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    November 03, 2008


    Camera Obscura

    Applicable during primaries (which yes I know this election is not) in states for which one does not have to register as being with one party or another:

    Don't just assume a person wants a certain kind of ballot because of his/her age or other demographic, and hand it to them rather than ask first.

    I've had gentlemen -- I'm being kind -- poll workers do that to me several times, and I knew darn well it was the wrong one. I dunno if they thought they could get away with it because I am female and blonde, or if they figured that since our precinct is (generally) overwhelmingly for one party, I would be also. Then they had the gall to look surprised and slightly upset when I asked for the correct ballot. The hair color is natural and so are the mammary glands, Grandpa, but I am neither stupid nor a sheep. (No, I didn't say that. But I didn't smile at them, either. And I've been informed on several occasions that I am very scary when scowling.)


    Another bit of etiquette: election officials need to make sure there are no signs with candidates' names at a polling place. I ran into such a problem this morning at Dorris Intermediate School in Collinsville. On the wall directly behind the booths were two checks to the school from Madison County featuring Alan Dunstan's signature. Dunstan is running against someone in this election and if I'm an undecided voter those checks could really impact my decision. I voiced my concern to the election officials and they said they'd take the signs down but didn't while I was waiting for a friend to finish voting. I also called Von Nida's office and told them about the situation but they didn't seem to take me too seriously. I can't wear a button displaying the name of the candidate I've been campaigning for, but a candidate's name can stay on a sign in my polling place? That just doesn't seem right. I'm really hoping they took down those signs.


    Beth, that is a violation of the electioneering rule even though the signs may have been there for along time as part of the school's donation publicity. If Dunstan wasn't a candidate this election it wouldn't matter, but today it does.

    I hope they take them down.

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