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19 February 2008 @ 09:48 pm
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.
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Kananigirlkananigirl on February 20th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)
I'm watching the news right now. I heard it was pretty bad at some of the other districts. I heard one phone message that said, "It was a waste of time."

Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 20th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
I saw that on the news too!! I think that was KGMB, right? I'm not sure though because I was flipping stations a lot. The caucus was nuts - SOOOO many people!! No news crews in Ewa, though - I don't think anyone wanted to brave Fort Weaver Road. ;)

They were passing out cookies and water to people waiting in line - and letting people know that they ran out of blue registration cards, voter registration forms, and ballots... WOW.

I'm glad that I went - it was really heartwarming to see so many people taking a pro-active role in their future.
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on February 21st, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you got to caucus last night. I was in New York seeing my friend Peter Mulvey who had a show there, and I thought of you - and spoke of you - during the evening, hoping you'd get away from that meeting and out to the caucus!
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 013007shutterbug93 on February 21st, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)
You are too sweet! I did leave the seminar a bit *ahem* early - there was just so much traffic, I never would've made it there otherwise! :( And I'm SOOOO glad that I went. Mark & I were just amazed and delighted by the turnout! :)
Michael Corleyclivec on February 21st, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Democracy is in the HIZZOUS!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 21st, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)
Haha!! We were so happy to see so many people there taking an interest (for once) in the future of our nation. :) It was such a great thing to experience first hand.
Kyliekyliebeth on February 21st, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
It was such an amazing experience to watch everyone wait in line for SO long to be able to vote. Moms with little kids, three generations of voters from the same family, people voting for the very first time. :) What a rush! My feet were killing me by the end of the night as well, but still, totally worth it!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on February 21st, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
I totally agree!! Mark & I ended up making conversation with LOTS of people in line - everyone was very helpful (some of the people in the front of the line would come to the back to relay what they'd found out, etc.) Such an incredible, excited atmosphere! SOOOO totally worth it!