Idaho Democratic Caucus: A Woman, Her Two Children, Dog and a Petition

“I don’t qualify for state daycare assistance, so my kids come with me."

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Becky usually brings her children and dog when shes collecting signatures.
  • Jaclyn Brandt
  • Becky usually brings her children and dog when she's collecting signatures.

A caucus can be a good way to find like-minded people. Americans Elect, a group looking to change the nominating process, was one such group hoping to find those people. Becky, who declined to give her last name, is one of Americans Elect's paid workers, and spent her Saturday collecting signatures outside of the Morrison Center, the scene of the Ada County Democratic Presidential Caucus.

She's rarely alone. Becky, along with her dog and two children, said she spends a fair amount of her days at Boise State. She said since she gets paid per-signature, the hours are flexible and it’s entirely up to her on how much can make.

“I don’t qualify for state daycare assistance, so my kids come with me,” she said. “We go out in the morning until he is ready for his first nap, go home for lunch, and then come back here for the rest of the day.”

A number of caucus-goers thought she was collecting signatures for an animal-cruelty petition because she was accompanied by her pet. But Becky said she brings her dog because he “hates to be left home alone.”

By 11 a.m., approximately an hour into the caucus when most people had made their way inside the auditorium, Becky said she had collected three signatures.

“I guess it wasn’t that smart to come to a caucus,” she said, referring to the fact what they are trying to change is the exact process these people came to see.