As always, there is much more to update that time allows, but as we head into the last day before the election, at the very least, I wanted to make sure I quickly blogged about some sort of life imitating life event.
I'm not sure art is involved in this case, except for shirt art. I'll explain:
Any doubt that Kansas is in the public eye on Tuesday was erased when we received a call on October 15 that CNN would be broadcasting live from our office on Tuesday.
Politico, the Washington Post, and Time magazine also will have reporters here, although the Time thing is a bit misleading. David Von Drehle of Time lives here locally and I only know that because I sold a universal weight set a few years back and he bought it. Again, just another part of my get-to-know-all-380,000-voters plan. Still, I may see him professionally this week, too.
CNN will be arriving tomorrow to set up and we'll discuss their time here. I think they'll mostly be doing a behind the scenes view of the election and, of course, that's right in the wheelhouse of this blog.
A local reporter asked if we would do anything differently with CNN coming.
I told her we'll dress better.
In fact, we always give our high-school election workers a t-shirt to wear at the polls so they can be properly identified and applauded by every voter they encounter.
We also use a group of Olathe North National Honor Society students to help with the check-in of equipment on election night. They will wear the same shirts.
The back of the shirt features a hashtag, #GoVoteJoco.
We've given birth to it, hoping it lives as long as hashtags live. We thought about a QR code, but QR codes are so 2012. The front of the shirt has 2014 on it, so we only need the hashtag community to hold on for two months.
Also in the world of fashion, I show you a pin we give to each election worker:
We customize one for each November election and our workers proudly collect them. In fact, in my international observation trip to Georgia last year, I took some pins from the 2010 and 2012 election and they were a huge hit with my fellow observers from around the world.
I was a little surprised. I'm not much of a Pin Man, I guess. But many of my peers proudly wore the pins.
So, surprised, yes. But, also proud.
I'm further proud of our workers. They are galvanizing for the election in the wake of losing the man who, often, hired them--Tom Ray.
I asked that they offer up the 2014 election as a prayer to Tom as we conducted supervising judge training this weekend.
For training, we broke out the interactive test-taking clickers we bought in 2012 to do polling and testing during training. I find that asking questions before training is most effective because we see areas we need to emphasize if the group scores low on a particular item.
Besides, it's really deflating to do the questions at the end of training, only to realize we still have much work to do.
I know the question here was a bit of a creme-puff, but I've never had a group answer 100 percent correctly before!
And with that, I'll stop the post and take the win.