I voted by mail the other day, filling out my "absentee" ballot at the kitchen table.
With a ball-point pen, I darkened the little ovals on my ballot, a small protest against Trump's efforts to stop voting by mail and cripple American democracy.
I cherish standing in line with my fellow citizens to vote, interacting with poll workers, making my choices, receiving the peach-shaped I Have Voted decal.
When early voting began, I thought about casting my ballot at the Sandy Springs Public Library, which I've missed during the coronavirus shutdown. Along with exercising my American duty, I wanted to be close to the library's books again.
But I decided not to risk catching Covid-19, and ordered an absentee ballot, thanks to our Republican Secretary of State Ben Raffensperger, who in contrast to Trump has encouraged voting by mail.
Recalling the 2000 Gore-Bush election debacle in Florida, I took care to fully fill in each oval. I liked having the leisure to research candidates on Google before making my decision in some of the smaller races, such as Public Service Commissioner and Fulton Superior Court.
I didn't realize that Fulton County has so many Superior Court judges. Or State Court judges. No wonder Atlanta has so many lawyers.
Having made my choices in hopes of getting rid of David Perdue, Paul Howard and incumbent Superior Court judges appointed by Brian Kemp and Nathan Deal, I sealed the completed ballot in the envelope provided, signed a pledge not to commit fraud, attached a stamp and placed the package in the mailbox. I suppose I won't get a decal.
Voting by mail was easy. But I hope I'll be able to join my fellow citizens at Sarah Smith Elementary come November. Nothing makes my heart beat true for the red, white and blue than voting for president at the neighborhood school my children attended.