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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 02:34 PM
Being advertised pretty heavily around N FL, don't recall it being this way in the past.

Not sure about it, something about it just sounds wrong.

 
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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 02:35 PM
I voted the Thursday before the Atlanta shows on a absentee ballot. I do not want to stand in that 3 hour line.



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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 02:52 PM
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I voted the Thursday before the Atlanta shows on a absentee ballot. I do not want to stand in that 3 hour line.





I have my absentee ballot in hand, thinking about the school board candidates...

I can't stand the lines either, last election I got in an argument when 2 ladies tried to cut the line.

My feet hurt too much to stand in long lines.

In my state you have to be out of town on Nov 4 or otherwise unable to make it to the polls on Nov 4.

It is a ballot issue that I just voted in favor of giving everyone that option.


 

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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 02:56 PM
No questions asked here in our state (NC). You can early vote, absentee vote or go to the voting booths. The early voting lines were wrapped around the building this morning. You use to have reason for absentee voting, now no questions are asked, anyone can send in a letter with the correct info and they will mail a ballot to you.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 02:58 PM
all you have to do is sign an oath that you are unable to vote in person in Md. I don't know if they actually follow
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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 02:58 PM
One reason people are suggesting early voting is to identify any problems that might be cropping up with purging people from the voting lists and fiind out if there will be problems with the machines. Already there have been reports of people voting for one candidate and having their vote show up for the other canidate. Also, there has been a nationwide effort to disinfranchise as many of the lower income voters as possible from what I've read and heard.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 03:01 PM
Vote early, vote often.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 03:24 PM
i live in AZ and have signed up for early voting by mail. i actually voted October 5th. I like it as you dont have to wait in any lines, and its so easy. Basically you check the mail, check off your correct boxes, and put it back in the mail.

They say it allows people to not get nervous in the booth, and research the issues / canidates.

The only thing that could be possibly bad, is that if something would happen that would cause me to change my mind I couldn't. Also if you decide to not mail it in and drop it off your vote would get counted later (it still counts, just a different system). This is only a big deal on any close races.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 03:44 PM
I go to the polls - small town here - Philly is 30 miles east. Even though some of the poll workers have changed, there are still a couple "oldtimers" that always ask how my boys are (used to bring them with me to vote...now the twins are 27 and youngest is 22). A chance to connect and say Hi to some neighbors...I don't mind any lines. WTF, life is short, enjoy it all.

I do wonder what might happen if say McCain were to drop dead, or Obama pictures surface of him in Hawaii doing drugs (just an example)...How many would yell to have their vote changed because of the "new" circumstances???
Absentee ballots for those who can't be in their district, or too infirm, I totally support. But the "anyone can mail it in early" I have mixed feeling about...more negative than positive.

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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 04:07 PM
I'm voting at 6 am on Election Day (my voting place is at a gen-u-ine Kansas megachurch, there's like 50 booths available), going to work and taking the next day off.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 04:53 PM
I think early voting is great. I intend to vote before Nov. 4th, but I'll wait for the long lines to clear. Especially in Florida, where we have an older population, it is a very good idea. On Nov. 4th you could be sick or something else could happen and you wouldn't be able to vote. My daughter requested an absentee ballot because she is out in Colorada for a couple of months.
 

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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 04:55 PM
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I'm voting at 6 am on Election Day (my voting place is at a gen-u-ine Kansas megachurch, there's like 50 booths available), going to work and taking the next day off.


Plan on doing a lot of posting on the 5th?

 

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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 05:31 PM
I early voted about 3 weeks ago and it took 15 minutes. No excuse was needed in GA, and I did it because the spot was near my office. I went by there today and the line was huge, so I was pleased to have jumped in early. And let's just say most people in line did not look like the people on dollar bills!

Early voting is a fairly recent development here, and I expect the same in other states. It was passed by our recent majority GOP legislature; now they don't like it so good!

 

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  posted on 10/22/2008 at 05:40 PM
Early voting can be useful, especially if you plan on traveling on Election Day.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2008 at 01:25 PM
I voted today. No long lines to look forward to on Tuesday. Conditions were perfect to vote today. The poll was just down the road from work, our plant is broke down and we ain't hittin' on dooky. We may not be back up and running before the end of the week. I figured we'd be wide open by next Tuesday, so why not get it out of the way? Fairly painless, took less than thirty minutes.

