Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Perfect Day for a Primary

Philadelphians simply could not have asked for a more perfect day to vote. Seventy degrees, sunshine and a light breeze.

Mom, a close family friend and I went to the polls at 10:30 this morning. Since the ladies are senior citizens I wanted to avoid long lines and that we did. However, if the available parking was any indication, the turnout was very good.

According to those manning the polls, the turnout had been steady since the polls opened. They definitely anticipated a larger than normal turn out for a Philadelphia primary. They advised me that there had been a few reports of problems with the voting machines in other few districts but they had been reported and addressed very quickly.

As expected, look for Philadelphia and Montgomery County to go for Obama. However, the Obama campaign left little to chance. Their volunteers were out in full force. I received two mailers yesterday and there was a flyer on my doorknob this morning. I received one mailing from the Clinton campaign yesterday.

After voting, the ladies and I went to brunch at one of our favorite spots in Montgomey County. Traveling through the neighborhoods, I was struck by the absence of lawn signs. In many past elections, political lawn signs popped up like wildflowers. This time, while there were a few Obama or Clinton lawn signs, it seems that most people chose to stay publicly neutral.

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