TODAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2001, VOTING DAY IN THE CITY OF MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
By Elias Seife
I just finished voting today as I have many times before. I believe it is time to publicly denounce the following:
I don’t want people giving me pieces of paper when I’m trying to get to the polling place. They come from everywhere; they get in your face. They are impossible to avoid,; they block the entrance. Some shout at you, trying to get your attention. They are asking for your vote seconds before you cast your ballot.
It is irritating and offensive. It is disrespectful of our citizenship. It truly saddens me. I have to get mentally prepared to ignore everyone when it is voting day. By the time someone is steps away from the voting booth, they should know who they are voting for. If not, they should not be going there in the first place.
Furthermore, I don’t want exit polls. I don’t want somebody or some organization trying to predict the outcome of an election before the election is over. We all know what kind of failures this kind of activity can bring.
Voting is a private act. It is sacred, secret and anonymous. Let us keep it that way. If you agree please call your local public official today and let them know that we should give voters the option of avoiding these people.
Elias A. Seife United States Citizen