To The Daily Sun,
Tuesday evening I voted in Ward 4 in Laconia. My co-worker surprised me. She and husband were behind me in line. She introduced me to her husband and I went on to get my ballot. My ID was checked and the voter verified me, and drew a line through my name on her list.
They had poker chips — red and blue — and I was given the chip color which apparently is designated to the party I registered to vote with. I then had to go to another table to pick up my ballot.
It is none of my co-worker's business which party I am affiliated with. She had the opportunity to see what color chip I was given and I have no idea what color chip she was given. That is none of my business. Will my work interactions have an affect because of the political party I choose to affiliate with? I hope not.
My point is, that our voting preferences and party affiliations should not be so visible at the time we go to cast a ballot. I felt violated. This was my first time voting in Laconia. I never experienced this openly outing of party affiliations in other cities where I have voted in the past. I would like to think, the poll workers are intelligent enough to give everyone the same color chip, and there would me something under it to the person handing out the ballot to show if you were voting Democrat or Republican if this is they way they choose to differentiate party affiliation. Is this something unreasonable to ask for?
(Editor's note: previous to this election, N.H. required election clerks to announce which ballot — Democrat or Republican — a primary voter was taking. The "poker chip" procedure was apparently an attempt to make the whole process quieter and, thus, more private.)