Being counted

I left India right after I turned 21 and never had the opportunity to vote there. So, now, in 2006, I voted for the first time ever.

On this wonderfully pleasant fall day in New York City, I waited for the morning pre-work rush to be done and then strolled the four blocks to the polling station.

There was no line. Signed in, and then stood in front of the non-electronic machine. It was gigantic. And a tad intimidating. And very cool.

voting machine

I pulled the red lever to the right and the turned the knobs to pick my candidates. Then, a quick check and pull the lever back to register my votes. That was it. So easy.

voting lever

It was such a big moment for me personally that I felt it went by too quickly. Without drama. Without the “ta-da” I somehow expected. But as I walked back, I was ecstatic. I VOTED! That was so cool. I somehow expected the people in the street to congratulate me.

Now, I’ve always had an issue with the two party system here. I am socially liberal and fiscally conservative. That option does not exist. When push comes to shove, I will vote for the social values. But recently, things have gotten easier for me — we have two parties – one is socially conservative and fiscally liberal and the other is socially liberal and fiscally liberal. A no-brainer really.

HilaryA few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be part of a very small gathering that met with Hilary Clinton. Damn, the woman is impressive. She is articulate, thoughtful and very smart. She doesn’t have the same charm, the people power that her husband did (too bad Bill didn’t attend!), but she was very, very powerful. I’m very glad she’s my senator — I hope she runs in 2008.

voting for Hilary

 

Now, I live in New York, where Hilary and Spitzer will both win by a landslide, but it was still special to be counted. Yes, I was voting for them, but I was also expressing my displeasure with where my country is headed under the current administration. Registering my vote for change. Standing up and being counted.

  • I had the opportunity to listen to Bill Clinton’s talk immediately after the Iraq war started. He is amazing. In my opinion, Hillary can’t come anywhere closer to his charisma and political prowess. Even though I would also like a woman or African American as the next president, I am not convinced that Hillary is the one. She moves far to right on certain issues. She is more of a politician than someone who stands for certain values. I would like to see someone who is on the left side of Hillary on social issues.

  • Shripriya

    Krish, I agree that Bill has more charisma, but he was also very much a politician. He could be down-home aw-shucks when needed and a sharp negotiator when needed. That’s a politician, but it’s not a bad thing…

    In terms of Hilary – the reality is that I don’t think, at this point, she could win. And it is more critical that the Democrats win.

    In terms of your comment that she’s too “right”, I disagree. Not on Hilary, but on what is needed. The sad reality is that this is still a very conservative country — I believe that it is much more likely that a moderate Democrat will win than a lefty Democrat. Again, I’d rather a moderate democrat win than have more of what we’ve been seeing.

  • Ricky

    What’s interesting to me are the Chinese characters. Why did you have a English & Chinese vote sheet. Can’t believe it took 9 characters to translate Hillary’s name. 🙂 Most Chinese people only has 2 or 3 characters in the name. 1 for the family name and 1 or 2 for the first name.

    BTW… congrates on voting for the 1st time. I know the feeling, I didn’t get my citizenship until I was 24. I also remember voting for the 1st time. Unfortunately, For me the feeling goes away fast. I didn’t vote this time because I have totally lost faith when Bush was re-elected for the 2nd term. Perhaps I’ll vote for the next president but at this point, I couldn’t care less for politics and who has the control of government.

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  • Even though I would also like a woman or African American as the next president, I am not convinced that Hillary is the one. She moves far to right on certain issues. She is more of a politician than someone who stands for certain values.

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