I rode in the Park this morning, biking and taking pictures. It was another brilliant day, it is hard to believe that it is already November. I got home and Anne was marking her sample ballot and preparing to go vote at the county election commission. Anne is working as an election official on Tuesday, election day. So she is eligible to absentee vote in Missouri. Other valid excuses for absentee voting are being absent (get it?) from the county on election day (like Dave is), sickness or disability, religious beliefs and imprisonment, provided all other qualifications for voting are retained (??). Anne biked over to the election commission.
I got a call from Anne a little while later. She had forgotten to bring a bike lock. So, I said I would bring one over. She said no hurry. Today’s header shows only part of the line that was there when I showed up. By the time I showed up the poll had “closed”, but if you were in line already, as Anne was, the poll would remain open for you. The line was easily 1000 people long and Anne was less then ten from the end. She was in line by noon and voted at 2:30.
As she finally reached the head of the line, she spoke with the guy managing the line. He said that this year 40,000 people have absented voted by mail and another 26,000 in person. According to KSDK-TV in 2004 there were a total of 40,000 absentee ballots and the election commission was only expecting a total of 50,000 this year. The guy managing now just the end of the line said that he would be there until 10:30 tonight. Do the math, 40K in 2004, 66K in 2008, that is a 65% increase in absentee voting.
After she voted, Anne looked up her election supervisor. Anne mentioned the paper’s article from last week about a large increase in registered voters around Washington University. They looked up Anne’s poll. The registered voters at her poll have increased to 2000 from 900. Tuesday is going to be a long day.
Afterwards, Anne biked over to the Weavers Guild’s annual show. I did the shopping: food, dry cleaning, his’ and her’s new bike tires from REI. There was an Obama door hanger on the front door when I got home. Anne gets home. Dinner at four. Then Anne was off to canvas for Obama tonight. That my gal! I think I’ll blog instead. I biked 31 miles today and Anne biked 9 miles, but I think she has me beat. Don’t you?
UPDATE: A pretty good guess of how it is going to be on Tuesday, via the Daily Kos.