MLL was recently talking about her FILs vote. And TPGoddess is always willing to talk about her political views. (And my buddy Lecil does not hide her feelings about the former governor from her state). A number of my friends talk very openly about their political views.
Last Tuesday, in my great state, we had a primary (not a caucus) and I went out and voted, and later, when someone asked me how I voted, I found myself reluctant to talk about why and who I voted for. Not that I had any second thoughts about my vote (if my particular candidate goes on to win the party nomination and then the presidency, ask me in two years if I’m having second thoughts HAHAHA), but in my mind, what happens in the voting booth, stays in the voting booth.
I know when I was young and impressionable my grandmother (who lived with us) was very vocal about her voting and her leanings. (She died in the 1970s — but as she’s buried in Chicago and a very staunch democrat, so she might still be voting for all I know).
My dad, on the other hand, always stressed the importance of going and voting and that it didn’t matter who you voted for, just that you voted. Of course, when I lived with my folks, in Chicago, it was important to vote in order to keep your precint captain happy so that you could continue to get city services, like your garbage picked up.
Other than one primary when I was not feeling well (as in “thought I’d die if I tried to drive a car”, I’ve voted in every election since I turned 18. And other than a few people (who could probably guess anyway) I have not really expressed my choices, and I’ve never had a sign in my yard or a bumper sticker (okay — at present I live on the far end of a cul de sac – even if I did have a sign in my yard only about 4 houses would see it so it wouldn’t be very effective).
Do you express your vote, or not, and why? Discuss. You can talk about it in the responses, or on your own blog (but if you put it on your blog let me know — in the responses or by trackback – so I can follow the discussion).