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Voted Early in Person 57 27.01%
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Will Vote on Election Day 85 40.28%
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:04 PM   #21
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I voted on this polll awhile back with no comment....

But, I almost always vote on election day out of habit... I think having this tradition is good.... and since I still work.... I leave early


As someone else pointed out, the vote is pretty much decided for national offices by Nov.... you better vote for who you want in the primaries or you get stuck with bad choices... but, since the 'true believers' vote in primaries their picks usually win... (this is for both parties as districts are pretty clearly defined to be one or the other)...
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I took the leap on the first day available in this state: last Monday. I was surprised at how many people were there (not that it wasn't manageable. everyone was very excited and friendly!).
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Yeah, with all the hanging chads and other voter irregularities, it'll take a week or two for all the various state and federal courts to weigh-in and pick the winner.
Yes. If we have a close election, the individual convenience of absentee and early voting is going to turn into a big national inconvenience. Here in Ohio the window for mail-in absentee ballots only closes on Nov 16th. If there's a demand for a recount, that can't start before Dec 2nd. The electoral college convenes Dec 17th.

Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
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Voting on election day. It's kinda like shopping on Christmas Eve. Plan on voting a straight ticket for the Gonzo Party.
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Oregon is a vote by mail state although one can take your ballot to the elections office on election day. Mine was in the mail Friday.

I wonder how those who in states impacted by this storm will manage to vote. Voting machines need electricity.

I really like Oregon's voting process. Nothing fancy, mark your ballot, get it in by mail or in person. The only thing high tech are the ballot scanners.
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Today begins week two of early voting in south Texas. My closest voting site is averaging 1000+ votes daily so far. I stopped by today on the way to the gym just to see if what the lines looked like and was surprised that there were many parking places so I took one and ventured inside. I was the only person in line. In other words, I had zero wait time. \

Our electronic ballot had 23 pages (many judges, constables, tax assessors etc to elect) but I cruised through that and was out in 5 minutes. I know it's not a race, but I got it done and was on my way to the gym in record time...
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I knew little about some of the candidates for state and county positions once we get off the top of the ballot. But luckily I was sitting in a coffee house today and my favorite contercultural freebie weekly was sitting on the table. It had instructions on who to vote for, and what to vote on the propositions. Problem solved! Anything I had no opinion on, or no knowledge about, I just voted the opposite of whatever the Stranger suggested.

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We voted early, in person, 15 mins from arriving to walking out. Very efficient these days, swipe a wand over your election card, take a PIN code and go to one of the large number of machines available.

We'll be in Death Valley on election day and won't have access to internet or TV for several days.
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I knew little about some of the candidates for state and county positions once we get off the top of the ballot. But luckily I was sitting in a coffee house today and my favorite contercultural freebie weekly was sitting on the table. It had instructions on who to vote for, and what to vote on the propositions. Problem solved! Anything I had no opinion on, or no knowledge about, I just voted the opposite of whatever the Stranger suggested.

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I mailed in the absentee ballot a few days ago. I was so out-of-touch that I did not know about early voting in person until I read this thread.

I normally do not watch much local broadcast TV to get bombarded by political ads. But just yesterday, watched a bit of TV and caught a negative ad saying that if a certain pol gets elected as congressman, then a certain group of people would lose a certain very special privilege. What the hell? So, I am glad that I did vote for that person.
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We'll vote early but haven't done so yet.

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I will vote on Election Day. Straight ticket against any incumbents.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:49 AM   #33
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North Carolina has early voting, so the DW and I hit the main library branch yesterday. About 15 minutes in total with a fast moving line.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:26 AM   #34
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I'll vote on election day. Lines not that long in our small city.
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Wow, lots of early and absentee voters. It really could delay things if the tally is close. I always vote on election day. My polling place is a block away and pretty efficient. Since I can go after the morning rush hours now I probably won't have any wait.
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I will vote on election day...and see the volunteers who come back for every election. I believe that one of the most important processes in the USA is honest, free and open elections...that who is our elected officials were really elected!
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We'll be in Death Valley on election day...
Oh my. I didn't realize you were that ill...
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I'm a military member stationed abroad and am registered to vote in Texas. This year I was able to receive my absentee ballot via email (I don't remember having that ever before). Texas even allows military members in combat zones to fax in their ballot if they don't have mail access. Very easy.
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Can't vote in this poll as I'm undecided as to whether I will vote this time or not.

I pulled down our ballot from the County website several weeks ago to see if I had research to do, and as others have said, anything I'm interested in is pre-determined (we are not a swing state). No referendums of any meaning, the one position I am interested in has a candidate that is running unopposed.

I think it is my civic duty to conserve the gasoline for the drive there and back. Living in a non-swing State is a mixed blessing. On one hand, it sucks to feel that your vote really doesn't count. OTOH, I can't imagine being barraged with more political ads than we already get.

A few years ago, I voted in a race where my candidate won by a tiny margin. That is a very different feeling.

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