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Old 11-05-2006, 07:00 AM   #21
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Not arguing the point but just curious where this is the case.
I don't remember right off the top of my head, because I don't vote absentee often. It was one of the things I discovered during the 2000 presidential fiasco. Since each state has their own laws covering how elections are handled, you could probably look it up on a state website, if you're curious.
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Re: Tip: Be Permanently Absent
Old 11-05-2006, 08:11 AM   #22
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Don, if you have the time, you really should go. It would be the right thing to do!
It turns out that VA does not allow voter challengers in the room like Ohio, Kentucky and some other states do. I live in DC where no one would bother if they could - no way they could stop enough votes to change the outcome. I am not prepared to go up to Ohio which is why I was looking nearby. I suspect Ohio precincts will probably have things under better control this time around anyway.
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Old 11-05-2006, 09:45 AM   #23
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Houston has periodically had some precincts report votes for more than 100% of the number of registered voters. I would think there should be a little more oversite in those precints.

Probably our greatest threat to democracy is the perception of widespread voting fraud. Both major parties attack the other in one form or fashion every election over this issue. Unless the accusations are true, I would think all election participants would favor and "iron clad" voter ID approach and aggressive steps to prevent fraud. This can all be done without "disenfranchising" anyone legally entitled to vote.

I would like to announce that both my in-laws voted by mail this year. In Texas at least two votes were cast by individuals mentally certified to have dementia. They may not be allowed to drive a motor vehicle, they may not remember what they ate at their last meal but their right to vote is sacred. I would also like to announce that one demented person voted Dem and the other voted Repub.

DW and I voted early.
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Old 11-05-2006, 10:37 AM   #24
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. . . I would like to announce that both my in-laws voted by mail this year. In Texas at least two votes were cast by individuals mentally certified to have dementia.. .
If we're going to have a President with dementia, I don't see why we can't have voters with the same cognitive function problems.
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Old 11-05-2006, 11:45 AM   #25
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Hey, I have a relative with a major mental illness and he votes!

Got a call from him a couple weeks ago, he had gotten sucked in by a negative campaign ad. When I suggested he look at what the other candidate had to say he hung up on me. :
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Hey, I have a relative with a major mental illness and he votes!

Got a call from him a couple weeks ago, he had gotten sucked in by a negative campaign ad. When I suggested he look at what the other candidate had to say he hung up on me. :
I wish I could get my FIL off the phone so easily.
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Old 11-06-2006, 09:41 AM   #27
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"Permanent absentee" -- what a great idea. Sounds cool too I wish that was a choice here.

I voted early for the first time, because our ballot is a huge mess this year. That took about a half-hour, as compared to what I bet will be a 2 hour process tomorrow. And you still get that "visiting the polling place" feeling.

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