AÂ part of me wishes that I could vote in the primaries. Because it seems important. Because it seems like it really matters this time more than ever.
But I am not a US citizen, even though I have lived and breathed this country for the greater part of the last six years and this other part of me is relieved that I don’t have to face the difficult decision today: Clinton or Obama?
After my – and J’s – favored candidate John Edwards dropped out last week, the decision has become tougher by the minute.
Although my political knowledge is relatively superficial, I had made up my mind, with the help of online quizzes and articles that I read and by talking toÂ J who knows a whole lot more about politics than I do, about which candidate I would officially support, if I was to cast a vote.
Here in California they still gave out ballots with the names of all initial presidential candidates on them. Does that mean you can still vote for someone who’s not even running anymore? That seems like a wasted vote to me, so why didn’t they take the drop-outs off the ballot?
I surely hope that everybody who has gone and still will go to the polls today has followed the campaigns closely enough to know who is still running and who isn’t.
Another thing occurred to me today.Â I don’t understand why you have to be a registered voter for a certain party to vote for their candidates. That make no sense to me whatsoever.
How many votes do you think will not be casted today, because of the fact that a person might have been registered for the wrong party, or noÂ party for that matter,Â this time around?
Admittedly, that kind of person could have taken care of changing the voter registration a long time ago, but fact is: Why can’t everybody vote for whomever they want to vote for without having to be registered for a certain party? A simple state ID should do.
I am clearly curious and excited about who will make it on the Democratic side today. The issues between the two remaining candidates seem to be much greater than just the question with whose policies one conforms. The more basic question is: Should one vote for a woman or a black man?
Honestly, if you ask me, either one of them would make a splendid first-timer in the Oval Office and since it’s not up to me to help make this decision, all I can do is sit back and hope for the best.