Yesterday, L voted. For the first time ever! in the local Republican primaries. In this state anyone can vote in a primary; you don't need to be a registered party member.
I was concerned to see how many little lawn signs were up for the contender for the seat held by our longtime moderate Republican county commissioner, but thought surely these were so numerous because he lives in this town. But so does our longtime moderate commissioner. The contender is pretty much a libertarian, who is an elder in the Presbyterian church, a self-described small businessman, who is a lawyer.
Hmm. When I opened the paper, the headline was, yes, "Contender Beats Incumbent"! We'll see what happens in the general election in August when he faces his opponent, an Independent (also Libertarian). This will have deep-seated ramifications for the new schools in the county and monies for such socialist notions as library funding and sidewalks, I would imagine.
Anyway, back to L; someone rang a bell to signify she was a new voter, and when she left, she was given this little symbol. Make of it what you will.