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Everybody is getting lost. The poll is at the New Wine Fellowship, but the fellowship has moved to the DMV building, where Carlson used to be.

Turn-out in general is very light, but the turn-out on Quilez’ list is high. So despite the anonymous report of adverse exit polling, I remain hopeful.

There were several other voters at the polls when we got there this morning, including my politically astute neighbors. I dropped my kid off at school then drove back by the Senior Center in Redway where we vote and there were a few cars parked there. Not the usual turnout, but respectable for an election like this.

By the way, if you don’t want to be harassed with calls, vote early. Obnoxious people like me will be reviewing the lists all day to see if you’re checked off, and if you’re not you may get the calls.

By the way, because Garberville still doesn’t have an ADA compliant voting place (it’s the toilets), all voting will take place next to the DMV up in the industrial park (not in The New Wine Fellowship). If anybody needs a ride please call the campaign, the office of the Friends of the Eel River, or my office. I promise I won’t ask you how you’re voting or browbeat you into voting my way.

Image comes from Ecorazzi.

I got a call Sunday night from a fellow in Houston who wanted “a few minutes of my time” for a poll. I’m always curious about these things, so I took the bait. I think I was on the phone for about 20 minutes.

It started off pretty routine sounding. “How likely are you to vote in the 2008 presidential election?” “Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of (insert local political figure or organization).” Etc.

Then it got into the Board’s TPZ action. Fair enough. I stated my support for it. Then there was a long string of questions which had long “background explanations” followed by “knowing this, are you more likely to support the Board’s action or less?” The “information” consisted of allegations of back door dealings, hasty decisions, and the purported impact on the small land owner – full of loaded language, and it became very obvious that the poll was intended to impart selective information and wisdom, not to gather it.

I expected the last questions to be along the lines of “knowing that the four Board members voting for the measure are crucifying kittens on church doors, are you more likely to support the measure or less?” The poor guy reading the stuff to me sounded like it was the first time he’d gone all the way through it and he was practically apologetic. Because when I corrected him on a statement that the moratorium was secretly intended to be permanent he responded, “this is what I have to read.”

The last time I reported on a push poll (other than this discussion which revealed that there is a serious misunderstanding as to what a push poll is) there was some dispute as to whether it qualified. Did anybody else on the receiving end of this one think this recent poll was simply intended to gather information?

Addendum: ER article on the poll.

Carlos conducted the campaign with heart. He filled the Friends of the Eel River office with volunteers tonight and made it through a good portion of the list of target voters (those who had indicated a leaning towards Quilez in previous phone calls). The list is bigger than I had expected and if we can get a 4/5 turnout from them tomorrow we just might pull a surprise.

I’ve had a couple of conversations with Carlos about the difficulties of campaigning in Fortuna. He looked for speaking venues and was blocked at almost every turn. However, he did get through to people and I’m impressed with the cross-section of people who indicated they’re voting for him.

My first 50 or so calls were in Fortuna. Did you know that there are real live Green Party registered voters in Fortuna? I thought there’d be some sort of ordinance against it. Most of Carlos’ supporters are Democrats, but there were Republicans, Libertarians, and even American Independent Party voters (though some who register AIP think they’re registering as independents).

Some of our target voters were a little burned out on us. One woman down here in Garberville said that we’d contacted her six times and “it seems like harassment.” Guess we can’t count on her vote, although there’s no way our campaign got to her that many times. But others had already voted, or always vote, and were frustrated that they were still on “the list.” Another volunteer had somebody who had been marked as a “1” (strong supporter, 3 being weakest) who said he had ended up voting for Curless. I called a young woman registered Green who was very definitely underwhelmed with the whole election (she scares me more than the turncoat – if she and others like her don’t turn out Carlos has no chance). And the volunteer next to me made a call which led to a discussion of concern about the fact that Carlos Quilez doesn’t sound like an American name.

Most of them were happy to hear from us and many thanked us for the work.

And my triumph of the evening was to convince one voter into our camp. He was a young Fortuna man who was unimpressed with Curless and had been leaning towards Morris whom he called “a nice guy.”

The phones start up again tomorrow at 10 a.m. Please stop in and lend a voice.


November 2007