Early voting is allowed in Kentucky beginning in late September and goes through Election Day if you provide clerks your identification and tell them where you’re going to be on Election Day.
The Kentucky ballot was pretty long, a couple of inches longer than the size of a legal sheet of paper with candidates to select on both sides. The first side consisted of the major elections, most of which had party affiliations, while the reverse side was made up of a non-partisan slate of candidates, mostly for judicial appointments.
On the side with the partisan races, there’s a slot that allows you to just vote a straight party line, so you don’t have to go through the dozens of names and select each candidates. But I was feeling surly and was driven to go to each name and mark my choice, a visceral response because each time it was an affirmation where I could say; “I have a choice, and I’m specifically voting against you because you stand for a venal, racist, sexist, murderous, greedy, fear-mongering bunch of bastards.”
So I ended up voting the party line.
The non-partisan side of the ballot was more difficult. Personally, I believe that if you’re running for office, you are partisan, so you should list your party affiliation so I know whether to vote for you or not. So, I’m guessing that somewhere along the way, I cast a vote for a venal, racist, sexist, murderous, greedy, fear-mongering bastard.
Or something like that.
Anyway, people who say they don’t vote because “politicians are all the same” or “it doesn’t make any difference” are worse than the people I voted against. It does matter. Decades ago, people were deprived of the right to vote because of their color. A century ago, women were deprived of the right to vote because of their gender. When this country was founded, people were deprived of the right to vote because they didn’t own property. Anyone who advocates the concept of constitutional originalism is specifically longs for a system that deprived a vast majority of the population of their voice in the governing of their country. Or putting it another way, they promote a government that is controlled by old, rich white guys.
So get out there and vote. If you’re not going to be in the place you’re registered to vote in on Election Day, get out their and vote early. If you don’t know where to go for an early vote, click here and find your state.