This Tuesday, I’m taking a break from my Teaser Tuesday feature to urge you first to GET OUT AND VOTE if you haven’t already! VAMOS A VOTAR, mi amigas y amigos.
OK then: now for my report from the ground in my no-longer-so-swingy swing state. I spent all day Sunday knocking on at least 80 doors in a few different neighborhoods in Greeley and Evans, Colorado. It took me pretty much all day, from about 9:45 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon. My pedometer estimated that I covered 9.3 miles. I observed a number of things that might be of interest to you, my dear readers.
As a representative of the Colorado Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign, we were knocking only on doors friendly to us or potentially friendly–so, only registered Dems and Dem-leaning unaffiliated voters. Both neighborhoods featured a number of voters with Latino and non-Latino last names. Here’s what I saw:
- Most people weren’t home, even on a Sunday, because Democratic voters are working too damn hard. Some were probably at church, but a surprising number of doors answered by teenaged kids were at work. One kid told me his mother had left at 4 a.m. to get to her job.
- Every single person who answered the door was friendly. It was clear who I was representing, as I had an “I’m with Her” sticker on my shirt.
- I met only one person who is a registered Dem, an older Latino who told me he’s voting for the Human Stain, and he was friendly too. Not a single woman I talked to said she would vote for Trump, so the gender divide was evident in my sample.
- A lot of the households of voters with Latino surnames had signs in their yard against the death with dignity/physician-assisted suicide ballot issue we’re voting on today, Proposition 106. I assume that might be linked to Catholicism, as the Church has come out swinging against 106, as you would expect. (I think it’s going to pass, given the wide Libertarian streak in this state, but we’ll see tonight or tomorrow morning!)
- Most of the people who answered the door had either voted already–and enthusiastically–for Clinton and the Dems, or they had a plan to get their ballots filled out and turned in that day. These were all women with one exception, as I recall. I talked to about 10 of these voters, who also said that Clinton is who their friends and family were voting for.
- I met only two people who were undecided and I talked to them about their choices. One woman, a registered Dem, was fairly easily talked into voting for Clinton. She told me she had an Egyptian husband, and Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric troubled her. The other person was a youngish Libertarian man who consumes a great deal of the right-wing conspiracy-mongering media. He said he thought Clinton was “dangerous,” but he indicated zero enthusiasm for the Republican nominee. I told him I hoped he voted anyway, because that’s how I roll.
- Finally, in what I hope is a good omen for the Clinton campaign, I SAW A TACO TRUCK in one of the neighborhoods! I don’t have a photo of it but here’s an approximation. Greeley is full of them, so it’s not like a unicorn sighting, but still–
Happy election day, friends! I’m excited. I may go back out and knock on more doors this afternoon, too. I hope my optimism is warranted. Vamos a votar!