Election 2012

I haven’t been in the US for a Presidential Election in more than eight years. That’s my excuse for failing to realize how busy our polling station would be today.

I brought my three kids along, thinking they would be enriched by the democratic process. Instead, I have probably convinced them that voting is an arduous process requiring an hour and a half of standing in line.

My daughter was a trooper. She played with my phone, she chatted, and she asked politely when it would be time for breakfast (I had promised a trip to Starbucks if she behaved). My two sons left with my husband after five minutes after they made clear they weren’t happy with the wait.

I made the breakfast bribe before I saw the line, snaked through the corridors of our local elementary school. In 2004 and 2008, I mailed my ballot in from London, along with other expat absentee voters.

It didn’t occur to me that voting today would take longer than 20 minutes.

The hour and a half wait was worthwhile, though; my six year old relished touching the screen and casting the electronic ballot. So once she forgets the length of the line, she’ll be a dedicated voter. Like her mom.

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1 Response to “Election 2012”


  1. 1 howtosurvivereversecultureshock November 7, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Hi Jill,

    They say the participation was very, very high, which is great news, it means people care. I remember voting through mail twice from the US when we had elections in Spain, it was so nice to skip the lines! However, the standing in line time is a nice time to value our right as citizens to vote, many countries unfortunately don’t even have elections… and plus, it is really exciting to watch on tv, like a sports match almost!


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