Voting During a Pandemic, Power Outages and the Last Gasp of Democracy

With the power still defiantly out in the moderately low-income neighborhood I, unfortunately, live in, the trucks of outsourced electric companies mostly speed right through, never stopping and never repairing anything. At this point, I have to admit I’ve given up on heating, light bulbs and refrigerated food for the rest of the year.

Still, throughout this whole numbing ordeal, the only real fear I’ve truly had the past few days was that I wouldn’t be able to exercise my hard-fought right to vote, my powerless polling place redirecting me to some hidden building that didn’t have my name on file as I’m accused of low-level sedition by a chubby cos-player in surplus military gear, standing back and standing by.

That’s pretty much how I’ve been gastrically gas-lit this entire election cycle and, as the votes are currently being counted and recounted and eventually contested, might still be for quite a while.

My polling place is at the Crestwood Vineyard Church at NW 16th and Villa, just two or three blocks from my house. For the past two or so years I’ve been voting there, I have never waited in line once, typically moving right on in and getting on out. I assume that’s because many of the people in the area just aren’t regular voters, be they undocumented, felonious or disillusioned.

And that’s alright, it’s usually a personal choice and I can’t fault them for it. Maybe I might be there someday too.

Regardless, I figured I wouldn’t have to get there when the polls opened at 7 a.m., instead opting to leave sometime around noon after a cold sponge bath and a lunch of StarKist straight out of the can. Color me somewhat surprised when I got there and the line stretched almost to the corner. While it’s not the three-to-six hour lines that some Oklahoma Cityans dealt with, it was still the longest I’ve ever encountered there.

I was always told that it was verboten to talk politics and such while in line to vote, and I’m sure it would have been hard to anyway standing at, various points, six feet apart. Still, an older neighbor that lived not too far from me introduced herself and starting jawing about my the history of my house and how it used to belong to a former Oklahoman staffer that dared to write a piece blasting Barry Switzer many years ago.

As she talked, I got all my forms of identification ready: voter card, driver’s license, social security card, birth certificate, tribal membership I.D…it was as I was holding that Choctaw-affiliated piece of plastic that I fully realized why it was so important for me, at least, to vote: because the previous Indigenous generations were not allowed to cast a ballot in every state until 1962.

But ain’t that America?

I made my way up to the door of the refurbished basketball gym and waiting patiently in the line that snaked closely to the brick wall, finally reached the spread-out check-in table. With only about an hour of time standing, leaning and waiting, I think I did pretty good, better than others. I gave the officiate my voter card and signed legible on the required line, ballot finally in hand.

Quickly moving to a star-spangled cardboard separator, I gamely blackened the ballot for the one man that promised to make America great again…I’m sorry, even I’m not that grotesquely self-defeating in my non-elected voting behaviors. Of course I ticked the box for Vice President Kamala Harris, with Biden along for the ride, I guess.

As I slid my completed ballots into the electronic counter—I was number 300!—I walked away knowing that maybe we might have changed the course of marked history for this cursed country. That is, until around nine that evening, when I learned the entire state of Oklahoma was bloody red. The entire state.

Of fucking course.

_

Follow Louis on Twitter at @LouisFowler and Instagram at @louisfowler78.

 Support TLO (and, by proxy, Louis Fowler) by becoming an Ogle Mole…sign up here today!

 

Support Local Media

Help keep The Lost Ogle in business. Join the TLO Membership Club today for only $5 a month!

More The Lost Ogle News

57 Responses


  1. Imagine all those people using their hard fought right to vote. And then you get upset when they don’t vote the way you want them to. Lol.

    That’s democracy i guess.


    1. Perfect comment.


  2. I worked as a poll Inspector in Precinct #125 in Tuesday’s election. While it is very discouraging to see the whole state lit up in red, there are precincts that were very predominantly blue. Mine was, and we had 429 total voters. Precinct #122 was in the same building with over 700 voters and not one Republican won that precinct either.

    The urban/rural divide is real. Derplahomans lead the way. Sad.


    1. If this guy is a triggered inspector in a red state, just imagine what kind of meltdown is happening in those closely-contested states lol no way there is any kind of fraud going on. No way.


