POLITICS
12/05/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mailbag: Big Turnout In Rural Missouri

David in Downing, Missouri:

I am 51 years old and mixed race, (Native American & Caucasian), and this is the first time I have ever donated to a political campaign. It is also my first time putting a yard sign out. I am a Barack Obama supporter and there is a big sign in my yard for all to see. Although numerous such signs have disappeared in this area, I've been lucky in that I have managed to retain mine. Of course it could have something to do with the fact that I have motion detectors covering my yard which turn on floodlights and take pictures of trespassers and then email them to me. This fact is well known to all of the folks in my tiny little town. I am also a gun owner and sportsman, but I have had to turn away from the nonsense the NRA is spewing. I know that Senator Obama does not want to take my guns!


I live in a small rural town in Northeast Missouri, (Schuyler County), where no black or hispanic people reside, which is dominated by agriculture as well as other types of farming. Although the area is considered to be overwhelmingly Democratic, I routinely hear racially tainted remarks and tasteless comments about Senator Obama.

I thought that I was the only one in the area supporting Barack. Until the recent financial meltdown. I then started to see more and more Obama/Biden signs going up. Then I started seeing them disappear. Silly rednecks! We know where we got them and we can get more!

Back to the point; When I said that I live in a small town, I didn't mean a small town of a few thousand. This is a small town of about 300. We have no paved streets or even a city police officer. We vote at city hall and I was shocked to see a line when I arrived shortly after 6:00 A.M. to vote! This is unheard of!

During most elections, we have to wake up the officials in order for them to hand us our ballots. (That's a joke of course.) This is the first time I've ever had to wait in line though!

As for how it went, everything came off without any problems although I did note that they could not get their one voting machine to work. That's right, one machine. It's been there for the last couple of elections and we can use it if we choose. That is if it's working, which it usually is not! Most of the people I know still prefer the good old paper ballot with permanent ink. We don't take to having our votes changed, especially by a machine we don't trust that rarely works anyway.

I have been emailing and calling for Barack for months now and I have spent so much time doing research and digging up facts that nobody who knows me will dare to try any smear tactics around me. Because they know that I have all the facts ready to debunk them. I'm sure they still spread this filth when I'm not around but I have been glad to see that several people have looked me up, called me or emailed me with all the questionable things being past around in order to find out the truth. I hope I've done my part, I wish I could do more but I'm disabled and therefore limited.

I was deeply saddened to learn of "Toot" passing and my heart goes out to "Black Eagle" and his family in their time of sorrow. How tragic for her not to get to see the end result of all her hard work and sacrifice.

In a few hours we will all know if we were able to turn this bellwether state blue this time. I can hardly wait. Good luck to all and don't slack off now.