Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Future

Inspired by Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #83: Future

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Today was all about the future.

It was voting day in New Hampshire.

I live in the state which holds the first Primary in the race for President of the United States. Hordes of candidates have been campaigning here during the last year. Speeches. Rallies. Town Halls. Visits to local diners. Television and radio ads. Much shaking of hands and thousands of selfies.

I won’t go into all the drama and teeth gnashing that defines today’s politics. Much of it polarizing and potentially toxic within families and friendships – where differences of opinion exist.

This is not about a particular candidate.

What I want to focus on here is the wonder of living in a country where we actually have the right to vote. A chance to shape our future.

Express our opinions, as diverse as they are. Hopefully with respect.

Sometimes that goes well and sometimes it doesn’t.

Today it went well. I was more than happy to wait for a parking place at the packed voting site. It signaled a large voter turnout. People taking this responsibility seriously. Perhaps it meant less voter apathy. I hope I’m right.

To vote is to put your voice to work for everyone’s future. All the candidates promise – in one way or another – a better future. Whether that be health care, tackling climate change, jobs…and my favorite since my teenage years: promoting peace. World peace. How we all need to get along…better.

I was greeted by campaign reps standing outside with their signs. Media personnel conducting random interviews.

No shouting. Just friendly hellos and smiles.

primary walk

Once inside…

voting sign

Show ID and find a booth…

booths

As a two party system, you must choose a Democratic or Republican ballot for a primary election. This was mine…

ballot

So many choices.
[As far as I know, a $1,000.00 filing fee is all that’s needed to get your name on the ballot]

Last but not least…

pen

 

Let’s hope we vote for a bright and prosperous future for us all.

Time will tell.

Primary Politics

 

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Have you decided?

No, have you?

How many have you seen?

The line was so long at the one earlier!

When do you think you will decide?

Bits and pieces of conversation drifted past me as I waited in line today to see one of the Democratic candidates speak. The New Hampshire Presidential Primary is next week and it’s crazy around here. As it has been every 4 years for the 40+ years I’ve lived in NH.

I’m not nearly as legit as being an actual native. If you are not born in NH you are still from away. However…I digress…

As a long time registered voter, I am well prepared for the onslaught of eager candidates who start trying to win my vote as early as a year ahead of time. It is exciting…for a while. And then it isn’t…as the Vote For Me postcards and flyers pile up. As the television ads become more than tiresome. Persistent phone calls at dinner time. Blah Blah Blah.

Today was my fourth (and last) attendance at a political rally. To see a candidate I had hoped would come back to my area. It was held in a church in the middle of the afternoon and attendees sitting in the pews were “older” for the most part. I didn’t see as many from the under 30 crowd as I have at weekend town halls and rallies.

Looking around, I was struck by the air of anticipation. Hopeful expressions. Women and men sitting patiently. Sliding over in pews to let more people have a place to sit. Attentive. Waiting for the candidate to appear, as innocuous rock music played from a nearby speaker. Small American flags on wooden sticks were passed out. Cell phone cameras poised. Polite clapping for the local dignitaries who “warm up the crowd” before the candidate is introduced.

A half dozen media outlets had video cameras set up on large tripods in the back of the room. Photographers snapped pictures with impressive professional cameras (which I tried to get a look at!). They were everywhere. There is no privacy at these events. But I know to expect that.

The candidate appeared – almost 30 minutes late, but nobody seemed to mind – full of smiles and ideas and plans. This candidate was authentic. Smart. Relaxed. Eager to share family stories and work experience. I get you was the message. This is what I will do.

The crowd’s attention was laser focused as we¬†listened to the candidate’s message of realistic possibilities, common sense and empathy. Definitely a different vibe than what I had experienced before. And I liked it.

Finally, I have found a candidate I can be enthusiastic about.

New Hampshire politics at its best.