Please read about an opportunity to support our campaign in an easy way…that could/would have a significant impact if enough of you are willing to be a small part of it!
Campaign crunch time is upon us. Early voting begins in one week, and the June 26th primary election is less than three weeks away.
Below is a short and basic request, and below that are more details, and some thoughts about why it matters!
MY REQUEST FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:
Please consider supporting my campaign for county council, at-large by spending some time at one of the many polling places on election day (or one of the three polling places during early voting days), with a campaign sign, perhaps a campaign t-shirt, and some copies of our handouts/door hangers.
This actually can make a difference, and any difference is one that could matter.
SOME BASIC INFORMATION
There are more than 60 voting precincts in Frederick County. On June 26th, the polls will be open for twelve hours.
To have someone representing my campaign at each polling place, all day long, would take roughly 720 hours of volunteer time. If every volunteer averaged three hours, it would still take 240 people. That isn’t likely to happen!
But, some polling places have a lot more voters than others. Some parts of the day are much busier than others. And, most of all, any and all such volunteer time will be helpful, can make a difference, and is deeply appreciated.
During early voting, Frederick County voters will have eight days (from Thursday, June 14th through Thursday, June 21st) to vote at one of just three early voting centers (Frederick Senior Center, Thurmont Regional Library and Urbana Regional Library), which will be open for ten hours each day (from 10:00am to 8:00pm).
MORE THOUGHTS ABOUT WHY THIS MATTERS!
Our local elections are not on the ballot by themselves. Instead, we are on the national mid-term ballot, also referred to in Maryland as the gubernatorial election. Without getting too much into the weeds on this, one thing that means is that more than half of all the voters who show up to vote in their party primary would not have bothered to get out and vote if only the local elections were on the ballot.
As important as the election of seven county council members is to the county…and to you and your family and your community…it is what is called a “down ballot election.”
In the general election, many voters (well more than half) vote a straight party ticket, meaning they cast all their votes for the candidates in one party. But, whether that is a good approach or not, it is not an option in the Democratic Party primary, and the voters who continue to vote most or all of the way down the ballot have to make choices between an offering of Democratic Party candidates.
In the at-large race, things are further affected…you might say complicated…by the fact that each voter gets two votes to cast. Every voter’s second choice (for the majority of voters who use both votes, which I always encourage people to do) counts just as much as their first vote, or first choice.
Some or many (in raw numbers) of the Democratic primary voters that come to the polls do not have their mind made up about one or both of the votes they get to cast in this “down ballot” race.
Just seeing someone with a sign as they are going to vote can help. And all the more so if it is a friend or neighbor.
And, if they are open to it, as many are, having that person…or friend, or neighbor…politely thanking them for coming to vote, asking if they have made up their mind about their vote in the county council, at-large race, and offering them an basic, attractive handout, can make a difference.
All the more so if some of the basic information resonates with them, and/or it means something to them that the candidate has been endorsed by county teachers, or the Sierra Club, and so on.
What we know for certain is that as long as volunteers are polite, there is nothing but upside to being there.
A PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Many of you may already know, from seeing me at the polls or seeing photos on Facebook or whatever, it has been my practice and personal commitment to being at one or more polling places, almost all day, for every primary and general election day in, at least, countywide elections and City of Frederick elections (and, occasionally, in other towns in the county).
I do that, every such election, on behalf of one…sometimes two…candidates that I support.
Barring cold rain all day or something, it is usually a very enjoyable day, being outside, being part of and watching the democratic process take place, chatting with other folks doing the same thing, and, most of all, engaging with interested voters who are on their way to vote (or heading home after voting).
Beyond all the other reasons this can and does help make a difference, especially in certain down ballot races, I know from direct and repeated personal experience that it affects some votes every time.
Please consider offering an hour, or two, or a few, to help my campaign this way, on the last day that you or we can do anything that helps ensure I make it through this contested primary.
We have a great volunteer helping to organize this effort. She has all the polling places, and all the time slots, and can plug you in where and when it is best for you, or suggest a place and time if you are more flexible.
We’ll provide a sign, some handouts, perhaps a t-shirt (not enough of those to give to everyone, unfortunately).
And I will be very grateful for your effort!
Thank you so much for your consideration.