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Go In Person To Vote 78 63.41%
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Old 10-14-2014, 10:33 AM   #41
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As far as voting in person goes, perhaps it should be separated by early voting and voting on Election Day? More people I know actually use early voting these days, at least where and when it is available.
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I've always voted in person. Probably will continue to do that, unless the lines become unreasonable. I don't anticipate that around here, though.
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Early and often. Actually, as an Oregonian who is also out of state in November, by mail.
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I usually vote in person now that I'm in a rural area and the polling place isn't crowded. But many years ago I attempted to vote in an election in a growing area where the county officials badly misjudged the turnout at the local precinct. I showed up to vote after work only to find the line out the door and halfway down the block, and decided to sit this one out. Afterwards it was reported that the last in line didn't get to cast their vote until just prior to 10 PM - long after the winner had been announced...
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Old 10-14-2014, 11:04 AM   #45
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Texas has early voting which I do in person. There is seldom a line. Once in a great while, we've voted on the actual election day and there were absolutely no lines. I think most people early vote in Texas.

Absentee ballots are avilable for those over 65 and those out of their area on election day. I don't think it's heavily reviewed on who claims to be out of theri voting area.

Sample ballots are on line. The actual ballot changes by precinct since there are so many water boards, school districts, cities that vary within any county.
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I am an election volunteer. So every election I get to see our democracy in action. It is a great privileged to work the vote. I wish there was a higher turnout, but all I can do is make my vote and then make voting as easy as possible for other voters.
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Old 10-14-2014, 04:20 PM   #47
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I generally vote in the manner of our people, by filling in small ovals on a sheet of paper.

It is our way.
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I generally vote in the manner of our people, by filling in small ovals on a sheet of paper.

It is our way.
I prefer filling small ovals on paper as opposed to the computer kiosk. Our polling place has a choice of paper ballot or computer kiosk (for the gutsy). The election workers talked me into going with the computer kiosk last time - it malfunctioned. So I had to do a redo on paper. I'm going straight to the paper ballot this election.
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Generally in person on election day. I have worked as poll worker and poll watcher before and for those elections I voted early.

I missed this years primary and I felt bad about it, I was going to be on the mainland and missed the deadline to get an absentee. It was only the 3rd or 4th time I missed voting in my life
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The entire state of Oregon is vote by mail. It is convenient and cheaper to administrate. I used to go to my local polling place and had great fun gossiping with my neighbors and poll workers. Unfortunately my favorite poll worker has passed away (Mickey Loloich's Mom) so voting by mail is OK.
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Used to be permanent absentee since that was before early voting and I traveled a bunch. Now do early voting in-person when it is convenient. Never go on election day.
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We waste so much time, effort, and money on voting. We, as voters, do a horrifically bad job at selecting the best candidate as proven by the fact that in over 99% of the races, the candidate that spends the most money ends-up winning. So we all could all save a lot of time and get a better result if we sampled and trained a subset of voters instead of letting everyone vote.

What if, when you register to vote, your name goes into a list where a healthy subset would be randomly selected to cast a vote? Very much like jury duty...by law, you are required to do it.

Those selected would be required to go to "voting school" for, say, one week, where they would be briefed on the issues of the day. To keep the playing field even on the issues, maybe a wikipedia-style source (crowd sourced) could be used as instructional background material. Also, each person running for office would assemble a "pitch" that would be played for those people in the voting school. The politicians would also be required to fill-out a questioneer similar to the one the VoteSmart people use (tries to get at where the politician stands on various issues). These selected voting school individuals would be sequestered, so no politicians would know or be able to contact (bribe) them. The voting school people would become informed voters, then cast an informed vote.

What a concept...voting for someone not because you've seen more of their ads or signs, but because you've studied their past actions and their stated positions!
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What a concept...voting for someone not because you've seen more of their ads or signs, but because you've studied their past actions and their stated positions!
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Agreed that it will never happen. But the Industrial Engineer in me can't help but point out inefficiencies.
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What a concept...voting for someone not because you've seen more of their ads or signs, but because you've studied their past actions and their stated positions!
Reason enough to stop voting altogether...
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Reason enough to stop voting altogether...
I'm of a like mind, but I do vote, but vote for someone who will "never win"... The " third party candidate". I don't see it as a "wasted vote" because I figure it's the best way to flip the bird at our screwed-up system. And maybe if enough of us flip the bird at 'em, they will ease toward doing what is right for us instead of right to keep getting re-elected and lining their own pockets.
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Reason enough to stop voting altogether...
That's another answer to the problem posed by Sengsational. If people who won't take the time to adequately inform themselves can just be encouraged to avoid voting . . . unfortunately, people's motivation to vote sometimes seems inversely proportional to their understanding of the issues.
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I'm of a like mind, but I do vote, but vote for someone who will "never win"... The " third party candidate". I don't see it as a "wasted vote" because I figure it's the best way to flip the bird at our screwed-up system. And maybe if enough of us flip the bird at 'em, they will ease toward doing what is right for us instead of right to keep getting re-elected and lining their own pockets.
Yep, I've voted third-party many times, for that reason, and with that results...

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That's another answer to the problem posed by Sengsational. If people who won't take the time to adequately inform themselves can just be encouraged to avoid voting . . . unfortunately, people's motivation to vote sometimes seems inversely proportional to their understanding of the issues.
True enough, though my point was that many of the candidates, independent of party, have little to nothing to recommend them... IMHO, of course. We do still have statesmen/women, but they're overwhelmed by party machinery, lobbyist money, and, frankly, some are just plain worthless. I'm not entirely sure it's ever been much different.
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I'm of a like mind, but I do vote, but vote for someone who will "never win"... The " third party candidate". I don't see it as a "wasted vote" because I figure it's the best way to flip the bird at our screwed-up system. And maybe if enough of us flip the bird at 'em, they will ease toward doing what is right for us instead of right to keep getting re-elected and lining their own pockets.
I've thought about doing that too but it just seemed like a pointless exercise. Sort of like voting for the "regular" candidates.

So what I do is vote for the one I think will do the least amount of damage.
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I've thought about doing that too but it just seemed like a pointless exercise. Sort of like voting for the "regular" candidates.

So what I do is vote for the one I think will do the least amount of damage.
I don't want to stray into politics too far, but my thinking is that the two major parties tend to play "good cop / bad cop" with the citizenry. Thus, I look at the two groups as a single unit who's primary motivation is to keep things as they are (always tipping back and forth between just the two of them). Their primary goal in life is to keep (or get) their life-long political career going, and the needs of the populace is secondary. I do not think any of that can be said for third party candidates, because they "can't win". And, as I said earlier, I do think that the two major parties look at how many of us are thumbing our nose at them through third party voting.
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