February 19th, 2008

Sheri - yahoo icon

So I went to the caucus tonight.

And I was incredibly surprised by the amount of people who turned out. In my precinct alone there had to be at least 700 or more people standing in line. Most of them waited over an hour to even get to the registration table. Our precinct ran out of voter registration forms before the doors even opened at 7:00pm and ran out of printed ballots by the time we went in to cast our votes. They had us write the name of our preferred candidate on slips of paper.

When we left we looked at the line, which extended around the block and down the street. Never before have I seen so many people taking such an active part in choosing the leaders of our country - there were young people barely out of high school, working people, elderly people... I honestly think that whatever happens in the race, the real winners are all the people who have been touched in such a profound way that they would rush home through hours of traffic to stand in line for hours to have their vote counted.

On the biased side of caucus night, there were TONS of people wearing Obama items, T-shirts, buttons, stickers, etc. No Clinton items anywhere to be found... I also spent a lot of time speaking with the people in line around us (since we were standing there for hours) and they were wonderful and intelligent, caring, and eloquent individuals. An older lady said, "I'm not voting because of me, I'm voting for my children and grandchildren - to try to leave them with a better country." For the record, they were ALL Obama supporters...

I left the caucus with really sore feet, a bumper sticker, two campaign items, and a renewed hope in our future.
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