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BigV 11-04-2008 12:58 AM

Please, don't forget to vote!

Make your mark on history!

Aliantha 11-04-2008 01:00 AM

I always vote. If I don't, I get a fine.

ZenGum 11-04-2008 01:22 AM

Does that mean you've voted today, Ali? :p

Aliantha 11-04-2008 01:24 AM

yeah...early and often. ;)

Juniper 11-04-2008 01:26 AM

I voted two weeks ago.

tw 11-04-2008 03:03 AM


Originally Posted by Juniper (Post 500753)
I voted two weeks ago.

Some people must not forget to vote. Others may have forgotten who they voted for.

Trilby 11-04-2008 07:42 AM

I voted. got there at 5.40 (polls opened at 6.30) and it STILL took about an hour. It was crazy-nutty at the polls with poll workers looking like deer caught in the headlights. Poor souls.

glatt 11-04-2008 08:03 AM

I voted a few weeks ago. My commute takes me past my polling place though, and today the line was outside the door and it looked like about a 20 minute wait to even get in the building.

The Obama campaign was out in force, with people on the major street corners, waving huge signs trying to get cars to honk in reply. Reminded me of a pep club car wash in High School. (Times ten.)

Pie 11-04-2008 08:27 AM

Voted by absentee about a week and a half ago.

Shawnee123 11-04-2008 08:29 AM

I voted on Saturday, since I am working out of my county, at a new job and all.

It was packed but I was in and out in like 15 minutes. I'm thinking of a letter to the editor to commend the volunteers.

My brother was there. I'm quite sure we cancelled each other's votes, on most things. ;)

He said he was feeling a bit dis-en-french-fried, though.

He's a nut.

Undertoad 11-04-2008 09:42 AM

Three of us went 15 minutes after polls open.

The line was longer than I've ever seen, about 100 yards beyond the door.

People were in good spirits. The line moved quickly, the county anticipated turnout and ordered extra machines.

LabRat 11-04-2008 09:51 AM

I went this morning, 20 min after the polls opened. 20 min after that, I was on my way to work :).

kerosene 11-04-2008 10:47 AM

I voted a week or so ago. :)

lookout123 11-04-2008 10:54 AM

I was the 103rd person in line (by my count) when the polls opened this morning. There were only ten people in line by the time I left. Really not freaking cool.

TheMercenary 11-04-2008 11:03 AM

I voted last week. Glad it is finally going to be over so we can get on with the bidness of the issues of today.

glatt 11-04-2008 11:23 AM

Yeah, like the legal challenges, and the recounts.

Beest 11-04-2008 12:17 PM

taxation without representation :mad:

Oh, the irony

freshnesschronic 11-04-2008 12:22 PM

You want to know what's even cooler, Facebook is very active in telling people to vote, there's applications telling people to vote and who they support and everything. I think the college vote will be a major factor :)

Clodfobble 11-04-2008 12:29 PM

Did you vote, fresh?

Flint 11-04-2008 12:56 PM

I agree, VOTE! (For Flint)

Urbane Guerrilla 11-04-2008 01:12 PM

I made my mark this morning for McCain and several other Republicans -- for I do not trust the Democratic Party, and believe they should not be encouraged. Obama's ridiculous promises of bread and circuses -- they looked like he was trying to buy the election -- left me altogether unmoved, as have the Democrats' offerings for the last eighteen years straight. Since the Democrats have such a big problem with eliminating undemocracies, I have a big problem with the Democrats. At the least, it's untruth in advertising, how they say they are democrats, and then do nothing, indeed actively oppose any effort, to take away tyranny and abet democracy.

The American electorate fairly often favors a division of power between its Big Two political parties, so the one checks and balances the other. I hope today for a Republican, and a war fighter, in the Executive, to balance the Democratic-controlled Legislative.

Nothing too tough for lines in the precinct; I stood in line about five minutes and was out the door in ten more, about an hour and a half from time of polls opening at 7 a.m. PST. They'd already had 102 voters in before me.

