Congratulations to the Bernie Sanders campaign for its sweeping win in Hawaii’s Democratic presidential preference poll yesterday.
Today’s news put the vote at about 70% for Sanders, 30% for Clinton.
There were 33,716 votes counted in yesterday’s Democratic Party polling. That compared to 13,370 who cast ballots in the Republican balloting earlier this month.
We arrived at Wilson School, where District 19 Dems were gathering, at about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The large auditorium was already full, and excitement very high. As people arrived, those who weren’t registered to vote or were not already Democratic Party members were given the paperwork to get themselves properly papered (and there seemed to be a lot of newbies). The rest of us were directed to tables for the precinct in which we reside. We happen to be Precinct 19-01, which was in the front on the far side.
It was a great place to meet friends who we hadn’t seen since moving back into town.
But confusion was the order of the day. There seemed to be a few precinct officers who had a general idea of how to proceed, but the noise made it hard for any one to hear directions that were being given, and the crowd made it hard for people to get in close enough to sign-in on the party’s membership list.
When it came to actually getting, filling out, and turning in ballots, it was even more chaotic. We managed to get ballots without waiting too long, and then found who was collecting them and made the connection.
And then we were out the door. No, we didn’t stay for the precinct organizing meeting and election of delegates to the state convention.
Here’s a photo of one part of the room. The rest was just as crowded.
Below, former Gov. John Waihee (on the left, in red shirt), now living somewhere nearby in Kahala, prepares to meet a Bernie-backing cheesehead.
Artist and UH professor Gaye Chan posted a description of her district caucus on Facebook.
“What a surreal homespun event. Disorganized, confusing and weird.”
I think that was probably true across the state!