• Election Day 2006


    The morning Laura and I went to our polling place and cast our votes using the ES&S iVotronic, which is not nearly as nifty (or portable) as some other iProducts, specifically my Apple iPod. I was mildly amused that the machine must be activated by briefly inserting an “electronic ballot” cartridge — roughly the size and shape of an old SEGA video game cartridge — prior to each vote being cast. I was hoping that the ballot screen would be replaced by Road Rash 2, but instead of being able to beat motorcyclists with tire irons and chains I was presented with candidates for Governor, Attorney General, State Auditor and so on. Worst. Game. Ever!

    Also amusing was the Republican candidate for Secretary of State, Greg Hartmann. They say that name recognization plays a big part in elections; if so, poor Mr. Hartmann will likely be denied the office, as his name is associated with a politician who drew an Ace when exposed to Xenovirus Takis-A and gained the ability to manipulate the emotions of anyone with whom he came into physical contact. Gregg Hartmann (D-NY) created an alternate persona, Puppetman, who fed off negative emotions and psychic pain from those he touched. Though this Hartmann appeared to be a kind, compassionate humanitarian, he was actually a deceitful, calculating sociopath who used his abilities to further his own political career.Leigh, Stephen. 1987. “Strings” Wild Cards (George R. R. Martin, editor), Bantam Books

    So, yeah, there’s a bit of a stigma attached to that name.

    In related news, Kyle has shown an early interest in the democratic process, and he came home with an “I Voted Today” sticker on his cap. He voted on a modified ballot that included such proposals as fewer naps, later bedtime, decreased border security between the living room and the dining room, and mantadory petting periods with the kitties.