Spooky Hal­loween News: Mid-Term Elec­tions Just A Week Away

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - OPINION - Maylon Rice Po­lit­i­cally Lo­cal MAYLON RICE IS A FOR­MER JOUR­NAL­IST WHO WORKED FOR SEV­ERAL NORTH­WEST ARKANSAS PUB­LI­CA­TIONS. HE CAN BE REACHED VIA EMAIL AT MAY­LON­[email protected]­HOO.COM. THE OPIN­IONS EX­PRESSED ARE THOSE OF THE AU­THOR.

To­day, the cal­en­dar shows, is Hal­loween.

The cel­e­bra­tion of that com­mer­cial­ized hol­i­day for fall, which is just a part of the con­trap­tion of the modern cal­en­dar, as we know it to­day, that was fash­ioned, at first, his­tory says, by the Egyp­tians.

The Egyp­tians held to a schema­tized civil year of 365 days di­vided into three sea­sons, each of which were four months of 30 days each.

The Byzan­tine Em­pire used a year start­ing on Sept. 1, but they went way back to their un­der­stand­ing of the creation of the world – how they cal­cu­lated that I am not sure.

But my point is that the cal­en­dar, as of to­day shows us ex­actly seven days or one week from Election Day — Nov. 6.

Al­ready Arkansans have been vot­ing, not re­ally in record num­bers in the early vote cy­cle. Those par­tic­i­pa­tion to­tals are sig­nif­i­cant to the end re­sult on Tues­day night a week from now. The early vot­ing regime does lend it­self to the mo-jo of the can­di­dates and the in­di­vid­ual is­sues on the bal­lot.

The in­crease in the out­rages-ness (and fre­quency) of those on-air and over-the-air com­mer­cials are fol­lowed very closely by the me­dia han­dlers in the num­ber of vot­ers go­ing to the polls early in ma­jor mar­kets in the state.

An in­crease in early vot­ers, for say, in a deeply “Red” county may fore­tell a push for Con­ser­va­tive is­sues on the bal­lot. Like­wise a flow of vot­ers flock­ing to the early-vot­ing polls in a “Pro­gres­sive” area might sig­nal the de­feat of some Con­ser­va­tive is­sues and like­minded can­di­dates.

Think­ing about such ebb and flow a week from the Election Day and on Hal­loween is in­deed a scary thought.

Politi­cians are a lot like those imp­ish trick or treaters – not the older kids who are out for looks or pranks or the oc­ca­sional treat – but the truly younger set who loves the over­all as­pect of Hal­loween.

You, as a politi­cian and or a Trick-or-Treater, dress up to look your best.

You knock on doors, ring door­bells, traipse though neigh­bor­hoods in all kinds of weather, to hope­fully get some­one to open the door for your stan­dard greet­ing.

As the politi­cian (or trickor-treater) you hope – at first glance – you are ac­cepted to de­liver your mes­sage. And so you be­gin.

“I am…. Running for…” or “Trick or Treat…”

No one — well very few cit­i­zens — in­ter­rupt the Trick-or-Treaters’ spiel.

But of­ten the cit­i­zens will stop the smooth flow of the po­lit­i­cal guests at their door.

And just like the Trickor-Treaters, cit­i­zens at their own door­way – will ask the can­di­dates, just as they do those cute lit­tle tykes with the plas­tic pumpkins: “Hey, just what are you?”

But can­di­dates, un­like the Trick-or-Treaters, do get turned away at the men­tion of their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion.

I’ve never seen a Trick-or­Treater turned around just be­cause they were a Fair Princess, a Tiger or Bat­man while not be­ing Su­per­man, Sponge Bob Square Pants or Cin­derella.

Politi­cians, like the Trickof-Treaters, sure do love to go house to house.

I mean the porch light was of­ten left on for such vis­i­tors for good­ness sakes. The home­owner ap­pears a re­spon­si­ble ci­ti­zen of vot­ing age.

The bowl of good­ies is eas­ily within reach of the home­owner. So why not go door to door.

That is where the vot­ers live. It is the very neigh­bor­hood or district where you are seek­ing to serve.

And those in big­ger races, like those state-wide races and even the 4th Con­gres­sional District, come into our home via the tele­vi­sion, ra­dio and di­rected mail pieces over the last few weeks.

And when the group gets your home or cell phone num­ber or email — well it is truly a night­mare.

Al­most the same type of in­tense hor­ror it would be if Hal­loween lasted two weeks, in­stead of the one day on the cal­en­dar.

Re­mem­ber Mr. and Mrs. Voter, early in-per­son vot­ing con­tin­ues through Nov. 5 with the real last minute deal from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 6.

And just like Hal­loween, once the dawn of Nov. 7 ar­rives, ex­cept in a very few cases, it will be over — un­til next Hal­loween, uh I mean un­til the next election cy­cle be­gins.

Please vote.

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