Failing motor-voter registration
In late August, I officially became a Californian by obtaining my driver’s license and registering to vote in the Golden State. Having moved to four different states since obtaining my first driver’s license, I felt familiar with the drill of skimming a state’s driver’s manual and filling out the motor-voter registration card. Lucky for me, the CA driver’s test was a cinch. Sadly, though, I failed the motor-voter registration part. You see, I studied the California DMV handbook, but I failed to study the political parties adequately before registration. I didn’t think I needed to read up on that front, as I intended to register as an Independent. And lo and behold, my options were: the Republican Party, the Democratic Party, the Libertarian Party, the Peace and Freedom Party (seriously, I didn’t make that up; they’re the socialists), the Green Party, and – tah-dah! – the American Independent Party. I checked that last box without thinking twice.
Within days of obtaining my license and registering to vote, though, I received a cautionary e-mail from a friend. “By the way, Rox,” it read, “don’t forget that there is no Independent Party in California. The party that calls itself the American Independent Party makes Republicans seem liberal. If you want to be an independent, you have to be unaffiliated.” Uh-oh… I thought to myself, and I googled the AIP. Oh. My. God. Sarah Palin’s even too liberal for them. Their Presidential candidate is Alan Freakin’ Keyes.
I could have hid under a rock. How could I have done something so stupid? My registration put money in the coffers of this party of the far-right; the party continues to have ballot status in California because buffoons like me check that box without knowing what we’re doing. Here I am, dangerously overeducated and over-analytical – I was on-line before this researching the best thermos to buy, for goodness sake – and I didn’t take the time to research my political options. As a result, a party that I could not disagree with more has taxpayer money. I think I owe everyone in the state at least a fraction of a cent! But since we are in a recession, you’ll all have to do with my humble apology and this blog post, my attempt to atone for my horrific mistake. I am truly sorry. Perhaps this will prevent some folks from making the same blunder.Continued on the next page