I admit it. While I avoid political discussions on social media, I’m a political junkie and have been since I was a kid. Although I haven’t watched the main stream media in years, I read everything I can online regardless of political leanings. For a political junkie like me, this election has been fascinating to follow, and as we head down the stretch it is becoming somewhat reminiscent of the Reagan/Carter contest at least in terms of polling.
The Ledyard town clerk is never surprised when I show up to vote by absentee ballot at the end of October. (Connecticut doesn’t otherwise have early voting, which in my opinion is generally a bad idea.) With the schedule of the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, this isn’t the first election when I’ve been out of town. In fact, I’ve been out of town for most over the past 20 years. I attended the 2000 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco and was there on Election Day. We left San Francisco not knowing who the eventual winner would be as they would be soon counting chads in Florida.
It’s tough for me being away from home for the week leading up to Election Day especially since I’m quite active in local races including running myself for the Ledyard Town Council. We don’t have Town Council races this year, so at least I don’t have to find out whether I won by text messaging as I have in the past.
The week before any election whether national or local is an important time period for volunteering and campaigning. It’s been disappointing to miss the final work of a campaign for so many years. The National Association of REALTORS® says that “If real estate is your profession, then politics is your business,” but scheduling the REALTORS® Conference & Expo so close to the election makes my business difficult.