One of the weird things about Sandy is that it has pushed thoughts about Tuesday’s election pretty far out of my head. From what I gather, people in NJ are feeling much the same between being preoccupied with what storm related stuff is still going on for them and maybe because we were a little sick of hearing about the election already.
Despite our republican governor (who, I will say, I was never a fan of but who gained my respect in his response to the storm) NJ has leaned democratic in presidential elections since as long as I can remember, so our electoral votes tend to be seen as a foregone conclusion (and we’re spared the campaign ads the swing states seem to be getting). So, if you’re a democrat, you might say “I’m not gonna bother voting because Obama is going to win and doesn’t need my vote” and if you’re a republican you might say, “I’m not gonna bother voting for Romney, because no way Jersey’s going republican.”
Now, I stay away from politics in my blog…well honestly, because it’s not the first topic I generally want to talk about with most people. I also tend to think that most everyone sees their side as the right side and the other as the wrong one…so it’s not like I’m going to convince anyone to feel the way I feel about things. But, I will add the obvious: no matter how you feel or what conclusion you might have about how a vote is going to go, it’s still important to vote.
My understanding is that steps are being taken to ensure that New Jersey can vote on Tuesday. Alternate polling places and ballots will be available. I’m fairly certain my voting place is okay…another thing to be thankful for, so I’ll be heading there Tuesday to vote.
Whatever the outcome is, I’m just hoping we’ll know what it is pretty quickly. I’ll never forget voting in the 2000 election before going to visit a friend in Prague. My Czech was never that strong, so every morning, I’d ask my friend if she knew who our president was yet. And of course, I was well back in the states before we found out.
After Sandy, we’re coming to the realization that certain places will never be the same again. My mother said something to me about how “Jersey Shore” will now serve as a historical marker of life in Seaside Heights. Things just feel uncertain and unsettled. And news is that a freaking nor’easter might be coming later this week…
So, let’s hope the election runs smoothly and that the results don’t take weeks (or even days).