Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Went to the local polling station and voted. What is this, like, the third or fourth time in my life that I've done such a thing? Yeesh. I must be going insane. Wasn't much on the voting sheet (I chose paper) aside from some ballot initiatives. No people to check off; I suppose the fate of the House and Senate are in the hands of the citizens of other districts. Will be curious to follow the voting on TV this evening.



Nathan B. said...

Hi Kevin!

I had a bit of trouble understanding this post. I'm also curious: are you in DC proper? If so, that means you don't get to vote for representation that actually votes in the Senate, right? (I can't remember: is is the same for the House? I seem to remember reading that there's a non-voting DC representative in one chamber/house/whatever, and a voting member whom DC residents can't vote for in the other.)

Kevin Kim said...

Nathan, thanks for the comment. I live in Alexandria, Virginia, about twelve miles south of DC. Technically, I'm in northern Virginia (which we call "NoVA," pronounced "nova"); NoVA is part of a region referred to as "the DC-Metro area," which includes northern Virginia, DC, and those parts of southern Maryland that touch DC.

Sorry for any ambiguity. Long ago, I wrote a post on voting in which I made clear that, up to that point, I hadn't voted, and that I considered not voting to be a perfectly legitimate move: if all the menu items are shit sandwiches, then you should leave the restaurant. I still believe that, but in recent years I've found myself moving outside of my own comfort zone and voting. This post was a joking look at how I seem to have changed.

As is probably true in Canada, not all districts vote on the same matters at the same time. I guess that, where I live, the only pressing issues were various ballot measures. As for your questions regarding DC representation and voting, I found a Wikipedia entry that might answer you better than I can: District of Columbia voting rights.

Hope this helps.


Nathan B. said...

It does! For what it's worth, I support representation for DC.

As for Canada, we rarely have issues on the ballots here. In fact, in my life time, I think there have been only two initiatives on the ballot: the Charlottetown Accord, federally, and a proposed proportional representation scheme provincially. (There will be another one provincially in about a year or so, on the matter of the repeal of a controversial tax.)

The Maximum Leader said...

Hey Kevin. Let me get this straight. You didn't have an option to vote for a member of Congress on the paper ballot?

If you didn't have the option of voting for someone for Congress then you either a) did something wrong or b) had a defective ballot. You should have had a minimum of 4 choices to make on your ballot.

Every seat in Virginia was contested by a Democrat and a Republican (and most districts had at least a Libertarian and Green party person too). Everyone in the state was asked the same three questions for the Constitution. I don't know if there were other ballot issues in Fairfax County.

Your Congressional district was one of the most fiercely contested ones in the country. In fact, as of a few hours ago there was no declared winner.

If you don't mind a little clarification on this it would make me feel better...