Go Vote: Visiting the Polls Pays-off in Unpredictable Ways
Engage & Represent
Go Vote…It will take you 5, maybe 10 minutes.
Who are you meeting at the polling station?
I prefer visiting the polls compared to absentee voting. Here in Traverse City, I’ve rarely had to wait more than 10 minutes. Also, it is a shared experience, however brief it might be. It is communal. I also prefer walking as it adds more of a sense of ritual. In a pinch for time, I’ll ride a bike. Either-way, I often start meeting neighbors en route to the my polling station–Precinct 8 (Can I get a shout out? P-8 Baby!)
At the polls I run into neighbors I haven’t seen in months. Years. I see old classmates. I have intelligent discussions with complete strangers. In 2002, a serendipitous encounter at the polls led to the adjunct position I’ve had at the college now for 9 years. This suggests that voting pays off, even if your candidates aren’t successful.
Pour a mug of coffee. Go to the polls. Vote. While you’re there, chat someone up.
Share your story here: who’d you meet?
Polls are open in Traverse City precincts 7am-8pm.
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