2020 General Election Voting Record

October 17, 2020

Don’t think I’ve ever voted so quickly in my life! Our ballots arrived in the mail on Thursday (I think), and as soon as I wrapped up my work day, I grabbed the WA state voter’s guide and started going through the ballot to cast my votes. About 30-45 minutes later, I was finished!

Normally I like to hold on to my ballot before mailing it back, in case there’s anything that happens in the last couple weeks before election day that might influence how I vote. But this year, with me being decided early on how I planned to vote in many races, and with the rumors of many more people voting by mail, I figured it’s best to get it done earlier rather than later. (To be clear, though, WA state has been 100% vote by mail for like 15 years now, so I don’t expect any issues here.)

As I’ve been doing for many years, when I finished I tallied up how I voted. I’m usually really moderate and tend to vote about 60-40 on the conservative side. But in the primary a couple months ago, I flipped and voted for more liberal candidates/issues.

In this general election? Here’s how it played out:

  • Republican/conservative candidates or issues: 8
  • Democratic/liberal candidates or issues: 13
  • Independent/other candidates or issues: 0

So again, I basically flipped how I historically vote. I’m still very much in the middle, but 13 out of 21 is 62% on the liberal/Democratic side.

I also tallied up gender votes — 17 votes were for male candidates, 10 for female candidates. In the six races where it was male vs. female, I voted for the female five times.

One more thing, and this speaks to how moderate I am politically. A streak has ended this year. I haven’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 2004, and I haven’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996. One of those streaks is over. You’ll have to guess which one. 🙂

So now we sit and wait. In a vote-by-mail stats like ours, it’s often the case that some races aren’t decided for several days or even a week or two. I sure hope we get some clarity on November 3, but I’m ready to be patient.

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