BUSY DAY; ELECTION 2008

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Since my hobby is politics, today has been a busy day for me.  Of course, other volunteers have also found it busy. That includes the important, nonpartisan work done by those generous citizens who operate the polls. Whatever our political inclinations, we all owe those people our gratitude for their unselfish service.

I spent the day poll-watching and passing out sample ballots at the Limestone Precinct (Gainesville Middle School).  When I arrived, at about ten minutes to 6 AM, I was horrified to see the school parking lot full.  The line was already winding around the hall.  As it turned out, a large percentage of the voters had decided to come early.  By 8 – 9 AM, the crowd had diminished.  Those who left and came back latter had no trouble voting.

During the day we had several distinguished visitors.  School Board Chair Milt Johns came by to vote.  Supervisor Wally Covington came by to see how things were going.  Del. Bob Marshall came by to campaign and pass out literature for Keith Fimian.

I always enjoy seeing each of these men.  Johns works hard, but never takes himself too seriously.  Covington always takes the time to chat and carefully listen.  Marshall is conscientiously attentive to detail. Not one of them is afraid to get their hands dirty.

When I saw Marshall moving Keith Fimian’s signs to a better location, I had to laugh.  It was raining.  Marshall had an awkward time holding an umbrella and moving the signs, but he was right.  Where they were, the signs were not particularly useful.

Now the day of over.  I am tired and sleepy.  Tomorrow is another day.  Tomorrow is soon enough to know who won.

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3 thoughts on “BUSY DAY; ELECTION 2008

  1. kgotthardt – Even if I ended up being disappointed by their choice, I was pleased to see so many people voting. What horrified me is that so many people came to vote at the same time. I was afraid some people would not get to vote.

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  2. LOL! Thanks for the Marshall image, Tom. I can just picture that!

    –I was horrified to see the school parking lot full–

    While the wait might have been daunting, shouldn’t you be proud of all the patriots out there voting? I know I was amazed and inspired!

    Take a nap and a break, Tom! This whole thing has been exhausting.

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