Did you vote?
I know the feeling. You don't know who to vote for. All you know is what they are shouting at you on t.v., radio, the internet. You don't really know what they are like personally. Their family photos are soooo perfect. Do they have integrity? Do they make deals without public input/disclosure? Do they know when to compromise and when to stick to moral principles? Are they fair? Will they listen?
It's a little easier to vote for/against an incumbent if you took the time to look at his/her voting record and you agree/disagree with what he/she did, but if both candidates are unknown? How do you choose?
So how do you pin it down? The classic eight ball? Flip a coin? Vote for anybody who hasn't been in office before? Vote straight ticket? Vote for the guy that has the same name as your second cousin but isn't your cousin?
I voted on an "early day" (nice!). I voted for independents this year because it's getting to the point that the only difference I can see between the two major parties is how they spend tax money. Will they win? Maybe not. But at least I'll have cast my vote, and thus, have a right to complain when the people I didn't vote for continue to do "business as usual".
How do you see voting? A nuisance? A civic duty? A protest? Feel free to leave a comment, but for heaven's sake let's leave names out of it, they don't deserve any free press here. :)