November 6th, 2004

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First election memories

The first election I voted in was in 1990 in Massachusetts. (The big race that year was for governor, where it was John Silber vs. William Weld.)

Also on the ballot that year were a bunch of town offices that nobody had bothered to run for, mostly state-mandated offices that weren't relevant (for instance every town was required to have a couple of water commissioners that were responsible for the public water supply, even towns like Holland where everyone had wells and there was no public water supply).

When I came to those parts of the ballots I wrote in the names of my friends and their family members from town, and one of them actually won, apparently because nobody else bothered to write in someone for that office.