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Old 11-08-2016, 04:30 PM   #121
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I first voted nearly 50 years ago (1968). I will not vote in the current election as none of the candidates that I have to consider are worthy of my vote. I am considering complete retirement from voting.

I'll have to go along with whoever you folks vote in. I don't expect any of it will directly affect me anyway.
You can write in a candidate, even if it may appear pointless.

And then, there are other positions, issues, and propositions to consider.
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:33 PM   #122
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Yup. The Federal stuff (pres, senate and rep) took up less than a half page of the 4 page ballot. Then there was the state stuff, the local stuff and a dozen props.
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The line issue is why the fill in the dots and scan method is best. Because with that you can put up essentially an unlimited number of voting places, since all you need is a table, chairs a pen and some cardboard. Plus it does give a record that if need be could be hand counted. when done you just put the ballot into the scanning machine.
Yes, but... The judges who hand out the ballots and make sure you are alive are still a constraint. That's where our line was. They set up a bunch of tables for people to fill in. Not a problem (although some wanted to wait for booths for privacy). But handing out the ballots takes time.
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Waited 1 hour and 15 minutes at 10:30 this morning. DGF went at 5:30 PM, same polling station, and was in and out in 6 minutes. Go figure.

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In PA and in line as I type. I have been in line about 20 minutes and it looks like another 15 to the end.


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Sent in ballot about a month ago, in NJ.
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Old 11-08-2016, 05:32 PM   #128
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I remember in the past, when not voting by mail, having to bring a premarked sample ballot with me to spend minimal time in the booth.
This is SOP for me... I could not have voted so fast if I wasn't just transferring my choices from the sample ballot to the real ballot... Especially with so many state and local propositions.... We've got two Stadium Tax bills alone - one by the football team, the other by a local gadfly.
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Old 11-08-2016, 05:51 PM   #129
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Just came from voting. I live in very small town, I was voter # 239. No line but took about 20 minutes due to talking to neighbors.
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I voted when the polls opened this morning. It took about 30 minutes, although I suspect it would have been shorter had I just waited a while. It was obvious that the woman in line next to me was in favor of a different candidate, but we both agreed that it was a grand and glorious day to stand in line and peaceably exercise our franchise.
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Voted at about 2PM-only a short wait. Sadly, DH was too sick to go out. The hospice nurse gave him some morphine at 11:30 and I'm afraid he might have voted for Truman anyway. I'd looked into mail ballots but they have to be notarized. I'd had a notary come to the house to get DH's signature on another document and he charged $25. Cash. I thought I'd be able to get DH to the polling place but I was wrong.

Very glad I could vote, anyway. Women fought too long and too hard for me to just skip voting.
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...Very glad I could vote, anyway. Women fought too long and too hard for me to just skip voting.
Women have been allowed to vote since 1920. It's been almost a century.

But they did not just pick on women. Just a bit earlier, poor white men were not allowed to vote. Back some more, and even Jews, Quakers, and Catholics were banned from the voting booths.
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Most of the "I Voted" stickers are a generic flag or stars motif. I'm surprised someone approved a "Blue Dog" sticker. It's not a donkey or an elephant, but it's been used as a symbol for partisan politics.
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Women have been allowed to vote since 1920. It's been almost a century.

But they did not just pick on women. Just a bit earlier, poor white men were not allowed to vote. Back some more, and even Jews, Quakers, and Catholics were banned from the voting booths.
I can still remember a middle aged blonde lady in Illinois being interviewed on TV just before the 1960 election. She said Kennedy should not be elected, because then the Pope would run the country.
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Most of the "I Voted" stickers are a generic flag or stars motif. I'm surprised someone approved a "Blue Dog" sticker. It's not a donkey or an elephant, but it's been used as a symbol for partisan politics.
What partisan politics? It's a very famous Louisiana artist's work (George Rodrigue), in the New Orleans Museum of Art, on JazzFest posters, sculptures all over town, depictions in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel, on billboards, at my dentist's office, and so on. If it is partisan in any way, I have never heard anyone here ever say one thing about that. I have met people with extreme political leanings on both sides of the spectrum, who love the Blue Dog.

Personally I hate the Blue Dog because it looks like it is stoned to me, with those pinpoint eyeballs.
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seng: one of my co-w*rkers waited over 2 hours. (seng, we live in the same area.)

I'm a bit baffled by the early voting thing. I tried it once, and all I remember is waiting.
We went to vote early the day before elections, and the line up was 1.5 hrs, so we walked out.

On election day we walked to the official poll place for us, and there was a line up of 1 person. A 1 minute wait
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Women have been allowed to vote since 1920. It's been almost a century.

But they did not just pick on women. Just a bit earlier, poor white men were not allowed to vote. Back some more, and even Jews, Quakers, and Catholics were banned from the voting booths.
And Asians didn't get the right until 1948 or 1952 depending on which site you read. It was tied to citizenship, even if you were born here.

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What partisan politics? It's a very famous Louisiana artist's work (George Rodrigue), in the New Orleans Museum of Art, on JazzFest posters, sculptures all over town, depictions in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel, on billboards, at my dentist's office, and so on. If it is partisan in any way, I have never heard anyone here ever say one thing about that. I have met people with extreme political leanings on both sides of the spectrum, who love the Blue Dog.
"Blue dog <name of a political party>" is a phrase I haven't heard in many years, but at one time it's partisan meaning was clear. No idea if Rodrigue was aware of that.
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Dunno if I'll bother. Still not retired and would require getting to office late, or leaving early.
Actually ended up feeling guilty, left during rush hour, and voted. 5 minutes, car door to car door. Only three boxes to check (Pres/USHouse/State_Legis); apparently the primary election is when they shoehorn in all the excess stuff that resulted in motionless lines.

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