Tuesday, November 06, 2012
fun with accessible voting
Voting with us is not unlike the delicatessen scene from the movie “When Harry Met Sally” after Meg Ryan demonstrates a fake orgasm and the older woman customer remarks to the waiter “I’ll have what she’s having.”
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Other voters look up from their computerized voting screen toward ours wondering why theirs is not so entertaining.
That’s because they are not assisting a voter with severe Multiple Sclerosis with symptoms including legally blind and severe short term memory loss at the top of her myriad of cognitive challenges.
Having just finished reviewing Presidential choices including third party candidates, I turn to Patti and quietly ask her who she would like to vote for. … In a booming voice one might normally reserve for yelling from the top of a football stadium (because MS frequently lacks volume control) Patti declares “I think they are all assholes!” … and dissolves into self-bemused laughter.
The guy next to us laughingly remarks to a poll worker “How come my machine doesn’t have that choice?”
Eventually and while having more fun than two people should in a polling station we do finish voting.
Yes we, or I should say I could cop out for us, and do a mail in ballot or any of the other accessibility options but Patti prefers to participate in voting at local polling places. Accessibility to us has always meant inclusion not exclusion. … and if it can be enjoyable along the way than all the better.
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