November 6, 2012: Posted @ 6:30 PM Central Time Zone
I, Linda Darlene (Behl) Brennaman, arrived at the General Presidential Election polling location assign to my address, which was located at Waldo Branch Library (8), 201 E. 75th St. Small Meeting Room for the 09 Ward, and 05 Precinct, at about 10:45 a.m. The line was long; it extended outside the room into the lobby of the library.
When I got at the end of the line an election officer came out of the room and announced that people’s name beginning with A to ? (I do not recall the ending alphabet letter), form a line here. My last name fell within that category, so I was immediately redirected to a different line which placed me second to being served.
Once serviced the election officer was not able to find my name in the registration list, another election officer rechecked the list then the two females concluded that I must be in the wrong precinct. They informed me that the library hosted two election precincts, at this location, and that my name may be listed at the other precinct site.
I was immediately directed to the adjacent room where there was no one in either of the two lines at the registration desk. The election offices took my drivers license to verify my identity, and locate my name. As she was searching through the list of names I spotted my name before she did, so I pointed it out to her. She politely handed my drivers license back to me. Then she had me initial and sign the voter registration book. Then she asked me if I wanted a paper ballot, or did I want to vote electronically. I responded that I preferred the paper ballot. I was given the paper ballot, and directed to a seated booth area to fill out the ballot.
The ballot was two-sided with a lot of issues to vote on. One was an Amendment to Gubernatorial Powers – of the Missouri Governor, two tax allocation propitiations and other issues besides the Presidential, Senate, and House of Representative’s race.
It was a challenge to focus on the clarity of vaguely written election proposals that could have a negative effect on Missouri voters because of the low level chatter environment. I had to reread them several times, and at one point I had to ask the election officers for help to make sure I understood one point on the gubernatorial issue.
My voting time took about thirty-minutes to way through all the issues on the ballot with confidences that I had made the best choice not only for Missouri, but for the nation as a Whole.
I boldly disclose who I voted for the presidential electors, and the senate race; and those names go as follows: I wrote Donald Trump’s and Clint Eastwood’s names in for the presidential electors, and my name, Linda Darlene (Behl) Brennaman, in for Senator of Missouri.
While I was filling out my ballot, one of my neighbors that lived in my building came to vote. He was promptly registered, and he requested a paper ballot. As he prepared to sit down to fill it out, he paused looking it over, and asked if he could write-in his name for president. There was too long, of a pause, coming from the election offices toward his question. He and I was the only voters at that particular precinct. The long pause coupled with the election officers looking at each other in dismay; I immediately responded: “Yes you can. You can vote for anybody you want. You can write your name in for president if that is what you want to do.” Immediately the senior election officer backed up what I said, and told the gentlemen: “Yes, you can write your name in for president.”
I knew this man. If you have been following this blog you will recall that I live in any elderly disabled apartment building, so I wasn’t going to give any latitude for this man vote to be influenced in any way.
We, as American citizens, have the right to vote for any one we choose; even if that person is ourselves. America, we are still a free nation, and I hope it remains that way. I have provided critical material on this blog to help American citizens know what is happening right under their noses, but in know way would I ever dictate who you choose to vote for. The information on this blog is to help you make an informed decision, on whom, you put into office.
As a disable citizen myself, I chose not to take this campaign to the residents in the building, (an elderly, disabled community), that I live in because disable people are easily influenced and I am not a person to take advantage of another human being. I will do everything in my power to see to it that each and every person’s rights are protected.
America, there is still some time left to vote, so get to the polls and cast your vote. Remember that you can vote for any one you choose to.
Other than the protective-momma action taken by me to insure, the gentleman in the building I live in – was given the assurance, he could vote for anybody he chose too vote for – my experience at the polls was uneventful, and it was a very pleasant experience.
America, get out and vote!!!