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October 20, 2004

Re: Democracy, don't you love it?

A reader responds to Kate's blog:

I work as a polling judge here in King County. Every presidential election brings droves of folks in that vote only every 4 years. It's a lot like when the lottery is up to $40 million. For some bizarre reason, they think that the presidential election is of greater importance than the vote for local candidates and initiatives. In fact, some only vote for their presidential candidate and leave the rest blank.

And then they complain that they didn't understand what the Electoral College was about. (I remember studying that in high school, and my immigrant parents remember learning it in their citizenship class.)

I know one gentleman who heard Kerry say that Bush will take away his social security, so he's now taken his money out of the bank and is hiding it in the walls of his house. I really hate saying that voters are stupid, but some appear to have disenfranchized their brains from the process.

Presidential elections, like the state lottery, is driven by emotions -- and this election season is the most emotional one I've experienced. My hope is that it will be over in 2 weeks.

But I fear that it will carry over into December while the lawyers and judges determine the victor. At which point those of us who work at the polls can just throw up our hands and wonder why ANYONE will bother to show up next time.

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Posted by Kate Riley at October 20, 2004 12:29 PM



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