Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Working My Polling Place

I just got back from holding a sign and greeting voters for Council-At-Large candidate Megan Barry at St. Bernard Academy. The three boxes there are part of the 18th District, and our new councilman Keith Durbin showed up - wearing a Jason Holleman t-shirt in support of the latter's District 24 runoff today with Katherine Beasley.

I was there from 10:45 AM to 1:30 PM, and except for a brief appearance by a Bob Clement volunteer, the only other poll worker at my polling place was encourging folks to vote for Saletta Holloway.

Karl Dean took St. Bernard overwhelmingly in August, with Clement finishing a distant third behind Dean and David Briley. I guess that's why Dean's volunteers were elsewhere. And they didn't miss too many people - less than 300 had voted by noon in the three boxes at St. Bernard, according to election officials at the site. But visibility does matter - the fellow working for Holloway and I were both told by some who came to vote they were voting for our candidates because they saw us holding signs. In a race like this one, such small things make a difference.

1 comment:

volunteer voters said...

Evans Of St. Bernard’s
By Kleinheider
September 11th, 2007 - 2:17 pm

Former genial and gregarious Gentry flack Evans Donnell has a brand spanking new blog. One of his first posts recounts his experience today working his polling place for one of his choices for council at-large, Megan Barry:

I was there from 10:45 AM to 1:30 PM, and except for a brief appearance by a Bob Clement volunteer, the only other poll worker at my polling place was encouraging folks to vote for Saletta Holloway.

Karl Dean took St. Bernard overwhelmingly in August, with Clement finishing a distant third behind Dean and David Briley. I guess that’s why Dean’s volunteers were elsewhere. And they didn’t miss too many people - less than 300 had voted by noon in the three boxes at St. Bernard, according to election officials at the site. But visibility does matter - the fellow working for Holloway and I were both told by some who came to vote they were voting for our candidates because they saw us holding signs. In a race like this one, such small things make a difference.