Time was when you voted you went to an actual polling place and punched holes into a piece of paper, or a butterfly ballot, and when you walked out of there you left with something that let you puff your chest a little.
It was that old sticker with the American flag and the “I voted” slogan in 182-point font. I like the looks of the stickers we get now for getting out of our cars on election day and actually walking into the library. But, c’mon! What’s the point of wearing an election day sticker if it doesn’t give you moral superiority over your friends and fellow shoppers at Value Village?
A sticker that yells your good deed is like that one you get when they start accepting your blood again. It’s a sticker that answers the question, “You think you’re better than me?”
“Why yes, I do. See here? I voted.”
Maybe it’s just me. That’s why I’m putting the question out there. On election day, if you’re one of those who puts off voting until the last minute and you drop your ballot off somewhere they’re handing out stickers, are you like me? Are you disappointed that the sticker you get understates your contribution to America? If I had my way we would get hats and bumper stickers and T-shirts. I want a sign that says “I’m the 47 percent” to show that I’m among those who care enough about our country to pretend our vote matters.
So take your pick. You like the old “I voted” sticker, or the new one?