A few thoughts about Saturday's Democratic Caucus:
- Great crowds of people, coming from all directions
- Sign-in lines moved quickly and efficiently (Thank you, Mike Clarke, for helping with our precinct)
- Many young voters, some older ones, even a few babies and children.
- Saw assorted friends and acquaintances, got to meet our next door neighbors!
- Longtime Miller neighbor Andy Bates did a wonderful job in keeping the whole show running efficiently, despite the very large crowds.
- We were a number of precincts from the very southern border of the 43rd District.
- Our precinct (43-1887) is roughly Madison to John to 19th.
- We were meeting at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, but much of the 43rd District is north of Madison, perhaps explaining the small number of African-Americans in the crowd: our precinct (43-1887) roughly corresponds to Census tract 76, which reported 15% African-Americans in the 2000 Census.
- Some precincts had to be sent to an overflow site across 19th.
- Some groups in other rooms at the church, about 4 precincts in the sanctuary
- Our precinct (43-1887) got the choir stalls.
- A very efficient and unflappable young man volunteered to lead us: the rules were interpreted loosely, to everyone's satisfaction.
- Votes were tallied, preliminary delegate tally announced: 7 Obama and 2 Clinton delegates. Headcount included 1 Edwards and 5 uncommitted votes.
- People got to speak for 1 minute to promote their candidates: we heard from both Obama and Clinton supporters.
- Speakers were all warmly and respectfully received. Nobody seemed too shy to speak
- We learnt to applaud by waving our hands in the air (a "deaf clap"), rather than clapping them together, to avoid interfering with other groups in the room.
- Several people then changed their votes, but the delegate tally remained unchanged.
- We broke into groups to elect delegates and alternates to go to the District convention.
- We then dispersed, all still apparently friends.
- Here's a SLOG report from the adjacent precinct ( 43-1888): 7 Obama 2 Clinton 1 Kucinich.
Here are notes from another precinct, a report from the Central District News and a Capitol Hill roundup. Ths Stranger has oodles and oodles of peoples' reports and impressions.
Andy Bates said that turnout was about twice their wildest prediction: about 25% of the registered voters in the area!