Pooka 11-04-2008 01:14 PM

I'd vote for you honey, but Texas is a GOP state...

wolf 11-04-2008 01:28 PM

So, after voting at around 11:00 this morning (virtually no line, unless you count that my mother walked in ahead of me), momwolf and I went out to breakfast.

I thought we'd just have a nice, quiet meal ... no luck.

Without realizing it, I picked the only diner in the country that has a feed from CNBC ALL DAY.

Pete 11-04-2008 01:36 PM

I was number 0001. I actually wasn't the first one there but he was engrossed in a conversation when they were ready for the first vote so i went first. Griff was number 0007 about 10 minutes later. I guess you can see by those stats that we don't have a problem with lines.

wolf 11-04-2008 01:39 PM

Everybody remember to go to Starbucks for your free coffee.

(I forgot to go to Taco Hell last week for my free taco)

BigV 11-03-2009 11:06 AM


Originally Posted by BigV (Post 500747)
Please, don't forget to vote!

Make your mark on history!

It's that time again.


Cloud 11-03-2009 11:12 AM

I don't think there's anything to vote for in my jurisdiction.

Juniper 11-03-2009 11:31 AM

My son is once again sick & home from school (had a blood test for mono today). So he accompanied me to the polls, filled in the little bubbles for me, and whooshed it through the machine. We have 5 local issues to vote on, city council, and an extremely heated school board election.

I have a school board candidate's sign in my yard. I didn't want to, really, but she's my son's friend's mom. ::shrug::

Another friend's mom is our state senator.

Life in a small town.

Cloud 11-03-2009 11:38 AM

okay, I'm wrong. There are some state constitutional amendments relating to taxation and financing I could vote on. This was not well publicized in my opinion. Of course, I could be reading all those rape stories and not paying attention to this. :(

glatt 11-03-2009 11:53 AM

I voted. I was the least motivated I've ever been in this election. I voted for the Democrat for Virginia governor. He's going to lose, and he deserves to. His campaign sucked. This guy would be a Charlie Brown governor, and the Republican is this charismatic good looking guy who would be a fairly strong leader but would lead in the wrong direction. So I voted for Charlie Brown. Ho hum.

In the local issues, we only have one guy running for school board. The last school board election, we had 6 people running, including this guy, and he was by far the least qualified and dumbest of the bunch. For some reason, none of them are running again this time and he's going to get it just because he filled out the form.

We have a county board member up for reelection. He's fine, but I voted for the other guy just to send a message that I'd like a county board that isn't 100% of one party. The guy I voted for will lose though.

What a depressing election.

I'll be curious to see what Maine does with their gay marriage question.

Shawnee123 11-03-2009 12:00 PM

Juni? Casinos?

For or against, it's a pretty important vote. Watch Moral and Pure Ohio vote it down again.

Juniper 11-03-2009 12:51 PM

Casinos, a health levy, libraries, bonds to benefit veterans, and the farm animals board. I'm not going to talk about the other four, but I really hope the library levy passes. I heart libraries.

Shawnee123 11-03-2009 12:59 PM

I'm not in your country, but I hope your library levy passes too.

We have a county library levy, and the county park district...both worthy of a yea vote for me.

Our school system can bite me: all they ever do is ask for money and threaten to cut extracurriculars. Every year with the alarmist crap. The big wigs who basically own the town and control business can foot that scam, for all I care.

Pie 11-03-2009 01:18 PM


Originally Posted by Shawnee123 (Post 605468)
I'm not in your country

Ohio seceded? Whoo hoo! :lol:

Shawnee123 11-03-2009 01:26 PM


Um, er, ahem...I meant county.

Too funny.

wolf 11-03-2009 04:06 PM

Is it wrong that I just cast my vote for Constable for Pius Nark?

That is really his name. Actually he was out in front of my polling station when I voted, introduced himself, and pleasantly asked for my support.

I did not have the courage to tell him I was voting for him because I like saying "Constable Nark."

The rest of the voting had to do with judgeshiips, and judge retentions. I had a list of judges to work from, but had to flip coins on the voting to retain.

Radar 11-03-2009 11:08 PM

I missed my chance to vote. I registered back in April, but the registrar of voters didn't send me a sample ballot or let me know where the polling place was.

