This modified Ghandi quote came to mind as I watched candidates, surrogates and supporters talk about why they or their nominee was an excellent choice for delegates at the El Paso County Assembly to support. Hearing Mayor John Hickenlooper speak was probably THE top moment. But let’s back up and start over…
The morning was early; but other volunteers were already there and working on setting up laptops with scanners, posting signs, setting up barriers…all with an eye to improving the attendee experience over the very exciting but very trying 2008 County Assembly. Of course 2008 was an election year with a hotly contested and highly interesting contested presidential contest. This being a mid-term year, with a warmly contested Senatorial contest, was a probably a tad less interesting. The organizing committee also did a lot of up front work calculating the number of delegates per precinct based on them maximum capacity of the venue, and having pre-registration and check-in by last name rather than house district (really, how many people know their house district off the top of their heads? or know what a house district is?). All of that, plus warmer weather, made the event run more smoothly; there is room for future improvement but this was a good start.
The main event was choosing your preference for Senate candidate. Our credentials which consisted of a piece of cardboard with our name had several sections for checking in, senate preference vote, state assembly sign-up, CD5 assembly, etc. As a Romanoff delegate, I got a helpful email from the El Paso County Field Coordinator pointing out that I could vote immediately after checking in and could turn in my State Assembly ballot at their table. Of course, I could also wait and listen to the speakers promote their respective candidates (or the guy who make the case for Uncommitted) and then vote, but the helpful Romanoff folk were there to be helpful and encourage you to vote right away. The Bennet campaign also had a table but didn’t seem to be out in as much force as the Romanoff camp. But for many people, the day could have ended early once they turned in their Senate preference and, if they wanted to be a delegate or alternate, turned in their State Assembly ballot–that would have gotten them out before 9:30am easily.