Polling place was all but empty. I make my selections, voted on the ballot questions. I checked out at the checkout table, and stuck my ballot in the scanning machine. I asked, "Is that it?" "That's it!" "Do I get a sticker or something?"
The cop stationed at the check-in table told me to come over to him. He stuck his hand up in the air and we high-fived. It was awesome. I turned to the people working there, and I said, "I should be high-fiving you guys! Thanks for volunteering!" It's not much, but I like to think it helps.
And I was in and out in under five minutes, including the time I spent thinking about ballot question #3*. Black man or not, I didn't have to show "I.D." Pretty painless.
* My girlfriend may have actually changed my mind on this one. She was concerned about illegal dog racing (is there such a thing? Where would you hold a surreptitious dog race without people noticing?) and the treatment of the animals in such a case (at present, it's regulated and supervised by veterinarians. I had to make a judgement call, but hopefully my vote doesn't decide the issue. I think it's more important to develop an economic environment where people don't need to visit dog tracks. I've also heard that the tracks themselves are likely to go out of business on their own in a very short time.