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I went off to the polls today to do my civic duty. After a year of discussing candidates with friends and family I made the right decision. However, unlike many other districts, I had the option of voting for a Jedi Master

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Two surprises from today.

After a 30 minute wait to get to the registration table I found two lines. Line 1 was about a 15 minute wait for an electronic voting booth. Line 2 was for paper ballots and completely empty. Since we had time my wife and I decided to wait for the electronic ballot, but even the people complaining about how long the process was taking mostly refused to jump to the paper ballot line. After watching maybe 80 people vote, I only saw at most 10 people choose paper ballots.

The electronic voting machine was interesting. Some people were taking upward of 5 minutes. However, we had seen the sample ballot the week before and made our choices. Given the preponderance of sample ballots, and voting material across the wall I couldn't fathom why people were taking so long. Then I entered the booth.

The electronic ballot was fairly simple. However unless you pressed the leftmost portion of the selection it did not register. It literally didn't pick up my selections unless I pressed in the leftmost fifth of the selection. By the 45 minute mark after the polls opened the election officials were already frustrated with the machines. Only another 12 hours and 15 minutes to go.


Ps- I voted for the communist.... If you don't know who that is don't worry. Neither did the asshat of exit poller that yelled at my wife. She was waiting for me beyond the threshold that he was allowed to cross and he did not like that one bit. Anyway- that poll is going to have a larger margin of error.
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Main candidates this year are dumb and dumber. The scarier part is that you don't know who is who...
I'll vote later today when the polls open.
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Nothing but pen and paper ballots for us out here in the Wild West. Kinda like going to take the SAT, but the results are posted in the paper and I won't get any letters from ivy league colleges trying to recruit my brain.
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Being Canadian, I am not eligible to vote in our Southern Cousin's weird form of Democracy, however I will say this. Even back as far the 2004 Democratic Race, I said that Obama was basically an empty shirt, but he won and he was for all his fault, head and shoulders better then the horror show that the Republicans field. Personally I figured Hillary Clinton would of been a better choice and she has bigger balls then all the male Republican and Democratic contenders combined.

This year, Obama is still an empty shirt, tho he has done some good given the obstruction he has faced in the Republican controlled Congress and he is still the better choice. If you are middle class, lower middle class or god forbid, lower class, then voting for Mitt and his Teabagger boy blunder VEEP is akin to cutting your own throat to cure a cough. Mitt cares little for the average wage slave and anyone who is not in the top 10 percentile of wealth who votes for Mitt is basically voting against their own economic self-interest.

The basic fact is you are more then likely gonna get screwed no matter who wins, however with Obama, you will at least get a preliminary kiss first and a complimentary reach around, Mitt on the other hand wont kiss you, nor use lube and is likely to use a sandpaper condom (grit on the outside) on you.
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MmeMagpie wrote:Nothing but pen and paper ballots for us out here in the Wild West. Kinda like going to take the SAT, but the results are posted in the paper and I won't get any letters from ivy league colleges trying to recruit my brain.
Paper ballots are the way to go, too easy to screw around with electronic voting machines.
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Always love the Canadian thought.
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I am sure my vote went to waste, but I couldn't bring myself to vote for either of the morons. I voted for Gary Johnson.
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What is it with Florida? :aaarggh:
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It's much more important to vote for senate/house. The executive branch is sexy, but the least powerful. However look how the dems pushed the stimulus through in 2009 and how the republicans/tea party have stopped the passage of bills leading to some of the least effective (based on ability to pass legislation) of american history.
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Last I looked Romney had a lead but not as much as you would think. Most likely going to come down to the wire (again).

As Canadian citizens but living in the USA, we are not allowed to vote in the US elections.

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All the news agencies seem to be calling it for Obama. Going to be interesting to see if any lawsuits/recounts/attacks come out in the next few days.
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Sure did. paper ballots and a sheet fed scanner. Choked on all the perfume in the building.
I need to see about absentee voting from now on.
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Florida is still counting... :ninja:

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I'm very surprised Va went to Obama two elections in a row. I thought for certain his federal spending cuts would have dampened his support in Northern Virginia, which essentially carried the state.
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storysunfolding wrote:I'm very surprised Va went to Obama two elections in a row. I thought for certain his federal spending cuts would have dampened his support in Northern Virginia, which essentially carried the state.
I thought that VA was one of those states that could go either way, but very close.
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Dead candidate wins election in Florida... :boat:
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HYPERR wrote:Dead candidate wins election in Florida... :boat:
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storysunfolding wrote:
HYPERR wrote:Dead candidate wins election in Florida... :boat:
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"Florida Democrat Earl K. Wood and Alabama Republican Charles Beasley won their respective elections but they will not take office.

Both men died weeks before the Nov. 6 election yet managed to beat their very much alive opponents by comfortable margins.

Wood died on Oct. 15 from natural causes at age 96, during his campaign for a 12th term as Orange County Tax Collector in Orlando, Fla.

Criticized for rarely coming into the office while collecting a $150,000 salary and $90,000 pension, Wood initially announced he would step down, only to change his mind when a longtime political foe made plans to seek the seat."


EDIT: BTW, in the process of "googling" this so I can post it here for you, I noticed that there were other incidents of dead Floridians being elected in the past. I guess this is a common thing in Florida. :banghead2:
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Roughly 1/6 of all female senators were appointed to replace their dead husbands in the senate. Lots of them in the house too!

Once you're on the ballot, they can't take you off. Come on man, surely you watched the west wing?
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A vote I found interesting... Puerto Rico has voted that it wants to become a state...
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