Today was Super Tuesday which meant it was time to go to the polls in California.
In the past Californians voted near the end of the primary election season, but now they vote earlier.
I started my day by stopping at the polls to vote this morning. I wanted to make sure that I did not have any delays getting home from work and miss voting.
I did have to figure out where to go vote. I used to vote at the place pictured above, but they changed locations this year. Since I moved to California, this is the fourth different location. That is not too bad for 19 years.
We no longer have these really cool mechanical voting machines. Instead I voted on a touchscreen which then printed out a ballot. I could have just filled out a ballot by hand, which most people were doing.
Going to the polls reminded me of going with my parent to Evans Junior High school to cast their vote. I remember going behind the curtain of the machine with them as they made their selections and the sound the machine made.
I remember going with my Dad one year to the courthouse to watch the election returns. That was the year that my Dad ran for mayor of Ottumwa, Iowa. He did not win, but I remember a lot of things about the campaign, including helping paint sign boards for our old blue truck.
My Dad was a member of the American Independent Party and ran for State Representative and later State Senator in Iowa in the late 60’s. He didn’t win, but did help bring awareness to some of the issues. He was also a Presidential Elector in 1972 for John G. Schmitz.
Today I still believe in many of the values of the American Independent Party, especially the principle that government’s powers must be carefully divided and limited.
I have watched a bit of the Super Tuesday election coverage tonight and the picture is getting a bit clearer.