ZenGum 11-03-2009 11:56 PM

What? Substandard election processes in Florida??? I have never heard the like of it before! This is outrageous!!

Radar 11-03-2009 11:58 PM

Seriously man. This is the first election of any kind I've missed in about 12 years. I'm going to call the ROV tomorrow.

xoxoxoBruce 11-04-2009 01:50 AM

Town of around 16 or 17 thousand, so I guess there must be 7 or 8 thousand voters. Got there at 12:45pm, no waiting, I was #96 for the day. :(

Urbane Guerrilla 11-04-2009 04:17 AM

You see numbers of that kind in by-elections. The poll workers don't quite go to sleep, but... well, they have plenty of time for chatting amongst themselves or with the voter who just put his ballot into the optical reader's slot.

Clodfobble 11-04-2009 02:35 PM

My mother-in-law is a teacher in a poor county where they had a vote on a school bond awhile back. It failed, crushing all her coworkers' hopes for adequate school supplies and salary raises and lower student-to-teacher ratios, etc. At the next district meeting, the rather pissed-off superintendant asked every teacher who had not voted in the election to raise their hands. He then nodded and informed them that there were enough of them in the room that, had they all voted for the bond, it would have passed. The turnout for small-time local elections is staggeringly low (full disclosure: I did not vote yesterday either.)

Spexxvet 11-04-2009 03:07 PM


Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 605765)
.... I did not vote yesterday either.)

Don't you love democracy?

Flint 11-04-2009 03:08 PM

she a tallyban

glatt 11-04-2009 03:14 PM

Everyone I voted for yesterday, and every election and issue I was watching from afar and cared about, either failed or lost. Oh well. I wonder if my sperm count will go down?

TheMercenary 11-06-2009 09:16 AM


BigV 11-02-2012 08:46 PM

This past Sunday, I voted with my Mom.

Yesterday, I hung out with BelovedDaughter as she voted.

Today, I chatted with EldestSon and his first remark was "I put my ballot in the mail today".

These things make me very very happy!

busterb 11-03-2012 08:44 PM

Well, sometimes I wonder why. This time, must be 15 running for sheriff. Anyone who can't see that this a thing to split the F!@#$ vote is nuts. The rest suck!!!!

BigV 11-03-2012 10:15 PM

Big Sarge for Sheriff!

Ibby 11-04-2012 03:46 AM

2 Attachment(s)
my city is cooler than your city (probably, statistically speaking) (even if they can't make sure their PDFs are scanned straight)

Attachment 41524

"Shall the people of Burlington support the legalization, regulation, and taxation of of all cannabis and hemp products?"
Easily the second-simplest vote I have to consider, after President. In fact, Vermont's safely-Democratic electoral votes mean that I can consider a third party without hurting Obama's re-election chances. This might be THE simplest vote I can cast.

The other questions require more thought.

Attachment 41525

1 and 2 I'm definitely voting Yes on. What can I say, I'm a commie. I'm all for issuing more bonds (especially since 1 is actually MUCH more cost-effective than relying on short-term debt), and the waterfront revitalization efforts would definitely be beneficial to our tourism, economy, and quality of life.

3, on the other hand, I'm desperately torn. On one hand, I fully support any form of transportation that's more efficient than driving one's own car...
on the other hand I lose my shit around bikers and drive slower than they can pedal to make sure i don't have to worry about trying to pass them and risk running them over because I drive like a grandmother, and i'll be damned if i make it easier for those damn dirty hippies to make it MORE likely for me to freak out about slowing up the long string of cars that inevitably pile up behind me as I drive at like eight MPH.
I'll probably vote Yes out of responsibleness but i really won't like it. damn bikers.

Your local dept of elections or whatever almost certainly has posted your local ballot online. Post it here, even if you don't want to tell us how you're voting! Share your local democracy!

ZenGum 11-04-2012 04:20 AM

As much as I criticise the US electoral system, I have to say, I like and admire these ballot initiatives. We almost never have things like this. I'm pretty sure a lot of things - cannabis and same-sex marriage, for two - would be supported that lobby-scared pollies won't back.

