Overheard (in my mind): “Gosh, we’ll finally get to see what the Bush administration can offer us after six years of the Rove administration..”
We went to the local Renaissance Faire (called Riverssance hereabouts) last weekend. I found myself watching the tin men on horsies bash each other with big sticks, wishing I knew someone named “Shirley,” simply so I could wait until she said something silly about the event. Then I could say, “Shirley, you joust.”
“I’m so hungry my stomach is looking at my liver and dreaming of onions.”
I went to the polls to vote (why else go to the polls? to go swimming?) over my lunch hour last Tuesday. I had a choice of five mayoral candidates, and was allowed to vote for one. The top two vote-getters get moved on to the finals in November. Anyway, as I plugged my ballot into the machine, I noticed the little counter doohicky on the top click from “12” to “13.”
“Does this mean I’m the thirteenth person to vote?” I asked an official.
“But that’s only on this machine, right?” I asked.
“Yep,” was the answer.
“How many machines are there?”
The official shrugged at me. “Just the one.”
“Oh,” I said. “Thirteen people all morning. That’s not a lot, is it. What time did you open? Noon?”
“Nope, we’ve been open since 7:30.”
The guy I voted for came in third with 687 votes. The top two candidates tied with 1,956 votes each. Slightly less than 12% of the registered voters in Sioux City showed up at the polls. This makes me sad, but what makes it even worse is that this is the first time we’ve been able to vote for a mayor in 50-some years, and we still didn’t bother to come out and vote. (But, conversely, a weak turnout at the polls makes MY vote worth much more — my one vote counted for eight citizens this time. Made me feel powerful.)
Just out of curiosity, what is your opinion about THIS? I’d like to hear what people think…