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Today is Saturday in Texas and even though I voted on Monday, the day of early voting in Texas, I went down to our local library where early voting was in process.

Early voting here in Houston, Texas had a festive atmosphere with every political party and persuasion setting up a booth in the parking lot of our local library. This early voting polling station serves a predominately Republican, conservative area although we used to be represented by one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Congress. We are working on turning the area more Democratic Blue.


My neighborhood: Early voting with long lines in Houston Texa... on Twitpic

My neighborhood: Early voting with long lines in Houston Texas

Below the squiggle for more early voting photos, heated early voting arguements and my hopes for turning Texas BLUE.

The lines were long with about a one hour wait all week long. The Democrats are contesting this area since county wide - Harris County, the Democrats won and swept almost all the county offices on the 2008 Obama landslide. We live in the City of Houston limits so vote in city elections and we elected a proud lesbian mayor, Denise Parker.

You can see that even though Texas may be Red right now, we are turning to turn it Democratic Blue and forever extinguish the GOP changes for a electoral college victory.

Here are some of photos from our day's events.


Political Booths at 2012 early voting in Houston Texas on Twitpic

Political Booths at 2012 early voting in Houston Texas

Local Democrats rally at the early voting booth in Houston Texas on Twitpic


Local Democrats rally at the early voting booth in Houston Texas

Afraid to show face? 2012 early voting Romney sign in Houston... on Twitpic


Early voting Romney sign in Houston Texas.
Afraid to show face after supporting Romney?

2012 Houston Texas early voting lines on Twitpic


Long lines in Houston Texas for early voting.

Cody Pogue Democratic candidate for Texas state representativ... on Twitpic


Above: Cody Pogue Democratic candidate
 for Texas state representative campaigning
 to turn Texas to Democratic Blue.


One event of note: I had a disagreement with an anti-immigrant guy at their "Anti-immigration Booth" in the early voting staging area. He was saying something crazy about the Panama Canal and 2016 and immigrants and coming towards me angrily. Not sure of the connection but it reminded me that I need to stay away from the crazies.  I just walked away to safety toward the library back to safety inside the "Distance Marker" where no campaigning is allowed. The folks at the Tea Party booth at least were polite to my son and I and gave us some brochures even though we told them we were Obama supporters.

* Other early voting experiences this week *

I work in the Medical Center in downtown Houston and take mass transit every day and there is a lot of excitement about early voting on the buses and trains. All the fellow Obama supporters are enthusiastic about voting early and many waited in lines several hours long in downtown Houston. (Romney, you better watch it. Obama supporters are mad and they're not going to take being disrespected anymore.) Many Obama supporters I talked to are tired and angry of the veiled racial attacks on President Obama and are going to fight back by early voting for Obama.


The women standing next to me in one bus line said she voted early but almost couldn't because of an attempted purge of "dead voters" by our GOP Secretary of State. She sent back to "purge letter" back and said "she was very much ALIVE."

Another group of GOP women are absolutely convinced that the Democrats are "going to steal another election" without the Texas "Photo ID" law in force. I argued with them politely since I have been riding this bus with them for several years. I said that both GW Bush and Ronald Reagan won the eleciton without Photo ID so why was it needed. Also, I said that no evidence of voter impersonation in Texas has ever been proven. Then it was time to zip my mouth. :<) (Note: The federal courts and Eric Holder's Justice Dept. put the Texas "Photo ID" law on hold for this election.)

Last Presidential election in 2008 with Obama coat-tails the Democrats came close, within one seat of capturing the lower House of the Texas Legislature. So it is possible to turn Texas Democratic Blue. Then the GOP better watch out since the electoral map will be impossible. Just need more block walking and a massive voter registration effort.

Please submit below any of your suggestions for turning Texas Democratic Blue or your early voting experiences.

4:36 PM PT: I worry and worry but then I realize we've been here under the Clinton years when Bill and Hillary were so demonized. The Right Wingers will stop at nothing. They learned real well until Richard Nixon how to fight dirty and they have never let up.

Well, too bad! I tell my tea party friends, more than 51% of the voters agree with me about Obama and they'll just have to get over it.

