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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Where's Alice? (or yet another Moment of Zen)

One trip down the rabbit hole I failed to mention last week in all the hullabaloo, was the Primary election that wasn't.

Since we are our own election precinct (so as not to unduly influence local elections with our preponderance of registered Democrats), the equipment was set up in our Spellman Room last Tuesday to allow for voting.

Several awkwardnesses arose. First, the funeral of Br. Jude Conniff took place that day, necessitating the rolling out of his coffin right through the polling place. (Wait till the Board of Elections hears about that!)

Second, it turns out one had to be a REGISTERED Independent to vote, since no other parties' candidates were contested. Upon inquiry I learned there are a grand total of six registered Independents here, as opposed to about 30 Republicans and 123 Democrats. (I understand the Right to Life party died.)

Third, they apparently sent the wrong ballots here, so for the first several hours no one could vote because we had the ballots from the town of Cortlandt.

Lastly, at the end of the day, I asked the four poll monitors how many of the six had actually voted. Ready? Zero!

Well, all was not a complete waste of time as these civic-minded citizens got to read ALL of our literature and pamphlets while waiting for Godot to vote.

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