New Experience #146: Register Someone to Vote

Russ is registered to vote. Photo copyrighted by Little Merry Sunshine.

Russ is registered to vote. Photo copyrighted by Little Merry Sunshine.

Longtime readers will remember that last week, I became a Deputy Voter Registrar. As I was talking about it around my office, I learned that my cube neighbor, Russ, has never registered to vote and he was interested in doing so.

On Monday, we took care of that.

Everything went smoothly until the end, when I had to give him the oath.

I told Russ to raise his right hand and repeat after me:

STATE OF ILLINOIS, COUNTY OF COOK, I hereby swear (or affirm) that I am a citizen of the United States, that on the date of the next election I shall have resided in the State of Illinois and in the election precinct in which I reside 30 days and that I intend that this location shall be my residence; that I am fully qualified to vote, and that the above statements are true.

When we finished, I stated “by the power vested in me, I hereby declare you registered to vote. You may now kiss your voter registration form.”

Russ looked at me and said, “Uh, I think you confused the voter registration oath and wedding vows mixed up.”

Oops. Easy to do, since you know, I also became an ordained minister on November 5th through the Universal Life Church (New Experience #133).

Well, anyway, Russ is registered to vote now. He may also be married to his voter registration form. One never knows.

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