From just checking the last three polls in each of the swing states, I see that Obama is ahead in all swing states except Florida which is still a tossup. So I am going continue my GOTV calls to Florida with Obama.

Originally posted to smokey545 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 08:36 AM PDT.

Also republished by Southern Action and TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans.

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  •  Tip Jar (30+ / 0-)

    "We must be the change we wish to see in the world" - Gandhi
    "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little" – FDR

    by smokey545 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 08:36:45 AM PDT

  •  Beautiful!! Texas Dems doing us proud! (12+ / 0-)

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Oct: Miners are cheaper than props.

    by JayRaye on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 08:42:30 AM PDT

  •  In Denton Fast Moving Lines Are The Rule (10+ / 0-)

    This weeks early voting produced some lines but they moved quickly.

    We are about 25% higher in turn out over 2008 at this time.

    Although this county bleeds red, we hope to reduce the plurality to manageable size this year.  If we flip this place, Texas will turn blue.

  •  Polls open at 1:00 today in Denton County (9+ / 0-)

    On my way to vote at 1:00 today adding to the popular vote.   I am hoping there is enough cross over to Sandler that Cruz isn't elected.  

  •  May Texas soon be Blue again! (7+ / 0-)

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 09:27:59 AM PDT

  •  previous post (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JayRaye, smokey545, nomandates, glorificus

    Sadler

    I think I need more caffeine before I go vote.

  •  I'm in Arizona, so I get it! (6+ / 0-)

    It's hard to hope and pray and work every year to sometimes just fall short in an election.  Time and demographics are on our side!

  •  Hurst, Texas yesterday afternoon (6+ / 0-)

    We went at 4 pm yesterday to Subcourthouse in Hurst.  Steady stream of voters, but 12 machines going.  Took less than 5 minutes from entry to exit.  Workers were helpful and cheerful.

    If you want to know the real answer: Just ask a Mom.

    by tacklelady on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 10:13:26 AM PDT

  •  We voted less than an hour after the polls opened (6+ / 0-)

    last Monday morning. I thought we were going to be the only people there...but I was wrong. There was a steady stream of people coming and going, and the pollworker who checked me in said they got slammed right at opening time by a crowd of voters.

    It took me only a minute or two to vote since I voted straight ticket this year. Usually I go through the whole ballot picking every Dem, but this time I chose the straight ticket and then went back in to vote in the races where there was no Democrat running. I even chose the Libertarian candidate over the Republican.

    •  I did the same elmo (6+ / 0-)

      First voted for all the Dems, but one by one, not straight ticket. Then voted against every Republican, Green or if no green then Lib.

      I voted mindlessly against Republicans, that's how much I have come to despise the GOP.

      (NOTE to Repugs: your war on women is making us actively hate your party!)

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Oct: Miners are cheaper than props.

      by JayRaye on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 11:16:29 AM PDT

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  •  Thanks for a nice diary about my home state (5+ / 0-)

    I love hearing about anything Democratic in Texas.  I happen to know Austin has Democrats.  DeanFest was held there in 2005, and there were plenty of locals in attendance.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 10:59:42 AM PDT

  •  Republished to TexKos (3+ / 0-)
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    nomandates, Odysseus, smokey545

    I am not as optimistic.

    While I don't see why anyone who isn't a 2%er would be voting for Romney, the early voting numbers favor Republicans.

    Early voting in Democratic counties are stagnant or below 2008 number while Republican leaning counties are seeing gains in early voting.

        County        2012        2008        Change        2008 Dem %   
        Fort Bend        21.54%        12.01%        9.53%        49%   
        Montgomery        21.33%        16.98%        4.35%        43%   
        Galveston        22.03%        18.33%        3.70%        40%   
        Harris        15.79%        13.41%        2.38%        51%   
        Denton        18.23%        16.17%        2.06%        38%   
        Cameron        11.69%        10.37%        1.32%        65%   
        Collin        20.00%        18.69%        1.31%        37%   
        Tarrant        18.70%        17.80%        0.90%        44%   
        Nueces        14.40%        13.71%        0.69%        48%   
        Bexar        18.34%        18.03%        0.31%        53%   
        Williamson        19.13%        19.39%        -0.26%        23%   
        Dallas        15.82%        16.10%        -0.28%        58%   
        El Paso        11.73%        12.24%        -0.51%        66%   
        Hidalgo        16.99%        20.75%        -3.76%        69%   
        Travis        14.97%        21.59%        -6.62%        65%   
    The best Democratic counties are showing the worst turnout in early and write in voting.

