Election Day in San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley

Election Day here in San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley, like just about everywhere in the USA is 5 short days away.

voting, ballot boxNot only will we be choosing a Senator to represent us in Washington DC, we're also electing a new state Governor, other elected representatives and officers. And of course, we have our usual number of state and local propositions.

I'd like to share a heart-warming story about a couple of my clients, sellers who are moving out of state, and how they feel about voting.

After a number of long months on the market, the right buyer came long and fell in love with their beautiful home. An offer was submitted. Negotiations began and agreement was reached, with escrow set to close on October 28.

Sellers generally love closing quickly; after all, their money could be in the bank soon. However, my clients countered a longer escrow, with closing to take place on November 3, 2010 -- the day after elections. They wanted to be absolutely 100% certain that their vote would still count, still be legal, that their principal place of residence was still here in California.

Now these aren't wildly rich people, they need the proceeds from this sale to purchase their new residence.

Sometimes I read blog posts or hear people urging others to vote their pocketbook, but I don't have to look far to find a couple who will vote the way the way they feel is best for their country, the state, their town -- even if it's not in the best interest of their own pocketbooks.

These are people I'm delighted will be voting in the November elections, and I'm honored to know them as clients and friends.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547



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Comment balloon 6 commentsLottie Kendall • October 28 2010 10:39AM


Voting is such a privilege.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 10 years ago


Kind of a mixed bag isn't it.. to make sure that a vote counts in a state that they are leaving.  They must feel strongly about their choices. :)


Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 10 years ago

Tish, you're right. I started voting absentee about 20 years ago when my days became to unpredictable. I kinda' miss the polling place, but the certainty outweighs the trappings.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 10 years ago

Judi, they'll get assimilated in the Tennessee scene pretty quickly. They do have strong feelings after living in this area for 35+ years--wanted to be sure their vote counted one last time. Pretty cool, huh?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 10 years ago

Hi Lottie ~ I can completely relate to their sentiments and would do the same if I was in their shoes. I've been on an AR hiatus but have to say that I *love* your new (to me!) photo!


Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) almost 10 years ago

Hi Liz. I know you take voting seriously, and I'm glad. I've been voting by mail for years, afraid that I'll get super busy some election day and not make it to the polling precinct. This year over 1/2 of votes cast in California were mail-in ballots!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 10 years ago