I voted for president Monday evening. I went alone to the darkened Spanaway post office, and I dropped my ballot in the mailbox. What an empty feeling it was.
Four years ago, I went to my polling place in a local school auditorium. The room was packed with citizens exercising their franchise in person. We all had to wait in line a while, but no one complained. Republican, Democrat, Independent – we were all united by our participation in the democratic process.
How have we so easily abandoned a 400-year-old tradition of voting in person? The polling place is the sanctuary of democracy. We might as well stay at home to worship God instead of going to church. And why not? Is nothing lost by staying at home and watching a worship service on the tube? Nothing more than we lose by eliminating the polls.