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Guilded Lilly

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Observations of an Ohio12 Poll Worker...

Very long day. Hotter, mostly sunny, but not oppressive weather.

My “report” from an extremely gerrymandered, small, half-old-established families- rural/half new wealthy white yuppy, Franklin County precinct constituency.

I’m going to stay as flat line unemotional as possible (as poll workers everywhere are trained and expected to be!) We are workers who simply do the job. Civility. Follow the well written rules explicitly, professional demeanor insisted upon. No drama. No mention of politics with voters. No candidates signs, pins, posters anywhere. We are paid for our day’s work and the training leading up to the elections.
Solidly equal, bipartisan participation. Purposefully.

OK. This is a small precinct. Heavily gerrymandered, as are many Franklin County precincts. The craziness of the political lines in Columbus are head-rattling. I don't live in this Franklin CountyPrecinct but in a similarly gerrymandered precinct that borders this area. I, like most of my other poll workers, was not voting in this election due to the crazily established precinct lines. Many people in the different counties were still confused about IF they even could vote. It varied house by house, street by street. So here goes:

Hugely Republican Red precinct. Voters mostly Old Republican generational white rural families and working white country-dwelling yuppies but with small patches of older, educated/sophisticated hippy liberals (especially women) and a smattering of fresh young voters (again, mostly female that showed up) and a few minority citizens mixed in.

As per Board of Election rules, three times during the day public lists printed from the actual roster machines are clearly posted with the names of who has voted (never HOW they voted), number of votes already cast and a percentage of the registered voters in the precinct who are voting.
The final, actual numerical results of votes for all the candidates are posted publicly at the end of the day.

No expectations of a Blue win here. None.

The figures: all public. At the end of the day, in person on site votes for O’Conner were tallied at almost exactly 1/3 of all votes cast. 2/3 went to the opposition.
(Three names on the ballot. Green Party received literally just a handful of total votes.)
Voting percentage of registered precinct voters was 34%
( it was 18% in the primary in May) predictions for the OH12 election had been 30%.
All records and numbers are cross checked and documented many given times during the day with bipartisan oversite.

Of my fellow poll workers, 75% were women. Vast majority over 55. (As per rules 50/50 bipartisan workers participated at every precinct).

The voters came in small, but fairly constant numbers throughout the day. No big lines or waiting. Easily could get in and out in a few minutes.
All voters were required to have a current, verifiable ID. Period. The qualifications and rules are printed in booklets at all roster tables.
No verifiable ID, no voting ballot for the machine. Options for qualified provisional voting, on site at every precinct.
Every voter is required to show their unexpired ID, then state their name and once electronically scanned or entered into the polling files, state their current address.

Personal behind the scenes Observations: This is a friendly group of conscientious, supportive poll workers. Lot’s of children/grandchildren bragging among the personal conversations. Good cooperative group. We’ve worked together before at other elections and probably all will return for the midterms to work the same precinct.

Not ONCE in a 15 hour work day, in quiet, private conversations among us did I hear anyone supportive of the Cretin. Just the opposite. A few Republicans were repulsed by what had become of their party. Some had voted for Clinton.

Of all the Voters, most were courteous and pleasant and friendly. Not a lot of random chit chat because of the serious reason they were in the room. None were there very long. Simple ballot.

There was, however, a certain “type” we all instantly recognized. We had a dozen of them throughout the day. Chip on their shoulder, swaggering, almost sneering attitude and making a snarky comment about how many illegal immigrants we were allowing to vote, Russia quips or getting pissy when asked to state their names again after handing us the legal ID.

All older white males... by coincidence I am sure.

One memorable voter, a rounded bellied, long bearded, older white male in a white t-shirt and jeans, complete with a big silver NRA belt buckle (no lie!), wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses and fist on hip, planted himself in front of the roster table, blocking the next voter, literally tossing his drivers license at us. The aura all around him reeked of “bully creep”. Instantly in our face.
Asked to state his name, he snarled “it’s on the license”. Calm Smiling Reply...”It is the rule in Order to vote. Please state your name”
After a heavy, damning pause, he gave it with even more attitude and eventually getting his printed ballot ticket literally stomped over to the line of voting machines.

Shake our heads, small eye rolls. No audible comments. Breathe. Next voter, PLEASE. Thank-you.

No one was impressed. He had a definitive ugliness emanating around him.

This is a good example of what we are fighting against daily, not just at the polls.

