Diary of a Swing State Precinct Walker
Original post made by Paul Losch on Nov 7, 2012
The Weekly and many other news sources have covered the ground level efforts that attended this election. I provide here some random anecdotes and observations from my last few days.
Samples of interactions I had in my canvassing:
Me: What's important?
Voter: I will not vote for a Mormon
Me: That does narrow down your options
Me: Hola, Espanol o Ingles? (I am fluent in Spanish, and was assigned to places with a large Spanish speaking contingent)
Small Child: Espanol, mami!!
Woman in towel: I am about to take a shower, I will vote for Obama!
Me: Hi I am from…
She: I have a day care group in my back yard, and let me tell you, anybody who votes for Romney has parked their brains at the door, he is so…blah blah blah…
Me: Glad you are voting for Obama, you need to get back to the kids. (As I walked away, I contemplated how much she had enjoyed having an adult conversation.)
Me: Have you voted?
He: I am a felon, can't vote
Sign on Door: Go away! I don't need any more visits and no more brochures!
I worked different areas in Reno during my stint. One was a pristine community with theme names for the streets (think Rosetta Stone Way) that had rules from the "Neighborhood Association." Another day I spent time in a vicinity that consisted of trailers, dirt roads, more pit bulls than people, no trespassing signs. A different type of "Neighborhood Association."
I was fed up with the TV ads in Reno for the elections after an hour my first night there. It was nothing like what we had in this neck of the woods. It led me to sympathize for those poor people who were getting inundated with such ads for weeks at a time, and getting the in your face visit from the likes of me trying to "get out the vote."
The group canvassing were largely from Northern California, a mix of Gen X's who were working in public interest, government jobs, some retired folks, and other like me who had some spare days and could participate in a cause.
I saw a couple of TV news stories about this type of campaigning around the country, and they reflected in many ways what I experienced.
I am keeping this write up to some anecdotal points, and there could be more.
on Nov 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm
Paul: thank you for your service to American Democracy, and to the thousands of others who got on the phones and hit the streets.
332-206, a landslide. Maybe the red team will figure it out, maybe they won't. If they start by teaming up with working Americans, instead of working against them, it'll be a start and working Americans won't have to work against republicans on the phones and streets.
I'm not holding my breath, much as I'm sure persons of color are not either.
Democrats have the majority vote in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections (missing only in 2004.) Get a clue, red team, get a clue. Hate and fear is a bad strategy.
A good day for America.
Thanks again for your efforts. Job well done.
on Nov 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm
Paul: I would like to hear more, you obviously have some wild stories to tell!
But, more seriously, can you tell us why you and others like yourself would put forth so much effort for so little return (and a snarky return, at that)?
on Nov 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm
D-girl: "can you tell us why you and others like yourself would put forth so much effort for so little return"
118 million Americans voted, some put more efort in than others, such as multiple hours waiting in line, taking time off work. Others spent more time on phones, etc..
So little return?!?!?!?!?!? Did you not know what was on the table between Gov Romney and Obama????
So little return -- 118 million Americans disagree with you.