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Post by Patagoniagirl » Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:53 am

Absentee voting for us this year (we shamefully missed out on 2008 for various inexcusable reasons) was exciting and serious. And aside from our self-imposed logistical isolation, it was EASY. We registered online. Got our confirmations online, received our applications to print out and fax back (hard copies had to follow), received confirmation that our hard copies were received, got our ballots via email printed all the stuff out, came home and had a nice evening reading through all the documents, carefully filling out our ballots while listening to TRMS on podcasts. I personally took an eight-hour trip to Panama City, Panama to mail the ballots. I watched the correo clerk place the stamps on the envelopes and place them in a stack of MANY, MANY other absentee ballots in a bin labeled "Estados Unidos".I could have driven two hours to mail our ballots, but many things can happen and this means way too much to us. I am now waiting to check online to see if our ballots have been received. Our local SOE office is on top of the technology to make voting easier. I was worried about registering because I had not voted ithe last election and because of ID issues. I have one (my passport) but it shows that I was born in a foreign country. Turns out (so far) that it is not an issue. Me and Mista izzo happy and nervous!

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Post by Foggy » Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:21 am

As I mentioned in another thread, I forgot to take my anti-inflammatory pills (Etodolac, generic for Lodine for those keeping score) yesterday before going out canvassing; after 3½ hours walking the streets and ringing doorbells my legs were done. I barely made it back to my car. Still have some lingering neuropathy from the GBS. Then I drove by the early voting place near me, and it's a community college. The parking was 400 yards from the polling place, and there was a long line (yay). So I went home and got some ibuprofen and recovered. Then I had to pick up boys from school, do some grocery shopping, make dinner (homemade beef enchiladas), etc. Wifehorn worked late. I didn't get it done yesterday. ?( But today is another day. Polls are open until 7 p.m. Maybe they'll let me park a little closer, at 6:30. \ :D /
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Post by LM K » Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:43 am

Received my ballot yesterday; completed it today and will submit it on Mon or Tuesday. I could mail it but I prefer to drop it off at an official ballot site.Hmmmm, did I vote for Pete DeFazio or Art Robinson to be my State Rep in the house? It was sooooo hard to decide whom to vote for!!!
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Post by Foggy » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:21 am

I voted yesterday. No line. In and out, 5 minutes. Now to get others out ... :-
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Post by No Pilikia » Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:34 pm

Getting a mailed absentee ballot would be more convenient to me but I always do early voting in the booth. Being a nurse, I worked 12 hour shifts much of my life & getting to the polls on voting day was a problem. In the "socialist" state of Hawaii, we have a law that makes employers give their staff 2 hours off to vote on election day. I've earned a little extra kala (cash) staying overtime on shifts to let my fellow nurses vote. Whooda thnukit? Some states want as many citizens to vote as possible! =D> Last time I voted in the primary, I proudly took 2 of my grandkids with me. I'd taken my 2 children with me into the booth when they were young. Sadly, my daughter is apolitical now but I'm still working on her. My son though, is a proud union member & told me how he HAD TO take his 1 year old daughter into the booth with him when he last voted.
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Post by Sequoia32 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:55 pm

Absentee ballot filled out and ready to go. Son promises he'll fill his out tomorrow.I have asked him to take them to a PO box (not drop them in our mailbox) as I think our (very nice and helpful) letter carrier is a Republican and it is obvious from our mail that we are Democrats. Am I paranoid that I think Republicans will do anything to suppress our vote? I actually worry that she would toss our ballots!I don't understand some states who restrict absentee voting. Some states don't allow the disabled to vote absentee?!? Or people who work long hours or 2 jobs with no time to vote on election day?As an RN, I have voted absentee for a long time - I've had jobs where there was just no way to know you wouldn't be conscripted into working a double-shift.
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Post by No Pilikia » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:25 pm

Nope, I don't think you're paranoid at all Sequoia. Good for you, for making sure that your & your son's vote will be counted. I should eventually request mail-in ballots but, like I said, for all my adult life, I've used the rituals of voting to teach the next generations about how important this act is. On that note, I need to go look up where early-voting will be held on the Windward side of Oahu for the general election. Last time it was at the Pali Golf Course Clubhouse, a place I'd never been to with a GORGEOUS view. Mahalo to the City & County of Honolulu for "forcing" me to discover such a place.In Hawaii, we are just SUCH socialist communists!, that the 1st Tuesday every other year, is taken as a state holiday. Our local elementary schools are used as the polling place. I was shocked when I spent 5 years in LA in the 90's, that election officials have to drive around neighborhoods, begging people to let neighbors vote in their garage. "We the people"?? It is just so ridiculous how the right wing pretends they are the voice of America.
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Post by DaveMuckey » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:56 pm

Ha! The Missus and I just filled out our ballots and I'll be schlepping them down to the public library this afternoon. Now, can I have a TV chip that blocks all political ads for the duration of the campaign?

