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US Voters: Tell us, how was it?

 
 
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 11:05 am
@Bi-Polar Bear,
<and BPBthrobber too...>
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Thomas
 
  1  
Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 11:15 am
@sozobe,
Sozobe wrote:
I voted!

I voted I voted I voted I voted I voted!!

Who for, I wonder ....
dyslexia
 
  1  
Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 11:15 am
@Thomas,
Thomas wrote:

Sozobe wrote:
I voted!

I voted I voted I voted I voted I voted!!

Who for, I wonder ....
kucinich.
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fbaezer
 
  1  
Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 11:24 am
Nice stories.
Two queations.

What preventions are there that the early voters can't vote twice?
The receipt thing... wouldn't it be exchangeable for something?
Region Philbis
 
  1  
Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 11:24 am
@jespah,
Quote:
Then the police officer asked for my address, realized it was the same address and asked if I was his better half.
i'd always read about how cops have this uncanny ability to size people up... well it's true.
Quote:
They also had Halloween candy -- we didn't take any.
how did i NOT notice the friggin' candy??
nimh
 
  1  
Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 11:51 am
It sounds like y'all are having a beautiful day! And what a beautiful day it might turn out to be ... for all of us.

(Terrorist fist-bumps for everyone)
DrewDad
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 11:53 am
No line. I was the 91st person to vote in my precinct. (Average was almost exactly one voter per minute, then, as the polls had been open for 1 1/2 hours at that point.)

I originally went to the wrong place, as they moved my precinct's polling location between the primary and today's vote.

Paper fill-in-the bubble ballots, counted by scanner.

Misinformation from the poll workers ("Your vote won't count if you vote straight party ticket and also vote for individual candidates.")

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revel
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 11:56 am
They changed things around since the primary because we used paper ballots. There were no little curtains so I felt a little exposed. My heart was beating a mile a minute but it was easy, just filled in the circle for straight democrat ticket and got out of there in less than five minutes.
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OCCOM BILL
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 12:04 pm
@nimh,
nimh wrote:

It sounds like y'all are having a beautiful day! And what a beautiful day it might turn out to be ... for all of us.

(Terrorist fist-bumps for everyone)
Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
gustavratzenhofer
 
  1  
Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 12:11 pm
There was a referendum on my ballot regarding the eradication of cheeseheads and my pencil struck the "yes" box in a fashion that would make a cobra jealous.
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Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 12:12 pm
@OCCOM BILL,
OCCOM BILL wrote:

nimh wrote:

It sounds like y'all are having a beautiful day! And what a beautiful day it might turn out to be ... for all of us.

(Terrorist fist-bumps for everyone)
Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing


http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1287/1360677206_59292a95b7.jpg

Cheers
Cycloptichorn
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Nick Ashley
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 12:25 pm
I snook away for an early lunch to vote. Lines were shorter around 11am then 8:50, when i drove past on my way to work. Had to wait maybe 10 minutes in one of 2 lines.

Did one of those fill in the bubble scantron type cards. Worst was the last question about affirmative action, which was difficult to understand what exactly they were asking. Something to the effect of "Do you agree to prevent a constitutional amendment to prohibit the state from discriminating against..."
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sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 12:32 pm
@fbaezer,
We needed to check in before voting. The nice pollworker lady found my name and examined my ID. I then signed my name on the line provided, and she put a large pink dot (like with one of those bingo markers) next to my name.

I am fairly certain that people who voted early went through the same process. Once you vote, you can't vote again. The line must be blank -- no signature, no pink dot.
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 12:39 pm
@sozobe,
The paperwork at the Obama office turned out to be going through canvassers' records and writing how many people were LEFT on the front of the manilla envelope. (As in, if they knocked on 100 doors, how many were left after the ones who had a) already voted, b) moved, or c) indicated they were not a supporter were subtracted.)

There were a bazillion people there. Very calm and efficient though. Most of them were still doing calls. They have a separate building just for food -- I offered to provide some (after seeing a sign-up sheet with the names of many of my friends) and the main guy (super-nice) said "thanks but we have MOUNDS of food..." He called HQ to see if there was a need for anything I could do, anywhere -- I may be doing some driving. Since I'll be working at the computer anyway, he's going to email me if something comes up. (Most everything left involves hearing/ communication in one capacity or another.)
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jespah
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 12:40 pm
@Region Philbis,
Region Philbis wrote:

Quote:
Then the police officer asked for my address, realized it was the same address and asked if I was his better half.
i'd always read about how cops have this uncanny ability to size people up... well it's true.
Quote:
They also had Halloween candy -- we didn't take any.
how did i NOT notice the friggin' candy??


Blush, thanks.

And you didn't notice the candy 'cause you're eating more than 1800 cals/day. Smile

They checked off our names, but in pencil. Hmm. Wanna go vote again?

j/k
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 12:42 pm
There is a small Obama office in our neighborhood so I went and got some deli trays (fruit/cheese/cold cuts) and dropped them off at the office, there were about 100 people there mostly out in the street and 9 tables of food items plus bottled water/soda/coffee etc. that was at 10:30 a.m.
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engineer
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 12:44 pm
@Bi-Polar Bear,
Bi-Polar Bear wrote:

sorry buddy....all Obama family. Wink

Glad to see it, BPB, glad to see it. We'll win this state yet.
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engineer
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 12:46 pm
@engineer,
I did have one conversation in line. An elderly gentleman asked how the poll workers were sure all those early voters weren't voting twice. I replied that I don't know, but waiting in line an hour to steal a single vote is not very effective. He paused for a moment, laughed and agreed.
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nimh
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 12:46 pm
@littlek,
littlek wrote:

What parties, other than the Democrats and the GOP, were on the ballot? for prez? McKinney, Barr and another guy (?)

Nader and Chuck Baldwin (Consitutionalist) should also have been on the ballot in MA.

Dave Leip mapped the ballot access of all the minor candidates. E.g, did you know that:

- Roger Calero, the presidential candidate of the Socialist Workers Party, is on the ballot in 11 states?
- Gloria LaRiva, the candidate of the Socialism and Liberation Party, is on the ballot in 12 states?
- Brian Moore, the candidate of the boring old regular Socialist Party, is on the ballot in 8 states?

Hell, in Colorado, Iowa, Florida, New Jersey and New Hampshire people can even choose between all three of those socialist candidates -- and that's not even counting Obama, who of course we all know is secretly a socialist too.

In 3 or 4 states they even still have a Prohibition party candidate on the ballot...
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 4 Nov, 2008 12:53 pm
@nimh,
I was surprised at how many people were on the Ohio ballot for president -- it must have been at least 10. I wasn't focusing on them though -- wanted to make sure that when I hit the Obama rectangle, that meant I actually voted for Obama -- so I can't tell you who they were.
 

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