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Oh! This was a Congressional district. So not a statewide race. Sorry. The coffee is slow to work this morning.
582.000 people over the age of 18. Still not great, but better. I can't find any stats right now on how many of those are actually registered to vote. TBH, I'm not too convinced that's a useful stat in this context anyways. More of a sanitizing one. "Participation rates go up once you only factor in people who at least minimally engaged with the system!"
Almost 9.000.000 voting age people in Ohio.
Edit: I'm dumb
Crispy like bacon bits.
I just told the local DSA folks I'd help them canvas next Saturday. They asked if I could do it today, but I've been day drinking.
Honestly? This kinda scares the willies out of me. One of the reasons I'm so militant at work is I've figured how to override my social anxiety through combativeness.
My anxiety isn't anywhere near as bad as it used to be, and I can recognize that this will be good for me to do, but I haven't felt an abstract twinge of fear like this for quite a while.
The one thing I'd add into that mix is
4) Voter supression. I've been scrubbed from the roles before, and found out about on election day. It sucks. If I had been on the edge about voting because of (2), that experience probably would have been enough to push me over.
Your experience will depend on where you are. Organization and activity decisions are largely left up to the locals. They're a big tent organization, so some areas will be more marxists or anarchists or whatever, while others will be more social democratic.
The larger cities have been doing some pretty good stuff lately.
... I think we might actually strike.
Contract runs out Aug 1. Haven't heard anything from the union about voting on the proposal.
The alternative is agreeing to extend the life of the old contract. That'd be the second time in a row.
On funner news, I think my long bogged down project to design a 3d printer is almost done. Just need to calibrate some tolerances. Right now I need a press to fit some of the dovetail joins together.
I've handled an absolute fuckton worth of parcels. Millions by this point.
There's gotta be some social value in that. Even once you discount all the online retail brick-a-brac facilitated.