      1. Triggered?


        1. Surprised she didn’t call him a triggered lib cuck, actually… Gotta get all those buzzwords in there.


          1. Should be:

            Surprised she didn’t call him a triggered lib cuck, actually… Gotta usually get all those buzzwords in there.


            1. Looks like TLO cuck specialist finally arrived. Welcome, Brian B.


      2. it’s so amazing:
        a.) Anything that is reported negative against trump is “fake” news. even when it’s his own voice on a recording.
        b.) Trump demands they stop counting votes in one state and then demands they continue counting in others-which is it?
        c.) Many trump supporters claim to be strong state rights advocates, yet they agree Trump should do whatever he wants regardless of a states laws/election policies.
        d.) Now that he is losing, Trump supporters claim fraud is the cause, however all the international election observers have said they have seen no evidence of voting fraud.
        e.) Speaking of election fraud, no mention by Trump supporters of the confirmed Russian interference (confirmed by Trumps own intelligence staff) that aided his initial election. Nor any mention of the poor timing of the FBI email leak regarding Hillary.
        f.) That prior to the 2016 election Trump was adamant the electorial college should be abolished, which if it had he would have lost the first election badly and this one even worse.
        h.) No acknowledgment or discussion that over 3 million more people voted for Biden than Trump, but the minority cannot understand why the majority is mad.
        j.) No discussions of how people who claim to be christians, non-racist, fair to women, and wanting law and order, vote for man who’s actions and words reflect non of those items and actually has caused massive harm to minorities, women, the poor from a man who once he leaves the umbrella of presidential protection will likely be imprisoned.
        k.) a man who’s rallies have been confirmed to contribute to the spread of over 20,000 covid cases and 600 deaths, but says the virus is either a hoax or no big deal.
        l.) Trump supporters keep posting misinformation like more votes cast in some blue states that registered voters, except they fail to list the registered voter list is over 6 months old and does not reflect the influx of registrations in Sept/Oct.

        I always wondered how a person like Hitler could gain control a country because I believed good people would never allow such a thing, I now know with my own eyes how people will support someone who does nothing but harm the masses yet those masses support him because it makes them feel like they are part of a group sticking to the establishment. But hey Aunt ifa, just yell “fraud” “cheat” and don’t do any real research, just when you don’t get your way your were cheated, and when you win regardless of how you did it, “that’s how it is”. Trump is a man who has filed more legal actions to stop witness’s from testifying that he says can clear his crimes, makes sense yes? Also he did more to prevent people from voting than any other president in modern times. I’m disgusted by the complete rejection of any criticism of a man who criticizes so many.


        1. Cry me a river, Cap! Feel better now?


          1. Been shopping for rocks lately Aunti? You’ve got about till tomorrow to find one then we’ll see you in 8 years.


          2. Thank you for the well thought out, fact based specific retort.

            I assume the next will be “I know you are but what am I?”


            1. Trump such a bad dude, but you voted for a do-nothing in 47 years in Senate and 8 years as a VP guy, whose son was running Biden inc. around the world, collecting “consultancy” fees? Gimme a break on this being a “moral” choice.
              Trump’s metrics with minorities in 2020 is way higher (FL, for instance), so much for your “racist” narrative. C’mon, man!


            2. Trying to reply to Aunt Ifa-not sure where the reply button went to:
              So even if everything you say is true about Biden (plus you don’t know who I voted for, could be Kanye, Biden, or Trump) it still doesn’t make the things about Trump not true. If you want to bash Biden, but not list:
              a.)Trump didn’t build a wall nor did he make Mexico pay for it.
              b.) Trump lied about releasing his tax returns.
              c.)Trump has used his position to make money personally from the office of President.
              d.) Trump lied about paying off women he slept with while being married.
              e.) Been accused by at least 15+ women of sexual assault
              f.) On tape talking about grabbing teenage girls pussies
              h.) Has the most turnover of cabinet/staff of any modern president-hires people who he touts as the greatest then when he fires them, he barely knew them, they were horribe, yada yada.
              i.) Owes someone $430 million dollars-could be a foreign country who could use as influence factor-but he won’t disclose

              So maybe Biden is a do nothing scumbag as you say, BUT that doesn’t mean Trump isn’t what he is.


