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I voted

For Dean. Hey, he’s still on the ballot, and he’s the guy I wanted to vote for. I realize the vote is symbolic, but perhaps not a completely empty symbol. Kerry’s got the nomination locked up, but at this point, every vote for someone else is a reminder to him: “Hey, there’s a constituency out here that you need to address.”

At the sign-in table, there was one Republican judge, one Democrat, and two other guys who didn’t have any party role to fill. As I walked up, one of them asked me if I was voting Democrat; another said something like “he couldn’t possibly be a Republican.” There was some more partisan joking. The lone Republican kept his tongue. This was the first time I could ever recall election judges publicly making partisan jokes, and I have to admit, it struck me as a little unseemly. But very interesting. I live in a pretty progressive neighborhood, and this seems like a sign that the general election will be extremely polarized (not that it would come as much surprise).

4 Comments

  1. Partisan comments by polling-place folks very unseemly indeed!!! That is definitely not appropriate.

  2. Baker School? Same thing happened to us. I also got dirty looks from election judges when talking to my wife about the LA story with the Hart-InterCivic screwup.

  3. Just be careful come election day. I voted my conscience (Nader) last time around, and boy, have I regretted it every day since. Actually, it wasn’t so much my conscience as it was my ire with the I’m-anything-but-a-liberal attitude of the democrats for the past couple of decades. But after four years of Dubya, even nambly-pambly Kerry would be an improvement.

  4. You go! Delegates for Dean. My husband and I have found ourselves DEAN DELEGATES to our County convention March 27. Of course, since we’re like the only 2 liberals in our county, I guess we’ll be caucusing alone that day. :S

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