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Intro and a poll

  • Nov. 4th, 2008 at 6:02 AM
Hi everyone. I’d like to use this post to introduce myself. I’ll be posting today from central Iowa on topics related to the election and its outcome. I am 26, a liberal progressive, and will cast my vote for Obama. I have a number of posts lined up, including some reporting on last minute campaign shenanigans, an account of my experience in my precinct, information every voter should know, and more. I’m hoping for some good discussion, so comment away.

How did you vote?

Optical scan ballot
Paper ballot (day-of OR absentee)
Punch card
Electronic voting machine
Other (leave comment)

So, who here is going to an election day rally? How about an unofficial party? Are you huddling up to the TV or computer all day watching the results come in? It’ll be the last one, for me. I expect to be up very, very late!


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wolfwoman2003 wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
Hey! My Dear Ole Dad is from Iowa...Red Oak, to be exact.

He's living with me here, near Seattle. He's gonna be 91 on the 7th, and he voted fer Obama! YAY!

It's just going to be me and me Da and all my kitties, today. I might go take a peek out into civilisation, but mostly just watching the world watch us on the tube.
persevero wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
You need a ticky for 'am citizen of somewhere else so cannot vote by any of the above methods but am passionately interested so have voted in one of the external ballots (e.g. The Economist; iftheworldcouldvote.com)'. In which case I'd tick it.
mechers wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Ah, I apologize for the US-centric poll. Unfortunately they cannot be edited once posted.
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Nov. 4th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
tisoi wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
What, no punch cards? lol.

I'm here in the state of Washington. I'll be watching the results on TV when I come home from work.
jenbooks wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
But, there's more than one type of electronic voting machine. Mine (texas) was a panel, where you spun a little wheel and pushed a button to select. Others are the touch screen type. I trust the kind I used slightly more than the touch screen.

Optical scan - hmm, that sounds much more reasonable - there's at least a tangible record.
mechers wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Well, you'd think so, but my precinct had optical scanners, and the scanner broke less than 25 people into the day's voting (I have yet to post my account).
wtf wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
I voted early. All they had were touchscreens, boooo.

Also, I'll be at the Obama rally tonight (ticketed and everything)! I'll be posting my experience here, too.
lurkitty wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Actually, all of Oregon is mail-in balloting. No lines, no fuss. Heck, the local drop box is at Wal-Mart! I am dropping off my ballot today because I got it late due to a SNAFU regarding my change of address. The Oregon model has been shown to increase participation and save the state money, and Washington is now giving it a try. I don't know why more states don't try it other than the fact that the Right wing doesn't like high voter turnout.
mechers wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
I read that recently, and it's an interesting system. I wonder how well it would translate to wider scale adoption, though, especially in states where voter supression tactics include flyers in the mail and such. Election-related mail may be viewed with suspicion, maybe? This is just speculation, though.
anomali wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
My hubby and I will be huddled around the TV drinking Blue Hawaiians.

Guess who we voted for???
elliptic_eye wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
No rallies for me, but after work, I'll be heading back to the local Obama HQ to do whatever needs to be done (handing out hot drinks and doughnuts at the polls, most likely).
brennakimi wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
I'm making a pumpkin cheesecake and some friends are coming over and we're gonna watch the returns and commit fretting of attrition with impuity.
samuraigrrrl wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
we have the eSlate tablet voting machines in my county and we had one go down at 1pm.

i'll be at home, chained to the teevee and drinking either champagne or really cheap beer, depending upon the direction things seem to be going.
aimees wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
I mailed in my absentee ballot on Friday morning last week!
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