Field Report from the Barack Obama delegate caucus for Congressional District 28, April 13th, at the North Hollywood Community Center.
Erikson Albrecht, left, who went on to win delegate spot, outside the caucus. At right, candidate Anne Johnson with supporter, actress Pauley Perrette from Navy CIS.
353 registered voters braved 100 degrees temps at the Delegate Caucus yesterday to decide which two of 33 candidates to send to Denver in August to help represent Barack Obama at the Democratic Convention.
As constituents arrived, candidates and friends were on hand to appeal for their vote. Unlike a traditional election, campaigning took place even inside, just feet away from the ballot box. Some even took advantage of the scores of people playing in nearby parks, advising them of the caucus and successfully bringing them over to vote.
Candidates shrugged off questions and indicated no hard feelings about the debacle earlier in the week when all but a handful of candidates were “disqualified” for less than 48 hours, then requalified to caucus by the Obama campaign.
Inside, voters were able to select two candidates, although the two delegate spots would be given to one man and one woman.
While most votes were cast by 3pm, at 3:15 candidated were permitted to each give a 30 second speech. Many used the time to assure the audience that they wouldn’t switch their vote to Hillary Clinton at the convention
Estee Chandler won the woman’s delegate spot with 77 votes (Anne B. Johnson had 71, and Pamela Broadous 63). Erikson R. Albrecht won the men’s spot hands down with 106 votes, trailed closest by Michael Jay with 62 votes.
I was told in case of a tie delegates would be decided with a coin toss. In fact, over in Council District 31, Yosi Sargent told me he lost to the flip of a coin: “No joke… 61 votes to 61 votes. He (an opponent) picked heads… He is going to Denver…”
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Based only on what I saw on site, I thought Anne Johnson was a shoe in. Her name was on assorted signs and buttons, supporters were fanned out handing out flyers and talking her up, and she had out a bin of water to bribe voters who were braving 100 degree weather to attend the caucus. A number of her supporters were staff and crew on Navy CIS, where her husband is executive producer.
Left: Michael Haas. Right: Howard M. Katchen and Adrienne Burk.
Constituents could register as a Democrat on site in order to qualify to vote in the caucus. Caucus goers also needed to pledge that they intended to vote for Obama in the November election.
Caucus voters can be under 18 so long as their 18th birthday is on or before November 4th, 2008. Still, I can’t believe they let this guy in. Click pic on left for additional posted rules and the day’s schedule.
Per rules, at 3pm the line to registration was closed. While almost all voters had completed and dropped off their ballots by then, at 3:15 candidates were given 30 seconds each to speak. Even though only half of the candidates were on hand, it still took 20 minutes. (Bottom right: Pamela Broadous)
At fifteen past five, results are finalized and a caucus volunteer (left) rushes to scribble final numbers of votes. Candidates and friends (right) are doing their best to contain anxiety.