The New York Times just had a piece explaining that the word “maverick” originated from one Samuel Augustus Maverick, who did not brand his cattle. Sam’s name came to stand for anyone who refuses to be branded, metaphorically speaking.
In that vein, today I had to call the Voter Records Correspondence Unit to ask them about reregistering at my new address because I wasn’t sure what party affiliation I had given when I registered here originally and I needed that information to fill out the form. That conversation after the break.
VRCU woman: It says here Green Party
Me: Oh thanks. I’d like to change that to “decline to state” can I do that on the same form and can I still vote in the Democratic Primary if I decline to state?
VRCU: This isn’t a primary.
Me: I know. I’m just checking for the future. The last election was an open primary for the Democrats.
VRCU: That’s right. It’s only the Republicans who didn’t want outsiders…and well…[she chortles]…now I guess they’ll take whoever they can get.
(Werner Willman’s Brandzeichen der Oldenburger photo used through a Creative Common’s license)