For me, there's just something about Election Day. Going to the polls on the appointed day, signing your name and casting your vote. My precinct usually has the same poll workers - always friendly and greeting you with a smile. One year, I waited until after the 6pm news to cast my vote - they were worried that I hadn't shown up yet! At work, we usually wear right red or blue - not to signify any political affiliation, but because it seems patriotic. (Although, I have tried to mix it up lately ever since I was on a media platform one election, looked down the line, and saw every single female reporter wearing red!) (Another side note - a sharp-eyed watcher noted that in KTWU's Lynn Jenkins/Nancy Bodya debate, the Republican Jenkins wore blue and the Democrat Boyda wore red!) But it seems the magic of Election Day is wearing off with the advent of advanced voting. Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh says more than 30 percent of the votes in this election may be cast before Election Day. I understand the need to make voting easier and more accessible and I'm all for increasing voter turnout. Still, it somehow just seems wrong. What about tradition? What about camaraderie with the fellow electorate? And, more seriously, how does this change the campaigns? I know traditions often change, so perhaps I shouldn't cling to this one so strongly. Let me know what you think!
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