            3. I never said Trump was a saint, but if you’re voting this country away to the “big guy” just because you don’t like Trump as a person (in spite of his policies), you’re a special kind of stupid. That’s why there was and is zero enthusiasm for Joe. It’s really anti/never Trumpers against Trump.


            4. What the hell, Auntie? Nice Day so enjoyed you always referring to yourself in the third person, but now you’ve blown your schtick, and you sound like every other Foxoid.


        2. why is everyone so angry? Biden will win the White House.
          Why is everyone still so focused on Trump?
          you won – relax.

          Not much of a choice in candidates but they were the 2 who were there.
          Half the country picked one and less than half picked the other.
          Zero common ground between the 2 sides (as evidenced clearly by commenters on this site) which is sad and in my opinion irreconcilable.
          There are 2 polar opposite ideologies occupying the same nation – that’s what we should all be concerned about. Not which clown gets to sit in the big chair in DC.


          1. I’m not angry at all. Harris hasn’t won yet. They will be contesting all the way to the SC if necessary. Shall they rule that dems got it, then you won’t see me here bitching about it and insulting Joe like the left did for the past four years. I really want us to move forward as a country, despite whoever is in the office. Senate will likely remain Republican, so I doubt the dems would do much damage, but you can’t ever underestimate people that gave birth to “the squad.” Deuces.


            1. I was replying to cap – sorry about that aunt.


          2. First you don’t any idea who I voted for, also in my opinion for the past 4 years and foreseeable future no one has “won”, it’s chaos until somebody/something unites Americans.
            And I’m not mad, I’m disgusted that regardless of his actions Trumpers find ways to ignore, explain away and accept, yet question anything/everything that criticizes him. I agree some of his administration policies have been momentarily successful, but by no means did he achieve all this greatness he proposes. My problem with Trump is while he states he puts Americans first, at best he puts them second, always behind his best interest. He’s dangerous.
            I’ve been a Republican since I graduated High School, at one time the only registered Repub in my small home town. I’ve worked in Government and understand the process and was shocked at the folly of the Democratic party running Hillary Clinton in 2016, she is probably the most reviled politician in modern history by both parties. The Dems are not the one and only answer, but Trump by his actions/words created such a divide in this country, it borders on civil war. Because of his refusal to denounce the numerous insane conspiracy groups, they have flourished and are a danger to society.

            I agree there is zero common ground and in my opinion its because the Repubs can’t/won’t stand up to Trump when he crosses a line out of fear of losing his support and therefore they lose their office, and the Dems won’t/wouldn’t budge on any issue because they believed they had a huge blue reckoning wave and they didn’t have to compromise. So they intended to force their platform come hell or high water.

            The blame is equal and abundant.


            1. “Because of his refusal to denounce the numerous insane conspiracy groups, they have flourished and are a danger to society.”

              Like who? Qanon? Do you want me to find you a video compilation where Trump denounces various vile characters throughout the years?


      3. Appears this one’s memorized the newest trump bitch as dictated by lumpy hannity. That might be the last thing they get to throw up against the wall..


  3. In Oklahoma, your vote for President, US Senator, and four out of five congresscritters… doesn’t matter. No recounts here. You could accurately call all of those election results in early October, or even well before that.

    There will be no crowds chanting “count the votes” or “stop the count” (depending on the position of your favorite candidate) outside a county election board office in Oklahoma. Everyone already knows how our votes will turn out. There will be no recounts here, and no demands for them.

    This sad situation doesn’t mean that we should give up and quit voting. Au contraire! Never mind that national campaigns completely ignore Oklahoma. The only thing that will ever stop me from voting is the Grim Reaper.


  4. While I’m in the mood to rant….

    Has humankind ever conceived of a more ridiculous, more stupid institution than America’s Electoral College?

