Overheard at the local campaign office where I’ve been volunteering:

A middle-aged man walks in, asks for some information about the candidate. After he’s handed materials and leafs through them, he tells the volunteer that his biggest worry is voter apathy.

Volunteer offers a number of ways in which this man can help combat voter apathy.

Would he like to canvass neighborhoods? 

Hmmm….. no, he says, shaking his head.

Would he like to work the phone banks?

Oh, no, he says, shaking his head a little faster,  I couldn’t do that.

Would he like to volunteer for a number of jobs on Election Day or the three days preceeding Nov. 4?There are all kinds of things to do: distribute fliers with voter information, serve as a greeter at polling places, or donate food and/or beverages to the campaign office?

Nah… I don’t really like to get involved, he says and leaves the office.

Volunteer turns on her heels and throws her hands in the air.

3 thoughts on “Overheard

  1. Well at least this thing will finally be over on the 2nd. It has almost driven me over the edge. I’ve never seen anything like it. Maybe the man will at least go vote. I’ll just be glad when they stop the ads already. I’m beginning to bite my nails.

  2. Nice peek into scary citizen world.
    BTW-what ever happened with your school situation? I haven’t been able to stop by for a while…let me check your posts, maybe you wrote about it already.

  3. ALJ and Suz: This has been by far the weirdest, wildest election cycle I’ve ever lived through. In the month that I’ve been helping out at the local office (you can guess which one) I can’t tell you how many people blow in the door motivated to DO something. I think most of them actually do follow through, even if it’s buying office supplies for the field office. But there are the nutjobs ….

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