Bad citizenship grades prevented me from running for senior class officer so I volunteered to be campaign manager for Rhoda Yura's Class Secretary run. We made signs, lobbied in the lunchroom made lists of potential supporters and followed up relentlessly.
Her opponent was a popular gal named Susie Lipshultz who had a strong followiing. Election day was a whirlwind of activity culminating in the votes being turned in to the auditorium for the count. The moment I entered the room it hit me that I had forgotten to vote.
It was too late to do anything but pray that my vote wouldn't count. The votes were tallied and it was a tie. My heart sunk. They recounted and declared Susie the winner. Rhoda generously congratulated the winner and thanked me for all my hard work. She never found out I had cost her the election.
On that day I vowed to never again miss a vote. Partly due to my stupid failure to act, I have been politically active ever since. In 1978 I was a signatory to an inititive drive aimed at securing binding arbitration for police and fire fighters in Palo Alto. Against every current and former Palo Alto council member we won in a landslide. That vote led to successful binding arbitration votes all over the country.
Fast forward to election day November 7, 2011. I happened to visit Palo Alto that day and found the citizens about to vote down by the same two thirds vote the law that bore my name. The margin was so great there was probably nothing I could have done to sway the vote. I live fifty miles away and might not have even noticed the vote if not for my chance visit to Palo Alto. Another lesson in vigilence.
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