American Voters, Prologue: A Conversation

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?”


  1. moarscienceplz says

    Come on Kittywhumpus, how am I supposed to exercize my right to voice my opinion if you won’t spoon-feed me the answers?

    • says

      I had one voter tell me who he voted for and then follow up with: “But it doesn’t really matter anyway because God puts them all there.”

  2. Reginald Selkirk says

    Thousands of independent voters in California mistakenly register with the wrong party

    The Los Angeles Times said that a telephone survey of 500 members of the American Independent Party found nearly 3 of 4 people did not realize they had enrolled in a political party that opposes abortion rights and same sex marriage and calls for building a fence along the U.S. border.
    The newspaper said voters were confused by the use of the word “independent” in the party’s name. In California, voters who do not want to register with any party must check a box on a registration form for “no party preference.”