For some reason, my local city council race was a little crazy.
A burglar broke into the home/office of Jose R. Brito, a Democratic candidate for City Council in Ward 11, on July 31 and stole his campaign records as well as some of his personal valuables.although Ward 10 has been even crazier (someone tried to torch the car of the campaign manager of one of the Ward 10 candidates).
When I got to the polling place, a few guys had set up a stand pretty close to the door and they tried to give me a piece of paper that replicated a ballot that had been filled out. (It couldn't be confused with an actual official ballot, since it only listed the races that had more than one candidate, but obviously it was intended to show you how to vote.) I declined, and once I was inside I complained about this and the poll workers said they would call the cops. (So if someone douses my car with gasoline, I guess we'll know why!)
(While I was typing this, I got a call from someone asking me if I knew about the Narragansett Indians Casino Amendment and how I was planning to vote. I said, "This will be on the ballot on November?" "Right," she responded. "Well, I'm not going to tell you how I'm going to vote, but thanks for calling." "Sure, that's fine," she said, and hung up. I was kind of hoping that I would stop getting calls related to the elections after today, but I guess that's not going to happen.