Good morning Everyone!
For those of you who are not from the United States, or who do not follow political news, there was a primary held in Alabama yesterday. FN. When the polls closed at 7:00 p.m., every person in the state of Alabama heaved a deep sigh. No, it wasn’t with satisfaction because we completed our civic duty by voting (I don’t know the percentage of voter turnout in the state for the primary, but I am sure we weren’t anywhere close to 100%).
It was a sigh of relief at the fact that the robocalls will finally stop. After Super Tuesday, which was March 6, every household in Alabama with a landline was inundated with calls from recorded spokesmen delivering messages from, or about, the various presidential candidates.
(To the candidate who called in the middle of the one network television program my family makes time to watch every week, Alcatraz, we weren’t going to vote for you anyhow, but the call during our favorite TV show clinched it.)
There were some families, my sister included, who the day before election night, gave in and unplugged their phone for the evening. (We had done so Sunday during our afternoon nap after it was interrupted with calls.)
We should feel honored, I guess; at our house we got at least five calls directly from at least two separate presidential candidate (‘s voices), one from a candidate’s wife (‘s voice) and one or two from various groups telling us why not to vote for a particular presidential candidate.
I think the entire state was a little bemused by the onslaught of phone calls; this year is the first year in a long time that the Alabama primary had any relevance in the presidential election process (we used to have our primary in June, and by that time the nominees for both parties had been selected) and the first year ever since someone (and whoever they are, I hope they are inundated continually with all kinds of robocalls themselves) invented the robocall for political purposes.
So last night at 7, the people in the great state of Alabama snuggled down into their couches, content to watch the election results, or some other television show of their choice, or read, or play games or whatever, free in the knowledge that the dratted phone was not going to ring with a call from anyone besides someone we knew, or that at least had some direct connection with us.
It was bliss!
Have a great day everyone!
FN. For those of you not familiar with the election process in the United States, here is my best thumbnail sketch.
There are three levels of elections: federal, state and local. Federal elections are those elections that involve the positions that will be in charge of the federal government, that is, the government that rules the country. However, our constitution says that the federal government can only control certain things, and leaves many powers to each individual states, which the states control with their own state governments. (We had state governments long before we had a federal government). So state elections involve important positions in the state governments. Local elections deal with local areas, such as counties and towns. State and federal elections are held every two years. The President of the United States is a federal position, and elections for president occur every four years. This is one of those four-year presidential election years.
We have two main political parties, although there are other groups out there, the Republicans and the Democrats. A primary is where the individual parties choose who their candidate for president will be. This year, there is no contest on the Democratic side because President Barack Obama is a Democratic and no one is running against him in the primary. There is a contest on the Republican side, since there are several people who would like to run for President as a Republican. The primary election, which is what we had here in Alabama yesterday, is the time when the Republicans in Alabama (and probably some Democrats, but I’ll explain about cross-over voting another time) chose who they wanted to be the presidential nominee, as well as selecting other Republican candidates for other state and federal offices.
The final election is in November.
Clear as mud, isn’t it?