In the past year, I’ve seen my mother twice, changed my oil four times and visited the office of Dr. Masha Minkin twice for the finest dental cleaning in town.

But today’s primary election marked the fifth time in the last 12 months that I have lumbered over to my friendly neighborhood polling place to exercise my democratic (small d) right to choose the leaders that will represent me and – in some cases – send me e-mail press releases.

San Diego’s lost two council members and a congressman to federal corruption convictions and a mayor to resignation. To refill those posts, elections have been held (in backwards order) today, April, January, November and July.

I am renewing the offer I made in April, which was never taken up. Perhaps the primary has more people excited about elections and surfing the Web, so I’ll give it another try. Find me somewhere, anywhere, in the country where voters have cast ballots more times within a 12-month period than those of us residing in the 50th Congressional District and San Diego City Council District 2. Winner gets a voiceofsandiego.org travel mug.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

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