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2008: Advanced Voting Experience

Today, I chose to vote early instead of my preference for actual election day. In Athens, one can vote either at the Board of Elections or the Classic Center (civic center). While standing in the cattle lines, a man who was also in line to vote asked John and I if we knew the party affiliation of the Court of Appeals candidates. As politely as I could muster, I indicated that the election was non-partisan. He continued to ask people how to vote WHILE STANDING IN LINE. This man did indicate that he should have done better research before coming to vote. Seriously? And he gets to vote and choose who will be deciding cases in the Court of Appeals. Yikes!

As we entered the voting and another cattle line, a woman began asking the already busy pollworkers if she could get a printout of her vote to PROVE how she voted today. She did not ask quietly. No, the whole place could hear her. She continued pressing the issue and got agitated to some degree. I feared she might start some sort of revolt. She said that she’d been asking for that for 8 years. Honestly, in the 19 years that I’ve been voting no one has ever been able to make a copy of a vote. What is the world coming to? Did she want to post this one her refrigerator?

Not to mention the guy standing the big holding room who looked at the Sample Ballot and said “I don’t live here who do I vote for. Well, I live here now. But, I don’t know who to vote for.” Crimminy!

Why do people persist in being hardheaded? If you don’t know who to vote for, then don’t show up to vote. If you keep asking the same question, year in and year out, and get the same answer, why continue? If you seek a change, DON’T wait until you show up at the polling place and harass the volunteers. Challenge the people who make the decisions. And GROW THE HELL UP.

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Georgia Primaries Today: VOTE

If you have a computer and search well enough to find this page then you need to get away from you computer and go vote. No excuses. No whining. Nada.

Today is one of the days that you have an opportunity to decide the future of your community. No, this vote is not as glamorous as the presidential primary but these primaries carry much more importance. Who will be elected Judge? Who will be in the State legislature and in Congress?

Don’t just sit there and tap on your computer. Take 10 minutes out of your life and VOTE. I was the only person in my precinct at lunchtime.

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Federalize It All (not)

Voting rights. Who can vote and where and under what circumstances has been a treacherous path in this county. Finally, by the 70’s everyone understood that EVERYONE can vote. During the last decade, to combat voting FRAUD, States instituted voter identification requirements. This requirement, presumably, prevents the dead from voting and inhibits those living who wish to vote multiple times in the same election. The State of Georgia, although initially requiring payment for these i.d. cards, provides the cards at no charge.

Now, the NYTimes calls this a poll tax. Seriously, no one asks “how many bubbles in a bar of soap?” as a prerequisite to voting, as in the old poll test questions asked of black people who wished to vote and which were impossible to answer. No, a free identification in state with a population the size of Georgia is not TOO much to ask of voters. No longer do we live in small, close knit communities where everyone knows everyone else (and their business). If all people involved with the voting process were perfect (alas, no one is perfect) and every person of every size and shape were honest and forthright (and dead people didn’t vote in Dodge County, Georgia) we would have no need for a voter id.

The NYTImes wants a Federalized system for voting registration. That’s brilliant because the Federal Government does such a good job administering ALL the other programs the Congress and the President have taken responsibility for. No one in this country has ANY complaint about the operation of the Federal Government.

States have responsibilities to it citizens and already monitor voting registration process. The Federal Government originally charged with a specific list of obligations has far exceeded those duties. (See Art. I, Section 8 United State Constitution). Voting is NOT listed in those duties in obligations.

Stop increasing the Federal Government. Carrying a State identification card, while inconvenient to some, is necessary for most who carry driving licenses. The NYTimes should be more concerned about insuring the honesty and fairness in the voting process. Unless you think Jimmy Hoffa should get three votes in the 2008 presidential campaign.

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