October 25, 2006
Early voting stuff
Like Muse, I voted yesterday. I blogged a bit about it at Kuff's World. Who here votes early, and who doesn't?
BOR is following the early result totals in various counties. I think turnout will actually slightly exceed 2002, but not by much and I wouldn't bet my own money on that. I'd peg it between 34 and 38 percent - 2002 was 36%. Up to 40 wouldn't shock me, but it would surprise me. We'll see.
This may be hyperbole, but I'll take it anyway.
State Rep. Tony Goolsby, in his ninth term as the Republican from the 102nd district, bounced in [to the Norwood Republican Women's Club at the Fretz Park Library in North Dallas], seized the podium and made what I would have to say was a pretty impassioned speech, at least for a North Dallas Republican.
Goolsby had been across the parking lot at the Fretz Park Rec Center since 7:30 a.m., working the first day of early voting. He told the Republican ladies that the Republican turnout so far was pathetic, a few dozen, while the place was being mobbed by Democrats! In front of a group like that, he might as well have said the park was being overrun by camel-back Mussulmen. I imagined an inaudible gasp running through the room!
For what it's worth, I heard similar things at the West Gray multipurpose center, though that one ought to be reasonably Democratic. Goolsby is running against one of many fine Dem contenders this cycle, Harriet Miller
(whom I interviewed
at the Dem convention in Fort Worth). I sure hope he's right about how things are going and not just exaggerating for effect. Go Harriet!
Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 25, 2006 to Election 2006
My own anecdotal evidence, at the Griggs Road Annex Monday and Tuesday morning and the Fiesta on Kirby yesterday afternoon -- where I completed my poll work about 4 and then voted -- is precisely the same as yours, Chuck.
Of course my neighborhood is likewise safely blue. My precinct, a swath across the Loop in the middle of state House district 146, went 79% for John Kerry in 2004.
(I only included that last part in order to terrify the conservatives who read your blog. BOO!)
I voted Monday morning before heading back to DC. It felt great, but I wish some of the outstanding Fort Bend candidates were on my ballot too.
The poll workers at the Clear Lake location said turnout was steady all morning with lots of people lined up to vote when the doors opened.
I voted early, as I almost always do. I have reservations about doing so... Election Day seems so far away, and I worry about what might happen to those bits between now and then... but I usually have other things to do on Election Day.
We really must try to prove our votes this election.
Even Peggy Noonan is now for Democrats assuming office.
And, in some national polls, Independents are breaking for Democrats 2 to 1.
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