Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Twenty days till Election Day in the U.S.

I am swamped, as many of you know, so I'm not canvassing or putting in much time beyond things that can be done at the computer, but I am signing up to volunteer on Election Day. I don't teach on Tuesdays till the late afternoon and I think I am going to change my office hours that day, exceptionally, so that I can stay out of work till about 3:30 p.m. I'll be getting back from out of town (academic conference) the previous evening, but I can get up bright and early to drive people to the polls or do some monitoring of polling places -- more likely the former, though I am checking in with the campaign to make sure I'm useful and go where I can do the most good in my local community.

What are YOU doing on Election Day?

What are you doing between now and then?

This isn't a guilt trip (okay, maybe just a little), more like a solidarity call. You don't have to do much. But do something. Even a little something. You'll be helping your country. And therefore helping a lot of people. And you'll feel good.

Make that phone call.

Or sign up online.

20 days.

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Activated till the polls close on November 4.


Algernon said...

Still no return phone call on being a pollworker, so I am going the route of being an election "protector" - helping prevent people form being improperly denied their right to vote. It requires a drive to Albuquerque for training...

Ken said...

I have been a pollworker. Jersey pays $200 tax free for the work. I won't do it again. It's complicated and you've got a 15 hour day.

What am I doing? I'm voting for Obama. I don't really want to, but Robert F. Kennedy is dead, and I don't want that brain-dead zombie to win. He's frightening. McCain last night looked like Conrad Veidt in The Man Who : he had this pasted-on smile that never altered. Shivery. Ultimately, Joe Biden is deciding for me. If either of these guys dies, do I want Biden or The Divine Sarah as President? Picture your President riding to her inauguration on a moose.

Ken said...

That Veidt movie was supposed to be "The Man Who Laughs."