I got up early this morning, dressed, took my pills and got into my Black Mafia Staff car and went to distribute signs around my rather large voting area. I am in region 2 of the Central Dauphin School District and it is very large. There are 22,000 souls in my area and they spread out from really urban to really rural.
Some major roads go through it- route 322, rte 83 and route 81. There are also some major streets and boulevards that make putting up signs very hazardous.
I was on one of the roads wearing my electricians gloves and looking for all the world like one of those convicts that pick up trash at the sides of roads. The metal part of the sign is an open ended rectangle with the open end the two feet that you shove in the ground. Handling them really can get your hands filthy, if you don’t wear the gloves. Who knew that the actual earth on the sides of roads is probably two inches deep on top of some sort of crushed rock or granite.
It took me some time to push these wires into the ground and then put my sign up. At one point, I heard a car speed by with a loud voice yelling out my name in a sort of falsetto voice. I count that as one of my votes. I also had trouble figuring out who to ask about putting signs in front of strip malls or businesses. I was o.k. with the bowling alley. I went in wearing my official hat with the American flag on it and asked the manager. He was happy to have me put it out front. When I asked the person in the pizza shop in a strip mall, he told me that he did not care what I did with my sign. I do not think that he will be part of my intrepid band of pro me voters.
I occasionally meet some people on the street who see my signs on the car ( yes they are magnetic and attract attention). These people wave to me and then go on with their business of walking. The lawn mowers and service people are really not that friendly.
Kids seem to be interested in my signs as I drive by and often wave to me or give me a thumbs up. Too bad most of them will not be able to vote. I am trying to get some young people involved in my campaign as poll workers. These would be people who would hand out my palm cards ( a political word that describes a 4 x8 card with a picture and some info about you) and generally smile and say nice things. I will not have any non-smilers in that group.
There are fifteen precincts in my region. That would mean I would need an army of folks to man the polls all day long. That will not happen. I need about thirty people to be at the polls between 7-9 in the morning and 5-7 in the evening. That will take up most of the voters. I believe I can cover all the polls with volunteers. I will probably ride around all day showing my face to the morning and afternoon dribblers.