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GulfCoast66

(11,949 posts)
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 08:52 PM Oct 2018

New experience voting this evening.

I do not do OPs and as a whole and generally distrust anecdotal threads.

But voting this evening was encouraging. I live in a very white and republican county in Florida, Lake to be specific. Although Democratic and Independent voters combined outweigh republicans.

There were probably 50-70 people voting and the vast majority were not white. And there were lots of multi-generational families voting including lots of young folks which is refreshing.

The main difference was that when early voting in 2016 it seemed like half the place was wearing red. Not today. A sea of blue, myself included. No one was talking but lots of eye contact acknowledgement.

Living in Florida I have learned to temper my enthusiasm but I am actually starting to believe we can do this.

Take it for what’s its worth. One mans experience.

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New experience voting this evening. (Original Post) GulfCoast66 Oct 2018 OP
Thank you! Catamount Oct 2018 #1
Fingers crossed! Little Star Oct 2018 #2
Good to hear about, Cha Oct 2018 #3
Thank you for your encouraging words. fierywoman Oct 2018 #4
I love reading about your experience! Control-Z Oct 2018 #5
K&R, same experience here in Tarrant Co, Texas. DontBooVote Oct 2018 #6
My brother used to live in Tarrant Co. kag Oct 2018 #37
Hi kag! No longer the case, thankfully. I began working on this election in... DontBooVote Oct 2018 #38
This is GREAT news. kag Oct 2018 #39
Did you hear? cannabis_flower Oct 2018 #41
I have! I wasn't happy with their comment saying Beto was "hard left", but... DontBooVote Oct 2018 #42
For the racist history of Lake County Florida, 2 very good books GusBob Oct 2018 #7
Very familiar with the history and the books you cite. GulfCoast66 Oct 2018 #8
Part of that history died recently GusBob Oct 2018 #13
I think we are talking about 2 different cases. GulfCoast66 Oct 2018 #15
Yes the 2 books are different stories GusBob Oct 2018 #18
Wild but sad. GulfCoast66 Oct 2018 #19
Is Leesburg in Lake County? Ligyron Oct 2018 #48
Yep. GulfCoast66 Oct 2018 #49
I remember that exit on the turnpike was a speed trap. Ligyron Oct 2018 #52
The Sherrif's name was Willis McCall I think. Lived in Lake County for about 10years but years later dameatball Oct 2018 #9
Citrus County here mcar Oct 2018 #10
I seemed to have early voted with lots of Magahats. Blue_true Oct 2018 #11
Do you get separated into Dem and Republican lines? Beartracks Oct 2018 #12
Good god no! GulfCoast66 Oct 2018 #14
Is that still a thing anywhere? Flaleftist Oct 2018 #16
I think they do that here. Beartracks Oct 2018 #26
You didn't state your age but that would be interesting to know. Congrats on voting. Thank U ! YOHABLO Oct 2018 #17
53. White, southern raised male. GulfCoast66 Oct 2018 #20
I'll be in Ocala in December OriginalGeek Oct 2018 #40
Thanks for sharing. iluvtennis Oct 2018 #21
Thanks for sharing that. murielm99 Oct 2018 #22
LOL. GulfCoast66 Oct 2018 #23
Fingers crossed! Thanks for sharing. Power 2 the People Oct 2018 #24
k&r Demovictory9 Oct 2018 #25
Thanks for the lift......just want it to be over.....I want to crush a kennedy Oct 2018 #27
Wow, this is the first I've heard of wearing blue or red to ecstatic Oct 2018 #28
Hillsborough County here HAB911 Oct 2018 #29
Pinellas here Oppaloopa Oct 2018 #31
Didn't the the ballot too bad. GulfCoast66 Oct 2018 #43
As long as it was HAB911 Nov 2018 #54
We're almost neighbors radical noodle Oct 2018 #30
Interesting ProfessorGAC Oct 2018 #32
No blue? radical noodle Oct 2018 #33
And, I Wear A Lot Of Red, Too ProfessorGAC Oct 2018 #34
Great! radical noodle Oct 2018 #35
My wife won't go out with me if I wear red! GulfCoast66 Oct 2018 #44
Funny Stuff! ProfessorGAC Oct 2018 #47
I am an Election Judge in Tarrant County and I always wear my bluest blue yellowdogintexas Oct 2018 #36
Makes me happy in so many ways! nolabear Oct 2018 #45
Nice! I am in Florida too. coeur_de_lion Oct 2018 #46
Message auto-removed Name removed Oct 2018 #50
With DeSantis and Scott, it should be a blue tsunami.... beachbum bob Oct 2018 #51
Yup the only Red we should see in Florida mitch96 Oct 2018 #53

Control-Z

(15,682 posts)
5. I love reading about your experience!
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 09:03 PM
Oct 2018

Your enthusiasm is a great energizer for me.

Thank you for posting this.

kag

(4,078 posts)
37. My brother used to live in Tarrant Co.
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 01:50 PM
Oct 2018

And he was active in party politics. He used to say, "You could hold the Democratic party meeting in a phone booth."

