When I was working on the Dukakis campaign during the New Hampshire primary in 1988, we rented a minivan to take elderly and/or housebound people whom we’d ID’d as supporters to the polls on Election Day. The van pulled up to a senior citizens’ center that day, and our supporters got on. The driver, a guy I barely knew, saw a bunch of Paul Simon voters (we could tell from the buttons and signs) waiting in the lobby. With a smile, he said, “The Simon van should be along shortly!” As far as we knew, there was no Simon van. Part of me was amused by this, but part of me felt a little uncomfortable… shouldn’t we help everyone vote? But then our guy might lose! Maybe I’m not cutthroat enough.
Suppose your neighbor is a little old lady who you knew supported candidate Avery for President. You think Avery is wrong on all the issues and is practically a threat to the Republic; you’re a strong supporter of candidate Barnes. Do you give your neighbor a lift to the polls, if she asks? What if her car breaks down that day and she comes to you, in tears, and asks for a ride? What if she’s nearly blind and just needs help filling out her absentee ballot? Would it depend on the circumstances? How much, if at all, would you help a nice person who supports a candidate you despise?