They tried to get me to cheat! Am am not registered with any political party, but a democrat walked up to me in the street and asked me to sign a petition for a Democrat running for public office. I told her that I was not registered as a Democrat, but she told me I could sign it anyway, and that I did not have to vote for him later on. She then painted a picture of New York City being in a horrible class struggle, and that the government had to force the evil owners of buildings to put doorbells in every door. Doorbells!
“Doorbells?” I asked.
“Yes,” she said, “these people need doorbells. It’s not fair that they don’t have doorbells! And the big business wont allow for the poor residents to have doorbells. You actually have to knock on their door!”
Goodness sake! You have to knock on a door! How terrible!
I told her that after what she told me in support of her candidate, I could not sign the petition. Doorbells? Is that what this guy is fighting for? Doorbells?! The public schools in NYC are a mess, and this guy is campaigning on doorbells? After they tackle the great doorbell issue, what will they try to fix next? The unfairness of not having free ice cream on hot days? I left. Along the way, I met another petitioner and he signaled for me to come over. I was hoping he was not campaigning something equally stupid. He asked me if I was a registered Democrat.
“No, I do not have any party affiliation.”
“Thats OK,” he said, “you can still sign this petition.”
He then rambled for a while about why I should sign a petition for another person running for public office. While he was talking, I noticed something — the top portion of his petition sheet was not covered by the clipboard clip, like the previous petitioners’ was. And it said something important.
“I the undersigned affirm that I am a registered voter of the Democratic party…”
Whoa! I told the petitioner that I could not sign it, because the paper said I had to be a Democrat to sign. He told me that thats not what it meant. I then told him that That is what it meant and that I would not sign it. I then told him that what he and the other petitioner was doing was illegal, and wrong. I left, went home and called the NYC Democratic Committee.
It makes me wonder if they are told to do this, or if they just did not read what the paper said before they started petitioning their candidate. Anyway, I called the Bronx Democratic office and told them what was happening. The person I talked to seemed upset, and wanted to know where they were so he could stop them. Kudos to him for at least saying he was going to stop them. I will stop by later to make sure he does. At least he is going to do something about it.