Getting A Stub, Or Will You Snub?

stubby.jpgAt 8:05 a.m. my Sunset Boulevard polling place had been open more than an hour when I arrived to claim and complete my ballot (then double-check it to make sure the inkblots had darkened the appropriate circles).

Aside from the staffers present, I was alone in casting my votes and as I tore off my stub and noted its number — 000004 — I asked one of the staffers how the turnout had been so far.

“You’re number four,” he replied. I rolled my eyes, but noted that at least any republicants in the area aren’t morning voters. Thanking the workers for their involvement I got on my way.

I have pretty much one broad-stroke rule I observe when it comes to voting: don’t support anything that takes power out of the hands of the many and puts it in those of the few. This is somewhat ironic given the fact that elections increasingly do just that: letting the few of us who get out and vote ultimately dictate what will happen to the vast majority of those who don’t.

Having said that, I’m not aware of the numbers for my specific precinct but I’d guess there’s… what: a couple/three thousand registered voters here? Maybe a little more. Maybe a little less. Either way, if for some reason that pathetic four-an-hour average holds across the rest of the day, then 52 of us will have spoken for the whole.

Democracy in action? Nah, democracy inaction.

UPDATED (6:45 p.m.): After getting home from work I found my wife Susan voted at about 5:30 p.m. Her stub number? 000049.

15 thoughts on “Getting A Stub, Or Will You Snub?”

  1. I got number 000006 too, at 8:30. (And I sure hope it was from a different polling station than samba00.)

  2. #23 at 10.30 at the silverlake/bellevue polling place. that is actually pretty sad considering the ballot measures actually affect a lot of the renters in this neighborhood.

  3. I suppose I should add that I’m neither a registered Democrat nor a registered Republican, so 000001 shouldn’t be entirely shocking. Still, wow. Scary and fun.

  4. I snubbed. But it was a passive snub as I had to hit the road for my nephew’s high school graduation in northern california and with all that has been going on in all branches of my family, I barely even realized there was an election. Sorry that I skipped my civic duty.

  5. Wow… Like ataki, I never noticed the number on the ballot stub – also like ataki, I’m not registered with one of the two major parties. But I just went and checked, and I was number 2. And I didn’t vote until 3:30 or so. Way to go, Westside!

  6. Will, a couple things:

    As you subtly noted, the number on your stub represents the number of voters in your party who have voted at the precinct that day, not the total number of voters.

    Also, you can ask the poll workers how many voters are in your precinct. Mine had 750.

    Finally, don’t forget that a lot of people vote by mail.

  7. I’m Number 4! I’m Number 4! #000004 in my precinct!

    Voted as the poles closed, and I was the 4th Green Party member in my Highland Park precinct to vote today. Luckily, there are more parties than my own, and on my way out, I could see from the ballot stack, 80 Dems voted, 13 Repubs, 2 Libertars, 2 P&Fs, and 21 Indys, voted in my precinct of 1300 registered voters.

  8. Oren, a couple things back atcha:

    1) As I perhaps didn’t note unsubtly enough, I realized the number on my ballot stub didn’t mean the total number of voters, which is why I asked what the turnout was and which is why when I was told four I acknowledged that republicans aren’t morning voters (I was remiss in not including the other parties/nonpartisans in that gross generalization).

    2) It’s not that I thought the number of voters in my precinct was some type of privileged information that I was precluded from. Hardly. I just didn’t think about what that number might be until I was roughly 15 miles from my polling place.

    3) I also have a grasp of the whole absentee ballot thing.

    4) And finally as I posted just a few minutes ago, the L.A. County results are in: voter turnout (actual and absentee) was 16.48%.

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