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Old 10-31-2012, 11:05 AM   #61
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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.
We are too, and Louisiana isn't even a swing state. Lots and lots of robocalls, though, both to my landline and to my cell phone, all originating from other states. Oh well. Only 6 more days to go.
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We are too, and Louisiana isn't even a swing state. Lots and lots of robocalls, though, both to my landline and to my cell phone, all originating from other states. Oh well. Only 6 more days to go.
Interesting. We no longer have a land line, but have had the same cell number for 8 years and I have not had a single political campaign call. I just assumed cell phones were exempt from charities and political groups being to call.
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We can't wait 'til this is over, we are getting bombarded with phone calls.

No doubt! The rest of the free world probably shares that opinion. This has become so bad, it almost makes me think it would be better to be back at work. Almost
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In washington, we might as well be dead as far as national elections are concerned. Everybody knows how the state will go. One Senator and of course congress are up, but little chance of any change. Also state and county posts. I have had no phone calls, not many TV ads, but quite of bit of junk mail for state and county offices.

The most contentious ballot issues are the propositions- Gay Marriage, Charter Schools among the biggies. Oh, and marijuana legalization. If there is much opposition to gay marriage I have not seen evidence of it, though people might keep something like that to themselves around here. The other two I expect could be close.

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In San Francisco, I haven't seen many commercials for presidential or congressional candidates because there is really not much of a race (zero phone calls either). It's all about the propositions here. I read the county's and state's 150-page pamphlets detailing each proposition. Only a couple of them genuinely retained my attention.
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In washington, we might as well be dead as far as national elections are concerned. Everybody knows how the state will go. One Senator and of course congress are up, but little chance of any change. Also state and county posts. I have had no phone calls, not many TV ads, but quite of bit of junk mail for state and county offices.

The most contentious ballot issues are the propositions- Gay Marriage, Charter Schools among the biggies. Oh, and marijuana legalization. If there is much opposition to gay marriage I have not seen evidence of it, though people might keep something like that to themselves around here. The other two I expect could be close.

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I support gay charter schools with marijuana, but I don't live in Washington...

Let me get this straight.... you approve of gay charter schools so much, you are sending them your marijuana to support them
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I think he meant that he supports gay charter schools that HAVE marijuana.
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Live the the DC area and have, on the basis of your important endorsement, decided not to support the Gonzo Party. I'm going with the Groucho/Zappa ticket.
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I think he meant that he supports gay charter schools that HAVE marijuana.

I don't think it was so clear....

That is why I took the other meaning.... just to have fun....
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I've got my early and absentee votes cast. Now just waiting for election day to make a personal appearance to cast #3. Hey...... it's Cook County, Illinois!

Since the poll naively doesn't allow multiple votes, I couldn't find a choice that applied to us folks in northern Illinois.
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In washington, we might as well be dead as far as national elections are concerned. Everybody knows how the state will go.
In Illinois, when we say we know how the state will go, we don't mean which major party will prevail. We mean we already know the final outcome down to the vote, precinct by precinct, ward by ward, county by county........ I think "THEY" finalized all the numbers in a meeting in August.
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I've got my early and absentee votes cast. Now just waiting for election day to make a personal appearance to cast #3. Hey...... it's Cook County, Illinois!

Since the poll naively doesn't allow multiple votes, I couldn't find a choice that applied to us folks in northern Illinois.
I was going to use the "early and often" joke but figured it would irk some Chicagoan to steal their hard illicitly won thunder!

I'm actually still undecided on the National candidates, but plan on developing my "voting spreadsheet" today to analyze the candidates' position on issues that are important (or not so important) to me.
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I was going to use the "early and often" joke but figured it would irk some Chicagoan to steal their hard illicitly won thunder!

I'm actually still undecided on the National candidates, but plan on developing my "voting spreadsheet" today to analyze the candidates' position on issues that are important (or not so important) to me.
I'm glad you are taking the kids, Fuego. I worked elections (as a paid worker for the State Election Commission) for years when I was younger and I loved it when people brought in their children so they could see what voting was all about and sense the excitement of election day.

Nowadays I vote absentee by mail, which is boring but expedient.
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Arizona the new show me state, are my papers in order. I will be the only one to vote when I show up. There will be 6 polling place workers. They all know me but will look at my photo ID, ask me to repeat my name all the way down the line, and ask me to hand over my signature. I know of 1/20th of our town population will be poll watchers in other areas in the county. But it is my duty and my right.
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I'm glad you are taking the kids, Fuego. I worked elections (as a paid worker for the State Election Commission) for years when I was younger and I loved it when people brought in their children so they could see what voting was all about and sense the excitement of election day.
The kids always have fun. And I now see they are out of school on election day, so I can sleep in, then go vote.
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The kids always have fun. And I now see they are out of school on election day, so I can sleep in, then go vote.
I recall when I was a kid, I was able to stay up late to watch the Monday Night Football game the night before Election Day because the schools were closed.

Back when I was a kid in the 1970s, my parents often took me and my brother to the voting location (our local high school) so I could watch them vote. Given that I moved around a lot i the 1980s, I still felt a bit of a thrill the first time I voted there even though I had voted elswhere in the previous years.
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Interesting. We no longer have a land line, but have had the same cell number for 8 years and I have not had a single political campaign call. I just assumed cell phones were exempt from charities and political groups being to call.
You just jinxed it!
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I recall when I was a kid, I was able to stay up late to watch the Monday Night Football game the night before Election Day because the schools were closed.
I guess they use some schools as polling places, because they didn't have this day off last year nor do they have it off next year.
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There is a rather amusing video clip being shown today with a little girl crying and saying she's tired of hearing about "Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney". I'm like, "I'm with you, sweetie".
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