I know the whole damned thing is rigged, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't participate in your civic duty today.
In past years, I would wait until after work to run to the polls -- and sometimes I'd literally run there. This morning, after hearing how busy it was during early voting, I decided to get there right when it opened at 6:30 a.m.
Despite my best effort to beat the crowd, I waited in a long line, in the cold for the poll workers to open the doors. This was the busiest I've seen on Election Day. There was a list taped to a wall with names and precincts. Mine wasn't on there, but I knew I was in the right place.
I was worried they'd make me fill out a dreaded Provisional Ballot, which you might as well not even vote at that point.
Then I heard that there were other lists floating around. My polling location had three precincts. I guessed at which line to enter and jumped on my phone to look it up on the county board of elections website. I had guessed right.
The ballot was a two-pager. I was surprised all the no-name presidential candidates who had gotten enough signatures to appear. I filled in the scantron bubbles, like it was a standardized test. No hanging chads in my county.
Between leaving and returning to my car, it was 47 minutes. I voted today. Did you?