33 thoughts on “November 4, 2020: Holding Pattern”

  1. I didnt get around to ask yesterday, but is anyone else round here a poll worker? It was a super long day, but at my place everyone was enthusiastic and respectful and we registered a whole bunch of new people. We had write ins for city council and school board so the night really got long afterwards but it was worth it.

        1. I'd considered it too, but decided against it with the infant in the house.

          I didn't know about the party declaration requirement, so that'd be another reason for me.

          1. In Minnesota, you dont have to declare party to be a judge, but there are time when you need a DFL and Republican judge to determine things. which has never happened in my precinct when ive been there)

    1. I couldn't find an N95 mask, so the wife wasn't crazy about me doing it. And truthfully, I didn't look that hard. This state has some of the best mail in laws in the country and there was no questions which direction this state would go. I wish I had done it, but I'm kind of glad I didn't this time. I'll hop back in the saddle next election.

      1. I had considered it, but with stories floating about how young(er) people had stepped up, and with the COVID numbers rising again in my county, I finally decided against it. Plus, you know, California. Massive mail-in and early vote.

    2. I was a poll worker in Illinois. It was pretty steady all day. Busier in the morning than the afternoon/evening, but we nearly always had someone there voting. Lines were never terribly long.

      I was concerned that we had a handful of folks that came in to vote, but the system indicated they had already voted. Either early voting or mail in. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they truly hadn't already voted, but it makes me wonder why the system indicated they did. Who DID vote under their name? I'd like to think that system is designed to catch these sorts of things, but it still concerns me a bit.

      Had a LOT of same day registration, which I'm torn on. On one hand, I like that it makes it easy for people to still come out and vote, but on the other I want these people to realize that this process goes so much smoother when you do this ahead of time.

    1. Bagging leaves right after lunch, too nice to be inside today. And I find that physical labor is a good way to counter anxiety. Focusing on what I can control, not what I can't.

    2. I bagged leaves for 2 hours in the morning, then played 27 holes of golf. As I wrapped up I got a message from a buddy who says the Governor will speak on Friday and sounds like he is closing restaurants to indoor dining. So my day had some highs and lows.

    1. I don’t think it’s the most important thing in the world, but the result is important and when it is close, I think it’s good that at least some fraction of the population is watching closely.

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