Tuesday, November 3, 2009

NY23: Visit to a Watertown precinct

The Watertown, N.Y., hotel that has been home of the National Desk for the past two days is across the street from a polling place. I just strolled over this morning and was greeted on the sidewalk by elderly volunteers handing out Hoffman sample ballots:

No such activity on the part of the Bill Owens campaign was evident at this particular polling place. Look at the sample ballot and you can see why this is so important to the Hoffman campaign: Owens is on lines A and E, Dede Scozzafava is on lines B and C, whereas Doug Hoffman's name appears only on line D.

This is why, in his speeches for the last few days, Hoffman has been repeating the mantra, "Vote 'D' for Doug."

UPDATE: Dave Weigel has a report on a Christian conservative door-to-door canvassing operation. BTW, this district has been overdone in terms of phone operations. People working on Hoffman's live phone banks have told me that many voters, after being bombarded by robocalls, are very irritable about getting called for the fifth, sixth or seventh time.

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7 comments:

  1. That's retarded!!! How can that be?! So unfair and just plain not right....

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  2. Can't wait to vote "D" for Doug later today. The sky is clear and bright, and hopefully we can all enjoy the results tonight.

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  3. Hmmm ... one of the big Hoffmanite talking points was Scozzafava's endorsement by the Working Families Party, but the ballot seems to say otherwise.

    It's also interesting that Stacy's talking up a "populist" angle on Hoffman when it was Scozzafava who got the "Perotista" party's endorsement.

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  4. If that is a legal ballot, it brings a whole new meaning to the concept of a multi-party system. You insure election by running as the candidate of dozen parties! Hard to find more convincing evidence of the corruption of the republican form of government which the Founders left us..."A republic, madame, if you can keep it!"

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  5. Ed,

    That's a long-time feature of New York politics, and it is a feature, not a bug.

    For many years, it was impossible for a Republican to get elected to the US Senate without also receiving the Conservative Party's nomination, or for a Democrat to manage it without the (I think) Liberal Party's nomination. So these smaller parties were able to get some of what they wanted from the "major party" system by adding (or holding out the prospect of declining to add) value to a candidacy.

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