The Democratic National Committee sent me an email today, which is both accurate and inaccurate.

The email is urging me to vote and states, “The Polls Are Open: It’s time to go vote! Your nearest polling location is: Page High School, 201 Alma Pinnix Dr., Greensboro, NC 27405: 6:30AM-7:30PM.”

The accurate part is that the polling place for the precinct where I live G20 is Page High School, so that is where I go to vote.

The inaccurate part is, “Your nearest polling location is.”  The implication is that I should go to the “nearest” polling location to vote. I believe the nearest polling location to my house is Irving Park Elementary School, the second closest is Irving Park United Methodist Church, the third closest is Mendenhall Middle School and the fourth closest where I go to vote is Page High School.  I usually drive past Irving Park Methodist Church and Mendenhall on my way to vote.

It’s easy to understand how early voting confuses people.  During early voting, any registered voter in Guilford County can vote at any of the early voting locations in Guilford County.  Voters can go to the early voting location closest to their home, or one that is convenient because, while it isn’t the closest, it is on the way to work, to drop kids off at school or to work out.

But on Election Day, voters who show up at the wrong polling place, even if it is the closest to their home, create all kinds of problems – particularly if they choose not to go to the correct polling place.

Rather than saying, “Your nearest polling location is,” It would be much more helpful and accurate to say, “Your polling location is,” because it doesn’t matter where the nearest polling location is on Election Day.  What matters is where the polling location for your precinct is.

I do appreciate the fact that the National Democratic Party is so concerned about me getting to the polls, but I’m not certain it would be if they knew how I intended to vote.