VOTE! DO IT!

bonk

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please please please eveyone vote today. I wont editorialize - I have faith that being a mac user implies a certain intelligence that makes the choice clear - but no matter what, it's crucial to get out and do it, no matter what.


thank you! see you on the other side.
 

Mr. Anderson

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Nov 1, 2001
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but as far as I know only americans will be voting today.....

and this goes in the political forums....

D
 

jsw

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Mar 16, 2004
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I just voted for the first time in either 16 or 20 years. And it felt really good - I finally shrugged off the "my vote doesn't matter" apathy. I'm surprised by how elated I feel. I voted for individuals, not parties, and I feel like I voted for those who would best represent my views.

Regardless of your political affiliations, please vote - and please try to have at least some understanding of the candidates and issues before you go in.

And for non-US citizens: at least you can enjoy watching the results with us - I think you might have heard of at least a few of the candidates and at least one of the positions up for election....
 

makisushi

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Jul 15, 2004
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bonk said:
please please please eveyone vote today. I wont editorialize - I have faith that being a mac user implies a certain intelligence that makes the choice clear - but no matter what, it's crucial to get out and do it, no matter what.
Just got back!
 

Mudbug

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Jun 28, 2002
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Polls opened here at 6:00 a.m., and I was the 10th person from the front at 6:15. By the time I was done voting (about 6:35 a.m.) there were around 50 or 60 people in line, in heavy rain. Lesson to learn here: early bird gets the worm. And all voting before 8:00 a.m. counts double ;).
 

atszyman

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Sep 16, 2003
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This is one of many threads that has lead to a nagging question in the back of my mind.

The political forums don't count the posts you make. When a thread is started in the wrong forum and moved here do the posters in that thread have their post count docked as if the thread had been in the political forum all along? or do they get the count from the posts that were in the thread before it moved?

Just wondering if people could "accidentally" post political threads in the wrong forum to pad their post count.

Man I am one cynical ________. Fill in the blank with the curse word of your choice.
 

jsw

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atszyman said:
This is one of many threads that has lead to a nagging question in the back of my mind.

The political forums don't count the posts you make. When a thread is started in the wrong forum and moved here do the posters in that thread have their post count docked as if the thread had been in the political forum all along? or do they get the count from the posts that were in the thread before it moved?

Just wondering if people could "accidentally" post political threads in the wrong forum to pad their post count.

Man I am one cynical ________. Fill in the blank with the curse word of your choice.
I'm pretty sure the count gets docked, just as with Wastelanded threads. And anyone who "accidentally" posted enough political comments in the non-political forums wouldn't need to worry about their post count for very long.... :rolleyes:
 

dotnina

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Agreed, I really hope everyone (who knows something about the issues) votes today. Even if you don't care about the presidential election (though this year, it's really hard NOT to care), there are a number of local and state initiatives to vote on! I know that here in California, we're looking at spending money on stem cell research, loosening the three strikes law, deciding what kind of taxes indian casinos should pay, and more.

Read that voter pamphlet, and get to the polls!
 

atszyman

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Sep 16, 2003
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jsw said:
I'm pretty sure the count gets docked, just as with Wastelanded threads. And anyone who "accidentally" posted enough political comments in the non-political forums wouldn't need to worry about their post count for very long.... :rolleyes:
Thanks. It's probably due to the election but I've just noticed a rash of threads started in the community forum that get moved here. I realize that blatant misuse would result in banning, but there are some topics that may be borderline enough to be questionable as to where they belong.

What can I say? I'm not a fan of loopholes wherever they may lie.

I am not accusing anyone of trying to pad their post count. I was just pondering the existence of a possible loophole. Oh yeah, and as mentioned I am cynical. Probably comes from being a Democrat engineer in Texas.
 

SilentPanda

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Oct 8, 2002
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I got to the polls around 6:45 this morning (they opened at 7am). I ended up being 3rd in line. It took a little bit to get it started but everything was pretty fast after they figured out their roles... the poll watcher lady was actually pretty useful for helping people out and seemed to really care that people got a fair chance at voting... I was going to vote straight party but I figured I should at least go through and check out everybody just in case I had no idea who the candidate for party X was for sewage treatment supervisor or something like that. I figured I could take the time to look through the candidates for each position. Took all of maybe 5 minutes or so.

