“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.”

The nights go by so quickly. I start reading or straightening pictures or just fiddling around and then I notice it is already 2:30. I usually just shrug and go back to what I was doing until morpheus holds sway. This morning it was close to four before I went to bed. It was close to noon when I woke up.

Today is hotter than it has been. It is also very still. We’re at our predicted high of 80˚ right now. The back of the house where I am is still cool, still holding on to the evening chill, but when I went out earlier, I could hear my neighbor’s AC cranking. He got the morning sun.

I’m hanging around the house and deck today. With no to do list, I’ll read and loll. Later I’ll take my outside shower. I’ll bring my phone just in case the latch sticks.

I voted in the primary, by mail. I’ll also vote in the presidential election by mail. It is easier but even more importantly it is safer. Only in one other election, in 1970’s general election, did I vote by absentee ballot.

I was in Ghana for their first general election, in October 1969, after the coup of 1966. It was exciting. The Ghanaians wore cloth with their party’s symbols, fanned themselves with political party fans. There were big rallies, impromptu parades and a lot shouting and cheering. I even went to a rally. My Ghanaian father supported Kofi Busia and the Progress Party. Kofi Busia won the election. He became Prime Minister.

I met Kofi Busia at a luncheon in my town. The principal dragged me with her. There were around twenty guests, the mucky mucks from town and one Peace Corps volunteer, dragged unwillingly.

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11 Comments on ““Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Most elections I vote early but have never voted absentee. This year may be the exception to stay safe. However, can we trust the postal system under Trump’s idiot Postmaster General? We had to re-register to vote since we moved to a different county and my spouse drove the applications for our family to the county elections department to make sure they were filled on time. For this year’s elections our Republican legislature reduced the number of early voting days and eliminated mail in voting except for absentee ballots. Republicans realize that the more people who go to the polls the lower their chances of winning becomes.

    Next week I’m back on furlough and I will have to come up with things to do during the week while staying safe.

    Today’s weather is clear again with the high temperature predicted to be in the mid 90° range. I’m planning to take a dip in the pool later. We won’t duplicate your weather until late September or early October. Our first freeze usually occurs around Thanksgiving.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I have also voted early. It was just the best way to slip in and out quickly. Now with social distancing it may take a while to vote on the actual day as presidential elections usually bring out more voters. Massachusetts had sent out ballots which I returned.

      The absentee ballot is the same as the vote by mail ballot. I guess Trump missed that when he touted how safe absentee ballots are.

      Being inside the house does get tiring. I have all the time to do whatever I want, and I don’t do much with it. I have my books and the TV, that’s all.

      I may turn on the AC in a bit. It is getting hot.

      • Bob Says:

        The word that best describes Trump in this case is “Hypocrite”. He and his wife have applied for mail in ballots in his new residence state, Florida. Everyone else’s mail in ballots are susceptible to fraud. First, we known he’s the world’s biggest lier and now a huge hypocrite. What else could describe him during this election season?

      • katry Says:

        He claims that absentee voting by mail is different than mail in ballots. He said there is a security because you asked for the ballot. It isn’t willy nilly mailed to everyone.

  2. Hedley Says:

    This is my first Presidental election. I am a proud American and I know how I am going to vote. Mask on, over to the little school and vote Democrat right down the line including Elissa Slotkin our excellent Rep

    I am sick and tired of the vile rhetoric spewed by the Orange Impostor and his band of trumponians. Misinformation corruption paranoia enough. It is going to be ugly right in to November and could be far worse afterwards

    We have to recognize that the country has been divided. Dark corners have been exposed and may never retreat.

    Still, the weather is nice in Michigan and I am going for a beer

    • Bob Says:

      Right On!

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I remember how thrilled I was to vote for the first time. It was the 1968 presidential election. I got to vote against Richard Nixon and for McGovern. That started me filling in the circles of mostly democrats.

      In the old days, the cape had few democrats. It was a bastion of old time republicans. Now far too many people have moved to the cape to count it in the column for one candidate or another before the actual election.

      I have hope that the best in us will rise to the surface.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Thanks for educational KTCC, I’ve learned ‘mucky mucks’ today and I like this expression 🙂

    • katry Says:

      My mother used to say mucky mucks. I always liked it so I appropriated it.

      KTCC is a full service blog. You get everything including local jargon.

  4. olof1 Says:

    It has finally cooled down here and with the cool weather rain and thunder has followed. I don’t mind at all for once 🙂

    I’ve recieved lots of emails from the Democratic party lately and if I had been American I should have voted Democratic 🙂 You really need to get rid of that idiot You haver at the top right now and it wouldn’t hurt if the rest of the republicans were out voted as well 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We had thunder yesterday but barely any rain. I loved the thunder but did wish it had brought a storm with it.

      Joe Biden shows up all over: my mail, my TV and even the radio. I hope it will be enough to convince people to turn their backs on the whacko who is president now.


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