Easy As Taking Out $200


To answer the question that's on everyone's mind: Yes, I did manage to vote this afternoon. It took all of five minutes, one-tenth the reported wait at 11:30 this morning (due to the early-lunch crowd, I assume). And in addition to the pleasure of voting against Bush and Kerry (along with several bond measures), I got to use one of those nifty touch-screen machines–old hat in every other sector of life but "cutting-edge technology" when it comes to voting, according to Fairfax County's explanatory video. I can't say for sure how secure this method is, but it is definitely more pleasant and straightforward for voters (at least, those who are comfortable with ATM machines) than the mechanical voting booths I used in New York or the punch cards I used in L.A.