End of the day thoughts: Borderline depressing result, though not at all a surprise in that particular precinct. More turnout is always a plus. Just too many are still doing nothing. Very “Close” still sucks if the final provisional and absentee ballots give us a loss...until November. This is a long, wearying battle. We did our job. Now, we still wait. We still grasp for little wins, holding on to hope.

I’ll take Wednesday to reconnect with some simple joys, try to avoid anything with the GD foul Cretins puke inducing vile name, hideous scowling degenerate face, wretched reeking soul, repulsive gut twisting repugnant voice or ignorant, bile raising, bilious BS attached. There will be plenty of it.

Damn, I really abhor this. I can’t respect people who still support this treasonous, corruption-riddled, soulless, graceless, calculatingly evil, anti-humanity, putrid, domestic and foreign terrorist enemy that has infected our country.

Oooppp, I got a tad emotional.


Posted by Guilded Lilly | Wed Aug 8, 2018, 10:28 AM (42 replies)

Well, I am sure a new human low will be scraped off the bottom...

of their shoes today. They will continue to stain America. They will continue to foul the air from their cesspool of reeking souls, shred the character (what is left of it) and defecate on the decency of the United States domestically and globally.
It is the only thing they do. It is the only given on any day.
No accountability.
No morality.
No shame.
No conscience.
No consequences.
No dignity, integrity, class.

How we got here as a power, a nation, a people will be discussed and debated ad nauseam and be written in history long after the oozing slime of this administration has done its filthy damage.

Our only recourse is to pummel them with our votes beyond any treason, corruption and collusion.

And make them pay, one wretched, human scum at a time.
Posted by Guilded Lilly | Sun Jul 29, 2018, 08:47 AM (1 replies)

Being informed can be painful and frightening and most certainly...

Send the blood pressure to a scary high.
Rachel is the voice that informs, questions and warns. Will it be enough to sway the Stupid, ever?
I doubt it. They will eternally remain the intellectual dregs of humanity.

I cherish her, respect her and am in awe of her intelligence ...and am also sickeningly scared at what she dedicatedly informs us could so easily go down for our country if enough of us don’t use/keep our one weapon, our vote, in numbers too huge to hack or manipulate.

Saving this link for repeated sharing!

Posted by Guilded Lilly | Wed Jul 25, 2018, 10:35 AM (0 replies)

I can't pretend for a moment to be astute enough to understand the intricacies of...

These legal issues.

I do know that our country is under attack. Internally as well as from threatening foreign regimes. It is a multiplayer/multilayer heinous war on our Democracy, our freedoms, our lives, our earth and our livelihoods that has been in the planning for a very long time.

The Perfect Storm of the Perfect conman frontman of the Cretin has opened the floodgates of unchallenged corruption. He was the best gift wrapped in the most stained, fouled wrapping paper.

His public persona is genuinely and rightly one of an unfit egomaniacal charlatan who could quite possibly be proven mentally ill were it needed to defend him from any serious indictments. They gleefully promote his obnoxiousness and count on the media to chase the inane and repulsive.

They know this. He was/is the perfect tool for them. He plays to the truly Stupid, dense, thick -skulled and ugliest of Americans who have for a generation, at least, been soullessly primed on Reality Show ignoramus mentality.

The powers that are planning the take down of this treachery must be as perfect as the perfect corruption they fight.

Thank-you for your words and assurances to those of us who are reeling daily from the migraine level nightmare and bombardment from characterless thugs of this war.
Posted by Guilded Lilly | Sat Jul 14, 2018, 11:15 PM (1 replies)

The hideous administration and the equally as hideous supporters...

have practiced the bullying and destruction of decency and have openly and crassly mocked the rule of law and their “0pposition” with no accountability. None. It has been decades in the making and we have arrived at the Perfect Storm level of danger.

For whatever reasons high-road tactics legislative Democrats have embraced, it isn’t working. Mostly because Republicans and their repulsive followers don’t have ANY character or concern for American values as long as they get their putrid agenda passed and big money in the pockets of their gods.
They are quite at home on the pond scum levels they prefer.

Ms. “I’m too distant and mannequin-cool to be blamed for anything” Melania’s coat said everything we need to to know about the content of their character as well as giving us a very simple answer to their repulsive and arrogant...Do you?

