Everyone has an opinion, but we don't ask our fantastic FindLaw.com colleagues how they plan to vote in the general election. The political environment is just too tricky, and why risk disturbing the sunny vibe of our California office? Therefore, we are going to let sleeping donkeys and elephants lie and focus today's Insider on the non-political aspects of the election instead.
Boring? We beg to differ.
While asking coworkers about party loyalty or favored presidential candidates probably would have resulted in awkward replies (we're a peaceful tribe), nearly everyone seemed to agree on one point: Make it stop already. We are ready to vote!
Lead software engineer Miles Zarathustra said he's looking forward to the election precisely "because I'm sick of the campaigns."
Even some of the naturalized citizens in our office who emigrated from countries lacking a participatory style of government are feeling fatigued from the nonstop election cycle, including Technology Manager Tsing Xue, who was born in China:
"[I am] looking forward to the campaigns to finish," Xue said. "It distracts [elected officials] from doing their job, and all the promises they make to their donors are not good for the common people."
Still, Xue made it clear that she feels empowered just by having the right to vote.
Tanya Roth, Team Lead and Editor of FindLaw Blogs, said she was thankful she didn't live in a swing state. "If I had to put up with the commercials all the time, I think I would be completely nuts by the first Tuesday in November," she added.
I said nearly everyone in the office is ready for the end of the election. That doesn't include Content Marketing Specialist John Karbaf, who admits to being a political junkie. The election cycles, he said, "just feed my habit."
But regardless of your excitement or fatigue, optimism or dread, there's still an election tomorrow. So get out there and rock the vote.
Need help navigating the often-confusing process of casting a ballot? The following resources should help ensure that your voice is heard:
- State-by-State Time Off to Vote Laws - Overviews of state laws mandating time off to vote, including links to the text of each law
- State Immigration Laws - Includes information about voter I.D. laws for each state
- Voting Rights - Collection of articles highlighting federal voter I.D. requirements, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and related topics
So if you're like most of us in the Sunnyvale office, you can take comfort in the fact this will all be over soon. But despite the cynicism the partisanship that can come with elections, it all comes down to the votes of individuals. So pull the lever, touch the screen, mail it in.
Make yours count.