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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Yes We CAUCUS

Becca asked what's up with Texas, if it's true we get to vote and caucus. Honestly, I had no idea before this election that we did caucus. In my voting life so far, the Democratic nominee has always been chosen before Texas gets to vote in the primaries, so our votes have been essentially moot, and there has been no need for the caucus. This year, obviously, is different, and the media have been educating us every which way we turn about the Texas Two-Step.

So, I voted this afternoon, with the girls in tow (Hannah has strep and stayed home; we picked Hazel up at departure instead of sending her to after-school), at our nearby elementary school. There was no line, and three of the four people working there live or used to live in our little neighborhood. Tonight, after the polls closed at 7 PM, I drove back and met up with just about every neighbor I know, plus almost 150 other people, and most of us were caucusing for the first time. Except for my one neighbor who says she's been there every year for the past twenty - forty? - - and I believe her.

First, we all had to sign in - our names, addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and voting ID numbers, and say who we were for. Plus, if we wanted to, we could indicate our sexual preference, whether or not we were under 35, our gender, our race, and whether or not we were willing to be a delegate. This took awhile - we actually ran out of forms, and a nice young man ran to Kinkos to make more copies.

There were about 160 people there, and as a precinct we were allotted 26 delegates based on the number of people who signed in for each candidate - 15 went to Obama, and 11 went to Hillary.

Along with several of my neighbors, I volunteered to be a delegate, so I should be going to the county convention on March 29th. How cool is that? The county conventions send delegates to the state convention, which in turn will send 42 delegates to Denver in August.

The mood in the school cafeteria was great - some people brought their children, everyone was friendly, the Obama group respected the Hillary group and vice-versa. I walked out with a cabbie who'd been up since four this morning working, still had studying to do, and had to be up at four again tomorrow.

No matter who wins, we will have a great candidate, and we have a populus which is all riled up to take back the nation.

3 comments:

Becca said...

But I still don't get it. If you don't caucus, does your vote still count? Are the caucus delegates different from the primary delegates? Anyway, sounds fun.

peevish said...

Ooh, come to Denver!

Jennifer said...

The cabbie is making me feel guilty for wimping out on caucusing.