Average

It turns out that the morning after federal elections here is considerably more blase than in the States, even though more people seem to vote (that is, a higher percentage–about 60% of the eligible). In fact, the morning newspaper didn’t come on time either at home or at the coffee shop (a prop I still need as I come fully awake, not for its news but for the tactile experience). The news had been announced before most Maritimers’ bedtimes last night.

Years ago, during my brief scholarly fling at the Wright Institute, folks seemed to be pleased with themselves for creating the expression “the worried well.” That is, the folks who know enough to see discrepancies between their own lot and a state of supposed perfection and can’t accept the gap. In other words: oppressed by being average.

Canadians don’t seem to suffer from this politically (although they may, and probably some do, personally). Yes there are ideals, but failing to attain them isn’t a moral outrage (again, politically, not personally).

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5 Responses to “Average”

  1. Marg Says:

    A higher percentage compared to the US yet a much lower percentage than normal. Almost lowest ever.

  2. halifaxing Says:

    Are you back in the Bay Area? Would you be willing to share how it “feels” there come November 4th’s US election day?

  3. Marg Says:

    Yes back here last Friday. And went to City Hall to vote on Saturday. Lots of people in line anxious to make sure their vote gets counted. Making sure addresses are correct and that they have been registered if moving from out of state. More than once we heard people say this is so important, I have to make sure my vote gets counted both in reference to the presidential election and Prop 8. Since I just became a US citizen a couple of years ago, I’m still not quite used to the process. A bit disconcerting to receive the 270 page long SF Voter Information Pamphlet and Sample Ballot (7 legal length pages long this time with 22 city and about a dozen or so state propositions). As well as voting for Board of Supervisors, state assembly and congress and the other assorted school boards, BART board, community college board, etc. Certainly a very different process than the parliamentary system. I’ll keep you posted as we draw nearer to Nov 4th.

  4. halifaxing Says:

    Thanks! It is different, isn’t it?

  5. Marg Says:

    Yes very different. I enjoyed being home for the Canadian returns even though I was not eligible to vote.

    Today is the last day to register to vote in CA. Election offices in Alameda and SF are remaining open until Midnight. They are expecting over 100,000 more voters to register in Alameda than the last election and are anticipating an 85% turnout. It looks like overall the turnout will be much greater this time round. It all has a Midnight madness, tax time feel to it. Not only people who are just newly eligible to vote signing up for the rolls but other folks who chose not to cast their ballots in the past seem energized and ready to do so this time.

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