Why the heck wouldn’t you vote?


I love my polling place.  It’s a one-truck firehouse. I see neighbors whose paths I haven’t crossed recently, and there’s almost always a school group selling gooey treats and lukewarm coffee.  We don’t need those “I voted” stickers– just look for smeared frosting.

Author: Lowry Heussler

Lowry Heussler is a lawyer from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Having participated in the RBC as a guest-blogger, she made it official in 2012. Her most important contribution to the field of public policy to date was her 1994 instruction to Mark Kleiman, "Read Ann Landers every day. You need to learn about real people." Her essay on the 2009 arrest of Henry Louis Gates went viral and brought about one of her proudest moments, being described as "just another twit along the lines of Sharpton, Jackson, Gates, etc." (Small Dead Animals Blog). Currently serving as General Counsel to BOTEC Analysis Corp., she has been a public housing lawyer, a prosecutor for the Board of Registration in Medicine, a large-firm associate and a small-firm partner. She serves as a board member for NEADS, Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, a charity that trains service dogs to increase independence for people with disabilities.

6 thoughts on “Why the heck wouldn’t you vote?”

  1. If I may register a complaint: What the hell, Girl Scouts? I have a pocket full of cash, and you have Thin Mints. There was plenty of room for a table on the front steps of the community building. And don't give me a lot of jibber-jabber about how this is Tuesday morning and you are supposed to be in school. We all have to make hard choices sometimes.

    1. My daughter's Brownie troop sold each and every one of the 260 boxes they had. on Sunday afternoon.

      You snooze, you lose, my friend.

  2. This is the fault of your town/city/state. In our Vermont, it's Town Meeting Day, which is by definition generally not a school day. Kids and their parents should both have voting days free.

  3. Australia – votes on a Saturday. Independent electoral commission endeavors to ensure that every qualified adult is on the roll. Polling stations in just about every primary school, open from 8 to 6. Very rare to queue for more than 10 minutes. Regular over 90% turnout. Preferential voting (if your first choice does not get up, your second choice will count). The US: democracy as it was a century ago.

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