Flint 11-04-2012 12:41 PM

Pooka and I voted early. It is so easy and so convenient, I don't know why everyone doesn't vote early. Go ahead and get it done--what if something comes up on election day and prevents you from getting there? Don't sweat it, just vote early.

Unless, you know, a massive hurricane is smashing your house.

Stormieweather 11-04-2012 03:23 PM

I voted early. I'm in Florida, a swing state, and we are being unbelievably buried in political bullshit. I don't just talk the talk, I have signs in my yard...corner lot on a main highway thank-you-very-much. I double dog dare anyone to give me shit about it either.

Straight Democratic ticket, yes to retain all judges and no to every Constitutional Amendment. Yes to the referendum question to continue the tax to benefit schools. No to the other two.

Ballot for my address

There is a Republican power grab going on with the judges, because the Republican's would love to replace these moderate judges with their own appointees (not so moderate, of course) and this would impact Florida's future well beyond the asinine and corrupt governor and state Republican government we have now.

Principled Justices

The constitutional amendments are a bunch of badly worded, misleadingly titled, mish-mash of Republican attempts to hand out favors, insert religion into our government, bar Obamacare, and giving themselves additional power and control where it should not be. So no, across the board.

2012 Constitutional Amendments

Our governor is one of, if not THE most corrupt governor in office. He was actually involved in a huge fraud case when head of Columbia HCA. Columbia settled with the government for $1.9 billion. He instituted welfare drug testing...and it turns out, welfare recipients actually use drugs LESS than your average employed person (probably something to do with a paycheck??) and the state of Florida lost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Did I mention the drug testing company was founded by Dear Gov. Scott and transferred to his wife's name just before this was implemented? Now they made money :greenface

Florida Saved Nothing

He is attempting to implement all sorts of shady crap while he has the chance. He'll be gone (hopefully) next election!

BigV 11-06-2012 10:51 PM

Go vote!!!


infinite monkey 11-07-2012 08:34 AM

How long do I keep my gloat sign...I mean my Obama/Biden, in my yard?

glatt 11-07-2012 08:44 AM

It would be classy if you took it down today.

infinite monkey 11-07-2012 08:46 AM

Yeah. The businesses across the road will certainly leave all their signs up (Romney, Mandel. My favorite is "WE BUILT THIS COMPANY. NOT OBAMA!" Which doesn't make sense...I KNOW they didn't build Obama) and I will be a good sport and take mine down.

Stormieweather 11-07-2012 09:35 AM

My next door neighbors were out with a ginormous Obama sign yesterday afternoon, causing major noise pollution on the road going past my house. Last night, when Obama hit 270 electoral votes, they ran into the street screaming joyously. There were fireworks nearby too.

I'm happy too! :D

infinite monkey 11-07-2012 09:41 AM

That's awesome!

It's a special victory for women's rights, imo.

BigV 08-06-2018 11:25 PM

Tomorrow is election day here. Twil and I just voted. I have to say that I believe our election system in Washington has many things going for it.

1 - - Vote by mail. We've had our ballots for about two weeks now. It requires considerable effort to have a legitimate case for tardiness, procrastination notwithstanding.

2 - - Postage paid return envelopes. Come on. There have always been ballot drop boxes around, now every mailbox is one, presuming you deposit it in time. You still need to have it postmarked by election day. Your petty four-bit excuse is old and busted.

3 - - OCR ballots. I know this isn't very novel, but it is very easy and durable and hack resistant. And it those attributes apply to recounts as well as audits. I've voted "electronically" before and this is waaaaay better.

4 - - This is a primary election. Our primary system decides the two candidates who will appear on the ballot in the general election in November. The top two vote getters in each race get onto the ballot in the general election. No Party <strike> bullshit
/ interference / control </strike> regulation of *your* choice for the best candidate.

I like it. We also have a very robust system of initiatives and referenda which sometimes produces results I don't agree with, but it is as small "d" democratic as it gets.

There's room for improvement too. I wish our state allocated our electoral votes in proportion to the popular vote like a couple states do now. This would dilute our blue blue bloc, but I think it would fairer.

I hope you all vote too!

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