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Old 10-30-2012, 10:12 AM   #41
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.....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....
I have the worst of both worlds - I live in a non-swing state so my vote doesn't count for much but I am near to a swing state so I still get barraged by political ads.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:16 AM   #42
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I've already voted early.

I respect everyone's choice to always vote, vote sometimes or to skip. A case can be made for each descision.

With that said, I believe in voting (especially in elections you may feel passionate about). Heck for me, I'd be happy to car pool with a friend/family member to the voting location even knowing that our votes will cancel each other out.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:30 PM   #43
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I'll vote in person on election day. The polling place is a half block from the house I carpool with - and I'm driver that day. So I'll vote (with my kids in tow) at 7am when they open, and still make it to the carpool house by 7:15 to take the kids to school.


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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.
My mom worked for the Registrar of voters here in San Diego. Absentee ballots that are received by the ROV by election day can be counted as soon as the polls open (7am here). So that is the results they can post as soon as the polls close - the folks who mailed in their ballots ahead of time. It actually speeds up results.

The number of ballots that are postmarked election day or the day before are a very small percentage - most of the absentee ballots come in well before election day.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:52 PM   #44
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I think I saw that last time around Colorado had the fewest election day votes cast, with 85% of votes cast early. (Florida was next with 65%)
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:36 PM   #45
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I voted early and and in person last week. DH will be voting in person tomorrow. We had long, long lines 8 yrs ago which was a big pain in the butt. Our township added a second polling place a few yrs ago to deal with the problem but I'm not taking any chances.
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Voted early in person today. About twice as many voting machines in the grocery store as usual and still 25 minutes in line. Very long ballot (I think I heard somewhere it was 14 screens) so most people were taking awhile, even if they brought notes (as I did). Turns out paper notes are OK but electronic devices are a no-no. I saw a couple of neighbors in line ahead of me and they must have voted straight ticket and ignored the non-partisan races - they were only at the machine for 30 seconds. Guess they didn't read the really good op-ed that I saw about why straight ticket voting is not a good idea:
Sanchez: Straight ticket will drive you straight to trouble | www.statesman.com
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Incidentally, when I first registered to vote, I had to pay a poll tax and also read and interpret a random passage from the Constitution.
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All you early voters. Geez. Who wouldn't want to wait in line for hours with tons of annoying people pestering you and handing you political stuff? In person voting is the way we did it in the old days and we liked it. We loved it
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I think I saw that last time around Colorado had the fewest election day votes cast, with 85% of votes cast early. (Florida was next with 65%)
Apparently 80% of the registered voters in my county (including DW and I) are permanently registered to vote by mail.

Very curious to see if Amendment 64 passes, although I suspect it would change little.
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All you early voters. Geez. Who wouldn't want to wait in line for hours with tons of annoying people pestering you and handing you political stuff? In person voting is the way we did it in the old days and we liked it. We loved it
The people pestering is a regional thing. I saw it in PA, but not in WA or CA. In fact in CA you have to stay several hundred feet away from the polling place to "electioneer". They'll even ask you take off candidate pins, etc.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:20 PM   #51
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I voted early and in person Monday night. We took granddaughter to her Leap and Learn dance lesson at the mall and early voting was at the mall, so we voted while she was dancing. Walked right in and did not have to wait.

I wanted to make sure that I voted and did not want to have to worry about weather or being sick or anything else on Election Day. It is over and done with and I feel good that I voted.
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I am not going to vote because I live in a state which result is known already, since it is heavily tilted towards one presidential candidate - and it happens to be the candidate I would vote for. No regrets.
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There is no early voting in Michigan (other than absentee ballot voting, which to me is a bit of a hassle), so we'll be voting on the morning of Nov. 6th. Shouldn't be any long lines in our small town. I've researched all the candidates and the 6 ballot proposals and made up my mind long ago how to vote on each one. All these political ads the last few weeks are just a source of irritation.......no chance of me changing how I plan to vote at this point.
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I voted early-today, in the great state of Texas.
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"Vote early and often" is the Mass State motto! (Anyone ever heard the song? I'm serious!)

The earlier you vote the more times you get to vote...
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Nah, why try, they won't count it.
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Voted early in person. Normally, I like the tradition of going to the polls but DW and I took our son, a US Marine who was in a very remote place during the last Presidential election. Their location was so remote that neither email nor fax was available and he isn't sure their paper ballots made it to civilization in time to be counted. SAD!!! We wanted him to be sure his vote counted this time so we went to the courthouse a couple days ago.
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We filled out our absentee ballots last night, I will post them this morning. We can't wait 'til this is over, we are getting bombarded with phone calls.
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