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from durham, new hampshire

  • Nov. 4th, 2008 at 11:16 AM
First off, the voting process, or at least election day began from my room. I woke up to find three fliers under my door, and a 'fake ballot' informing people how to vote so that there was no confusion. They were all Obama adds.

In fact, all across campus (University of New Hampshire) there are virtually only Obama signs. It's as if the McCain campaign has decided the major state university is a lost cause and that their efforts are better left elsewhere. Even though I've already decided, I'm disappointed.

There were two shuttles from campus to the polls (at the local high school) sponsored by UNH, and then in addition about 7 buses (or vans) run by the Obama campaign. Anyone could get in them, but they were all clearly marked as Obama supporters. I found it rather odd to be doing something I've been told not to do since childhood (which is to get in a stranger's car) but everyone on campus was doing it, and they were nothing but friendly.

The polls themselves were split into two areas. Registration Day Of and Voting itself. In New Hampshire you can still register the day of, and I heard some people saying that they hoped to Register 1500 people today, if not more. I'd already registered and so I went around the corner for Voting. There were so many posters and people trying to get last minute undecided people. There was even a little dog dressed up. A band was playing music, and I think a woman was singing. All around they were Obama supporters, and also other Democratic candidates of various offices.

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Inside the school there were about 7 lines for the alphabet, luckily my line was pretty short and I got my ballot quite easily (although for some reason I wasn't asked to show my ID). Registration Day Of had to show them though, still, you'd think there'd be at least a little confirmation. The ballots weren't confusing at all, and it was very easy marking them.

pictures of the polls at my flickr

After voting I left to find a van or shuttle to take me back to campus. I'm not positive, but I believe I saw Jeanne Shaheen (who's running for U.S. Senate) get into a car and leave. The car had a Shaheen sticker on it, and as far as I can remember (there was a rally for her with Michael J. Fox earlier this year) it looked like her. When I got back to my dorm I called my dad and he said that's its quite likely as she lives in a town close to Durham. It was an encouraging thought that someone running had actually visited a poll today and sort of made everything come full circle.

Back at campus I asked an Obama table where they thought all of the McCain supporters were, or at least the campaign was and they said they had no idea, and guessed that they were probably in Manchester.


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thegin wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
I always wonder why Republican candidates never really paid that much attention to the educated vote. The voters who are in academia, either studying, teaching or in administrative.

Is it strange that the voters with more education, than just that of high school, their votes tend to be more liberal? They then become not the "true" americans that the conservative party roars about. Apparently, you have to be uneducated, in a blue collar job, and have children to be a true american.

I think it just shows their true objective in their administration promises. Keep the man uneducated and he'll never ask why.

letitshine wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
seconded. couldnt have suspected such with any better words, myself!
sparkstealer wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
I was just talking about this with my SO on the way to work this morning.

Interesting tidbit: the city where Palin gave that infamous "real America" speech (Greensboro, NC) doesn't qualify as being in "real" America! It's a mid-size city and a hotbed of liberalism with its 6 colleges/universities.
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