At the polling place
by cos, Tue Aug 08, 2006 at 08:38:43 AM EDT
I spent 8am-noon this morning at a polling place in eastern Connecticut, where turnout was steady through the morning. It felt more like general election level turnout than a primary. My job: hand Ned Lamont palm cards to voters approaching the polling place.
"Why are you doing this today?" asked one voter, "everybody's already decided!" A half hour later, another voter glanced at the card and answered, "I ain't makin' up my mind 'til I get into the poll." Another voter at first declined to look at a card, remarking, "I'll do my own thinking." I pointed to the bold text and replied, "this is to let people know what Lamont is about, then you can make up your mind what you think of it." The bold rext on the card reads:
Vote for a Democratic Senator who will finally stand up to Bush!One man declined my card on the grounds that he's a Republican, but on the way back, he remarked to me, "I was a Democrat for 25 years, and I think Joe's got a problem today."
There were no Joe Lieberman signs or volunteers at this polling place, or at another one I passed on the way. In fact, I only saw one Lieberman sign driving in this morning, randomly placed by the side of the road. Luis, a poll worker who came out for some fresh air, said "lots of Democrats today!" - the polling place had separate doors for the Republican and Democratic primaries, and I could see fewer than 1 out of 10 voters were going in the Republican door. Luis said he's seen a lot of new voters and young voters today. "They want change."