The Republicans and Cretin supporters are getting away with murder. Figuratively and literally. They are thieves. They are cheats. They are the nastiest, soulless liars in our history ( and that history is rife with plenty of lies) They count on the less combative and higher road nature of Democrats to always back down or off.

If we as citizens and humans don’t get in their fucking faces and make daily existence out beyond the halls of their hallowed halls of horror in Congress and the foully stained White House extremely uncomfortable and angrily hold them rightfully accountable, we will LOSE OUR COUNTRY.
WE. The people. WILL LOSE. The domestic terrorists will win. What we have lost already is overwhelming while we wait.

Putting all the eggs into Mueller’s painstakingly slowly filling basket is not going to staunch the flow of reeking crap that is being hourly shoved down our throats until we choke.

Voting IS a must. Primo. And we have to vote in massive numbers to combat the corruption, treason, and foreign Control. But we have to make their shameful daily existence unbearable for them in non-violent, but relentless ways. We have the numbers. They can always go lower, as they prove time and again. We can always still stay on a higher ground than any of them. But we have to fight back!

In their faces. In their lives beyond reality TV sound bites. In the living, breathing world they love to destroy for everyone else. Now.
Posted by Guilded Lilly | Tue Jun 26, 2018, 07:37 AM (0 replies)

Horror story to the max...

While there is always room for better organization and shifting of administrative duties in a gigantic body of governing, this agenda of the Republicans has been to favor, benefit and funnel money to already rich callous white men and their obsessive greed driven corporations for the benefit of themselves and the detriment of everyone else.
Their intolerance, fear, disrespect, bigotry, cruelty, misogyny and racism know no boundaries. Their character is void of any decency or humanity. They don’t even bother to hide it anymore under the guise of fucked up patriotism and Christianity.
They are the worst of human wretchedness.

While it is always good to know they will all eventually die and turn to dirt, the misery and terror they create or try to create for everyone and everything on the planet will never stop.

Obviously they must be stopped.
Obviously a lot of us will be sickened and soul battered in the process.
Obviously we need to get passionately angry and
With every ounce of our strength and courage.
Against all the mountains of insanity and incredulous ignorance, meanness and hate.
Against the dozens of WTF moments that pile up in unbelievable amounts daily.

The offensiveness and stupidity knocks the air out of my heart and brain several times a day.
I have to slap myself out of agonizing anxiety and disbelief and sadness after every outrageous new headline.

The domestic terror perpetrated by this administration is overwhelming.

I’m not a powerful person. I tend to avoid conflict and my nature is to draw myself into whatever protective sanctuary is nearby and huddle for awhile.
But I am stubborn.
And very angry.
And I am my sisters’, brothers’, children’s, all creatures great and small, all things bright and beautiful’s keeper.
So is every DUer here and lurking.
There is power there.
And we have “numbers too big too ignore”
Posted by Guilded Lilly | Sat Jun 23, 2018, 07:40 AM (2 replies)



Also, I worked the polls in Ohio yesterday.
In a very small, yuppy- encroached, used-to-be-rural area precinct that was stat-wise, redder than blue, whiter than non-the voter turnout was 21%

Cool takeaway from the public posted results plus my observations at the end of the day:
Every single first time 18 year old voter requested the Democratic Ballot! Mostly young women. Every single twenty something voter but 1 who I checked in declared Democrat...most of them women. Oh
and yeah, there were quite a few, very cool, very confident 60+ Liberals making their voting voices heard!
By far, mostly women
Posted by Guilded Lilly | Wed May 9, 2018, 03:37 PM (2 replies)

Women, give voice to your fury. Men, listen.


To the point. And worth a serious listen. Time IS up. It has been brooding for GENERATIONS.
“The innocuous makes way for the horrific”

Fellow women and gentle men must address what leads to this fury. Both. Together.

Posted by Guilded Lilly | Mon Apr 30, 2018, 06:07 AM (2 replies)

+++she speaks the truth. If whiny assed Republicans or others...

are still threatened, what a pathetic pity. She needs no one’s approval or permission to tell it like it is.
Posted by Guilded Lilly | Wed Mar 14, 2018, 11:32 PM (0 replies)

This is the passion we need, the voice of our national anger! Students vs Guns...


At the U.S. Capital National Walkout Day.

Combine their passion, courage and outrage with experience and power. A massive “weapon” of our own...together. To fight without bullets but with votes.
Posted by Guilded Lilly | Wed Mar 14, 2018, 05:38 PM (3 replies)
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