I always get this little thrill on Election Day. I usually vote in the early evening. That way I can get a feel for the participation rate. When you sign your name to get your ballot, there is usually a sequential number on the sheet you sign. That’s how many people have voted before you. The election judges usually know about how many people are on the voting roll. The last primary, I voted at around 6 PM and I was the 33rd person to vote out of a possible 2,000 or so. *sigh* I guess I should have titled this post “I love the smell of non-participatory democracy.” It will be interesting to see if we can top 50% participation this time around.
I also try to ignore election news as much as possible during the day because it is a fetid sore of human puss oozing over every non-story that it can get its slimy hands on. Once the returns start rolling in, I am glued to the TV until the winners are announced or I fall asleep. Good times.
All that to say, go vote! The main reason why voter ID laws are even a thing is because so few participate in the process. If the participation rate was close to 100%, it would be much more difficult for voter ID proponents to attempt to disenfranchise legitimate voters.