Evicted from the Island

Since early voting began nine days ago, the little grass island nearest the entrance to the mall where early voting is located has been manned by candidates — myself included. That island and the one across were covered in yard signs, for every candidate and measure on the ballot.

Yesterday afternoon, that came to a stop when a mall employee, accompanied by no fewer than four security guards, informed the three candidates present of the mall’s "no soliciting" policy: no greeting voters, no signs allowed.

it does seem peculiar to me that more than a week has passed with candidates and signs present every day (except Sunday).  Did they truly just notice that we were there, or was there a complaint generated that prompted our dismissal?

I hate to say it, but I’m kind of glad.  I’m sunburned already, and I’m not sure of the value of that activity — how many people go to vote early, not knowing for whom they plan to vote?  At the same time, if some are present but others conspicuously absent… it could make a difference.

I’m quite sure I can make more productive use of my time at less peril to my easily-burned skin.

4 Responses to “Evicted from the Island”

  1. on 25 May 2007 at 6:14 am who's who

    Well, could it be there were complaints to the administration at the mall? When people come to vote they usually know what they are going to do. When my spouse and I came down a few days ago we tried to avoid the attack of the candidate and get done what we were there for. That was not possible. As we walked away from the crowd, because we were on a tight schedule, we found ourselves being hunted down like a criminal on the run by one of the candidates. We tried to avoid by not responding but he would not take no for an answer. He followed us until he hit the boundary line and was loud and persistant. If other people experienced this type of reception there might have been some complaints filed with the mall. One bad apple can spoil the bunch.

  2. on 25 May 2007 at 10:52 am Banjo Man

    You’ll probably find better use for your time elsewhere. They probably did you a favor. Now you can go door to door and not worry about being on the “island”.

  3. on 25 May 2007 at 1:02 pm Jake

    I’m glad you were there today because I got a chance to meet you in person for the first time.

  4. on 31 May 2007 at 5:55 pm Citizen Netmom » Thank You

    […] This afternoon in the heat of the day, when the steady stream of early voters had slowed to its lowest ebb, Trina Baughn came to Candidates’ Island with a cooler full of cold drinks.  Let me tell you, it was a most welcome gift… all of us came with bottles of water (or root beer, for Charlie Hensley), but we were running on empty by that point. […]

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