    Trump/Pence got about 2/3 of Oklahoma’s popular vote, and will get all seven if its electoral votes. Fair enough. So why does it make sense that all six of Nevada’s electoral votes will all go to one ticket when its popular vote is split close to 50-50? Wouldn’t 3-3 be more fair?

    The Electoral College never worked according to the “original intent” of our Founders after George Washington left the scene. The Founders envisioned a group of trusted men (yes, men) wisely choosing a president like GW. We have not seen the likes of universally beloved GW since, nor a proper functioning of the EC.

    Today “battleground” states are blanketed with campaign time and money. States like Oklahoma are ignored. But if one individual ballot cast in Oklahoma was worth just as much as one individual ballot cast in Pennsylvania…

    The EC also permits, even encourages, the sorry situation in which a president is elected with fewer votes than his opponent. Maybe you approve of that. I don’t.

    https://www.cpr.org/2020/11/04/colorado-will-join-the-national-popular-vote-compact-proposition-113/


    1. > Has humankind ever conceived of a more ridiculous, more stupid institution than America’s Electoral College?

      Nope


      1. Well, the two senators allocated to every state regardless of population size may be even more destructive to the fabric of this type of government than the E.C.
        I am perfectly fine, though, with national politicians paying no attention to Okies’ thoughts and desires, because that way lies madness, and sublime stupidity, and high rates of STD’s, and all sorts of Jesus nonsense, and a whole lot of other stuff.
        Some blue wave, huh?


    2. Football, but I know I’m way in the minority on that one.


      1. Oh, no, count me way in on that.


    3. As your link explains, the states favoring the popular vote compact are Democratic, and who would like to see their majorities rule the country. There is no incentive for fly-over states to cede what little influence they have to people who ignore them most of the time — and make fun of them when they don’t. Ain’t gonna happen. Just like a quick look at the map will show you there’s no way 38 states will ever abolish the 2nd Amendment. Great rallying and fund-raising fodder. Lotsa hot air.

      I cast my first presidential vote for George McGovern and have never wavered in my liberalism. If we can’t figure out a way to convince our neighbors (and apparently we can’t) to quit voting against their own self-interests, shame on us — and shame on them, too, for their proud bigotry.


      1. ” If we can’t figure out a way to convince our neighbors (and apparently we can’t) to quit voting against their own self-interests”

        I’ve always found this liberal talking point very interesting and telling. In order for you to tell me that I’m “voting against my own self-interest”, that would mean:
        1. You know better than I, what my “self- interests” are, and
        2. You know, better than I, how I should be voting.

        Yes, “tolerant” Liberals know best and they’ll let you know what’s best for you.


        1. Libs thrive on telling others what’s best for them. Play me some of those Malcolm X tapes on what he thought about them white libs.


        2. Hug – Have you never seen people whose wants don’t mesh with their self-interest? For example : substance abusers, smokers, destructive haters, and people who are too ignorant to know better

          And thoughtless ideologues too. Like people who prefer no healthcare to “government” healthcare because reasons.

          I’m not advocating for paternalism over freedom. But it’s libertarian bullshit to claim that every person knows and votes for what is best for himself.


    4. Your argument that a direct vote would benefit states like Oklahoma is, at best, doubtful. In a direct system, the candidates would concentrate on the population centers (California and the Boston/NY/Philly/DC megalopolis) and states like Oklahoma are still left out. The Electoral College functions, more or less, as it was intended. As with many American institutions, which currently frustrated leftists, it encourages coalition building as well as deters de Tocqueville’s “tyranny of the majority”. I, for one, don’t give 2 shits how many Californians and New Yorkers you can get to vote for you. The EC forces Pres candidates to appeal to a broad swath of the country. The founders feared replacing the one tyrant they currently opposed, with 300 million tyrants that your version of direct democracy imposes. The EC was part of the compromise that encouraged smaller states to sign on when the danger of the larger, New England states overpowering them, loomed. In the ensuing years, the characters have changed, but the intent and function remains. As with the Supreme Court and the Senate filibuster, leftists see the EC as simply another American institution that must be bulldozed and dismantled, in order to implement their policies and secure power. If you’re having trouble sleeping, I’d suggest you check out The Federalist Papers (https://guides.loc.gov/federalist-papers/full-text#TheFederalistPapers-10) , particularly #10.


      1. Some call majority rule “democracy.” Better a tyranny of the majority than a tyranny of a minority.

        If we elected presidents by majority vote, candidates would be damn fools to ignore votes in less populous places like Oklahoma. All votes would count the same, and Oklahoma’s 1.5 million votes would matter as much as Nevada’s… or a similar number in California.


        1. “Better a tyranny of the majority than a tyranny of a minority.”

          You don’t say.


        2. That may be one of the dumbest things you’ve ever posted. Since you’re such a fan of quotes, here’s one; “Democracy is 2 wolves and a sheep arguing over what’s for lunch”. The direct democracy you propose was just a feared as the tyrant, King George, by the founders.
          I’m sure they still taught civics when you were in school, so you must’ve missed that day. Our constitution and our entire representative system of govt are specifically designed to protect the rights of the minority.

          Why would a Pres candidate spend any time or $ in a state courting 1.5million voters, when he can reach 10x that many in Los Angles alone? Yeah, they wouldn’t.


          1. Then you like your tyranny of the minority if you are part of it?


        3. I highly, highly, highly doubt that.

          A proportional vote like Nebraska would probably benefit a state like Oklahoma, but Democrats should be very wary of it because, let’s be frank, Democrats actually have a pretty good deal with the electoral college. States like New York and Illinois and California have a lot of conservatives, and under a proportional vote, those votes wouldn’t be reliably Democrat anymore. The phrase “California is in play” should terrify Democrats the same way “Texas is in play” would for Republicans, because a lot of these large states only go blue because of a big city or two. A proportional vote is likely the most fair and the best of both worlds, but it does make the path to election a lot harder because it would significantly decrease the prospects for a landslide victory.

          But a popular vote? Money is finite, and you would like to imagine candidates going around small towns to scrounge up every last voter because every vote counts the same, but if we’re being honest (and realistic), all a popular vote would do would be to make 4/5 of the country effectively one-stop shops for national politicians. You want to get the most bang for your buck, so you’re not going to go to the panhandle of Oklahoma and spend money making a stop to talk to 50 voters, you’re making the rounds to areas with medium and (mostly) large sized cities to try get as much of that population as possible. A popular vote might mean that candidates make a stop in Tulsa and Oklahoma City on their way to Dallas and Houston, but that’s likely it.
          Rural areas would be absolutely screwed.

          And as time went on, I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that that would eventually translate to the federal government as a whole favoring larger population centers over smaller states for the political implications. If we went to a popular vote, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if, say, the next time there was a round of base closures and the choice was between Fort Gillem near Atlanta and Fort Sill in Lawton, that the impact on Atlanta voters would be a bit more forward on Congress’s than the impact on Lawton voters (Even if Lawton would be proportionately much more affected by Fort Sill closing than Atlanta would be).

          Our system isn’t perfect, but it was designed to ensure that a disparate group of people would all have a chance for a voice. Proportionate voting may be the better way to marry popular voting options while still making sure that voters in areas that aren’t densely populated have a voice. But the US is the third largest and third most populated country in the world, and it’d be naive to think that presidential candidates are going to suddenly stop campaigning in Pittsburgh and go hit up 25 other towns with a population that make much up a chunk of Pittsburgh in the aggregate.


      2. You should read this, it busts the myths you’re propagating.

        https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/answering-myths


        1. Good link, Brian. Thank you for that.


      3. You forgot to mention a very key component and perhaps the primary impetus for the “compromise” that produced the electoral college. Fortunately, James Madison, primary author of the Constitution and advocate of a popular voting process to elect the president, provided further clarification:

        “Madison acknowledged that while a popular vote would be ideal, it would be difficult to get consensus on the proposal given the prevalence of slavery in the South:

        ‘There was one difficulty, however of a serious nature attending an immediate choice by the people. The right of suffrage was much more diffusive in the Northern than the Southern States; and the latter could have no influence in the election on the score of Negroes. The substitution of electors obviated this difficulty and seemed on the whole to be liable to the fewest objections.'” http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=llfr&fileName=002/llfr002.db&recNum=60&itemLink=r?ammem/hlaw:@field%[email protected]%28fr00218%29%29%230020061&linkText=1
        and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Electoral_College


    5. Maybe the day will come that a Democratic candidate will actually talk about a few Progressive ideas instead of calling Inhofe what virtually every Oklahoman already knows. If we’d just get a few candidates money would pour in again just like it did for Bice and Horn.
      Like someone said above: Oklahomans will vote for anything with an R next to it.


