On Primary Day, A Check In With "Citizen Observers" Around Connecticut

Aug 14, 2012

A well known author. A Roller Derby athlete. A poet and performance artist. A farmer. A comedy performer. A psychology researcher. Those are just some of the people we sent out today to vote in the primaries and report on the experience.

My experience was one of near desolation. The polls in West Hartford were deserted.  Nobody standing with signs. One other fellow citizen casting a ballot. It is perhaps fitting that we tried to get a Connecticut rapper named Apathy involved in the show today. And that he turned out not to have registered. Maybe Connecticut primaries should be more precious and less taken for granted based on their history. Prmiaries are creatures of the reform movement of the early 20t century. By 1917, all but five states had some form of direct primary. Connecticut was one of those five and the very last to pass a primary law, 38 years later. What did you see at the polls today? Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin. J-Cherry's Election Day Poem: You got skeletons in your closetI wear your bones on my sleeveDon't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining A half a truth is a whole lie A half a lie is a whole lie tooI am looking for the truth, leaders that represent me Not the plutocrats, or the aristocrats I see past the illusions, and through the curtains To the people behind the scenes Politicians strung up like puppets on a string You got skeletons in you closestI wear your bones on my sleeve...