ELECTION DAY – NOVEMBER 4, 2014

vote today

If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain about the government.

Get off your lazy butt. Go to the polls. Instead of whining about it on Facebook or ranting on your blog, be a citizen. Stand up and be counted. Vote!


We voted. The rest of the world is discussing the pluses and minuses of electronic and online voting, but here in Uxbridge, we have paper ballots. And black ballpoint pens with which to fill them out.

We also have really long referendum items. It took half an hour to just read all that fine print.

Do we want casinos in Massachusetts? And, by the way, how about expanding the greyhound racing so they can abuse even more dogs? (No, we don’t. Casinos do not improve the economy. They just bring in crime and infrastructure expenses.)

Would we like to  have our commonwealth charge us even more for a whole bunch of new things to recycle? Like we don’t pay enough? (No, thank you.)

Would we like the tax on gasoline adjusted based on the cost of living index? (I think so. Probably better than paying and paying and paying forever at the highest possible rate.)

Then there were all those school board people we never heard of. The one or two we knew (one of them is our neighbor) we voted for, the others were left blank. They are all running unopposed and unaffiliated, so asking for our vote is pro forma.

The lines were longer for parts of town where houses are closer together. Yay for living in the middle of nowhere.

The governor’s race should make interesting viewing. It was, last we heard, too close to call. Elections are my favorite contact sport, after clearance sale shopping.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

15 thoughts on “ELECTION DAY – NOVEMBER 4, 2014”

        1. Around here, it’s hard to be uninformed. You’d have to work at it. Your email, television, snail mail are totally saturated with information on issues and candidates. You’d have to really make a point of hiding your head in the sand.

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    1. I’m going to run for a paycheck. I promise to NOT interfere with the actual process of governing, which might be a good choice for a wide range of career politicians. My motto would be: “If you have nothing positive to add, get out of the way so others can get on with business. And don’t forget to send my check.”

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      1. I just got back now too. First I had an eye doctor appointment, he dilated my right eye (post-op cataract 1 month). We have paper ballots and little cardboard boxes that sit on card tables and that’s where one fills out their ballot with privacy. 🙂 That’s ok with me, we won’t have any problems with “hanging chads!”

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