My absentee ballot arrived yesterday. Since I began working on campaigns in Florida, I have voted by mail. I spend early voting and election days making calls and knocking on doors to get people to the polls. That is important, but I miss showing up at the polling place myself.
Perhaps, other people miss it, too. I don't mean the standing in line and, at times, confusion. I do the miss the sense of community: we are all in this together, and voting keeps our democracy strong for the benefit of all of us. There are many reasons for the drop in voter turnout in the U.S. I will not attempt an in-depth political/sociological analysis. I believe that one reason is a decline in the sense of community. That makes me really sad.