 

DontBooVote

(901 posts)
38. Hi kag! No longer the case, thankfully. I began working on this election in...
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 01:59 PM
Oct 2018

...February of last year, after the shock of the '16 election and after the "inauguration with the largest crowd ever in the history of...well...ever, PERIOD!", and local Dems started coming out of hiding. For instance, the Tarrant Co. Democratic Women's club swelled from around 25 to (at last count I saw in May, or so) over 600.

All our local Democratic-aligned groups and clubs began swelling and we are now seriously challenging repugs and their incumbents. So, things are definitely looking a LOT better since your brother was here.

kag

(4,078 posts)
39. This is GREAT news.
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 02:10 PM
Oct 2018

It's been a few years since my brother was there. Nice to hear that things are changing for the better. Thank you for helping with that effort!

And good luck this year. It would be excellent to hear that Tarrant didn't just go solid red.

 

DontBooVote

(901 posts)
42. I have! I wasn't happy with their comment saying Beto was "hard left", but...
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 02:18 PM
Oct 2018

...I'll take the endorsement anyways!

GusBob

(7,286 posts)
7. For the racist history of Lake County Florida, 2 very good books
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 09:31 PM
Oct 2018

Both by a local author Gilbert King

"Beneath a Ruthless Sun"

"Devil In the Grove"

The Klan, and that awful Sherriff controlled that area for decades.

Fascinating well written and well researched stories.

But horrific in the injustice

GulfCoast66

(11,949 posts)
8. Very familiar with the history and the books you cite.
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 09:42 PM
Oct 2018

Google the Lake County Historical Museum if you want to get pissed off!

The director, Bobby Grenier, still sits at Sheriff Willis McCalls desk and says it is just part of history. That’s the sheriff who killed(lynched) those AA young men. He is bring to lake county the statute of Confederate General Kirby Smith that Florida voted to kick out of the US Capitol building in place of Mary McCloud Bethune. Even though Kirby Smith left Florida as a child and never set foot in Lake County. Yet somehow he is part of our history.



GusBob

(7,286 posts)
13. Part of that history died recently
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 10:16 PM
Oct 2018

Jesse Danials, the mentally handicapped kid he framed for rape passed away a coupla months ago

That asshole McCall got away with so much corruption, the voters, the governors, the FBI nor the supreme court or Dept of Justice could stop him

Reminds me of Trump

GulfCoast66

(11,949 posts)
15. I think we are talking about 2 different cases.
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 10:24 PM
Oct 2018

I was referring to the 4 black men framed for a rape. 2 of whom McCall shot in cold blood.

Always wondered how many more there were we will never hear about.

Remnants of that power structure still exist, especially in north Lake County.

GusBob

(7,286 posts)
18. Yes the 2 books are different stories
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 10:52 PM
Oct 2018

Devil in the Grove is about the AA guys framed for a rape of a white woman that never happened. He set up those 2 for their execution by him by the side of the road ( one lived though, shot but didn't die)

Under the Ruthless Sun, an innocent white mentally handicapped man was framed for a rape that was most likely committed by a black man. To explain that story would reveal spoilers
That man who was framed recently died, Jesse Daniels.

Both wild wild stories

GulfCoast66

(11,949 posts)
19. Wild but sad.
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 10:55 PM
Oct 2018

My family is southern. This was SOP from reconstruction to the civil rights era. Never has really ended.

Ligyron

(7,615 posts)
52. I remember that exit on the turnpike was a speed trap.
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 07:40 PM
Oct 2018

Gave people a "break" by giving them a ticket so they didn"t have to appear in court. "Make the check payable to Sheriff Roy Bliss."

dameatball

(7,392 posts)
9. The Sherrif's name was Willis McCall I think. Lived in Lake County for about 10years but years later
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 09:47 PM
Oct 2018

Seems like there were a number of suspects that never made it to jail/court alive. Not hard to google it.

mcar

(42,278 posts)
10. Citrus County here
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 09:59 PM
Oct 2018


It is my understanding that the Villages has a large and active Democratic club. I did VBM so can't speak for Dem turnout here but we are canvassing and phone banking more than I've ever seen.

Blue_true

(31,261 posts)
11. I seemed to have early voted with lots of Magahats.
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 10:04 PM
Oct 2018

But my county is red. I did notice a lot more Blacks than normal and a few young people. Hillary actually did better than I expected in the county, eventhough Trump did a rally here and she sent no one.

GulfCoast66

(11,949 posts)
14. Good god no!
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 10:20 PM
Oct 2018

Does that happen? I would object. Even in our primaries while we get different ballots no one can tell by watching which party you are voting for. And we use paper ballots.

Now the 2 poll watchers were a study in contrast. A middle aged lady, who I assume was the Democratic watcher had a friendly, smiling demeanor. The 40ish white guy in the tight polo shirt was watching all the minority voters like a hawk and looked like he was trying to pass a watermelon!

