At my age, you’d think I’d know better

November 5, 2008 · Filed Under Small Business Marketing · Comment 

When I went to vote yesterday I found that I was not a registered voter. This came as quite a shock because I’ve been registered to vote since I was 18. I’m now 55.

I moved to another part of the state about a year and a half ago. I registered to vote at my new (now old) location, but didn’t realize that I had to register again when I moved ‘back home’ (old, now new location). When they say there are X number of voters in the State of California, they really mean there are ‘this’ many voters in Los Angeles County, ‘that’ many voters in Orange County and so on. I thought I was a registered voter in the State, not the county. After talking to the examiner at the Registrar of Voters yesterday, I am now clear on this matter. I was advised the only way I could vote was to drive to Ventura County (where I no longer live), 120 miles one way, in rush hour traffic, which in LA starts anytime after 2:00 PM. It was, unfortunately, 4:00. On the best of days it would take about 2 hours to get there; at this time on a typical day, it was questionable whether I could make it there in the 4 hours until the polls closed.

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