My Halloween Costume

Some folks at work dressed up in costume today. Have you ever seen a walking, talking pool cue? Well, we got one in our office. As I never plan Halloween and I am not planning on attending any parties tonight I didn’t get creative about a costume. I did come up with something though…

I’m dressed up as a middle-aged woman about to enter menopause. Now that’s pretty effing scary. And I didn’t even need a costume.

Early Voting in Arizona on the Huge Side

It looks like early voting is heavy in Arizona. I’d been wondering about it. I voted back in early October and there were no lines, but it seems that there are lines now. According to a Phoenix news station:

…the turnout has been so big that some people have reported waiting up to four hours to cast their ballots.

and

There are 1.7 million voters registered in Maricopa County. Nearly 1/3 of them have already cast their ballots.

“We are processing ballots as fast as possible,” Purcell said. “We’ve got over 520,000 back in the house. We’ll get those processed. We counted over 100,000 yesterday.”

I watched the video that went along with the article and had a pleasant surprise. Bob Vanwyck is interviewed as he was one of the people waiting to vote. I was in a play with Bob. In fact, he played my husband. He obviously lived in Flagstaff then. It’s been ages since I saw him, but there he was, in a TV news story, waiting to do his democratic duty.

Pima county is also seeing a large turnout, which is good, as it runs bluer than Maricopa county.

More than 11,000 people have voted early in person at offices downtown and satellite polling places, Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez said Thursday evening…

…Rodriguez said she expects the numbers of voters coming to the early voting stations to increase as the election draws nearer.

There are almost 500,000 registered voters in Pima County and about half will vote early, either via mail or at satellite polling stations, she said.

Very nice.

Phone-Banking Fun

Okay, “Phone-Banking Fun” is not an accurate title. Phone-banking is not necessarily fun. Sometimes you talk to an enthusiastic potential voter and it makes up for all the voice mail messages you have to leave, but I’m still not going to define it as fun. Sometimes you get a grumpy person that you have to cheerfully urge to go to the polls. Nope, fun is not the word.

My goal tonight was to remind people that Tuesday is election day. I’d tell them where to vote, plus remind them that in Arizona they better bring some ID. You know, some folks were happy to talk to me; some not so happy, but overall, us voters in Arizona haven’t had many phone calls this election season. The last couple of elections it seemed that I would have at least three messages waiting for me urging to vote for someone. This year it’s been awfully quiet. Though I do hear that John McCain has decided to do some robo-calling to remind us that he’s our senator and Obama is dangerous…or something like that.

Ugh. Robocalls. At least when I’m phone-banking at county Democratic Party headquarters I’m a real live person calling. And I’m trying to provide information to help the voters. So there.

Yeah, it’s not fun, but it does feel good doing the calling. I urge everyone to vote if they can and to ask others to vote too. Having a record-breaking turnout on election day voting for Obama and change is my idea of fun.

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day review

I enjoyed this movie the first time I saw it on DVD. Frances McDormand has fun with her role as the slightly uptight Miss Pettigrew. It’s fun watching her horizons broaden with the help of Amy Adams’ flighty character.

The movie grew on me. A week later I had to buy it. Anyway, here’s my review.

Volunteer Time

Today I worked at the local Dem Headquarters. I’ve been rather lax in my election volunteering, but scheduled time for today, for Thursday, Saturday, and as I’m taking off all next week, both Monday and election day.

My job today was to call folks who requested an early ballot and to make sure they got the ballot and ask if they’ve sent it back. Easy-peasy. This weekend will involve neighborhood walking.

At HQ we were all excited by the latest polls showing a tightening race in Arizona. There’s been three polls in the last few days, putting the race within 5 points or less. DailyKos has a good roundup of the polls. Knowing that the race is close makes volunteering so much more fun.

McCain in Trouble in Arizona?

I heard rumors, but this is exciting news… as long as you’re not John McCain. McCain is barely ahead in his home state of Arizona. Kos just posted this information at DailyKos.

Likely voters
McCain 44
Obama 40

Early voters (34% of sample)
McCain 46
Obama 47

The polling is from Myers Research and Groves Insight with a 4% margin of error. Kos also mentions that another poll from ASU will be released soon with similar numbers.

Wow. Could McCain lose Arizona?

Opie and Richie and the Election

You may have already seen this video making the rounds, but if not, you’ll enjoy watching this from Ron Howard.

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