I ended up voting after all
Here is the story: This morning when i went to vote they informed me that since my name wasn't registerd and that I didn't have a voting card that I couldn't really vote. That was fine by me because the people who did this was NDP people who thought that I would vote for Mubarak, so I thought that they at least weren't rigging the vote that way and keeping it semi-honorable, You know? It wasn't much, but at least it made me believe that they weren't that bad. Think again.... The thing that I noticed, and everybody who monitored noticed, was the fact that no one actually went and voted. People believed that the vote was rigged, and that it didn't matter, while the fact that they decalred that you need a voting card discouraged others who wanted to vote but didn't have one. This naturally caused a really low-turnout, so low it actually undermined the vote. It would be hard to claim that 16+ million people voted when you don't see anybody at the polling stations, you know? So the campaign to get out the vote started: They anounced on TV that people are encouraged to come down and vote, they sent trucks to drive around Cairo with speakers urging people to vote, they tried everything. Apparently things got so desperate they started calling people whom they know couldn't vote and tried to get them to go. I was one of those people. I told them that I didn't have a voting card, they said no problem. I told them I wasn't registerd, they said no problem. Just go to this specific polling station and meet this person and they will allow you to vote (they thought I was voting for Mubarak). I asked if I could bring friends who too would want to vote for Mubarak, and they said sure. Just bring them in with you when you meet that person who will facilitate it for you. Cool! I called my friends and they expresed interest, I called BP and he wanted to come too, but couldn't due to work, so we went without him. We got there, I was wearing my Pro Mubarak paraphanelia, and spoke to the person whose name I was given. They took our ID's and gave them to the person registering the people who are voting. When they asked me about the voting card, I pointed to her, they noded and gave me a ballot. I filled it and dropped it in the box, and so did my friends. Neither one of us voted for Mubarak, altough we used the corruption of his people to allow us to vote. There was a sense of poetic justice here and I loved it. So yeah, I got the red finger, and I don't have a digital camera to take a picture of it. So I guess the one in the post below will work. I am sure my vote won't really count in the end, but at least I voted, I registerd my defiance at the corrupt system we live in by using it against its creators and by their consent. That's all I wanted to do really. Just one last act of disobedience while I still could. Some people told me that that was stupid, that there will be reprucussions, that I am sure to get my ass whopped for all of the shit I've said and done. They are probably right, but you know what? It was worth it! Every single second of it! GO EGYPT!