W-H-O-O-S-H !

Ike and Mamie Eisenhower at the Voting Booth (Image from Google).
Ike and Mamie Eisenhower at the Voting Booth (Image from Google).

The first time I voted, an old version of voting machines was still being used. They were the kind where you pull a lever and curtains closed behind you. You pulled smaller levers to choose your candidates.

It wasn’t dramatic as The Wizard behind the curtain in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” but stagy nonetheless. When you were done, the final lever opened the curtains again with a brash and theatrical W-H-O-O-O-O-S-H ! as if you were a part of a grandiose stage production and you were the star of the show.

As best as I can remember, it was only twice that I used that type of voting machine, because shortly after I started voting, they were slowly being replaced with smaller booths where you pulled the curtain closed manually, and then to the now-in-use cheesy plastic tables with side blinders and paper ballots.

With those old timey ones, the brash and exaggerated W-H-O-O-S-H ! of the curtains made me feel like I did something spectacular. And yes, the actual rite of voting at a polling location is still remarkable. Maybe there’s no feeling of a grand stage production anymore, but remarkable nonetheless.

November 8, 2016.
©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.

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4 Comments on “W-H-O-O-S-H !

  1. I remember those booths, Susan. With digitization I wonder what we might lose and what we can potentially gain. I am concerned about much in this election but nothing more than the rolling back of the protections in the Voters’ Rights Act by the Supreme Court. Let’s keep our nation in our prayers and hearts today! Love the image of the Eisenhowers.

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    • I don’t know exactly what made me think of those old booths, but they sure were a relic. It was from a time when we didn’t know the outcome until we woke up the next morning. Yes, those Eisenhowers sure look happy, don’t they? Today is going to be interesting, and it may even be a long day/night. 🙂

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