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I just got home from working th polls in SoCal.  My precinct is in the San Fernando Valley, close to Cal State Northridge.  If you want a little up close and personal, follow me below the fold...

I am bushed, and I have to get up at 5:00 a.m. in the morning so I can have eye surgery.  But I thought some Kossacks might like to hear from someone who worked the polls and saw what happened from the ground.  

First, the precinct I worked is in Northridge CA and very near Cal State Northridge.  It is a mix of fairly expensive homes, apartments, and student housing.  This is the third or fourth time I have worked this precinct.  Dem and Repub registration is pretty well split, with a lot of non-partisan voters.  The Republican primary was closed, only registered Republicans could vote.  The Democratic primary was open to independents.

There was a pretty heavy Dem tunout, but the indie vote was even heavier.  The really good news; a lot of college students voted, either by regular ballot or by provisional ballot.  I worked the provisional desk most of the day, and there were many students who willingly waited for several minutes to get their ballots, fill out the necessary information, and vote.  There was also a very heavy turnout of first-time voters, and not all of them were students.  I observed a substantial number of new citizens very excited to be voting the first time, and almost all of them were voting Dem.  There were also many more black voters than I have ever seen before and they ALL voted Democratic.  

A couple other observations; many more young women voted than young men.  Republican voters seemed to be there out of a sense of duty, and most (not all) of them were older voters.  The Democrats and Indies were much more enthusiastic and charged up.  There were a number of Republicans who were disappointed that they could not vote in the Democratic primary.  We ran out of boter registration cards early.  Many indies wanted to change registration, most of them very young indies.

All in all, I think this all bodes well for Dems if this same scenario is played out in other areas.  You all have a great week, and I'll be back in a couple of weeks.

Originally posted to feebog on Tue Feb 05, 2008 at 10:30 PM PST.

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  •  I worked a heavily Democratic precinct (4+ / 0-)
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    x, Maggie Mae, highacidity, mijita

    102 Democratic ballot, 3 Republican ballots.  A lot of enthusiasm for Clinton, especially among older Asian (mainly Filipino) voters.  I know because a lot said they supported Clinton unsolicited.

    If I have one complaint about voters in general, it's that people have become too willing to use provisional ballots.  I'm talking about the people who know they live in a neighbouring precinct but just can't be bothered to go there instead.  Is it so hard to walk three blocks to go to your own precinct so that your ballot is counted immediately rather than days later?  If someone really can't be bothered to go to their own precinct on election day, why not register VBM?      

    •  I was a poll sitter (0+ / 0-)

      in my precinct for a couple of elections.  If someone came in, from a different precinct, and didn't have their voter registration card, the guy in charge would call the office of voter registration in my county, and find out where the voter was assigned to vote and send them there.  He'd even give them directions, if they weren't quite sure how to get there.  Of course, I live in central PA and things are done on a much smaller scale here.  I vote at a Knights of Columbus side by side with people from another another precinct.  

      Just because a person has faith doesn't mean that he isn't full of crap.-- Pastordan

      by Maggie Mae on Tue Feb 05, 2008 at 11:27:58 PM PST

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  •  Where's your tip jar feebog? (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the info on the turn out in your area.  

    It's going to be really interesting to see what the numbers were like all over the country, especially with the weather woes in some states (not to mention the NY Giants celebration in NYC).

    Good luck with your eye surgery.

    Just because a person has faith doesn't mean that he isn't full of crap.-- Pastordan

    by Maggie Mae on Tue Feb 05, 2008 at 11:31:10 PM PST

  •  Thanks for your hard work! (0+ / 0-)

    Sleep well and good luck with your surgery.  5am?  Brutal.

    the third eye does not weep. it knows.

    by mijita on Tue Feb 05, 2008 at 11:36:39 PM PST

  •  There are reports the Students voted for Clinton (0+ / 0-)

    even more than Obama.  Do you believe this?  The Secty of State Election Map shows that Los Angeles went to Hilary. I want to scream!  What more could I have done?

  •  You did tell the Indies (0+ / 0-)

    that they could vote.  All they had to do is request a Democratic Ballot and mark Democratic and vote.  All they had to say is I'm independent or unaffiliated or decline to state and they should've been able to vote without having to register.

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