I voted in person for the first time this last month (a few weeks ago in the municipal primary, and today in the general). All my previous elections have been by absentee ballot. In California, I always saw everyone around me on election day with those little white “I voted” stickers with the American flag on them. I was always envious. So I figured now that I’m living here in St. Louis, and the polling place is just down the block, I can finally get one of those stickers. But so far, at neither election have they had stickers for me.
This is only a municipal election, and the City of St. Louis isn’t exactly rolling in cash; the roads need fixing more than I need my sticker. For now, I guess I’ll just have to wait for 2004 and hope that the state buys me a sticker.