NC registered voters: "There's no good choices this time."

My wife and I spent the afternoon registering voters outside the WalMart in Morganton. We weren't allowed to wear buttons or show any campaign material, so shoppers didn't know for sure who we supported.

We did ok registering new voters (maybe 30 in 3 hours). But the problem was the unsolicited response we got from way too many registered voters: "There's no good choices this time."

To be fair, I had no idea what their party affiliation was, but my gut feeling was that this was code for "I won't vote for a woman or an African-American."

First question: Are other people getting this kind of reaction?

Second question: Is it widespread?

Third question: If the answers to the first 2 questions are "yes," then what on earth are we going to do about it?


I hear some of the same

Our system and our candidates have poisoned the well.

They say that everytime...

Short of Christ being on the ballot, there will always be people who say, "Oh, it's the lesser of two evils!" That means we just have to educate them on how Candidate X or Y directly affects their lives when they get in office...

I would hold both the MSM and society's overall

shortened attention span to blame.

Those folks probably had the idea that Clinton is a b----, Obama is a muslim, and McCain is Bush III.

Disenfranchisement benefits the corporate right. It's no accident that Dems tend to favor policies that increase and encourage voter participation while Reps do the opposite.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

Maybe they were GOP

Because the GOP is sulking about having to go with McCain. I've heard LOTS of Republicans talking about how angry they are that he's the candidate rather than Romney or Huckabee.


Of course, another consideration, given where you were, is that both Hillary and Barak are pro-gun control. That doesn't set well with a lot of rural folks.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

I don't think it's widespread

I don't think it's widespread but it probably varies by county. I did voter registration in Greensboro yesterday and only heard that from one person, an African-American man. Two people told me that they don't vote.

The overwhelming majority of the people I talked to were already registered and seemed excited about voting. I talked to several teenagers who are really unhappy that they won't be 18 by November.