And I'm proud of it.
By Gregory Jacobs-Roseman (Composer-Lyricist)
It was election day this past Tuesday here in New York, and for the first time in 20 years New Yorkers elected a Democrat to be mayor of the city.
I’m excited about the prospect of a de Blasio administration. Not just because he’s a Democrat, but because he’s an actual progressive. I’d like to see the city movie away from the wealthy, Manhattan-centric agenda of the Boomberg years and focus on all New Yorkers, ending stop-and-frisk and over-gentrification. I’m hoping Mayor de Blasio can achieve some of that.
Another thing I love is that New York has their elections on an off-year. I love voting, and this means that as a New Yorker, I get to go to the polls almost every year and not just during the even-year federal elections. And though at my polling site on Tuesday they had the scan-tron ballots, citywide elections means that sometimes they’ll pull out the old-school lever voting machines – as they did for the mayoral primary and public advocate runoff elections this year. Pulling that lever is just so satisfying.
But there was one notable addition to the voting experience here in New York during this year’s general election: stickers.
YES! New York “I voted” stickers! Huzzah! Finally! I’ve been saying since I moved to New York that we need “I voted” stickers and it was a shame that they don’t hand them out in polling places around the city – even during presidential elections. Well, someone somewhere wised up to the fact that Voting should be a fun experience – one that you should literally be so proud of that you wear it on your chest as a badge of honor.
So thank you for the stickers, and thank you to everyone who exercised their civic duty this past Tuesday! Make it a habit. Get your vote on, NYC!
GREGORY JACOBS-ROSEMAN is a composer/lyricist and theatrical sound designer. His musical Save The Date: A Wedding Road-Trip Musical won the Overall Excellence Award for a Musical in the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. gregjr.com
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