Skip to main content

North Dakota allows counties to determine whether or not to have early in-person voting.  My county started yesterday.  I voted for women in the congressional, senate and presidential races.

For congress, Pam Gulleson.  For senate, the initimable Mary Catherine "Heidi" Heitkamp. And in the presidential election, I had the honor of voting for three outstanding North Dakota women: Ms. Guy, Ms. Link and Ms. Sinner.  There was a line at the polls, and I didn't get a chance to note their first names, but judging by their last names, I'm guessing they are the wives, widows or daughters of North Dakota's three most recent Democratic-NPL governors.

No, I did not vote for Barack Obama.  Then again, neither will you, unless you are one of the lucky 538 voters who vote for president in December.

But getting back to the line at the polls.  In our county, about 10,000 people voted for president in 2008.  Yesterday, at 3 p.m., I was about the 400th voter.  The poll workers said they were in the middle of a slight lull compared to the rest of the day. If they keep up at that rate, by the end of today about a tenth of the voters will have voted.

This is not about the presidential race.  While I respect the party for choosing as our electors the female relatives of our former governors, they will not be casting votes for Obama in December. I doubt anybody is standing in line this early because the presidential race in North Dakota is so exciting.

This is about the senate race, and a strong turnout should be good for our side.  A new poll shows Heidi up 50-48, according to the front page.  Bill Clinton packed the Fargo Civic Center last night for a rally for Heidi. Oddly, I have not seen any announcements touting George Bush campaigning for her opponent.

Heidi is on a roll.  In a pre-Citizens United election, she would have won in a cakewalk. As it is, she should win in a squeaker.  Go Heidi!

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site