Election Day in Milan and the biggest ballot I’ve ever seen in my life..

Today is Election Day here in Milan. One year ago I was very excited about this day, for it was the first time I was able to vote, having received my Italian citizenship after a decade of residing in Italy.  Voting in Italy is simple and I mean really and truly easy. Which is why I imagine there are no real directions on the ballot. The thing is I asked my husband about 10,000 times before arriving what to expect, to which he would reply ‘nothing – just make an ‘X’ next to the name you want to vote for.’  So when we arrive I feel confident that I won’t have any problems. I take my ballots and go into the booth. As I start to open the first ballot I become very worried, once all unfolded it’s as big as a king size bed sheet and there is absolutely nothing written on it. Just a hundred little symbols with blank lines on the side. That’s it. No instructions, no bubbles to fill in with a number 2 pencil, and no squares next to names to make my ‘X’.. NOTHING.

Fortunately  I am with S-man, (my husband) so I peek my head outside the little blue velvet curtain and say ‘pssst, which one is th-‘ to which my husband, hugely annoyed, sort of whisper yells – ‘THE X, PUT THE X!!!!!!!!!’

It is precisely in this moment that I decide that the next time we go to the United States I will let him come with children and I in the US CITIZENS line, and wait until we are at the front of the line before I tell the security guard that he is strange man who has followed us since we left Italy..

Frustrated, I finally figure it out and spend the next 10 minutes trying to re-fold my ballots. (Masters in Origami required to do so correctly) Once outside my husband says ‘potevi chiedermi prima se non eri sicura.’ which means you should have asked me before if you weren’t sure.  I smile…. thinking about our next trip to America.


About Cassidy_S

My name is Cassidy, I live in Northern Italy with my husband and 2 kids. When I first arrived to Italy the only thing I was sure of was that I wanted to live in this country, a country that is not known for its organization but is more beautiful than you can imagine!
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8 Responses to Election Day in Milan and the biggest ballot I’ve ever seen in my life..

  1. all our good days says:

    I went with my husband last year when he voted and peaked into the school classroom to see what the voting area was like. So different from the giant green machines with the little levers… and then I found out this year that they are no longer used and they’re all electronic touch screens now… what a pity. (I have to say that sending my absentee ballot to PA this years had complicated enough instructions!)

  2. Ha it always seems to obvious when you’ve done it a hundred times!

  3. 76sanfermo says:

    Let me say that you ‘re a joy,for me! So brilliant and hilarious,thank you!

  4. Jean Rogers says:

    I would have done a write in…LUIGI SPOTORNO X and then refolded the bed sized voting sheet into a paper Swan 😉

  5. Very Nice, Love Angie.

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