      1. I also wish that Democratic candidates would talk more about progressive ideas.

        But as you point out, Oklahomans will vote for anything with an R next to (or against a D), no matter how good the progressive ideas are.


  5. No sh*t.
    As we were watching the returns and toggling back and forth across the three major networks it was the same as it has been in every past election. While they were calling and coloring in red or blue the Eastern Seaboard and just a few various states far east of the Mississippi, way out west there sat Oklahoma all by itself already colored in red.


  6. This my friend is BORING journalism. Extremely disappointed.
    Did you write this because:
    You wanted us to know who YOU voted for?
    or So you could bash our State one more time for being Republicans?

    Its getting old…. Eeyore !!! and TLO is going down hill faster by the day…..


    1. Bashing this red state because it is republican works for me. I also bash all red states. And with that, not sure why the blue states get bashed by the red states when blue states pay way more $$$ to help fund red states than blue states get back. It would be much more fair to have a formula that is based on the ratio of return based on amount paid.


    2. You are just a ray of sunshine, aren’t ya?


  7. One more thing: my county is in the top quartile in Oklahoma in population. Our county election board had all of its mail-in ballots processed by 5PM on election day, partly the result of some long hours of work over the weekend and partly the result of good planning. The mail-in results were determined and transmitted to the State Election Board before 7:15 that evening, as early as state law allows. All of our county’s precincts’ results were received transmitted to the State before 8:30 PM, and the lights were off in the our Election Board office by 9 PM.

    So what the f*ck is the problem in Pennsylvania, besides its legislature not wanting to let mail-in ballots even be touched until election day? Deliberate mischief-making?


    1. They had to see how far behind they were to know how many they need to count still.


      1. Oh, what fucking nonsense, Auntie. Nice Day loves to watch you churn it out.


        1. But Russian interference and collusion was not, amirite?


      2. Aunti better watch over her shoulder. We’re watching you all the time. Democrats have had you pegged for 2 years. They’re coming for you very soon.


        1. There can only be two people on this blog that speak in third person. Auntie and Mr. Graychins.


    2. #1 Philadelphia. # 2 Pittsburgh. #3 12.8 million people. #4 election laws.


    3. Largely because the GOP controlled legislature prevented officials from processing ballots received before election day, despite knowing that early ballots (mailed, hand-delivered, etc.) would be exceedingly high in light of the pandemic. And, so that they can potentially challenge and claim “fraud” by virtue of the large number of ballots that would need to be processed after election day . . . due to a delay in processing that they intentionally created. https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-election-2020-donald-trump-elections-voting-2020-b382942a72809ab70a32d7dc1a93ee40 This tactic wasn’t limited to Pennsylvania.


  8. Well… If it helps, I live in one of the more affluent hoods in OKC (Heritage Hills) and we also still have no power so….


  9. I simply love trumpers commenting on TLO. It makes me smile. Auntie and option- thank you! If it wasn’t for your smug comments on a road to nowhere I wouldn’t bother reading. Trump just keeps accelerating right over the cliff. Stop counting, except you, keep counting, file lawsuits, sue, threaten…repeat. It’s all very amusing after having to sit through that dumpster fire of a presidency. Hopefully he will drag it out and fight like a Japanese soldier on an island who doesn’t understand the war is over. I’m getting some popcorn and watching this comedy to the end.

Comments are closed.

We encourage engaging with our content, however we ask that you follow our Comment Policy. Learn more.

Join the Club.

Become a Member

Help keep The Lost Ogle in business. Join the TLO Membership Club today for only $5 a month!

You may also like...