Dickidoo and I went to vote in the straw poll at our local caucus this evening. I walked in ready to do my civic duty, to make my voice heard. We were right on time. We're never right on time, we're always late. But we were right on time for the caucus. Unfortunately our precinct committee representatives were 15 minutes late but finally, just minutes before the caucus was set to begin I was standing in front of the registrar with my state ID card in hand.
I was not on the list.
Dickidoo was, but I wasn't. Impossible! How could that be? I have been voting in that precinct ever since our arrival in Colorado 14 years ago. The registrar didn't seem concerned. She told me to call the office in the morning. In the mean time there was nothing she could do, I could not vote at the caucus... which I had showed up right on time for. Her committee member husband inquired if I was sure I was a registered Republican.
'Oh I'm darn sure I'm a registered Republican!' I replied indignantly. Then suspicion set in... 'It was probably the Democrats that did this, they erased my name! They shut me up! They finally took away my voice and shut me up!'
Dickidoo was probably wishing someone WOULD actually shut me up at that point, but he took his little college rule torn off straw ballot with grin and moved to the back of the elementary school classroom. After pouting in the hallway I finally joined him for the precinct meeting.
Nominations and votes were finalized. Volunteers were signed up. I continued to pout loudly about how I was shut up ( obviously figuratively speaking only). Other citizens showed up... late, but ready to do their civic duty. They got their torn college ruled ballot and sat down. One woman scanned the attendance sheet for her father's name. He wasn't on any of the precinct lists. "It was the Democrats!" I warned her.
The straw poll was counted. It was Romney, McCain and then Huckabee. Even if I had voted it still would have been Romney, McCain and then Huckabee. But I would have known that my vote had been counted. It may not have made a difference in the election but it would have been counted. And it would have made a difference to me.
Damn Democratic saboteurs.
Or.... maybe, just possibly... when I registered to vote in Colorado 14 years ago... just perhaps I wasn't affiliated with the Republican party at the time.
Crap. Gonna have to fix that I suppose. Well, at least I can still vote.
ps: Dickidoo is fine. We will celebrate our Anniversary later, perhaps next year. Thanks for all the well wishes.