    I, for one, have no problem being led by a 3500 year old Pharaoh who was trained by space aliens on a distant star.

    by Tomtech on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 11:17:23 AM PDT

    •  Tom (2+ / 0-)
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      I thank you for what you have provided here, but don't be discouraged. The total early votes for Harris County, for example, are astronomical: over 330,000 people have voted (and that doesn't count today, of course). That's just EVIP; there's another 50,000 mail ballots already returned.

      Look at the total votes -- not percentages -- in the other counties; Harris alone should represent something on the order of 18% of the statewide total. If it's more than that... we're in good shape, especially if GOTV efforts are more focused in Travis, Hidalgo, and El paso next week, as your data suggests will be the case.

      2008 was a blue wave in Harris County, even at 51-48 in '08 (and I suspect will be again).

      If just half of the people mobilized to call Ohio for Obama instead were shifted to GOTV for the TDP in the three bottom counties you post... we'd be in a hell of a lot better shape.

      "You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think." -- Dorothy Parker, who knew someone like Jeff Gannon

      by PDiddie on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 02:10:15 PM PDT

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      •  I accounted for that, Perry. (1+ / 0-)
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        smokey545

        I really hope that Republicans are demoralized and the Democrats see an opportunity for gain. The numbers could mean that Democrats are turning out in Republican areas and Republicans are staying home in Democratic areas, but I doubt that.

        Romney is doing much better in national polls than he is doing in swing states and that would account for a high Republican turnout in uncontested states.

        Northeast Texas is one of the reddest areas of the State and the early turnout here is higher than it is in the populous counties.

        Even California is showing a 10% drop in support for the President.

        I have no doubt that the President will win with the swing state strategy and we will hold the Senate due to the Tea Party choices for candidates in critical states.

        But I had hoped there would be a Democratic wave which would be felt down ballot to reclaim the losses from 2010, but I don't see how that will happen. With the turnout numbers in an uncontested State like ours running towards another Republican landslide this election will devastate down ballot races.

        I, for one, have no problem being led by a 3500 year old Pharaoh who was trained by space aliens on a distant star.

        by Tomtech on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 02:43:27 PM PDT

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  •  I voted in Tarrant County, straight Dem ticket. (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, smokey545

    When the summary came up before the final button push, I saw a number of uncontested offices.

    I will have to look into that some more.

    "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

    by glorificus on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 12:17:22 PM PDT

  •  Correction: ANNISE Parker, mayor of Houston nt (0+ / 0-)

    It is not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself. - The Declaration of Arbroath 1320

    by htowngenie on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 01:31:32 PM PDT

    •  Thanks. Corrected. (0+ / 0-)

      "We must be the change we wish to see in the world" - Gandhi
      "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little" – FDR

      by smokey545 on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 04:46:58 PM PDT

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  •  i voted in Fort Bend County last Monday (0+ / 0-)

    There was a moderately long line and there were many minorities besides myself lined up to vote.  It was efficient and orderly.  You could tell just by looking at the people who they were going to vote for.  

    Also, don't vote straight ticket!  There were many races that did not have Democrats on the ballot, but there were Green Party candidates there instead.  Definitely vote for them instead of giving a free vote to the Republicans.  Also, one of the "Democrats" on my ballot was a LaRouche person. I was definitely not voting for that nut job.  

    To make a point, I used my concealed handgun license as Voter ID.  No one said a word.

    "Yes, I know my enemy. They're the teachers who taught me to fight me, compromise, conformity, assimilation, submission, ignorance, hypocrisy, brutality, the elite. All of which are American dreams....."

    by rickrocket on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 02:22:24 PM PDT

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