So imagine my surprise when I get a call from my totally pissed off sister who lives in another State. They were holding primary elections and she drove over to the municipal building to vote, where her local government whoseywho told her to go to cast her ballot. Arriving there, the doors were locked and an alternate location was indicated, the community center down the street. So Sis goes to the comm center, parks her car, and goes inside. She's greeted by a sign. It tells her that if she's voting Republican, sign in and vote on the right side of the room. If she's going to vote Democratic, stand on the left.
When asked, WTF, she was told that it made secondary rounds easier because then all she had to do was stand in the correct line and it would allow her to only vote for the appropriate party choices. How stupid is that?
Um. Private vote much?
She asked if they were serious and what ever happened to casting a secret ballot, especially since she doesn't vote along party lines (I'm so proud of her!), as she votes for the individual best suited for the position. She was told she had to pick a party and go to either one side or the other. My Sis pointed her finger and spun around with her eyes closed--me thinks she was making a point, yes?--and got into line. They told her that she was at the wrong place and to travel to another location.
Sis went to the new address where lo and behold, it's a church. A CHURCH, folks. Isn't there something about separation of church and State? Hm? She was told to vote for her public officers in a church. Am I the only one who sees something wrong with that? To further the insult, they too required her to step to one side or the other.
She said she didn't spin around this time but went to both lines one after the other. They didn't want to give her two ballots, obviously. She did promise to throw the extra one away since the system would only take one card anyway. No dice. Sis then was informed that she was again at a wrong location (though this one was only 2 miles from her house) and sent to a fourth location OUT OF THE COUNTY!
Are they weeding out the subversives who refuse to stick to a party? And what the hell is wrong with people that they can't shop across the aisle for the people who will be leading the country (okay, the State)? Voting in a church? I don't care what your religious views are (yes, I have them too), when church and State are separate, doesn't it make it awfully hypocritical of them to then insist you chose your leaders in a religious institution?
Holy Mother of Fucking Obama...