This afternoon we went to the Democratic Caucus.
While Pure Luck, The Princess and I waited outside in line, fat flakes of snow
soaking into our coats and scarves, The Father of My Children walked up
and joined us for an hour’s wait on the sidewalk and another long wait inside. The four of us went through the whole process together,
and we saw a lot of people we have known over the years as the line
snaked through the high school. I must say that the expressions on the
faces of people who have known our family for many years were
priceless! Yes, there is Songbird, with both her husbands…
City By the Sea had an unbelievable number of new voters (either new registrants or new Democrats), the place was packed, there was no way the party was prepared to handle the numbers. It was sadly shortsighted of the City Democratic Committee not to
expect a large turnout when they have been so common in this election
cycle. I’ve been reading the comments
from readers on the brief item and the longer statewide story posted tonight on the local paper’s
website. I’ll be interested to see if newspaper and TV accounts reflect
what people experienced there.
The bright notes included seeing a multicultural turnout that included both newly registering voters and volunteers at the registration tables. City By the Sea has a good-sized population of immigrants from African countries, many of them Muslim. To see three young women wearing headscarves with their "City By the Sea Democrats" t-shirts delighted me. And I am grateful to the young woman who made me a new "ballot" when I nervously filled in Pure Luck’s name instead of mine. D’oh!
The reason I was thinking of his name instead of mine? After all that waiting we discovered that he was registered as "Undeclared." I asked him why, as a lifelong Democrat, he hadn’t declared a party when he registered in City By the Sea a few years ago?
"Probably a fit of pique," he answered; I am happy to say there was no such fit today, just a tired decision to go home rather than wait in another line of literally hundreds of people waiting to change their registration or register for the first time.
When offered the opportunity to use the caucus registration form as
an absentee ballot, I took the offer and departed, because after almost
three hours of waiting in line, still damp from the snow, we were just
done. I have no idea whether my ballot was actually counted. We walked back to the car in time to see a beautiful sunset in the distance.
I guess those who stuck around finally got to "caucus" this evening, by which time I had tucked up on the couch with knitting and husband to watch our DVDs of Season 3 of "Lost." Now, that’s something we can all endorse!