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Donovan
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Did you vote today (options for the unregistered and them fereners)

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ULTRAGLORIA
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If you're eligible to register and you didn't register

or

If you're eligible to vote and didn't vote

and

You don't have an very, very good reason to not do so

then

Please don't complain.

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I'm ashamed to say that I'm not voting today. I moved to a new city in January and I didn't get a chance (was too lazy) to register.

This is the first time I didn't vote since I registered.

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I will be casting my ballot over lunch.

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I was at the polls at 7:02 am, two minutes after they opened. I'm glad MN allows same day registration.

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WonkoTheSane
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Gotta wait until tonight before I can cast my vote down that deep, empty well of non-Democrat Massachusetts ideals. Ah, well, I lived in Connecticut and California before, so I'm used to my vote not counting [Razz]

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Nick Theodorakis
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I voted on the way in to work.

There was a pollworker at the voting place whose first name was Chadd [sic].

Nick

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Aud
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Been there done that, skipped the sticker.

I like the new touch screens. It was cool to review all of my choices at the end.

Huzzah for all the election officials!

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Methuselah
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[off topic]I can't help but post a link to yesterday's Get Fuzzy comic. [/off topic]

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Four Kitties
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quote:
Originally posted by AdmiralDinty:
I'm ashamed to say that I'm not voting today. I moved to a new city in January and I didn't get a chance (was too lazy) to register.

This is the first time I didn't vote since I registered.

Oh Dinty! Why didn't you register to vote at the Registry of Motor Vehicles when you changed the address on your drivers license?

Haven't done that either, hmm?  -

I'm trying to decide if I should wait until CatNip comes home, so we can take the Kitten and have her see us vote as a family, or just go over in a bit and let him take her later. I'll probably do the latter, since I've got choir rehearsal tonight and time will be tight this evening. Either way, though, I think it's important that Julia go and see her parents participating in the process.

I remember my parents taking me when I was her age, and my father holding me up so I could pull the little levers....  - Now we color in circles for an Opti-Scan machine. I like that we have real paper ballots for back-up in case of recounts, but I always seem to flash back to SAT anxiety. [Razz]

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We still have paper ballots in my district. I like them. They are counted by machine, but you have a paer backup to go to if the computer screws up (like that would never happen...).

Our little voting place does not know how to divide the letters up. So we have a huge line in the N-T line while the other 3 are empty. I was lucky, I got in the H-M line and did not have to wait. My wife was in the N-T line and had to wait (and since we drove together, so did I) about 25 minutes. We all had to show ID this time (not just her).

I took the little sticker and am displaying it proudly on my shirt.

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I haven't voted yet. Dad and I will take my kids, and then head into town to visit Mom in the hospital. Aud, I always skip the sticker, too. The poll workers here are always very cool and give the kids each a sticker. [Smile]

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Nope. I have not voted today. Don't plan on it, either. [Razz]

I will be voting in municipal elections next week, though. And I already voted in federal elections in January. Sadly, the Greens didn't win my seat.

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Doug4.7
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quote:
Originally posted by Four Kitties:
I'm trying to decide if I should wait until CatNip comes home, so we can take the Kitten and have her see us vote as a family, or just go over in a bit and let him take her later. I'll probably do the latter, since I've got choir rehearsal tonight and time will be tight this evening. Either way, though, I think it's important that Julia go and see her parents participating in the process.

In our area, if the child goes with the adult, the kid also gets a "I voted" sticker. Our kids used to love getting those.

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Gibbie
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Aud! You should have gotten sticker and sent it to me! I voted but we never have I Voted stickers. People around here have never seen them or heard of them. It makes me pout every year.

I got in early this morning and waited about 45 minutes. One of the machines never booted up this morning so we only had three available for our precinct. They've been calling for a replacement since they opened up but no dice.

Gibbie

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Simply Madeline
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I voted, but only in this poll. During our brief fling with the new board, I posted a rant regarding my non-registered status.
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I didn't and won't vote, either, and I have to protest the phrasing of the forth answer, which implies that all non-USian snopsters are British or do in some other way regard the US as a (former) colony! [Wink]

Apart from that, I'm very interested in the outcome of this election and the change it might make to US and international politics!

Don Enrico

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I'll be heading to the polls after work, probably to stand in line for a few hours or so. Sigh. I'm out of the house from 6:30 - 6:30 M-F, and work about 45 min from where I live. Therefore, getting to the polls early just didn't work. Besides, I like casting ballots at the last min. Makes me feel like I might very well have cast the swing vote!

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Aud
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Sorry Gibbie. The guy ahead of me was gushing about them having stickers again. It was a little too much so I breezed out.

At my presinct they had both paper optical scan ballots and the touchscreens. I thought that was pretty cool.

I thought about bringing Little_Aud but 10 months is probably a little young.

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quote:
Originally posted by Methuselah:
[off topic]I can't help but post a link to yesterday's Get Fuzzy comic. [/off topic]

Today's is funny too.

