I've found a new research project...and a helluva lot more to be concerned about... Many thanks for writing, TechGirl. Onward to the "whoa...":
So, though the national election resembles a clusterf*** devised by brain-sucking amoeba lodged in the minds of media pundits, we can make the choice to fill other seats with people we want.
My inner social studies teacher is kicking me right now, telling me "of course the vote is important, it's your civic duty, it's how our voices are heard, etc." I don't believe that as much as when I was a wide-eyed, newly-registered political innocent, certain that my scrap of paper in the box meant a lot to somebody out there. Then again, that's about all I was taught regarding political participation.