Madison
68° F
Scattered Clouds
Scattered Clouds
Advertisement

Car wash customers choose between Walker, Barrett

Published On: May 22 2012 07:42:32 PM CDT
Updated On: May 22 2012 07:53:08 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

As Wisconsin residents watch poll numbers in the recall race for governor, an unofficial poll being taken on two sides of Madison is a wash.

The poll is arguably the cleanest election you'll find, allowing people to participate voluntarily and anonymously and, so far, it's a toss up.

Those who drive up to two Magic Car Wash locations, in Madison and Middleton, are faced with a choice: supporting Democrat Tom Barrett or Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

The car wash tallies votes each day and posts them on their signs off Pflaum Road and Parmenter Street, and so far each candidate is winning a location.

"Our customers predicted Obama's win. They predicted Walker's last win, but this time I think it's going to be different because, with two locations, one side is favoring Walker and one side is now favoring Barrett by a huge margin," said owner Dan Foor.

Foor said he started the car wash poll in 2008 during the presidential election after getting deluged with robo calls and phone polls.

"The surveys are so lopsided, I said, 'Somebody should do an anonymous one,'" said Foor.

Thus started the "wash n vote," which seems to surprise and amuse just about every customer in line.

"I just posted on Facebook that it was quite silly," said Jennifer Grimes of Madison.

Customers have been taking their civic responsibility quite seriously. Asked if they would wait at the car wash to support their preferred candidate, voters on both sides said yes.

"Of course, you got to be truthful about it," said Johnny White of Madison, who was supporting Walker.

"I want Scott Walker out, why else?" said Cynthia Hemp, who said she is a state employee and is supporting Barrett.

Foor said he thinks the poll is honest because customers simply choose a line and aren't being pushed either way. He said the car wash poll will continue right up through Election Day on June 5. 

Advertisement
  • Scotland independence crowd

    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

    Celebs react to Scotland's independence vote

    On September 18, Scots will go to the polls to vote on the future of their country. The outcome could end Scotland's 307-year union with England and Wales as Great Britain -- and see it launch into the world as an independent nation of some 5.3 million people. Take a look at celebrity (both Scottish and not) reactions to the referendum.

  • Roger Goodell

    CNN

    The world reacts to NFL abuse scandals

    The NFL has suffered extensive backlash in their handling of both the Ray Rice domestic abuse and Adrian Peterson child abuse cases. Take a look at reactions to the recent NFL abuse scandals.

  • Police lights file 2

    Ridiculous 911 calls

    Have you ever considered calling 911 because of a massive spider in your house? How about because a McDonald's employee got your order wrong? Take a look at some of the strangest reasons people have recently called 911.

Advertisement