Television news last Tuesday reported the excitement of election day across the United States. Voters watching in Oregon might have felt a little left out. No excitement here. No outward sign of an election — such as “Vote here” signs in front of polling places.
The rain that day might have made old-style voting in Oregon a challenge. But having navigated the high water and cast their ballots, voters also might have felt a sense of accomplishment and civic pride.
Instead, most of us had slipped our ballots into a box — mailbox or drop box — days ago. So we had no sense of taking part in a big and important occasion.
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