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  posted on 10/28/2008 at 01:33 PM
Ended up voting yesterday myself...highly recommend it.
 

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  posted on 10/28/2008 at 01:34 PM
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Vote early, vote often.


Registered by ACORN, Dave?

I usually go to the polling place. Just seems to me to be meaningful, exercising my priviledge as a citizen of the greatest country in the world.

When I lived in Knoxville, it was at a middle school. Now, in Monroe county, it is in an old one-room schoolhouse that serves as a community center. All the old timers are gathered outside, smoking, chewing tobacco, chewing the fat. Everybody speaks to each other. The first time I voted there, they still used punched cards.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2008 at 01:42 PM
We can vote early here, too, but I'm also one who like to go to my local location on election day. This year it will be at the volunteer firehouse further up the mountain road I live on. I don't expect any lines.

I know this is a good way to spread things out a little so it isn't so crowded on election day, but I don't think I'd feel right about mailing mine in, or voting early. I'd wonder if it made it through the mail, or if it got counted. I know we just have to trust the system anyway, but I like walking in and voting, and smiling at all the old folks.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2008 at 02:37 PM
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I early voted about 3 weeks ago and it took 15 minutes .


Same here. Now, if you aren't there by 9 AM, expect about a 2 hour wait. In the afternoon hours there has been as much as a 4 hour wait.

A whole lot of people in those lines.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2008 at 03:25 PM
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Florida Governor Crist has just extended the early voting hours thru the remainder of the early voting period due to reports of long waits.

Of course there is whining behind this decision due to the fact that it is mostly Dems participating in the early voting process.


I heard an interview the other day where an Obama spokesperson was saying that they like the early voting since it gives them a way to count the votes they already have. My question, if the votes aren't tallied until election day, how do you know how many votes you have, since they yet to have been counted?

 

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  posted on 10/28/2008 at 03:28 PM
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Early voting can be useful, especially if you plan on traveling on Election Day.

Like maybe a day trip to Kentucky, and West Virginia, and -----

 

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Florida Governor Crist has just extended the early voting hours thru the remainder of the early voting period due to reports of long waits.

Of course there is whining behind this decision due to the fact that it is mostly Dems participating in the early voting process.


I heard an interview the other day where an Obama spokesperson was saying that they like the early voting since it gives them a way to count the votes they already have. My question, if the votes aren't tallied until election day, how do you know how many votes you have, since they yet to have been counted?


The theory is that advance voting wil smooth out or remove any possible shenanigans or problems...problems with the rolls, problems with IDs, etc., outside of the time crunch on Election Day. Now, as far as advance counting, elections are broken down to precinct level, it wouldn't surprise me if any number of precincts went ahead and counted as they went...it's up to them in the end anyway.

At least, that's the theory...

 

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Florida Governor Crist has just extended the early voting hours thru the remainder of the early voting period due to reports of long waits.

Of course there is whining behind this decision due to the fact that it is mostly Dems participating in the early voting process.


I heard an interview the other day where an Obama spokesperson was saying that they like the early voting since it gives them a way to count the votes they already have. My question, if the votes aren't tallied until election day, how do you know how many votes you have, since they yet to have been counted?


The theory is that advance voting wil smooth out or remove any possible shenanigans or problems...problems with the rolls, problems with IDs, etc., outside of the time crunch on Election Day. Now, as far as advance counting, elections are broken down to precinct level, it wouldn't surprise me if any number of precincts went ahead and counted as they went...it's up to them in the end anyway.

At least, that's the theory...


I don't think it is legal to count votes before the polls close.


Oh, I know, but...

Also, another political reason behind pushing for people to advance vote is to "bank" votes...that is, get a group of people to vote early, then concentrate on a new group to get and go vote all the way up to Election Day. Or, simply out, get as many people to vote as you can...about as basic of an election strategy you can have. The Obama campaign has cleaned the McCain campaign's clock on this strategy...the Obama campaign focused heavily in battleground states that offer advance voting in order to get out the message to get as many people to vote for Obama as they can. It's another example of how, from an organ-i-zational point of view, McCain has been left in the dust. (I know. I've been there - Kerry '04)

 

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  posted on 10/28/2008 at 04:25 PM
I used to like showing up at my polling place each year and voting there, but it always seems to be a much larger ballot with lots of issues in addition to the people running so I now do a mail-in ballot.

 

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