Not a lot of turnout that early in the morning (which I was glad about 'cause I didn't want to have to wait :)) but I live in a mostly 20-30 area so odds are they were all still asleep...
 

wordmunger

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Sep 3, 2003
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I waited an hour and 20 minutes to vote today -- I arrived at 7:40. The polling place staff told me there were over 100 people in line when they opened at 6:30. Gonna be a lonnnnnng day!
 

Thomas Veil

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Feb 14, 2004
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Wordmunger, I give you credit for standing in line that long to make your opinion count. Would that everybody had such dedication.

I just got back. Lines slightly longer than I've ever seen before, but still not too bad. My wife and I decided to go in the middle of the morning, when the "traffic" was likely to be slower.

Nice to see a large turnout. I believe that bodes well for Kerry, no?
 

zelmo

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Jul 3, 2004
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My wife and I went up this morning to vote. Polls opened at 7.00a, but we decided to wait until at least 8.30 to let the pre-work rush fade a bit. There was brisk traffic there, people in and out constantly (75-100) but it did not feel crowded at all, because the new electronic system in Maryland is very efficient. We were out of there in under 10 minutes.
 

Rower_CPU

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Oct 5, 2001
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Waited about 30 minutes to vote this morning - a long wait compared to 2000 when we just walked up, signed in and cast our ballots.

The turnout numbers will be very interesting to see...
 

Lyle

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Jun 11, 2003
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Thomas Veil said:
I just got back. Lines slightly longer than I've ever seen before, but still not too bad. My wife and I decided to go in the middle of the morning, when the "traffic" was likely to be slower.

Nice to see a large turnout. I believe that bodes well for Kerry, no?
I stood in the rain for about 45 minutes before I got inside to vote. Easily the largest turnout I've ever seen at this polling place (in the ten years I've been here). And although Alabama will go to Bush, I think you're right: We'll need to get used to saying President Kerry for the next four years. :rolleyes:
 

pseudobrit

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Jul 23, 2002
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I was the only one at my polling place this morning (~8:00), but it appeared as though about 100 had been through before me already. My little town of 10,000 is divided into I think 11 wards, so there's never much turnout at individual polling places.

There was a GOP tool who'd set up shop at a little table beside the registration table and some guy from I think the Constitution party tried to say something but I quickly cut him off with "I don't need anything" as he opened his mouth and started to offer a brochure.
 

wordmunger

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Sep 3, 2003
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Thomas Veil said:
Wordmunger, I give you credit for standing in line that long to make your opinion count. Would that everybody had such dedication.
It wasn't too bad, actually. The weather was nice here in North Carolina and everyone was in a pretty good mood. Good to see all the neighbors and make non-partisan election jokes. My wife, who's a college professor, actually managed to grade three or four papers while she waited!
 

yg17

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Aug 1, 2004
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pseudobrit said:
I was the only one at my polling place this morning (~8:00), but it appeared as though about 100 had been through before me already. My little town of 10,000 is divided into I think 11 wards, so there's never much turnout at individual polling places.

There was a GOP tool who'd set up shop at a little table beside the registration table and some guy from I think the Constitution party tried to say something but I quickly cut him off with "I don't need anything" as he opened his mouth and started to offer a brochure.
I'm going to try to keep my cool when the republicants try to get me to change my vote when I go to the polls, but I have a feeling I'll end up saying something not nice :D

My polling place is at a church so I doubt there will be too many Dems there handing out information
 

Thomas Veil

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It's funny...apparently lots of people had the same idea we had: go cast your vote, then have a late breakfast at Bob Evans. The place was pretty busy for mid-morning.

Saw some loser in the restaurant with a pro-Bush T-shirt. But the real problem was the hostess with "Vote 4 Bush" Dymo'd onto her Bob Evans name badge. I'll probably send an e-mail to the home office about that. That's not appropriate, no matter who you support.

Met a neighbor there, though. God, I thought I was anti-Bush. She was "f---ing Bush!" this and "f---ing Bush!" that. Dubya does seem to bring out the worst in people. :rolleyes: