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November 7th, 2006


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07:35 am - If today is an election day where you are ...
VOTE!

When in doubt, think about whether your representatives in general are doing the job you think they should. If not, vote against whoever is currently in office. If so, vote for whoever is currently in office.

If you have no idea who to vote for, look at the name that sounds most familiar and vote against them.

Hopefully, you've read any ballot questions, and have thought them over. Hopefully, you've familiarized yourself with the candidates and the issues, but if not, vote anyway. This is your sacred duty as a citizen. Don't just blow it off.

ETA: via ginmar -- For all those American citizens who have died in the conflict in Iraq, vote because they can't.

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From:astro_babe
Date:November 7th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Sorry honey I had to vote for the person whose name is most familiar- because he's a friend and I agree with his politics.

And since I'm out of state I mailed in my absentee ballot 2 weeks ago. Down with the proposition to lease the Rose Bowl to the NFL!!
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 7th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Heh. That's why I said "if you have no idea who to vote for." :-)

w00t! Good for you.

I just got back from the polls myself. I forgot to add, "Never vote for a constitutional amendment unless you really strongly feel that the matter is important enough that it cannot be effectively handled legislatively."
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From:stardragonca
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
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A friend was sworn in as an officer in your Navy,and asked the room:"Can I swear to uphold and defend the Constitution AS WRITTEN????"
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
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I can't even imagine the number of pushups that would have resulted in if she did that in the US Navy ...

Heh.
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From:stardragonca
Date:November 7th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
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This was your Navy.(In our Navy ones oath is to Glinda The Goodthe Queen.)
Everyone laughed,then someone pointed out that the Constitution contains a mechanism providing for its amendment,so she would have to take her chances like everybody else."Oh,ok."
It was her last moment as a civilian,after all.
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 8th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Hahaha!

"You pays your dime, you takes your chances."

Indeed.
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From:ktkatrina
Date:November 7th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
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heh. I was going to go before work, but was running late and the 2-lane orange cone brigade is out of service this week. Amusing considering the county executive in charge of fubar-ing our traffic situation even MORE is up for re-election today.

But I'm stopping on my way home to vote. Must re-elect the congressman I actually like, I first met him when he was the chancellor at my college and helped me with the AC problem in the computer lab. Very down to earth guy, I wish we had more in congress like him.
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 7th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
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My voting place is a school across the street, so I just walked over there this morning before work. :-)
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From:stardragonca
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
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In Canada,you are legally entitled to an hour off work to go and vote.
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Yes, yes, we all know that Canada is the beautiful land of free chocolate and magical wish-granting puppies (as my friend il31415li might say).

You can just shut up about it.

Anyway, don't you have some free healthcare or over-the-counter narcotics you should be getting about now?

Hmph!

:-P
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From:stardragonca
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
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I forgot to mention that poll officials have to chase the polar bears away from the polling stations.:{
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From:otterprincess
Date:November 7th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
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I voted a few weeks ago.

Get the old assholes out and bring in the new assholes! It'll still be fucked up, but in a new exciting way!

Yeah, another year of voting for the lesser of evils. Blah.

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From:stardragonca
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
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If the only names on the ballot are Hitler and Tojo,then you must vote for Mr.Tojo.!
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
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You don't want to write in Il Duce?
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From:stardragonca
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
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If the only names on the ballot are Hitler,Mussolini and Tojo,then you must vote for Mr.Tojo.
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 8th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
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What if the only names on the ballot are Hitler, Mussolini, and Bush and your state doesn't allow write-ins?
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From:stardragonca
Date:November 8th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Don't forget to allow for windage and arc.
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From:otterprincess
Date:November 7th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
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There comes a time when more action is required of the people in order in insure the continued ideals of democracy this country was built upon.

That would be one of those times.


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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 8th, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
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Word.
From:ipuhlot
Date:November 7th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
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I'm waiting for my hair to dry... really, I am. Otherwise I'll have horrible helmet hair and will look like a Carol Brady reject all day.

I just hope I won't have any problems voting. I sent in a change of address, never got a new registration card, but I did get a sample ballot. I may have to fill out a fail safe ballot but I hate doing that because I have my suspicions that those never get counted...
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From:astro_babe
Date:November 7th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
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I never got the "we processed your change" cards and stuff either. And California doesn't do voter registration cards, so you wouldn't have gotten one. I did however get my info packet and had no problem asking for my absentee ballot so you should be fine.
From:ipuhlot
Date:November 7th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
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I'm looking at my voter registration card from the last place we lived...CA does have them, whether or not I have to show it is another question...
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From:astro_babe
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Well Los Angeles county never ever got one to me at either address. And I just checked and the only reference on 5 pages of google I can find to voter card in California is the one you mail in to register.

Legally you cannot be required to show any ID whilst voting though. . .
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From:stardragonca
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)

you cannot be required to show any ID

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Wha???
This is a good thing?
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)

Re: you cannot be required to show any ID

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Oh, hell yeah. It means you can vote a lot if you can forge different people's signatures and so forth.
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From:stardragonca
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)

Re: you cannot be required to show any ID

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This is not A Good Thing.
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From:astro_babe
Date:November 7th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)

Re: you cannot be required to show any ID

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Hell no!

This is why I think the system sucks. Apparently requiring people to show any kind of ID when they vote (besides when they first vote if they didn't including their DL number on their voter registration) is wrong. It supposedly disenfranchises the poor or something to make them show some form of ID o.O

In Los Angeles I just had to say my name and address to the poll workers and sign on the line. There was absolutely no check at all that I was who I said I was and I think that is a problem.
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From:diachrony
Date:November 8th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)

Re: you cannot be required to show any ID

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I'm in Pasadena (CA as well) and at my voting place, they had everyone show their ID, sign their name in one book, and get marked off in another book. They kept hold of my ID card until they'd done all of that, checking it against my name & address in their records.

Hmmm ...
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From:astro_babe
Date:November 9th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)

Re: you cannot be required to show any ID

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Hmm which polling place? My polling place where I never had to show ID was a church on Colorado just West of Hill.

And from the League of Women Voters FAQ on California voting:
Q. Do I need identification when I go to vote?

If you have voted before and your name is on the roster of voters, no. You will just be asked to state your name and address and sign the roster.

If this is your first time voting and you registered by mail without giving your California drivers license or state identification number or the last four digits of your social security number, then you may need to show photo identification (e.g. valid driver's license or state ID) or a paycheck, utility bill, or government document that shows your name and address.

To be safe, take a photo id with you to the polls.

And from the California Democratic Party:
19. Can a Precinct Board Member ask a voter for identification?

Sometimes, but not usually. The old rule that ID is never necessary was changed by the Help America Vote Act ("HAVA").

For most voters, the answer is no. ID may NOT be asked for if either:

1) The voter voted in the last federal general election (in this case, 2004), and has not moved out of the county since; OR
2) The voter has moved into a new county or into the state since January 1, 2006, but provided their ID on the submitted registration form.

So, for regular voters, ID may be asked only of the relatively small group of voters who have moved into a new County or into the State since January 1, 2006 and did not provide identification information at the time that they registered. These voters are sometimes called "HAVA voters" and they will have a special mark next to their name on the voter list indicating that they may be asked for identification. No other regular voters may be asked for ID. HOWEVER, if one of these voters refuses to provide ID, they may still ask for and must receive a provisional ballot. Finally, the rules vary slightly from county to county - some ask for ID for HAVA voters, others assign that voter a unique identifier.

Speaking of provisional ballots, one other situation where a voter may be asked for ID is where a voter is voting a provisional ballot. However, a voter may vote a provisional ballot even if they refuse to provide ID.


So only in certain circumstances are they allowed to ask for ID and get it. Other times you can say no.
From:ipuhlot
Date:November 7th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
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Lady at the voting place said the cards aren't required. I only had to tell them my address, then my name, and sign on the dotted line.

I don't like the not showing ID...anyone coulda voted in my place.

But, I got to vote, and I got helmet hair anyway...
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From:stardragonca
Date:November 7th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
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I like Robert Heinlein's advice:if you don't know what to vote for,consult the advice of a fool,and do the reverse.That way you cancel each other out.
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From:sushirob
Date:November 7th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
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As a corollary, most questions can be answered with No, since most legislation is unnecessary.
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From:sushirob
Date:November 8th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Of course, the measures "for the children" passed. Dumb motherfuckers.
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From:mrsveteran
Date:November 8th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Yes, but thank GOD we're keeping Nevada respectable by not passing that horrible marijuana law!

Make those damn cancer victims buy their dope down on 4th street like normal people, by gosh!
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From:plklives
Date:November 7th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
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I'm so ready to vote, I'm voting twice!

Beat that!
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From:alberonn
Date:November 7th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
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I'm gonna vote for Mario Lopez. I just wish Jerry Springer wasn't eliminated. :(

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