All Politics Are Local (Early Voting)

Early voting: Day One

I started at CP Library. A.V. (Rep candidate for city council) and A.R. (Tea Party candidate for city council) were both there with three volunteers each. The volunteers had set up camping chairs and coolers. Very well organized. (Naturally.)  In addition, AV had two firefighters poll greeting for him (nice touch).

Most of the people who came to vote were Republicans who eagerly accepted the tea party slate sheet from AR. I kept overhearing about keeping our growing ciry “suburban”

I saw a series of candidate yard signs that had been pulled out and put against a tree. Mostly Dems but also three Republicans. I put everyone’s signs back up and left.

Next stop was the school district’s adminstrative building with volunteer Laura. I was grilled by a voter who was clearly conservative. It was fine but I know he didn’t like ANY of my answers.  (Damn you bonds!!)

I then went to SH Library.  Again, all the voters seemed to be conservative. 

 I’m not going to lie, it was a bummer.

I lost 15 minutes of my life that I will never get back to a woman who thinks that boys should use the boys room and girls should use the girls room and we are either male or female and none of this “it” nonsense.  She said she is gunning to replace the current mayor because he surreptitiously passed a law that “lets boys go into the girls bathroom!”  (Oh, and she will never shop at Target again, FYI.)  She was practically frothing at the mouth.

When I pretended my phone was vibrating, she moved on to the tea party person and I could hear the sheer delight of two hate mongers who have found each other after being adrift in a dirty sea of kindness, acceptance and civility.

The highlight, however, was when another woman came up and said, “just tell me who the conservatives are… so I can not vote for them.” That was great. I stepped in and pulled her away from the other poll greeters because she was clearly mine. 🙂

The second highlight was turning to the tea party guy, grabbing one of his handouts, turning to her and saying “these are the people you DON’T want to vote for.” (This was highly satisfying because: 1) the tea party goon heard me; and 2) the handout was really nice and laminated… i.e. not cheap.)

Outside of that, everyone else that came was conservative. They hate apartments, they hate equality, they hate protesters.

Finally, I returned to the first library with my son. He was tasked with approaching voters to give them my card. Nothing warms a candidate’s heart more than an ambivalent teen saying, with no enthusiasm, “vote for my mom. She’s great.” I actually started to worry that he was making people less likely to vote for me.

N. K. (Tea Party candidate for school board) was also poll greeting. I got an earful about a dem supporting sending out a PR piece about NK being a creationist. It took every ounce of restraint I had to not say, “that was nothing, wait until you see the one comparing the local tea party to the KKK.” 

Speaking of which, word on the street is that my opponent, JR., is not supported strongly by the right.  All I know is that she is on a tea party slate.  I want to win but I’m not prepared to sell my soul to do it.