Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Election day open thread

Consider this the election day open thread. No pimping for candidates. Just want to hear what is going on out there in the field without being Tony Geiger. Enjoy and good luck to all the candidates and their workers.

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

Flowood library (Holbrook box) was packed this morning. Hard to find a parking spot.... not a good spot, but a parking spot period. I blame this on good turn out and the masses of campaigners standing 151 feet from the building.

Anonymous said...

Madison County: Lake Cavalier.
Voting machines are broken and they only had a few paper ballots. We vote two days a year and we can't have things ready.

Anonymous said...

Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon - so many supporters with signs, and I think they were closing in on 150 feet. You could barely turn into the parking lot at the church because of their proximity. I thought they were supposed to be limited to across the street, but were right at the entrance on the church side.

Anonymous said...

Voting places around Ridgeland were a little busy this morning, light to moderate since then.

Anonymous said...

went to Baptist Church on Yandell Road near Deerfield in Madison County around 10:15. Based on the number I was in the sign-in book, the turnout has apparently been very solid, but not overwhelming yet. Things were running smoothly with the process.

Boarzombie said...

Vineyard on Lakeland was a breeze. I think the new law is helping with keeping a bunch of machines open.

But I have one gripe: we need an open primary system. The founders would be rolling in their graves if they knew elections had been hijacked by factions that control what candidates make it to the general elections (Dems and Repubs). Until we have open primaries we're not going to get and hold onto any statesmen in office.

Anonymous said...

Clinton has idiots working the polls. The ladies could not hear and were taking almost 5 minutes to look names up.

Anonymous said...

Put out signs early morning in
NE Jackson precincts---tripped
over T. Lewis signs there were
so many

Shadowfax said...

At my precinct in Madison County, I questioned why there was no privacy. You go into one small room and sign in as D or R and receive the computer chip card. Then go out into the hallway and there are four machines lines against the wall. The entire line of voters as well as the four attendants in the area can watch you vote and see your entire ballot screen. I was told, "It's always been this way." I replied, "I've voted here for years and there has never been a time when another person could view your selections.

Only real complaint is that the teenaged girls at the intersections in Madison wore shorts that were entirely too short. This fact, plus the signs could cause wrecks and assorted other traffic issues.

Anonymous said...

are you saying teenage girls in short shorts cause car wrecks? hmmm

Anonymous said...

Thank God this b*llshit is almost over. Never been so tired of something in my entire life.

Anonymous said...

Shadowfax, could you give me the street names on the intersection that you are talking about? I might want to go view the teenage girls in short shorts.

Anonymous said...

Large republican turnout in NE Jackson.

Anonymous said...

750+ voted GOP at the Flowood Library. No lines. Took 3 minutes - took longer to park/walk in.

Anonymous said...

11:38 must be staurt irby

Anonymous said...

11:47 - That worries me. That means people a lot of Mac's voters are not pulling levers for him.

Buckle up guys, because this could be bad.

Anonymous said...

11:03 - could you tell me whether that was a Democrat table or a Republican table that you are complaining about the workers. Thanks

Boarzombie said...

With an open primary system, Mac wouldn't have to sweat it. I'm just sayin' (again).

Anonymous said...

Trace Ridge Baptist Church in Ridgeland -- way too many folks with signs.

Someone needs to check on that.

Anonymous said...

Short-shorted teenaged girls out in full force at Northshore fire station. Apparently, this is a new tactic.

But I won't begrudge a girl trying to keep cool while it's 532 degrees outside, and I'm a 30-something mom of two girls. Now, if they were pole dancing while holding political signs we'd have a problem. But politicking while cute? Comes with the territory of being a Southern belle.

Anonymous said...

Very happy today is finaly here. I can now reclaim my home from from live surveys, automated surveys and all those " I am calling for calls. Free At Last!!!!!

Anonymous said...

With an open primary system, Mac wouldn't have to sweat it. I'm just sayin' (again).

McMillin could have run as an independent and saved his army of supporters from the quandry.

Anonymous said...

Voted for Sandridge for Mad. Co. Sheriff, if for no other reason, his TV Ad tells it like it is....

Anonymous said...

NE Jxn - Casey School

Voted at noon. Number 188 on the Republican side. No lines, no waiting. Voted in 30 seconds. Very easy. Did not look at the Democrat book, but would guess it has been a slow day.

Anonymous said...

11:56--It was Democrat. The Republican table was running smoothly, not that there was anyone voting that side. and this was at Wildwood Baptist.

Anonymous said...

Hinds precinct 33 (Casey School, very Republican) at 11:40: I was #47 on the Dem side; guy who walked out with me had been #174 on the GOP side. Less than 4:1 GOP to Dem. Still some cross-over. Maybe not enough.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone ever been persuaded to vote for a candidate because a person was waving a sign in front of the precinct?

Anonymous said...

Looks like Hillcrest is going to have to hire a yard man.

Anonymous said...

The tables in NE jxn are set up to drive voters to R

Anonymous said...

