Hard Core in Orange County

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It was a cold and early Saturday in early November. The streets were empty, but the parking lot of the Planetarium was filling up at 8:55am. Why? Because Saturday early voting was about to begin. Yep, there was a line out around the statue of James Polk waiting to vote early. Which raises the question, why?



Originally posted at CountryCrats.



There really aren't any races left to decide in Orange County and the state-wide judicial races usually aren't that big of a draw. But, there they all were, and the line continued to grow after 9am when the kids and I came out from voting. I saw a few people I knew, including Zabouti and John Gilmore, Dogwood Acres Precinct Chair.

As we waited in line the fella behind me muttered, "I wonder how you find out about these non-partisan races?" To which I responded with a flourish of my OCDP voter guide, "With one of these!" He was very thankful and especially when I showed him the cheat sheet on the back cover.

All in all it was a great experience, the kids sat on my lap and helped me fill out the bubbles, to feed the ballot into the machine and they received their "I voted" sticker for the umpteenth time. Voting is a family tradition, take your kids to vote and make it an exciting family adventure.

Oh, as to the title, to those who showed up at 9am in the cold weather to vote on a pretty unexciting ballot - you are hardcore and a good friend of mine.

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Early Voting in Wake

Early voting in Wake was not nearly as busy. There was no line and only one campaign (Superior court judge Ripley Rand) who had any presence. This with Wake trying to decide on school bonds and the balance of our county commission in the air. And a fair chunk of the county in NC-13

Maybe Vermin is not really stirring the base the way he claims.

I was voter 2010 or something like that.

So, that isn't a huge number for the entire two weeks. I'll look and see if I can find the total early/absentee ballots.

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Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

When I voted last week

at the library, I was #327 or so. This was Wednesday the 25th, so surely more people have voted by then. And when I went to return the book I'd borrowed, there were folks outside encouraging voting and asking if we were voting.

Don't forget the other two poll sites in Orange than the planetarium!

I had forgotten for a moment.

Not the other, but the library. I love voting at the planetarium because of that grand entrance.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Dear Voter #2010

Robert,

I got there first at about 8:35am and voted 3rd. I heard your girls back in the line asking about elections. Who could imagine a better motivation for voting? Especially for Democrats.

I've been downloading the early voting data for the SBOE, but something has gone wrong the last couple days, and I've sent out help requests to the NCDP - if the SBOE stops making the data available in time, it will impact our GOTV efforts some. Maybe tomorrow morning there will be new data.

Anyway, as of yesterday, over 3,340 Dems had voted, so don't worry about the number you saw. It's interesting that more independents (851) than Republicans (637) had voted by Nov 2nd: this has got to be a good sign.

-- ge

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boy and girl : )

It's the flowing blond hair that fools people

preschool_3

Kids always ask the dardnest questions like "Why do we vote?"

Answer that to a 3 year old.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Oh Robert!

Your children are beautiful! Mine aren't so keen to go wait in line any longer, but they enjoyed the kids voting when they were younger.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Beautiful children Robert

Sounds like you are also a great parent. What a great tradition too. Voting should be fun and enpowering, glad to know that Democrats realize how vital it is to pass this on to the next generations! Great Post!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

With my wife being in grad school...

the last month or so has been almost single-parentish, which makes me:
1. appreciate how hard it is on truly single parents.
2. hope no one is outside the window at about 7:30 when they are fighting going to bed : )

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me