I had to go renew my driver’s license at the DMV this afternoon. Normally I would have just done it online, but recently when I was out the bartender didn’t believe that my driver’s license belonged to me, because he said I looked nothing like the picture. I realized that it may be true – I’m a few years older, a few pounds heavier, my hair’s gotten a lot darker, and I’m wearing glasses most days lately – so I had to go get a new photo done. It turned out pretty awesomely, by the way, despite the fact that my description in the last sentence made it look like I’ve turned into a gigantic blobby four-eyed loser since college. Which isn’t the case. Well, it mostly isn’t. Anyway.
So when I was walking into the DMV office, this young guy waylaid me and begged me to sign a petition to put a Republican candidate on the ballot for governor here in Virginia. And I refused to sign it, although I did so very nicely and he smiled and told me to have a nice day.
But then I wondered – am I interfering with the democratic process by refusing to help get a Republican candidate on the ballot? It’s not like my signature will keep a Republican from running, after all, but it’s also not like signing the petition would have constituted an implicit vote for the candidate. Can I really have a may-the-best-man-win attitude if I refuse to take an action that would help the other candidate get a fair shot?
It’s really not that big a deal, and I don’t plan to lose any sleep over it. I was just thinking about it.