Every four years there is a concern about McMillin. In 2007 - don't vote for Bryant/Ross or McMillin will lose. In 2003 - don't vote for treasurer or auditor in GOP Primary or McMillin will lose. In 1999 - don't vote for Parker/Briggs/etc or Hawks/Brown in GOP Gov / Lt Gov or McMillin will lose. I'm not saying they were wrong then and I'm not saying they are wrong now. Some Republicans will vote in Dem Primary for him, some won't. I'd be intersted to see if that number changes much as a portion of voters.

Anonymous said...

1:35 Thanks for the info. Helpful. Glad to hear that it was the Dems and not the Repubs.

Anonymous said...

voted at bapt. chrch on highland colony 9:30am, i was 202 repub, looke like VERY few dems. 10 machines set up but still a line.

Anderson said...

Stunning number of Louvier signs, big & small, at the Jackson Ave. polling place in Ridgeland. A Madison friend reported the same at her precinct. How much money *is* there in being a J.P.?

Then a Brad Harbour truck almost backed into me on the way out. Good for him I'd voted already. ;)

Anderson said...

Now, if they were pole dancing while holding political signs we'd have a problem.

I'd have to study that tactic a while before pronouncing on its propriety.

Anonymous said...

The uxorial unit voted at Casey School at 2:21. She was #68 on the D side. The R's had 262. 20.6% Dem.

Anonymous said...

Holbrook box at the Flowood library, voted 700 by 1:00; heavy Harkins & Yancey

Anonymous said...

The uxorial unit voted at Casey School at 2:21. She was #68 on the D side. The R's had 262. 20.6% Dem.

For comparative purposes the final tally at your box for the 2007 primaries was ~43% Donkey. In the 2003 primaries is was ~57% Donkeycrat.

If the numbers hold and if your box is indicative of NE Jackson as a whole then it looks to be quite a large shift.

Anonymous said...

Best quote of the day found in Clarion Liar online version: "We're Democrats, but we didn't want everyone in the room to know we're Democrats."

Autogyro said...

Light turnout at my polling place on Millsaps Avenue in the now-defunct Millsaps Arts District. Fewer than 80 Democratic voters by 2:00 p.m. I voted in the Democratic primary to support Mac and Barbara Dunn, and to vote against Kenneth Stokes for supervisor. If the race between Reeves and Hewes weren't so tight, I think a lot more of my Republican friends would have joined me. Mac has gotten by in the past, but the stakes this time are just too high.

Shadowfax said...

Good question re 'has anybody ever been pursuaded by a political sign at the polling place'. Would seem to me if a citizen is so inclined as to drive up into a polling place in the midst of all that madness, he/she already has a fair idea of the intended vote. Today I felt sorta like a highway patrolman or deputy when everybody on the road waves at you and you don't want to wave at a single one of those turds. There's got to be some psychology at play when people smile and wave at you and couldn't give a rats ass if you crash your car or your tires all four go flat at one time. LOL.

Anderson said...

"Would seem to me if a citizen is so inclined as to drive up into a polling place in the midst of all that madness, he/she already has a fair idea of the intended vote."

I dunno. You're surely there to vote for SOMEONE, but there may be many races you don't know or care about, and you may punch "Louvier" or "Steen" just because, damn, that was all you could see driving in to the polls.

Anonymous said...

I had a guy ask me why I didn't bring my ID to the polls ... I said "becuase its not required" Apparently he thought we had voter ID.

Anonymous said...

Okay /// Went to the Morris Library /// Precinct 34A&B /// One of the most reliably GOP precincts in all of Hinds /// In 2007 the primary vote was 38% Democrat /// Today, at 5 PM, the vote was 21% Democrat /// Matches the Precinct 33 numbers mentioned above pretty damn close ///

Anonymous said...

I voted at Woodland Hills old gym this morning. 3 young white boys at Republican check in and 16 African American women at the Democrat reception desk. Things went smoothly but I thought it seemed kinda oddly divided looking

Anonymous said...

Bet those three young white boys did as good a job as those 16 AA women. If you check throughout the county, there are way too many people manning the Dem table. Went to Chastain this morning - there were 6 Dems manning the table - and 50 votes by 1 this afternoon. Three would be plenty enough.

Same thing in several other precincts - majority Repub precincts with 3 or 4 workers but the Dems have 6 or 7. And the Repubs have no problems with their smaller numbers.

Guess this is a good jobs program for the Dems in the county, I guess.

Shadowfax said...

Last year, after they had already located my name and pointed to it on the book, the woman asked me for my address. I thought that was a form of voter ID and refused to state my address, but said, yes, that's me, right there. They would not let me vote without stating my address and full name. Maybe Egbert needs to tell me just what 'voter ID' means.

Anonymous said...

Undersheriff Ross!

Anonymous said...

I voted this afternoon at 5:52 at the Penny Coastal Church in Madison. I was number 440 on the Republican roll.

Swaggart said...

What denomination is that "Penny Coastal" church?

Anonymous said...

I voted at 3:00 this afternoon in Annandale and was number 288 on the Republican side.

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