crooked politician would hit the poor sections of the state and get all the hillbillies and black folks tanked up enough on cheap hooch that they would have voted for Stalin. I guess by prohibiting the sale of alcohol on election day, that only the clever crooks who stocked up on the hooch prior to election day could sway an election.
I figure at some point the Alabama legislature decided that the electorate was now educated enough that they wouldn't fall for such a ploy..........or perhaps they thought the only way the could get re-elected was to repeal the liquor law use the Thunderbird Wine method for increasing voter turnout.
We'll be watching election returns here in a few minutes and things may get interesting.....or not. I bet if I got tanked up on T-Bird, I wouldn't care until in the morning :)

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