Flaleftist

(3,473 posts)
16. Is that still a thing anywhere?
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 10:27 PM
Oct 2018

From every experience I have had, I walk up to the table, show my ID, get a ballot and go to a booth to fill it out. There's just one line to get the ballot and you go to an unoccupied booth.

The only separate lines I have heard about are a ways back in history when you went to a different line depending on who you were voting for. There were stories of factory foremen standing there and watching how employees vote. I thought that has long been abandoned due to voter intimidation.

Beartracks

(12,795 posts)
26. I think they do that here.
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 07:50 AM
Oct 2018

I'm pretty sure the two lines are not based on last name, like A-L, M-Z. I just always happened to be in the line i needed to be in. But I'll be sure to pay more attention next week.

This is in NE Oklahoma.

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OriginalGeek

(12,132 posts)
40. I'll be in Ocala in December
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 02:11 PM
Oct 2018

for my birthday - one of my favorite bands is playing up there along with another favorite that is from there.

Here's one of their songs - keep in mind this was from one of their albums in the 80s

murielm99

(30,712 posts)
22. Thanks for sharing that.
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 11:08 PM
Oct 2018

I, too, distrust anecdotal threads. I have posted a couple myself lately, because I have seen some unusual and encouraging signs in my red county.

GulfCoast66

(11,949 posts)
23. LOL.
Tue Oct 30, 2018, 11:10 PM
Oct 2018

Believe me, I see the irony of saying I distrust anecdotal threads while posting one about myself!

a kennedy

(29,606 posts)
27. Thanks for the lift......just want it to be over.....I want to crush
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 08:03 AM
Oct 2018

everything repub, crush em in the House, crush em in the Senate and take back all the Governorships.

ecstatic

(32,641 posts)
28. Wow, this is the first I've heard of wearing blue or red to
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 08:32 AM
Oct 2018

indicate voting intentions. The thought never crossed my mind, but luckily I was kind of wearing blue (blue jeans and grey t-shirt with faded blue Georgia Tech colors). Hmmm...

HAB911

(8,867 posts)
29. Hillsborough County here
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 09:43 AM
Oct 2018

similar experience, of course we lean Blue anyway. There were a couple of kids that the staff pointed out as new voters which elicited cheers from all those filling out that hellishly long ballot! Hope they voted blue.

My dad lived in Lake for many years before returning to Georgia.

GulfCoast66

(11,949 posts)
43. Didn't the the ballot too bad.
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 04:12 PM
Oct 2018

Straight Democratic. No to retain republican appointed judges. No to all amendments except 4 restoring felons rights.

But we had no municipal elections as I live in the county.

HAB911

(8,867 posts)
54. As long as it was
Thu Nov 1, 2018, 09:20 AM
Nov 2018

it was a pleasure to finally make the marks. Almost but not quite as good as voting for Hillary, but very satisfying

ProfessorGAC

(64,827 posts)
32. Interesting
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 11:22 AM
Oct 2018

The OP said they were wearing blue, and you too. I'm not able to do that, because i honestly don't think i own a single piece of blue clothing! Heck, i don't even own any blue jeans!

Perhaps i will wear green because it closer to blue than it is to red!

ProfessorGAC

(64,827 posts)
34. And, I Wear A Lot Of Red, Too
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 11:56 AM
Oct 2018

But, not to the polling place. Noodle told me i couldn't. I tell my wife she can't either!

GulfCoast66

(11,949 posts)
44. My wife won't go out with me if I wear red!
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 04:16 PM
Oct 2018

And she is correct. I am either bright white or red depending on my recent sun exposure! Red destroys me. And I almost always wear blue as it is my best color so I really made no special plans to dress for voting.

ProfessorGAC

(64,827 posts)
47. Funny Stuff!
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 05:45 PM
Oct 2018

My wife actually likes me in red
Something about my skin tone makes red, white, black, or beige right.
My wife been saying that before we got married 38 years ago!
Go figure, that I'd look good in red!!!!

yellowdogintexas

(22,214 posts)
36. I am an Election Judge in Tarrant County and I always wear my bluest blue
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 12:11 PM
Oct 2018

on Election Day. In fact, I put on some kind of blue top every time I walk out of the house (unless I am doing something candidate specific; a lot of our folks are using other colors for their campaign shirts.)

I am considering attempting a Tshirt quilt with all my campaign shirts. Don't hold your breath though I am famous for great concept and really bad followthrough

nolabear

(41,930 posts)
45. Makes me happy in so many ways!
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 04:23 PM
Oct 2018

Glad you’re putting up an OP and delighted for Florida! 🌴🐊🌊

Response to GulfCoast66 (Original post)

 

beachbum bob

(10,437 posts)
51. With DeSantis and Scott, it should be a blue tsunami....
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 07:26 PM
Oct 2018

Red tide, racism, social security, Medicare, Medicaid cuts....and now the immigration and birthright issues. Florida has massive number of immigrant naturalized citizens, if THEY jump in and VOTE, no telling what we wake up to on Nov 7th and see

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