Sunday, September 30, 2012

My Last Minute Vote Decided An Orange County Election

In the late 1990s, friend Richard Simpson ran for School Board in Orange County, North Carolina.

Minutes before polls closed, Richard phoned to ask if I had voted.

Oh my God! For the first time in my life, I had forgotten to vote!

Dropping everything, I dashed out the door and ran three blocks to the polling place.

Running across the parking lot -- my destination now in full view -- I saw an election official standing on the inside of the glass entrance, key in hand, ready to "lock up."

The clock was "in his favor," but spotting me 30 yards off he granted last minute reprieve.

The next day, "Orange County News" headlined: "Richard Simpson Wins Board Of Election Seat By One Vote."

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