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Old 11-07-2006, 01:03 PM   #21
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My husband has the flu or maybe a bad cold, and I just fed him some comfort food (homemade macaroni & cheese...cheddar-based sauce with onions, bell peppers, chopped ham, sherry...mmm). And a little yogurt & honey for dessert. When he's done I'll try to persuade him to change out of his grungy sweats and join me to vote. I'm looking forward to getting my sticker, too!

I'm going to a party tonight--let's hope we're clicking our glasses in celebration rather than commiseration

This morning I called my brother (running for mayor of his town in NJ) for luck. We gave all of our political donations to him this year. I will be congraatulating him either way--whether for his continued ER or for his new gig I wonder if there's a Lincoln Bedroom in his town... nah.
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Re: Did You Vote?
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The guys at work are all walking around with their "I voted!" stickers. One said he wanted another sticker that says: "I got my flu shot!" which we did enmass last Friday.
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DW and I just returned from our precinct. They gave us each a little sticker that said "I Voted." I love stickers. Afterwards, I asked if I could vote elsewhere to get more of them. DW sat next to me while I marked my paper ballot, so I had to tow the party line. But it wasn't very difficult . In fact, I made her go back to mark the 'increasing the allocation for public transit referendum' with a "yes." Man-oh-man, could it get any better then this, tax adjustment issues AND stickers?

Pretty quiet at noon with about ten voters in the building. No lines; no problems. It's Minnesota .
Yeah and they don't ask you to prove you are who you are here either, not like some other places I hear. Oh we still use paper ballots and pencil - takes me for ever to fill in the dang circles properly - me eyes are ready for Lazik or ReZoom or whatever surgery I guess Nords....oh I also don't bother voting for the unopposed candidates - saves getting my hand tired from filling all those circles...if the repubs keep control of the house and senate I'm either commiting suicide later tonight or moving to Canada or Italy or ?
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Yep, DW and I voted a week ago. We did it on an electronic voting machine.

It's a forgone conclusion that the Rs will take Texas. I just hope Kinky slips in. What fun that would be.
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I study the issues before voting and read up on most of the candidates.
So, how much time on the average, do you spend on studying?
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Voted a few weeks ago. Absentee. DW and I have voted that way ever since we could. Read up on the issues and candidates since we have only been here about 14 months.

Worked as a Deputy in Florida a few times at the polls. Saw several different processes for voting. Really do not see what the big problem is with people not being able to vote. Of course our workers showed up on time, were trained within the (Clay County Florida) county before the elections, and the machines, no matter what type, worked (must have something to do with maintenance and training).

Been voting for about 44 years (could not do it before 21 years of age way back then).

Will be interesting, but sad, to see the army of attorneys tear the process up.
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I voted just before 9 a.m. PST in suburban San Diego and was amazed that I was the only voter there. My wife voted absentee, but I wanted to experience the new computer-based system and was most impressed with it. Easy to use, fast and paper copy. The folks who complain that such systems can be abused may be right, but I'll take this over what used to exist (in any of the six states I've voted in).

My precinct is heavily Republican, and there are no chances of anything changing that (for several reasons). Nevertheless, I voted for the token Democratic opponent for U.S. Congress to try to send a message. My hunch is that others will do so both in this precinct and nationally, but even so, the GOP will retain the Senate and will only lose the House by a narrow margin. Bottom line: whether the Democrats win or not, with one House change, there will be very little change in domestic or international policy.

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I sure voted NO alot today. California had alot of we need to tax you more things
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Voted first thing this morning. Ditto to above posting -- California - yikes - taxes way too high out here. Enough already...
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What treat did you get in exchange for your votes? Continued employment? City services such as garbage pickup? A sixpack?

Continued employment , and therefore the quantity & quality of services that the townspeople have come to expect. i.e. - The wastewater (poopy water) dept has 5 workers who have to maintain the main treatment facility, 24 pumping stations scattered all across town, and roughly 75 to 100 linear miles of sewer mains. That dept is currently 2 workers short. The H2O dept is currently staffed with the absoute bare minimum of employees. Parks is just plain under-staffed to start with, as people from the other departments have to go maintain public property at the expense of their own operations. And the street dept has about 6 guys to maintain ~100 miles of streets. Police & Fire are currently fully staffed.

If they lose 1 worker in any of the departments, then every dept is affected, and services are affected, then the people in town won't be happy campers!!! (the poop may not hit the fan...but it may backup into there basements!! )

The depts HAVE to live within their budgets, but a couple of the pols don't think that they themselves need to. And we hope to get them taken care of next April 17th!!!

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Yeah, they only let us have 2 things to vote "NO" on today.....but they were both worth it...I like coloring in that little circle next to the word "NO"
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Yeah and they don't ask you to prove you are who you are here either, not like some other places I hear. Oh we still use paper ballots and pencil - takes me for ever to fill in the dang circles properly - me eyes are ready for Lazik or ReZoom or whatever surgery I guess Nords....oh I also don't bother voting for the unopposed candidates - saves getting my hand tired from filling all those circles...if the repubs keep control of the house and senate I'm either commiting suicide later tonight or moving to Canada or Italy or ?
Dan: If I get enough stickers from my other polling place visits, I'll mail them to you. You can cram them in your mouth and nose. Go out that way. . . . . . well DW will mail any leftovers from my event.
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DW and I voted around 11 AM at our local VFD firehouse. We were the only voters there and got a choice of "paper or plastic". DW went the paper route and I chose the new electronic voting device.

We finished at exactly the same time and I'm pretty sure I was the only one of us who voted for Kinky (she seems to think he really is...).

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Dan: If I get enough stickers from my other polling place visits, I'll mail them to you. You can cram them in your mouth and nose. Go out that way. . . . . . well DW will mail any leftovers from my event.


Sounds good! That would make quite a statement - Despondent DFLer found with "I Voted" stickers stuffed in olifactory orifices after Republ-icky upset - left note "I refuse To Stay The Course, would rather Cut Stuff and Run Choke"... hopefully We'll survive this and be around to elect Obama in 08...
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We finished at exactly the same time and I'm pretty sure I was the only one of us who voted for Kinky (she seems to think he really is...).
I did my part to get out the vote - took the wife and her best friend - and not a vote for the Kinkster in the group.

We didn't vote early this time because the early polling place was always jam packed. Opted to go for what we thought would be a slow time on election day (when everybody has to go to their precinct's polling place) and still found a line. Eldest son just came home and said that the voters were lined up outside the school all day today.
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Mailed my ballot last week.
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The lines at 2:30 were very long at our polling place (a school gym), looked like the last 2 Presidential elections! Took an hour and a half to vote, due to a long ballot and too few machines, but at least the electronic feedback was decent this time (still no printout, though). As a reward, we went to Jack's Cosmic Dogs for a couple of old-fashioned vanilla malts.

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.. hopefully We'll survive this and be around to elect Obama in 08...
Just another reason I leave the keys in my gun cabinet door.

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No. Nor will I.

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No. Nor will I.

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Sounds good to me. Another vote for the Gay Old Perasts (GOP) not cast is a good choice.
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Voted on the way home, very very busy there, usually I'm the only one there because I get there between 4:30 -5:00pm. I was really surprised at the 20 or so people there waiting.
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