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Post by ProudObot » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:59 pm

I'm a MA resident and have been in FL for a week, where I'll be for the winter. (My greatest pleasure since I retired.). After making sure there was enough postage, I put my absentee ballot in a box at the Post Office. Not that I'm paranoid or anything, but I'm in Sarasota, the city where the local Republican party gave its' annual statesman of the year award this summer to Donald Trump. I love everything else about Sarasota so I try to ignore that part.Our President is about 20 points ahead in MA, where of course we remember Fraudney all too well. My vote for Elizabeth Warren was the extra-special bubble I filled in this year. I was doing GOTV for her in MA, and am now doing the same for Obama down here, where each vote really does count.

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Post by Tomtech » Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:45 pm

I was the last voter of the first day.I presented an official letter from the County Clerk's office which happened to come in the mail today. They asked why I didn't have an ID and I told them that the letter should be enough. She was about to check the poster so I brought out my VID card to make her life easier while reading from the relevant line of the poster. "Official mail with Voter's name.I voted straight D and added a democrat who failed to make the ballot, but was a certified Write In for State Rep.I finished up by voting against every Republican by selecting the Green Party candidate with a couple of Libertarians as a last resort.Turnout was 252 today compared to 140 two years ago.The County Clerk came in to close up for the day and I told her about my attempt to use the letter she sent me. I said my goodbye's and said that I will see them at the election judges' training (the subject of the letter).

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Post by A Legal Lohengrin » Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:16 pm

When I got back home from the hearing in Indianapolis, I went to my local election office and voted.I voted a straight Democratic Party ticket. That doesn't make votes in the judge retention votes. I always vote for judge retention of any kind without regard to whether the judge is an idiot because I do not believe in judicial elections, at all.Oh, and up yours, Orly. I voted today. Fuck your bullshit, which can't undo that.

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Post by Princess foofypants » Mon Oct 22, 2012 7:27 pm

This is our first year of early voting. Starts Friday and I think I will go one day after work. I got gerrymandered to a whack-job and can't wait to vote against him. Plus we have a civil union proposal that has a good chance of being the first in the country to pass.

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Post by zeelin » Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:41 pm

Zeelin, go ahead and count yourself as a mail-in. I think the point is that you filled out a paper ballot & dropped it in a slot or a box, as opposed to standing up at a voting booth or using a machine. Anyway, even that doesn't matter... the main point is that you voted.. . .Thanks - added myself as a mail-in to the poll. Now just waiting to watch the last debate tonight as an "uninterested spectator."

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Post by Wintermute » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:46 pm

The wife and I voted today. All democrats, some green no libertarians. In Texas our libertarians are still repugs. Large turn out, stood in line 25 minutes.
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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Tue Oct 23, 2012 1:52 am

When I got back home from the hearing in Indianapolis, I went to my local election office and voted.I voted a straight Democratic Party ticket. That doesn't make votes in the judge retention votes. I always vote for judge retention of any kind without regard to whether the judge is an idiot because I do not believe in judicial elections, at all.Oh, and up yours, Orly. I voted today. Fuck your bullshit, which can't undo that.Hypothetical for you, Loh:If you were a resident of Marion County and Scherry Reid were on the ballot, would you vote for her?Thanks for answering a few of my questions today and for your report (Parts I through III). I am staying up waiting for Part IV. Please hurry up. Some of the ChiCom troops patrolling the perimeter of FEMA Camp 17 are complaining about the light cascading down on them from the library.

