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my first electoral contest 
15th-Sep-2004 06:30 am
party politics
I have to say, there's something funky about filling out a ballot that has my name on it.

I mean a real ballot that's all official/scantronic and has real offices on it like Governor or State Attorney General or Senator. Meaning I am on the same page with Patty Murray, Dave Ross, Mark Sidran, et al.

And there's even a little oval next to my name. All I have to do is take the pen, fill it in, and ...

Voilà, I just voted for myself.  W00h00! I am L33T!

I probably won, too, since I was running unopposed.

(since it's just Precinct Committee Officer and, evidently, none of the other folks in my precinct who would ever dare to publically admit to being Democrats got off their butts back in July to turn in the form and pay the ($1) filing fee, never mind that the precinct is only around 300 registered voters, of whom 80+% stayed home, and after you cross off the Republicans, well,... figure there were probably fewer people voting in this particular race than when I ran for 8th Grade Class Treasurer back in 1975. But hey, I'll take what I can get).

Granted, it's possible somebody started up a concerted write-in campaign at the last minute; you never know. In any case, I'm guessing any official notification is some days off.

Anyway, that was cool. $1 well spent.
15th-Sep-2004 08:21 am (UTC)
What will your duties be?
15th-Sep-2004 09:05 am (UTC) - I knew there was a wart here somewhere.

Let's see ... (from the website and the Appointed PCO application form:)
I recognize that it is my responsibility to know the boundaries of my precinct (check!) and be familiar with its residents (hmm) and registered voters. I understand that my duties also include:
  • Conducting a precinct caucus in the spring of an even-numbered year (done that already; I have EXPERIENCE now)
  • Making recommendations for the appointment of poll workers for the precinct (hmm)
  • Doorbelling with campaign material for endorsed candidates prior to each primary and general election (not quite sure how useful this'll be in our neighborhood, but...)
  • Get-out-the-vote activities (stuff I was intending to help with anyway)
  • Voter registration
In order to keep informed of Party projects and issues, I agree to regularly attend meetings of my Democratic Legislative District organization. (they meet once a month) In order to fulfill my responsibilities to elect Democratic Party officers and to help form Democratic Party platforms and policy positions, I also agree to participate in precinct, Legislative District and King County caucuses and conventions (stuff I've already been doing), as well as meetings of the King County Democratic Central Committee (also monthly)
Of course, the other thing to keep in mind is that this particular post has been vacant for the past n years, so whatever I do will be about a billion times more than what my predecessor did; it's not like the bar is terribly high here.
15th-Sep-2004 09:11 am (UTC)
Cool. Do you get paid?
15th-Sep-2004 01:53 pm (UTC)
paid? hahahahahahahahahaha.
15th-Sep-2004 08:37 am (UTC)
That is awesome. I want to do this now.
15th-Sep-2004 09:48 am (UTC)
You're only really elite if you get more votes than there are people voting in your precinct.
15th-Sep-2004 10:45 am (UTC)
Our slot for that was empty, so we filled in Preston's name, just for the hell of it. *snort*
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15th-Sep-2004 02:12 pm (UTC)
bring it on.
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