Election Memories V

Today is Election Day and I really don’t want to talk about it much. In my lifetime this has been the most contentious and troubling so far.

Unfortunately we are living in an increasingly polarized society and it is hurting our country and our relationships with each other.

So, some snippets from my previous Election Memories posts is what you will find tonight.

Left or Right - Vote RightIn 1966 my father was the American Independent candidate for the Iowa House of Representatives. I found it interesting to review the leaflet that he used for the campaign. There are several items in the leaflet that make me think of the present. Not much has changed in some respects. Sometimes just the terms have changed. The basic ideas and issues have remained the same.

On the front of the leaflet is an illustration contrasting the Left and the Right. With a few changes in terms, the same illustration could be used today.

Has politics changed much in the last 54 years?

We are passionate about very similar issues today.

Old Voting Machine - Goldwater - Johnson - Presidential ElectionOne of my earliest memories is walking down to Evans Junior High School in Ottumwa with my parents and standing in the voting booth while they voted. I remember them using a voting machine similar to what is in the picture above.

For more about this voting machine, look at my post: Old Voting Machine

Wapello County Court House, Ottumwa, Iowa - Chief Wapello - Statue - Native American StatueI also remember going with my Dad one election night to the Ottumwa Court House to see the election results come in. I remember them writing the results on a chalk board.

For those of my readers who have ties to Ottumwa, I am sure you have memories of driving past and seeing Chief Wapello on top of the building.

Click on Chief Wapello to learn more about him.

I remember helping my Dad make campaign material and even going with him to record a radio spot.

Election Stickers, I voted, primary election, electionsYesterday I went to vote and am now able to add another sticker to my collection. Since I only vote once per election it has taken some time to acquire these. There are a few more now since this picture was taken.

Kansas City Star, November 1988, Bush Election, ElectionsI also wrote recently about Getting Votes the Old-Fashioned Way about my experience working as a volunteer on a presidential campaign.

I even had my picture on the front page of The Kansas City Star.

Now to watch some reruns of The Curse of Oak Island. They are going to show a preview of the season premier later tonight.

Tomorrow is another day and I will not be missing the annoying political ads on TV, the phone calls for candidates or issues and the many mailers littering my mailbox.

Did you vote?

Steven

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