I feel much more relaxed now that I’ve voted. Also not paying so much attention to what’s going on in the news. It’s pretty nice.
Another really cool thing: THERE WERE DEMOCRATS ON THE BALLOT. I mean, there were still a few uncontested Republican-only elections (and there were some local non-partisan-only elections for which one actually had to research the candidates), but there was a democratic congressional candidate and for the first time in my memory, multiple democratic candidates for other elected offices.
The most demoralizing thing is going to vote (for example, in a non-presidential year) and having to decide between the fake libertarian* and the tea party republican for any contested election. Occasionally with a green party candidate thrown in as a third option. This is (at least partly) why turnout is low. And with turnout low, the democratic party doesn’t even bother. But it should bother, because when voting is demoralizing democrats will not turn out, and that’s bad for the state and for the country. Even if the democratic candidate isn’t going to win this time, being able to vote for him or her provides hope and a reason to go vote which means that someday in the future democrats may start winning again. That’s the hope.
*a fake libertarian is a social conservative/tea party republican by another name.
**What are some good candidates to throw money to, you ask? According to the Sam Wang website, Cortez Masto in Nevada, Hassan in New Hampshire, Kander in Missouri, Ross in North Carolina, and McGinty in Pennsylvania are all in close races. YMMV for best use of donation dollars depending on how awful you believe the Republican candidate to be (IMO, a Republican that supports gun control and isn’t going to try to destroy the supreme court isn’t as bad as one who works for the NRA and agrees on filibustering all nominees for the next four years). I will note that Ross’s opponent in NC just suggested assassinating HRC, so Ross definitely got some of my $$.
If you’ve voted, how did you feel after voting? (If you haven’t voted yet, are you feeling anxious?) Which contested elections do you think are worth donating to? How happy will you be when this whole thing is over?