Voting in America
Holy crap, the politics here confuses me. We all hear about the Democrats and Republicans, who seem to be locked in a perpetual Puerto Rican knife fight on a seesaw. The words democracy and republic are good words with a lot of similarities but somehow they’ve been chosen as opposing labels in this strange land. And Americans are convinced that you must be 100% one or the other. Some of them refuse to date or talk to people from the other side. Mind you, they carry this polarised thinking into sports teams, too.
I didn’t know how to pick but I found the secret for clueless foreigners like me … an absentee ballot! Instead of the pressure of making snap decisions at the poll about people, parties and jobs I’d never heard of, I was able to take all the time that I wanted to Google each choice.
The news makes it sound like a choice between 2 presidential candidates but it really ain’t that simple. There’s heaps of choices far various positions. Hillary was listed under Conservative, Working Families and Women’s Equality parties. Trump was listed under 2 parties, too. I had to vote for a “Representative in Congress” but Google showed me that congress is both the House of Reps and the Senate … so which one were they talking about?!? I then had to vote for a “Member of the Assembly” but all the Googles couldn’t even tell me what that meant. How is that even possible!?! Strangest of all was when I had to pick not one but any number of “Justices of the Supreme Court” and my only choices were 9 different Democrats. Maybe it’s a New York thing.
I think I’m a fairly intelligent guy, but dang this was confusing. I don’t know how your average immigrant or hillbilly manages it. My guess is that half of the people’s votes are made incorrectly and are deemed invalid.