[Guest post by DRJ]
Here are some election anecdotes to start off this Election Day 2008:
Yesterday there was craziness in California when a masked 28-year-old anti-war veteran waving an American flag and a handgun forced a traffic shutdown on HWY 101 in Santa Barbara for over 3 hours, backing traffic up 3 miles. “He gave up after he was allowed to attach a Barack Obama campaign sign and the flag to the overpass railing, said police Sgt. Jim Pfleging.”
Today’s Houston Chronicle recounts an early voting story from October in which a Harris County poll worker refused to let a woman in an Alaska souvenir T-Shirt vote, apparently claiming the voter was electioneering for Palin. The poll worker gave her the option to cover up or change her shirt, options the voter refused because she felt no one would object to a Delaware T-Shirt. The voter initially left without voting but campaign volunteers in the parking lot referred the voter to a polling judge who overruled the poll worker’s decision.
However, the following week, the voter noted there was a sign posted at the polling place that banned clothing that named any of the candidates’ home states: Illinois, Arizona, Delaware or Alaska.
On a lighter note, the same Houston Chronicle article recounts this memorable early voting story:
“During early voting, the clerk’s office got a report of a woman who showed up to a polling place in west Harris County wearing an Obama T-shirt. She was told she could cover the shirt up, turn it inside out, or not wear it. She chose not to wear it, and voted in her bra.
[Harris County Clerk spokesman Hector] De Leon could not say whether the polling places had a “no shirt, no shoes, no service” policy.”
Feel free to add links to more election anecdotes in the comments if you come across them. Meanwhile, if you haven’t already, Go Vote.
UPDATE 1: A compilation of early morning anecdotes from Jim Geraghty.
UPDATE 2 from Jake Tapper at ABC News:
“Among the other voters who have shown up to vote at Shoesmith Elementary School this morning, where Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., will vote: Louis Farrakhan and William Ayers.
Welcome to the South Side of Chicago.”