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The 11 emotions you go through when casting your vote

From annoyance to confusion to smugness, and back again.
May 23rd 2014, 9:30 PM 18,589 40

BY NOW, MANY Irish people have already cast their vote in the local and European elections. If you’ve braved the elements and voted, you’re probably feeling a bit relieved, right?

That’s because the act of voting itself is an emotional rollercoaster fraught with indecision, confusion, annoyance and apathy.

If you used your vote today, it’s likely you experienced some of the following emotions.

Two weeks before voting: Annoyance

Damn politicians, calling to the door and littering the house with flyers. They’ll be lucky if I vote at all.

Three days before voting: Apathy

Will I even bother? They’re a bunch of messers.

apathetic voter Source: Shutterstock

Day before voting: Resolution

I suppose I’d better vote. If I vote, I automatically earn the right to complain about the Government to my heart’s content.

4yDPQrL Source: Imgur

Day of vote: Confidence

Alright, I’m going to drag myself to the primary school. I have my vote, I’m going to use it.

Ireland EU Referendum Source: AP/Press Association Images

Entering the polling station: Curiosity

Wonder who all the others are voting for? It’s still rude to ask, isn’t it.

giphy Source: Giphy

Entering the booth: Daring

WILL I SPOIL MY VOTE??? Look at meee, I’m spoiling my voo-oooote…

1328 Source: Replygif

Looking at the ballot paper: Indecision

But now that I’m here, perhaps I should take this seriously. Let’s see, who’s the best of the bunch?

decisions Source: Dailybruin

Marking your preferences: Confusion

I want this candidate to get my first preference. But who are they with again? Do I like that party? I should have done some research.

confused voter Source: Spirit of Americ/Shutterstock

Placing the vote in the box: Relief

Well, that’s that done now for another while. Thank god.

Ireland Childrens Referendum Can you feel the relief rolling off this picture in waves? We can. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Immediately after voting: Smugness

Look at me! Democracy in action, doing my bit for the country, being an active citizen. Did you vote? No? I AM BETTER THAN YOU.

bunnyvote Source: Flickr/Coaly Bunny

As the results come out: Befuddlement

Who did I vote for again? Was it that guy?

mfw_trying_to_remember-49948 Source: Gifbay

It could have been that guy. Well done, that guy.


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Valerie Loftus


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