Two weeks ago, I voted. I voted sitting at home comfortably in my PJs. I’ve never voted in my PJs before. But I’ve also never voted in the year 2020 before either.
If there’s one thing that this pandemic has taught me is that there is so much that we can do at home. We can work and go to school from home. We can have food be brought to our doorsteps from home. We can exercise and play at home. We can also vote from home.
I’m not gonna lie. It was nice to get a ballot sent directly to my doorstep. All I had to do was open it, fill it out, and then stuff it back in the envelope. I didn’t have to go to a busy voting location. I didn’t have to wait for an hour or more just to vote. I didn’t have to stand in uncomfortable street clothes while trying to figure out which candidate would be the best person for the job. I was able to just sit at home, vote, and, most importantly, I didn’t have to wear a mask.
Since I don’t have to wear a mask at home, I feel safer at home. So, why should I drive myself to a voting location twenty to thirty minutes away just to vote? Also, I didn’t feel comfortable standing in line, even with a mask on. I wanted to limit the number of places that I have to go. So, I chose to vote at home because it felt safer to me. I didn’t have to go out and potentially expose myself to the virus.
Now that I’ve voted, I feel good. The news is still overly saturated with the election, but now that I’ve voted, I don’t have to worry about it. It’s the same feeling that I used to get after I’ve studied and felt prepared to take a test the next day. It’s that feeling of having done everything I could and now I just have to sit back and let nature take its course.
I have a few weeks until the election results. Until then, I’m just going to sit back and do my best to tune out the news. What will happen will happen and I’ll worry about it then.
What do you think about voting-by-mail?