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We live in Middlesex County, New Jersey and our mail-in ballots arrived today.

My wife is a perpetually undecided and independent voter. Not because she has no core principles or beliefs but because she just never thinks much about politics and doesn't really want to talk about it. Ask her who she's voting for she'll usually shrug and say I don't know.

So when the ballots arrived today, I gave her hers and she asked me to fill it out for her because she was busy feeding the baby. I suggested she do it later but she insisted I do it for her. Here's how the rest of the conversation went.

Me: But I don't know who you want to vote for.
Her: Obama.
Me: Are you sure?
Her: Yeah.
Me: Ok, how about Senator? There's Menendez and Kyrillos and a bunch of independents.
Her: What??
Me: Senator.
Her: I don't care. Who's the Democrat?
Me: Menendez.
Her: Ok, Menendez.
Me: Congress. Pallone or Little.
Her: Are there any Democrats?
Me: What is it with you and Democrats?
Her: I heard something about Republicans wanting to ban birth control on that Rachel show.
Me: Yeah, Pallone is the Democrat.
Her: Ok, Pallone.
Me: There are a bunch of local races which I don't really know much about. I'll skip those for now, let's go the public questions.
Her: mm hmm.
Me: The first question is do you allow the state to borrow $750 million-
Her: No.
Me: Don't you want to know why?
Her: Ok.
Me: To build, equip and expand higher ed. So I guess like Rutgers and Kean.
Her: Aren't they always building and expanding anyway?
Me: Yeah, they are.
Her: Then no.
Me: I assume they need it, that's why they're asking for it.
Her: Can they pay it back?
Me: Well, they're bonds. The state always honors that.
Her: No.
Me: Ok. The next question is whether the state should be allowed take money out of NJ Supreme Court Justice paychecks as contributions towards their healthcare.
Her: That's a question? Seriously?
Me: Unless I misunderstand it, yeah.
Her: WTF is wrong with this state?
Me: So.... yes?
Her: Of course.
Me: Cool.
Her: Can you clean up the kitchen after you're done?
Me: .....

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