At Bryn Mawr community school, where Margaret Anderson Kelliher votes, the PTA has tried to turn Election Day into a fundraiser.
Voters at the Minneapolis school are greeted by a long table filled with home-baked (and store-purchased) goodies, coffee and water. Donations are encouraged.
This was a highly profitable venture during the 2008 presidential election.
“We had lines stretched way out the door,” said Patty Wycoff a member of the PTA.
For that election, when PTA members took coffee to people waiting in line to vote, the organization raised more than $1,500.
The total will be considerably smaller this year, judging from the lack of activity at the polling place when Kelliher, her husband and their two kids arrived to vote just after 10 a.m.
Kelliher — and the rest of her family — attended a campaign pep rally that lasted until nearly midnight Monday. This morning, she took a two-mile run (“my sanity run”) through the neighborhood. After voting, Kelliher had a full day of meeting and greeting scheduled.
Mark Dayton voted at about the same time not far from where Kelliher was casting her ballot. Dayton voted at Emerson Spanish Immersion School. He was accompanied by his two sons.
Both Entenza’s kids and Dayton’s are old enough to vote. Kelliher’s kids are too young.