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Mike Watson: Not a drop of rain election Day

His grandfather Woodie Cape would check the weather before heading to Glensfork to vote. An early morning drizzle would cause him declare weather too unlikely to vote, but, as the day wore, civic duty compelled action, Mike Watson recalls in this story of old time elections

By Mike Watson

Not a drop of rain on election day 2011! As a child I remember our grandfather, Woodie Cape, tell stories of voter turnout in fall elections nearer the turn of the last century.

He voted at Glensfork in those days, and if there would be falling weather, rain or drizzle, he'd declare he wasn't going to vote as the weather was too unlikely.

He was an old school Democrat and at that time in Adair County's history, a single vote might swing an election in some precincts. Up in the morning, as his Republican neighbors rode horseback past his house, he'd finally go to the barn and saddle up. He just couldn't miss the opportunity!

Of couse, many fall election days have been marked by rain, at least a trace of precipitation during the polling hours. I have heard older men in my neighborhood say that a wet day would keep more Republicans home, but the Democrats would flock to the polls.

I doubt this is true today. -MIKE WATSON

This story was posted on 2011-11-09 12:25:18
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