Tuesday, November 2, 2010

election night

Polls just closed here. Well, those in line can still vote and the final counts, of course, won't be in for a while. I'm overly tired and am feeling just worn out by this election cycle. I have now voted in five elections (three presidential and two mid-term years) and I get more and more wrapped up in the process each time. (I should clarify: emotionally wrapped up.)

I was thinking, last Thursday when I voted (we have early voting available here), "Okay. Now, I just have to wait it out until Tuesday, or early Wednesday." I anxiously await poll results. However, I've done all that I'm going to do: I voted. I feel like I haven't done enough.

I've never been good at presenting my convictions. What if there is more information I'm missing? What if, in the instances of elections, there's a candidate I like almost completely? What about the parts of his or her positions I don't like or agree with? When I think of volunteering for a political campaign, I feel a bit anxious. I imagine people from all the other sides berating me and bullying me and that makes me completely uncomfortable. Where do I get these ideas?

So, I'm wondering, have any of you ever volunteered with a political campaign? Was it worth it? If you haven't, would you?