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Old 11-07-2006, 09:23 AM   #15
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According to the county elections office, 57% of the ballots cast here are absentee. Makes sense to us. With so many referrenda on the ballot, it takes a little while to make sure that a no vote is not really a yes in disguise.

Now, if we could only find a way to get the political solicitations on the phone to cease. Yesterday, for example, we had about 8 calls, all demon-dialing recorded messages of course and some by people irrelevant to what's happening here, like Bill Clinton saying that taxing ourselves for oil produced in this state will reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Logic is suspended around Election Day, it seems.
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Old 11-07-2006, 09:26 AM   #16
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... If you ever think your vote does not count think about that gentleman seeing his career end by one vote.
I was an "election official" for a re-count a few years ago. in our little town, the winner was decided by 11 votes. It was a very interesting process...not unlike some of the scenes we saw on TV in '02...

The re-count came up with a different number than the original tally, for some of the same reasons of the "'02" debacle: the machines are imperfect, but more importantly, people don't follow the directions.

So my advice is: follow the directions, or don't bother, because your vote won't be counted, or even worse, it'll get counted for the other guy.
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Old 11-07-2006, 09:38 AM   #17
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We get to vote by mail here in Ory-gun. With all the cleverly worded referendums on the ballot, it really helps to have some "ponder time."
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Old 11-07-2006, 09:57 AM   #18
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We also got to vote-by-mail here in WARSHINGTUN, so did it a week ago. Nice when you live "out a ways". Most disturbing was an article in this am's Spokane paper about a 21 year old college student proclaiming he was "actively NOT voting" because "he didn't feel remotely connected to the issues". Now that's a great attitude!!!! Wait untill he looks for his Social Security down the line.
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Old 11-07-2006, 10:03 AM   #19
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So my advice is: follow the directions, or don't bother, because your vote won't be counted, or even worse, it'll get counted for the other guy.
Yup, I ‘ll be in the booth tonight after completing my “Don’t Get Out The Vote” crusade.

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Old 11-07-2006, 10:58 AM   #20
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Voted on the way to work this morning. Left 10 minutes early. There was a line, which is unusual and a good sign, and it took 20 minutes. With lighter than expected traffic I actually got to work on time.

Wearing my, "I'm a Georgia Voter" sticker right now!

One thing folks should think about. Bill Clinton listened to every voter opinion poll that was published during his administration. Notice I said Voter opinion poll. You may have the right to complain if you don't vote, but politicians only listen to the complainers that vote. Those that don't vote, don't get heard and their voices don't count. Only voters count to those who get elected.
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:15 AM   #21
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Just voted here in Virginia. Our results should be interesting... quite alot of national attention on our Senate race...

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Old 11-07-2006, 11:33 AM   #22
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No, I chose not to vote this time around. Maybe next year.
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:40 AM   #23
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Hi summerkid--If you don't vote this time around, you have negated your right to complain about politics for the next two years. Me? I voted absentee last week, and will complain loudly for the next two years.--Frank S

PS: You still have time to vote today!
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Old 11-07-2006, 11:42 AM   #24
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No, I chose not to vote this time around. Maybe next year.
summerkid - Please find the time to vote. Your opinion matters. the right to vote is one that needs to be exercised regularly to maintain.
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voted this morning. only two ahead of me but election official said is had been steady all morning. that means something different in gravel switch than lexington or louisville, i'm certain.
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Old 11-07-2006, 12:00 PM   #27
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Richard,

A greater threat might be a dumb, uninformed, or unthinking voter. Higher voter turnout is more characteristic of dictatorships or worse, I'm afraid.
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Old 11-07-2006, 12:10 PM   #28
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No, I chose not to vote this time around. Maybe next year.
Those of us who have grown up with Illinois politics can understand summerkid's disillusionment.
The tip of the iceburg are the two corrupt buffoons running for govenor. Gerrymandered districts with no challengers and Chicagos famous vote early and often motto.
I, however, will be voting this afternoon for candidates in all the contested races. Like Frank I believe that if you don't vote you have no right to complain. And I do a lot of complaining.
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