I’ve been thinking a lot about the American Voter this campaign cycle. Well, I’ve been thinking about them for way longer than that, but this campaign cycle has caused me to go back through the notes I often take on Election Days while I am election judging. This conversation with a voter at the polling place is a fine example of some of the things going though my head. More to follow tomorrow.
Voter: “Why don’t they put their denomination [party affiliation]?”
Me: “Some elections are held by party, and some are not. These are not.”
Voter: “What do you mean ‘by party’?”
Me: According to political party.
Voter: “How do you know? I mean what if you are fed up with the Democrats, especially in Minnesota, and you want to vote Green or Socialist? How do you know?”
Me: “Go to the candidates’ websites; do your research.”
Voter: “How do you even know who the candidates are?”
Me: “It’s on the news; it’s on the Secretary of State’s website; it’s on the candidates’s websites; it’s in the papers.”
Voter: “What if you don’t read the papers?”
Me (internally): “What if your brain falls right out of your head?”