On Election Day I get up as usual at 5am, shower, dress and prepare breakfast. By then it is 5:45am and time to vote. I get to my polling place just before the doors open at 6am–usually it is pretty quiet, but for some recent Presidential elections there’s been a line around the building. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and a little sleepy (that may just be me). I do my civic duty and leave. I used to reward myself with a doughnut, but my usual doughnut shop has been disappointing in the past few years. So this year I had a small slice of chocolate cream pie with my breakfast.
It is a small ritual, but one that I look forward to each year. The most important thing about a voting ritual? Having one!