Yep, you guessed it: this is the first in a series of pesky posts about voting. You’re somewhat fortunate that I am the writer who volunteered for this. Personally, I am just as happy if the apathetic stay home and don’t vote – if the direction of the country isn’t important enough to you that you’ll sacrifice an hour then I’m perfectly happy to make the decisions for you. So you’ll get no over-long over-earnest entreats here.
That said, I don’t think there’s any reason to make it hard – if you want a say in the direction of the nation you help pay for it shouldn’t be a huge challenge to figure out what the hell to do. Happily, Google agrees with me and has built a nice app on top of their maps application. At this stage it’s a way to find out how to register in your area and what the deadlines are, but down the road it’ll have polling place information.
I’ll summarize it for our area: hurry your ass up. D.C. and Virginia have till the 6th – Monday. Maryland has another week and a day – Tuesday the 14th is your drop-dead date there. In every case you can submit the application by mail or turn it in to a location by hand. Alternately, go to the nearest metro stop – the registration teams are out in force and it doesn’t matter if you intend to vote for their candidate.
Go get it done, and I’ll see you back here next week with some early voting info. It’s the Amazon age, baby – why should any of us ever wait in line again?