February 4th, 2005
I cast my first vote ever today.
A citizen becomes eligible for voting on attaining the age of 18. It has been 8 years since and in the numerous elections that have gone by, I’ve not been able to vote because I was not a registered voter. This time, when the Assembly (State) elections came along, I was on the voter’s list.
I went over in the afternoon and cast my vote. It was an electronic voting machine and it took about 2 minutes for the whole process: I go in, give my voter’s slip, show my ID, sign in to get the voter card, get my finger marked, hand over the voter card to the voting machine technician to enable a vote, go over to the enclosure, scan the list of candidates, press the button, look at the red light and listen to the beep to announce a successful vote, ask the technician in bewilderment if that’s all there is to it, shake my head slightly in amazement, and walk out.
It was new. It was nice. It will never feel the same. One word: Wow.