Mary Schmich: The year of voting nervously, very, very nervously

My 2020 presidential ballot came in the mail recently. I plucked it from the mailbox and held it nervously, the way you might hold a fragile heirloom or a baby or a bomb. So much power in such a small package. Handle with care.For the next few days, I left the envelope unopened on the dining table. I’d glance at it every now and then, each time with a pang of elation and anxiety. I’ve never voted by mail, and it felt weird to have a ballot so far in advance of Election Day. I’ve always liked the communal ritual of the voting booth on deadline, saying hello to the poll workers, leaving with my …

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