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I live in California, so I'm wearing a homemade sticker that says "I Think I Voted"

Kilgore (Democracy is the finest government money can buy) Trout

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I'm working late tonight and will run to the gym right after work, and then stop at my polling place on my way home. That means I will be sweaty and smelly while voting. I figure it will be appropriate.

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I'm going after work. I should have gone this morning. I was up early enough. Oh well.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ryda Wong:
I'll be heading to the polls after work, probably to stand in line for a few hours or so. Sigh. I'm out of the house from 6:30 - 6:30 M-F, and work about 45 min from where I live. Therefore, getting to the polls early just didn't work. Besides, I like casting ballots at the last min. Makes me feel like I might very well have cast the swing vote!

I'm sure you already know this, but you are most likely entitled to paid time off from work to vote. http://www.hrhero.com/news/alert/CO-102004.shtml
It may be too late this time since the employee must request the time off prior to election day, but it should give you some relief from the mad rush next time.

Oh, wait. I just realized you said you liked voting at the last minute, but I'll leave this post, anyway, for the benefit of those very few who may not be aware of this provision. The law varies from state to state. http://www.timetovote.net/voter_leave_laws.html

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I voted by absentee ballot. Nice, convenient, and no lines, plus I got to research the people and issues I wasn't familiar with before voting. Just the thing for a new Ohio resident!

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Gibbie- My polling place never has the stickers either. [Frown] I grew up in Southern California and I remember my parents wearing the stickers and taking my brother and I along when they voted. When I was finally able to vote I saved my first "I Voted" sticker and put it in my scrapbook! dorky!! [Smile]

I voted this morning after I dropped Starlet off at school. Starling came along but she's so young I don't think she was impressed. Mr S took Starlet with him last week when he voted early.

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Housemate and I were at the polling place by six-thirty, and stopped at Village Inn for breakfast on the way home.

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quote:
Originally posted by Kilgore Trout, fka Dog Friendly:
I live in California, so I'm wearing a homemade sticker that says "I Think I Voted"

Kilgore (Democracy is the finest government money can buy) Trout

I was worried about voting on a touch screen for the first time, but I got to the polls and all they had were paper ballots. Yay! My vote is real!

It might take a while to count it, though. "It could be a painful wait for candidates and voters in what will likely be several close races."

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I'll vote this afternoon, probably around 1:30. I don't want to get caught in the lunch crowd, but I want to get there before school lets out.

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We have a hot governor's race (no, I'm not voting for Kinky), and the court ordered a fairer re-districting (finally) so that the University of Texas at Austin area is actually represented by the Austin District instead of San Antonio. If you can see the capitol dome from your front porch, I think you ought to be considered part of Austin, don'tcha think? I wouldn't miss this election for love or money.
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I voted on Nov. 2, but the poll's actual question was "Did you vote?", so I answered "Yes" since I did. I just did it early, that's all.

Slightly off topic: It's so weird for me to sit down and see Tennessee in the spotlight for an election. We really aren't used to that sort of exposure.

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Sure did!


According to the packet that came with my ballot we only have 250 registered voters in my city. How pathetic is that?

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I got up a bit early to vote before work, just to avoid worry. (With my job, you never know what time the day will end. While I am usually home before 6 PM, on rare occasions I have to work much later. And though I would not hesitate to tell them "Sorry, can't do that run, got to go home and vote," it's better not to have to worry about it.)

No line, though things were fairly brisk. I liked the touchscreens, but I didn't like the way they do the paper trail -- it prints on a narrow, reciept-like strip of paper which stays in the machine. It's difficult to read and when it was being presented for review, was out of synch with the display screen. Worse, for the statewide judicial offices, which are yes/no votes to confirm, the strip was so narrow that there was no room for the name of the judge being voted on! It would say something like "Shall Associate Justice" and "YES" below it. Bad planning, and will make it pretty hard on anyone trying to do a recount.

I'd rather have a system where it actually spits out a form you can look over and which can be optically scanned, and that's the form you place in the ballot box for the official count (though the tallies off the machines can be used for early unofficial results). But then I suppose you could just eliminate the touch-screen altogether at that point, and just stick with paper ballots filled out by hand....

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I don't get why people are so much more worried about computerized voting than paper voting, I think the paper ballots are just as easy to fudge up, just in a different way.

"Oops, I can't believe that box of ballots accidentally fell into the river, I think they were all for the DEM candidates. Oh well, this is a red state anyway..." (not to imply which side may or may not be prone to that kind of thing, just had to pick one for the example)

{lick finger} "look at this ballot!" {smudge, smudge} "it's so smudgey that I can't even tell who they were going to vote for, guess I'll have to toss it out"

Sure it's a hair easier to destroy an electronic vote if someone hacks the machine but I don't think the machines create new problems, just different variants on the problems we already had.

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quote:
Originally posted by Giselle:
Sure did!


According to the packet that came with my ballot we only have 250 registered voters in my city. How pathetic is that?

How big is your city? Most places only about 75% of the eligible voters actually register anyway.

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