Town Meeting Day 2012
Election Day live-blogging in random chronological order. Just got back from hanging out at Ward 7 polling place. I go back and forth between standing with the dems and the republicans. If I stand in the middle I block the way. I got yelled at for that last time. It isn’t easy being an independent so I was happy to see Wanda there for a while. Some thoughts on the ballot:
I voted. When I finally had the ballot in front of me and I had to make a choice, I wrote in Bob Kiss for mayor. I cherish my freedom.
The wording of the school budget question is so poor, the budget might just pass. It doesn’t ask for a tax increase. It just says ‘spend 65 million? Y or N?’ You know it hadn’t occurred to me to think about how it looks on the ballot. I’ll be wiser about that next year. Don’t get me wrong, as I said earlier, I want the budget to pass today, but I think people should know what they’re voting on.
About 2000 ballots had been cast in Ward 7 as of 3pm including presidential primary ballots, so I think it’s safe to say at least 1000 people have voted in ward 7 as of now.
Helen Hossley told me the 200 annual reports they had to give out at Ward 7 were sold out by 10am.
I took the CNN exit poll. Ron Paul Revolution! Woot!
Poopsie and the kids are still at the Lorax. I’m going to try to eat something and go to city hall to get an annual report. I’m going to be on the seven days live blog later (if I can find it; link?) physically seated at channel 17, home or both. Does channel 17 have WiFi? Anybody? And I guess folks from the school board are meeting at RiRa’s later, but I’m not really sure why… The school board’s finance committee will be meeting with the mayor-elect tomorrow to either start picking up the pieces if the budget fails, or a nice meet-n-greet if it passes…
More later… (but not necessarily within this post.)
I’m from Burlington. I’ve never been to a town meeting. I just didn’t want to call the post “Election Day 2012″ because I might want to save that title for November.
The 2012 race for mayor is almost over. My guess is Wanda will get between 10 and 20 percent of the vote and that Kurt and Miro will each receive between 40 and 50 percent of the vote. We will know the winner very soon after the polls close.
The school board will get at least one, and at most two new members.
The city council will get at least four, and at most five new members.
Tuesday morning… Election/Town Meeting Day…
10:19am I’ve been invited by Seven Days to join their live-blog tonight where I and several real journalists will unpack the day’s events. I have not wanted to say much about the mayoral race. I still don’t know who I’m going to vote for. Hell, I might just write-in Bob Kiss. Or myself. In the race between Kurt and Miro, I have not wanted to step on either of their toes or hurt either of their feelings. They are both good guys. I think. Kurt and I joined the city council together in 1995 and Poopsie knew him before that even. I only ever heard of Miro a few months ago, and only ever met him in person twice. Normally that dynamic alone would make my decision a slam-dunk for Kurt- but although I really like Kurt personally and respect him, I never ever pictured myself actually voting for him. More often I’ve envisioned myself running against him. Not because of his party. I am an independent, and I vote however I want. My most enthusiastic vote today will be for Ron Paul, for example. It’s more because I have never been able to grasp what Kurt’s core philosophy is. I think he would probably be an ok caretaker for the office of mayor, but I don’t imagine him really doing anything special with it, and I’m not sure how much he understands. Miro on the other hand, I see as a bit of a wild-card. He’s never been elected to anything, and I’m not sure of how much he understands either. With Miro it kind of feels like he himself is simply the tip of the spear trying to pierce city hall, and just behind his smiling face the entire apparatus of the Democratic National Committee is waiting to come set up shop and control my city for the next 50 years.
I don’t know. Let’s talk about the school budget. I am voting for it. As a member of the school board I was one of 2 votes against sending this version of the budget to the voters. That is not the same thing as voting for or against this budget now that it is before the voters. Most of why I am voting for it now, is because once a budget is put before the voters the effects of if failing are costly and damaging. Let’s say a majority of the school board had voted against sending this version of the budget. We would have come up with something else. Personally, I would almost never vote against a school budget when it’s on a ballot in front of me. As a school board member I have a responsibility to represent other people, and use my votes to try to send the best budget I can to voters. So I just want to put that out there right now. To vote against the budget as a school commissioner and for it as a citizen is not a reversal and not inconsistant. I know it’s a nuance not everyone will grasp, but the votes are really for different things.
As is my tradition on the first Tuesday in March, I am not at work today. It’s 10:58am, I have to shave, shower, vote and hang around the Ward Seven polling place a little bit. Gotta promote my “fill in the bubble” campaign. Me, Poopsie, Koko and Yana will all go vote together. Then I will hang back, and Poopsie will take the Kids to see The Lorax movie. Yup, ok… sounds like a plan…