PIEDMONT, S.D. — I’m wondering if I have some kind of mark on my forehead that identifies me as a “political junkie.”
Here’s what happened at a convenience store in what more than likely is Trump Country.
I picked up a copy of the Rapid City Journal and then met a young man standing in a short line waiting to pay for some items.
“Hey, the election is almost here,” he said, then he asked, “Have you voted?:
“No,” I said. “I don’t believe in voting early.”
“What the heck,” he said. “Our votes won’t be counted anyway.”
“Aw, yes they will,” I replied.
“Who do you think will win?” the young man asked. “Hillary,” I said.
“Do you want her to win?” he asked. “I just told you who I think will win, so I will just leave it at that,” I responded.
Other than the first takeaway I gleaned from this chance meeting — the one about any potential identifying marks — there’s another one.
Donald J. Trump’s repeated — and ridiculous — assertions about a “rigged election” seems to have taken root in the skull of at least one young voter.
As we left the store, I encouraged the young man to vote — despite his doubts that they’ll count his ballot.