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Location: Smyrna, Tennessee, United States

As the title implies, I am Brent K. Moore. I married MariLynn Simons on Sept. 25, 1999. we attend Stewart's Creek Church of Christ. We have five pets, a dachshund, Slinkie, a malamute, Juno, and three rabbits, Ebunny and Ifurry, and now Houdini.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

I went to vote today.

I went to vote today.

I had to wait in line for 45 minutes.
There were only 7 people in line in front of me. The voting process was especially lengthy this year.

They have those new fancy electronic voting machines that look like the podium the contestants stand behind on Jeopardy! However, I think the delay was because the first screen posed this question:
One train leaves Los Angeles at 15mph heading for New York. Another train leaves from New York at 20mph heading for Los Angeles on the same track. If a bird, flying at 25mph, leaves from Los Angeles at the same time as the train and flies back and forth between the two trains until they collide, how far will the bird have traveled?
After you get that right, then you could vote for Governor. If you read past the democrat and republican candidates, there was a guy named Twofeathers and a lady named Stout Marijuana.[Insert Libertarian joke here.]

Then, we had a couple of pages of State amendments and then the U.S. Senate. Thankfully, I got that out of the way. I think Bob Corker had me on speed dial.

Next up was the U.S. House race. I live in the TN 5th district,where the democrat has to raise just enough money to pay for his victory celebration. A dozen years ago, there was a republican challenger who ran on one issue-to keep metric measurements out of our lives. He got 100 votes.

Next, we had a page for State Senate and State House. At this point, not only did I forget the candidates names, but I think I forgot my name, too.

Next came the most important question on the ballot: Should the city director of finance hand out the required paperwork to city government officials to prepare the yearly budget in March instead of May? There were about 20 pages of Nashville Davidson County Metropolitan Government Charter Amendments, Including this one which, I am not kidding for once, is 11 paragraphs long.

Once you have chosen to not vote for all of the amendments, and you are ready for your vote to count (assuming your machine wasn't hacked) you have to press three different buttons with the word VOTE simultaneously. Once you do that, you're machine starts beeping because you didn't review all of your selections, first. At that point, the pollworker rolls his eyes and stops by to show you what you did wrong.

After all that, I got a sticker that said "I Voted." I was sad, because I thought I was in the line for government cheese.



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