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Post by A Legal Lohengrin » Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:28 am

When I got back home from the hearing in Indianapolis, I went to my local election office and voted.I voted a straight Democratic Party ticket. That doesn't make votes in the judge retention votes. I always vote for judge retention of any kind without regard to whether the judge is an idiot because I do not believe in judicial elections, at all.Oh, and up yours, Orly. I voted today. Fuck your bullshit, which can't undo that.Hypothetical for you, Loh:If you were a resident of Marion County and Scherry Reid were on the ballot, would you vote for her?If it were a retention vote, yes. I believe retention votes are for statewide appellate judges, though. At least, those were on the ballot. If there are opposing candidates, I simply do not vote in that election as a matter of principle.

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Post by kate520 » Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:25 am

In my solid blue state, I'm not seeing much in the way of national ads and even the robocalls seem fewer this year. :-bd BTW, I dropped my ballot in the mail, too.
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Post by PatGund » Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:29 pm

The 2008 general election was the last election in Washington State before we went to a mail-in only system. So I took my then-7 old with me early in the morning, and she watched me vote (for Barack Obama). Then I took her to school a bit later than normal. (the teacher said it was a completely planned and excused tardy).This year is the first Presidential election using the mail-in system. The ballots for myself and my spouse arrived yesterday. Our daughter (who is now almost 11) watched both of us fill out the ballots and seal them in the envelopes (my second vote for Barack Obama). Alas, she was at school when I drove up to Everett to drop them off at the county admin office in person.Afterwards, I made sure to drive past Stephan Pidgeon's office (only a block away from the admin office) and flip it the bird on my way to work :twisted: Mix of Democrat and Independent votes. I did vote for the Republican candidate for Lt. Governor (Bill Finkbeiner), as the progressive guide was split 50/50 between him and the Democratic nominee, and I believe in encouraging sane and rational Republicans to take back their party.

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Post by bob » Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:04 pm

I just voted (in person).





One of the side effects of California's top two ("jungle") primary is there are no write-in candidates. Just the top two, and no one else, for all offices governed by that law.





Which really disapointed me, because I wanted to write in Taitz for U.S. senator.





Don't tell Stern, but I did vote for Taitz...

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Post by No Pilikia » Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:54 am

I hope to vote early on 10/25, at the really beautiful Pali Golf course on the Windward side of Oahu. I will be taking my little grandaughter into the booth with me, because I'll be babysitting. WTF is wrong with the rest of the folks in America?, Home of the Free? :roll: , Land of the Brave? :roll: , that they need to stop some folks from voting?.HI will go to Obama, so this doesn't really matter I guess. But, WTF? The 50-somethings like me, REALLY need to harp on the younger generation about this.
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Post by SueDB » Wed Oct 24, 2012 2:59 am

I just voted (in person).





One of the side effects of California's top two ("jungle") primary is there are no write-in candidates. Just the top two, and no one else, for all offices governed by that law.





Which really disapointed me, because I wanted to write in Taitz for U.S. senator.





Don't tell Stern, but I did vote for Taitz...

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Post by Patagoniagirl » Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:02 am

Mission Partly Accomplished:Email from my SOE..".This message is to acknowledge receipt of your voted absentee ballot. It will be presented to the Canvassing Board within seven (7) days prior to the election to be canvassed and counted.You can see the status of your absentee ballot and its disposition by the county Canvassing Board by visiting our website ([/break1]election.myflorida.com]http://registration.election.myflorida.com)". =D>

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Post by June bug » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:25 pm

I hope to vote early on 10/25, at the really beautiful Pali Golf course on the Windward side of Oahu. I will be taking my little grandaughter into the booth with me, because I'll be babysitting. WTF is wrong with the rest of the folks in America?, Home of the Free? :roll: , Land of the Brave? :roll: , that they need to stop some folks from voting?.


HI will go to Obama, so this doesn't really matter I guess. But, WTF? The 50-somethings like me, REALLY need to harp on the younger generation about this.I did vote early on 10/27 at the really beautiful Pali Golf course where, when I asked, they told me they're getting about 400 early voters a day. Don't know how that compares to previous years, but Hawaii does encourage early voting.





Another good thing about Hawaii: After you vote your ballot, the voting machine prints an internal paper copy of it, visible to you through a transparent cover. You have to approve that to finish voting, thus ensuring a paper trail.

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Post by Plutodog » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:30 pm

My "Mail-In" has been deposited at City Hall. All over now but the nail-biting.
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