What are Your Election Day Stories for 2015?
This morning at 9 AM, I sauntered into my town office to vote. There was no line out the door. There were no candidates politicking right outside the acceptable boundary. There were hardly any cars in the parking lot. Some nice elderly volunteers were having pie but were happy to step away from their table to hand me my ballot, which took me only a few moments to fill out. Then I sauntered on my merry way, leaving the smell of pie behind me.
It was no wonder that voting lines were utterly absent this evening. There are no national candidates this year, and the only big question on the Maine statewide ballot this year is Question 1, a referendum that, if passed, would increase public financing for candidates for state office and increase public disclosure of the dark money that seeps from out-of-state corporations into campaigns. Predictably, the lobbyists and the chambers of commerce have heaped public scorn on Question 1; if it passes, it will reduce their influence. Right now, 61% of precincts have reported in, and Question 1 is winning by a 52%-47% margin.
What are your Election Day stories?