I must admit that until I stepped into the voting booth, I was absolutely convinced that there were 6 candidates running for 5 seats on the Upper Perkiomen School Board. My eyes scanned back and forth, and back again, between the lists of school board candidates on each side of the ballot. Since the order under the Democratic Party was different than the order of candidates listed under the Republican Party side of the ballot, I kept hoping that I was just missing seeing that 6th candidate. But no, there were only 5 names, 5 candidates, for 5 seats; it had all been decided in the spring primary election.
My feelings walking out of the polling station were a mix of disappointment, anger, a sense of futility, and yes, some embarrassment at having spent part of election day asking people in person, via email, Facebook, and WordPress (this blog), to go to the trouble of not voting straight Democrat in order to avoid voting for Raeann Hofkin.
After a bit of grumbling, out loud and under my breath, I sat down and reconsidered the matter. Which is when I came to the conclusion that it is the principle that matters. Despite having no effect on the outcome of the election, I’ll sleep better knowing that I did not vote for someone with whom I have such profound political disagreements.