No Cute Poll Pictures Here

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr on 06 November 2012 @ 11:31 am

There was a great post over at about taking kids to the polls today. Take a look…I’ll wait…


I used to be one of those parents. Because my parents were those parents. And I’d always imagined that my kids would grow up and love the democratic process as much as I do.

But life isn’t always ever that easy with a kid on the spectrum.

I had wanted to take all three kids with me to vote today. We’ve been talking about the election issues for some time and they have, of course, a vested interest in the outcome.

Yet, I chose to go this morning. Without them. Because it was easier. Because I didn’t know how long the lines would be and Ben doesn’t do well with lines. In fact, Ben can be so unpredictable that there was no telling how he’d fare in such an uncontrolled environment. I thought about going later in the day with the kids and having someone come with us, but I was fearful that somehow there would be a problem and I wouldn’t make it to the polls at all. And in this election, every vote counts.

I am sad that Jacob and Lil missed out because of this.
I am sad that Ben missed out on this.
I am sad that I don’t get to post an adorable picture of my kids and me at the polls. Though given the way things usually turn out…the picture wouldn’t have been all that adorable. I mean, who wants to see an Aspergers kid in the throes of a meltdown?

On the other hand, I had a fabulous experience. (I love this stuff!)
It was my first time voting in person here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (Last year, due to my participation in Rabbis Without Borders, I voted absentee in case I didn’t make it back before 8:00pm when the polls close.) So a Shehechiyanu was said.
I was amazed at how very different it is to vote here than in was in California. The voting machines are really high-tech here. No paper ballots. Or receipts of voting. And an official Judge of the Election is on site. Warren and I got there at the right time because when I drove past our polling place, it was mobbed.

So no Kodak moment for our family.
Maybe I’ll have this figured out for next time.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Debra Kassoff 06 November 2012 @ 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm

Thanks, Rebecca. You’ve just inspired me to wait to vote til after school. I’ve taken the girls before, but was going to go…well, right now. But instead, I’m going down to Mississippi Demoratic hq to make calls to Florida for a few hours.
But I won’t have cute poll photos, either, because my daughters never pose for the camera when I want them to. Only when they want to. And, you’ll get it figured out. xo


2 Rebecca Einstein Schorr 06 November 2012 @ 4:55 pm at 4:55 pm

I’m so glad that you’ll have the experience of having them with you. I really do think it is important. And take a picture anyway!

Thanks, friend.


3 JanetheWriter 06 November 2012 @ 1:22 pm at 1:22 pm

Yes, you will get it figured out.

No kids…so no cute poll photos, but I did spend some of the nearly two hours I waited in line talking to a woman from my building. Guess what? We also share a synagogue building…small Jewish world strikes again!


4 Rebecca Einstein Schorr 06 November 2012 @ 4:56 pm at 4:56 pm

Ah…I love those stories.


5 Galit Breen 06 November 2012 @ 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm

Oh that makes so much sense, girl!

I think that the fact that you love this stuff {I do, too} and that you went and voted and they know these things will be filed in their memory banks as IMPORTANT!


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