Top o' the Morning, March 17, 2014
There's nothing quite like an election.
Even though early voting has stretched out the timing, the months of preparation and campaigning are still compressed into one final day.
There's drama, tension, passion. There's hurry up and wait.
There is, more often than you might think, genuine surprise when all the numbers are counted.
And often you'll find equal parts exhaustion and exhilaration by the time that very long day is done.
Sure, turnout will be abysmal in lots of places Tuesday. It's a primary.
But we're fortunate to have races that actually matter this year: Congress, county board, state representatives.
And it comes down to one day.
All day Tuesday, people will leave work, or stop on the way to or from work, somewhere in their neighborhood. They'll nod at people with whom they have a passing acquaintance, take a ballot and go behind a curtain.
That little moment of privacy is one of the best parts of democracy. Vote for whomever you want. We'll never know.
Actually, that's probably not as true as it once was — lots of folks will shout their votes from Facebook or Twitter. But until you cast your vote, there is mystery.
That's what I like best about the photos in this week's gallery. There is mystery in several respects, from the toddler standing outside a voting booth where a parent has obviously ducked behind a curtain, to the looks on the faces of candidates who don't actually know if they have a job or not.
And maybe we get a day or two off from campaign ads, hey?