Skip to main content

It was election day, 2008. I was working as a voter protection lawyer for the Obama campaign at a polling place in North Milwaukee that serves a nearly 100% African American electorate. The polling place started the day with insufficient staff and too few poll books to handle the voters who were already lined up around the block when I arrived an hour before the polls opened on election day.  

At that time, Wisconsin still permitted same day registration and many of the voters in line had never voted before. The unanticipated surge of same day registrations overwhelmed the regular staff assigned to the polling place and the pace of voting slowed to a crawl.

Especially for November, it was hot in Milwaukee that day. At the campaign's request I had brought a car load of bottled water and granola bars to relieve the suffering of folks waiting in line. We didn't want anyone who showed up to leave without voting. Our voter protection team had contact by phone with an area coordinator for the campaign and we reported the distress the problems and delays at our polling place was causing.

The next thing I knew, in marched mayor Tom Barrett, with additional poll workers and more poll books. He worked the room, then moved on to solve the next problem troubling his city that day. I liked him instantly.

That day, I saw an African American woman who appeared to be in her 80's register and vote for the first time in her life. The joyful look on her face when she turned around from that booth after voting is a memory that will inspire and comfort me for the rest of my life.

When I heard that Tom Barrett was taking on the rematch with Walker, my heart soared like an eagle. On, Wisconsin.

Originally posted to LeftOfYou on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 07:55 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, Democracy Addicts, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Progressive Hippie.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Ed in Montana, buffalo soldier, True North, SaveDemocracy, importer, asimbagirl, Dave the Wave, PeterHug, donna in evanston, Wintermute, rhubarb, eeff, WI Deadhead, HarlemUSA, Creosote, Paulie200, busternjake, Wee Mama, twcollier, BornAgainLiberal, xopher, evelette, Texknight, RLF, mwk, Kamakhya, 2laneIA, duncanidaho, wdrath, NYFM, DSC on the Plateau, Catte Nappe, annetteboardman, Dood Abides, One bite at a time, Matt Esler, zett, WisVoter, KayCeSF, tomjones, slapshoe, rmx2630, maybeeso in michigan, Bluesee, radarlady, 3goldens, DianeNYS, yuriwho, SherwoodB, liberalcheesehead, juliesie, Byrnt, SaraBeth, Ice Blue, blue jersey mom, kazoo of the north, PinHole, noemie maxwell, Ginny in CO, churchlady, bunsk, peacestpete, kathny, begone, SSMir, myboo, BlueInARedState, Dvalkure, kestrel9000, ruleoflaw, ktar7582, blueoasis, philipmerrill, funluvn1, ER Doc, llbear, BB10, Temmoku, ipsos, Quicklund, DBunn, ladypockt, ammasdarling, Tamar, Sapere aude, FlamingoGrrl, asilomar, mamabigdog, Positronicus, cobaltbay, Msinformed, DvCM, Matt Z, OIL GUY, uciguy30, on the cusp, Empower Ink, jgilhousen, jwinIL14, bkamr, JeffW, TX Freethinker, HappyinNM, ScottyUrb, OleHippieChick, Foundmyvoice, elwior, OutCarolineStreet, lineatus, hwmnbn, mofembot, luckylizard, Karl Rover, JamieG from Md, Mayfly, DavidW, Diogenes2008, Zorge, ARS, litoralis, greengemini, Dopeman, zephyr108, indres, DefendOurConstitution, sfarkash, 57andFemale, nancat357, astral66, Reason to believe, Railfan, confitesprit, Laurilei, Giles Goat Boy, Polly Syllabic, Simple, ATFILLINOIS, teklanika, loveistheanswer, pixxer, Puddytat, nawlinscate, rja, Maverick80229, Otteray Scribe, eclecta, Oh Mary Oh, nosleep4u, Glass Navel, not4morewars, Actbriniel, theKgirls, kerflooey, Bluefin, jardin32, anyname, Sand Hill Crane, lillyspad, AnotherAmericanLie, mrsgoo, zukesgirl64, grannysally, badscience, thomask, SueM1121, CherryTheTart, poliwrangler, VTCC73, SoCalSal, Sunspots, imlpdx, CoyoteMarti, BoulderStevo, GrumpyOldGeek, Only Needs a Beat, jacey, stormicats, Prairie D, leathersmith, cwsmoke, We Won, JGibson, exatc, congenitalefty, This old man, Halandri, jan4insight, Arahahex, BusyinCA, BRog, noise of rain, oldpotsmuggler, dotdash2u, Artandscience, wasatch, peptabysmal, quiet is the new loud, CalBearMom, allensl, isewquilts2, Lily O Lady, ForestLake, The grouch, kideni, GenXBadger, Setsuna Mudo, SanFernandoValleyMom, weck, silentlurker, Yo Bubba, Jollie Ollie Orange, rosarugosa, helpImdrowning, Smoh, JKTownsend, Expat Okie, mcd12

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site