Put That In The Hmmm Column
October 6th, 2008 by Sonja

LightHusband and I arose at an ungodly hour this morning.  We were on a mission.

Today is the last day to register to vote in Virginia if you want to vote in this year’s federal, state and local election cycle in November.  A friend of ours has been very active in getting people to vote.  She suggested (you may take that word in any manner you like) that we go to a local commuter train station in the early morning hours and “help” people register to vote.  She was very persuasive and somewhat zealous about it.  She also threw in a yard sign for the candidate of our choice as bait.

So we got up very, very early this morning.  LightHusband dressed in conservative gear, I dressed more liberally and we went to the train station fully loaded with clipboards full of registration forms, absentee voter cards, and pens.  We had no candidate information whatsoever.  We were not interested in prosyletizing for any particular candidate, just getting people registered to vote.

However, we made a critical error.  The people who wait for commuter trains are the responsible citizens.  They are the folks who have already registered and know all about absentee voter rules.  So we came home, mildly disappointed with our outing.

We’re trying to think of other third spaces where people gather and congregate and might be amenable to thinking about the idea of registering to vote.   Or maybe just being amenable to talking to other people at all.

5 Responses  
  • LightMother writes:
    October 6th, 20089:03 amat

    How about second hand stores, thrift shops and grocery stores?

  • K.W. Leslie writes:
    October 6th, 200811:06 amat


  • Lezlie writes:
    October 6th, 20081:07 pmat

    Had I really given it any thought when you told me your plan, I probably could’ve told you that VRE commuters are of a demographic not likely to overlook their civic responsibilities.

  • chartreuseova writes:
    October 8th, 20085:22 pmat

    I was quite pleased to see a registration table at a local grocery store. I’m not sure how many they did, I only saw 1 person while I was shopping. And of course so many people are in a hurry when shopping. Folks can also register at many of the local library branches too. And I’ve heard that there’s usually a table at the big Farmer’s market downtown each Saturday.

    Here in WI there is registration at polling places on election day (a definite nightmare) and we can vote early at the city clerk’s office. I’m going tomorrow. I’m sure no one can say or do anything to change my vote between now and Nov 4th…I just hope they don’t lose my ballot.

  • Sally writes:
    October 11th, 20085:30 pmat

    Interesting- we have to register and if we don’t a knock on the door will ensure that we do, voting however remains optional!

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