Tuesday, November 4, 2008

13 hours and 3 minutes

It started around 6:30 a.m. at North Heights, and 91 miles, 10 precincts, 18 people interviewed, two coffees, a cheese rollup, a crunchy taco and a bean burrito later, it ends with a final blog post at 7:33 p.m. at my office desk.

People in Amarillo, of all ages, colors and hopes, voiced their opinion as only they can. It was democracy in action on a warm windy day.

And where would I be without Jack Simpson, precinct election judge at the No. 2 Fire Station in rural Randall County. For an interview, he kindly walked with me outside a safe distance from the voting booths in compliance with federal voting laws.

"This way," he said, "I won't have to arrest you."

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