Only 10 days until the 2012 Presidential Election, and I, for one, am counting the days and the dollars. It is estimated that $6-8 Billion will be spent on the 2012 elections – a hefty price tag considering the state of our economy. I guess I’m having a hard time accepting the fact that “the vote” is just another product to be marketed and sold like coca-cola.
November 6th – please hurry up. I’m ready for empty mail boxes, no more arguments with colleagues, friends, etc. trying to convince me to vote for Romney, and no more lies or nasty comments on facebook, blogs, T.V. and radio.
Living in a battleground state like North Carolina has been a unique experience for me. I’ve become numb from all the non-stop attack ads by both candidates. Having lived in Washington, D.C. most of my voting life where 75 percent of the voters are Democrats, I never saw candidates spend time or money campaigning. They didn’t have to. Democrats simply always win in D.C., garnering only two electoral votes. North Carolina, on the other hand, gets 15 electoral votes, and the candidates work non-stop to procure them.
At this point, 10 days before the election, I can’t help but think all the attack ads (in the mail and on T.V.) desensitize voters. I know I’m there. I find myself hitting the mute button on T.V. as soon as an ad appears, any ad. And, when I go to my mailbox I find a boatload of ads crammed in there so tightly, I have to reach my arm all the way in to dig out the mail. And guess what? I dump them in the garbage can (un-opened) next to my garage on my walk back to the house. Well, occasionally I write “Return to Sender” on all the Romney literature, and so far, David, my postman, has removed them from my mailbox so I’m assuming he is compliant (without being complicit.) Thank you, David. Christmas is just round the corner.
I’m a woman, and I live in North Carolina. Oh, the power of a single vote.