Get Out The Vote!
Today was awesome.
I spent the day canvassing a neighborhood in Washougal, WA with a new friend. We were targeting known democratic households to make sure that they turned in their absentee ballots, or would go to the polls on Tuesday.
This evening I went to a Whistle-Stop rally at the Vancouver train station where our senior US Senator, Patty Murray was the headliner. The tour also featured our future Governor (Chris Gregoire), Attorney General (Deborah Senn), Secratary of State (Laura Ruderman) and Commissioner of Public Lands (Mike Cooper). If Gregoire, Senn and Ruderman are all elected, Washington will be the first state in history with women in the three top spots. Before the train arrived we were treated to speeches from the local candidates.
The experience was electric with everybody screaming and waving their signs. Afterwards I had the honor of shaking Patty Murray's hand and was able to speak with Deborah Senn and some local candidates. Great people, all.
I was especially impressed with Laura Ruderman. She will not allow Washington to buy voting machines without paper trails. She will also not allow Washington State to buy voting machines FROM ANY COMPANY WHO SELLS VOTING MACHINES WITHOUT PAPER TRAILS IN ANY OTHER STATE.
Earlier in the day, when canvassing in a lower middle class neighborhood, I had the most amazing Republican encounters. On my first doorbell ring a big guy, maybe 6'5" opens the door about two inches, peers at me through the crack and asks what I want. I tell him my name and that I'm with the Washington State Democrats and am encouraging people to vote. He tells me he doesn't want to hear from any Democrats. The door gap quickly closed.
As we went back to the car a 30-something guy comes out of his house with a big dog next to his "beware of dog" sign and his Bush sign. He asks us what the hell we were doing there. We didn't agrivate him, and drove away.
What is it with Republicans and thier level of fear? The Democrats we met were all friendly, open, and unafraid. To be fair we also met some non-paranoid Republicans, but no Democrats peered at us through door cracks or postured behind big dogs.
Tomorrow, we will canvas a Vancouver neighborhood. Tuesday we will call, canvass and monitor the polls.
Please share your own local election experiences.