Primary election tomorrow

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I went to the Obama rally at UNC last week and had a great time.  Unfortunately, it went very late and I didn’t get to bed until 2am which wiped me out for basically the rest of the week.  Obama is a fabulous orator and really knows how to work a crowd.  As a Christian, I was a bit disappointed that the event started with an extremely long prayer.  I’d much rather see him upholding separation of church and state.  But, that’s not enough of an annoyance to make a big difference.

Last Tuesday evening, I went to the meeting about the future American Tobacco Trail bridge over I-40.  Architecht/Engineer Steven Grover showed off a bunch of designs that were rejected and then 3 that were still in contention: a truss bridge like the one in Raleigh, an arched bridge, and a cabled stayed bridge that I really like.  Everything on the cable stayed bridge evokes triangles and for a bridge in the heart of the Triangle I think it’s really appropriate.  I hope that’s what we go for.

This weekend was the Strawberry Festival for Central Park School for Children.  I spent the morning scooping strawberries onto shortcake and then wandered around with my son until heading home to change into a tuxedo and pick up my double bass for the Durham Symphony Orchestra concert at the farmer’s market at Durham Central Park.  We had a very large crowd and except for a bit of wind had a good concert.  I’m really looking forward to the fall when the symphony starts back up.  We’ve got a good slate of guest conductors for the upcoming year and I’m really looking forward to see what they will do.

Tonight, I helped setup the polling place at the school of Science & Math.  I’ll be there tomorrow from 6am until at least 7:30pm as an election judge.  If you have already voted, great!  If you have not, please make sure to go vote tomorrow.  It doesn’t matter who you vote for, but please do go vote.

Assuming I’m not completely wiped tomorrow night, I’ll have more information about how tomorrow goes.

Election quickies

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After a small mix-up Thursday night where I was late to the election ballot training, I managed to make it on Friday and am now trained as an election “emergency judge”.  Also, I got my assignment.  The republican judge in precinct 4 cannot work the election so I will be filling in for them working at the School of Science & Math.  Everyone please go vote!  It doesn’t matter who you support, just go vote.

It looks like over 7000 people have voted (early) so far (warning: pdf file).

From Valerie over at We Love Durham, tomorrow there is a Voting Exhibit created by Central Park 5th Grade Students and hosted by Kids Voting Durham.

And, finally, the Bull’s Eye lets us know that 17 year olds are allowed to vote in a primary in NC.  Mike Ashe, Durham BOE director made a point of this in our training.  Since a primary is simply picking who you’ll get to vote for and not an actual election, NC lets them vote if they’ll be 18 when the general election rolls around.  So, get out and vote!

Obama Rally in Chapel Hill Monday

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Barack Obama will be in the Triangle area in Chapel Hill on Monday evening.  I hear there are long lines at Moorehead Planetarium to get tickets, but it appears there is no need to line up.  Tickets can be found online.  I just signed up and it prompted me to e-mail something to my “friends, family, and neighbors”.  Instead, I’m going to post the suggested e-mail (with all it’s information) here.  Even if you don’t support Obama, I think it’s useful to go see what the candidates have to say.


I just signed up to attend an One-Stop Early Vote Rally with Barack Obama.
You can RSVP here:  http://nc.barackobama.com/chapelhill
I thought you might want to come. Here are the details:

The University of North Carolina
Dean E. Smith Center
300 Skipper Bowles Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Public Entrance: Entries A and B
Monday, April 28th, 2008
Doors Open: 7:00 p.m.
Program Begins: 9:30 p.m.
*Tickets are required

Learn more about getting a ticket: http://nc.barackobama.com/chapelhill

Opening Day & Night

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Two things start today:

  1. Early voting starts
  2. The Durham Savoyards production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Yeoman of the Guard starts tonight.

I encourage everyone to avail themselves of both options.

On Saturday I start training to be an election judge and hope to have some interesting posts from that.  Until then, take a look at some pictures that were taken Tuesday night at the first dress rehearsal for Yeoman of the Guard.

Durham County Seeking Election Officials

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Wednesday night while my son and I were driving to dinner at Elmo’s Diner, I got a phone call from Whitney at the Durham County Board of Elections. I had volunteered as a polling place official for the 2006 election and had been meaning to call the board of elections to see about working this year’s elections. Well, they called me first. From what I understand, it looks like the primary on May 6, 2008 may have a fairly large turnout, especially if the Democratic presidential nomination process is still not decided. So, they’re recruiting election officials now. From personal experience I can say that working as an election official makes for a very long day. You get there at 6am and stay there until after 8pm. As someone, however, who thinks that voting is the bedrock of our democracy, I think it’s an outstanding service to the community and more people should volunteer for it. If you’re interested, see the BOE web page about it and give Whitney a call at (919) 560-0690 to volunteer today.

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