THE IDEA OF VOTING EARLY: Sound?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 22, 2008 7:33 PM GMT
    OK, political battles aside, how many of you have thought about voting early.
    I know here in Kansas, some of the voting establishments have been eliminated (probably won't affect me), but I was curious, how many here has thought about voting early. Are you confident enough about your vote to cast it now? No fighting....


    I have considered it myself... just so I don't have to stand in line. But there is something exciting, knowing you are participating in the election of the next president... especially this year..
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    Sep 22, 2008 7:50 PM GMT
    We will be voting absentee and since the mail takes about a week to get back to the States, we will wait until then to mail them just in case some unforseen thing happens to change the vote in the State of Washington. Is that what you mean by early.?
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    Sep 22, 2008 8:09 PM GMT
    I am voting October 4th in the Canadian election, 10 days before election day. I will be suffering from jet lag (get back from Italy the day before), but I have a pretty good idea who to vote for. Then I will be off to a volleyball social, and after one mixed drink I will be out of it. icon_razz.gif
  • Timbales

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    Sep 22, 2008 8:10 PM GMT
    I don't think any of the polling results should be announced until all of the polls are closed.
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    Sep 22, 2008 8:13 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidI don't think any of the polling results should be announced until all of the polls are closed.


    That is the case now in Canada.
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    Sep 22, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    When it comes to my own vote, I operate on a philosophy of nihilism: I know my vote doesn't matter. It has nothing to do with where I live, and instead operates on the reality that my vote only matters in two situations: if the casting of my vote is the one that gives a candidate his or her 50%+1 person majority, or moves what would otherwise be a victory into a tie. Seeing as the likelihood of that is close to zero in the presidential election, and sufficiently low in local elections, then it simply doesn't matter whether I vote or not.

    Of course, I take the optimistic nihilist's view and instead of asking myself "then why vote?" I ask myself, "why not?" At this point, I'm quite confident that there's little chance that anything would make me change my vote, so I'm perfectly happy voting early (and I have to anyway this cycle).
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    Sep 22, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    I plan to vote early. My mind is made up.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 22, 2008 8:55 PM GMT
    John43620 saidI plan to vote early. My mind is made up.



    So is mine, hopefully there will be more cast for my candidate than yours....LOL

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    Sep 22, 2008 9:31 PM GMT
    I'd say no to voting early.

    Don't want vote counts sitting around any longer than needed. I guess I'm just another paranoid victim of the fear of votes being miscounted either intentionally or by accident.
  • BizzQuik

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    Sep 22, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    We sorta get to vote early in Oregon. We get our ballots 2 weeks ahead of the election because we vote entirely by mail. So for candidates they have to plan ahead if they visit Oregon for the fact we don't have to wait until election day to vote.

    I think the media should hold voting results until after all polls are closed. It makes more sense to me. During the primaries the media would call a state as soon as the polls closed. I get tired of all those times when the votes aren't counted before a winner is declared.
  • Barricade

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    Sep 22, 2008 9:58 PM GMT
    Trance24 saidI'd say no to voting early.

    Don't want vote counts sitting around any longer than needed. I guess I'm just another paranoid victim of the fear of votes being miscounted either intentionally or by accident.



    I agree. Plus, there would be people wanting to change their vote and what if some votes suddenly were" misplaced " in some areas?
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    Sep 22, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    I vote early since it's convenient. Whether my one vote maters in the end is irrelevant. It's a civic duty to stay informed and participate.
  • coolarmydude

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    Sep 22, 2008 11:50 PM GMT
    I'm an absentee voter, always have been, so therefore I naturally vote early.

    On that note, I got my absentee ballot from the mail today! WOO-HOO.

    The coolest thing is that it's already premarked for Obama (HAHAHA! j/k)

    But seriously, for Louisiana, these are the candidates:

    Democratic Party: Barack Obama/Joe Biden
    Green Party: Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente
    Republican Party: John McCain/Sarah Palin
    Constitution Party: Chuck Baldwin/Darrell Castle
    Independent Party: Ralph Nader/Matt Gonzalez
    Louisiana Taxpayers Party: "Ron" Paul/Barry Goldwater Jr.
    Prohibition Party: Gene Amondson/Leroy Pletten
    Socialism and Liberation Party: Gloria La Riva/Eugene Puryear
    Socialist Workers Party: James Harris/Alyson Kennedy


    Women on the tickets: 2 for President / 4 for Vice President
    Interesting.
  • ASH557

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    Sep 22, 2008 11:54 PM GMT
    I've been voting by absentee ballot in every election for which I've been eligible. But I've never been able to vote in a Presidential election until this 2008 election. So this is certainly exciting and I plan on going and waiting in line, just to get the full experience.

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  • coolarmydude

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    Sep 22, 2008 11:55 PM GMT
    former DC resident?
  • Barricade

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    Sep 23, 2008 12:01 AM GMT
    coolarmydude said


    Democratic Party: Barack Obama/Joe Biden
    Green Party: Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente
    Republican Party: John McCain/Sarah Palin
    Constitution Party: Chuck Baldwin/Darrell Castle
    Independent Party: Ralph Nader/Matt Gonzalez
    Louisiana Taxpayers Party: "Ron" Paul/Barry Goldwater Jr.
    Prohibition Party: Gene Amondson/Leroy Pletten
    Socialism and Liberation Party: Gloria La Riva/Eugene Puryear
    Socialist Workers Party: James Harris/Alyson Kenne


    Why don't other parties don't get as much attention as the Republican and Democratic parties? I have never heard of these people. Is it their views or what? You'd think at least one third party would sneak in there and gain some momentum somewhere.
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    Sep 23, 2008 12:05 AM GMT
    I generally vote on the day that the ballot comes in the mail. Otherwise, there's a risk that it will get lost in a desk-avalanche. If there's something (or somebody) on the ballot that I don't know anything about, I might hold it for a day or two to do some research, or just send it in without a vote on that particular line.
  • coolarmydude

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    Sep 23, 2008 12:11 AM GMT
    Barricade said, "Why don't other parties don't get as much attention as the Republican and Democratic parties? I have never heard of these people. Is it their views or what? You'd think at least one third party would sneak in there and gain some momentum somewhere."


    Money. It all begins and ends with money. The more money a candidate has, the more exposure they can buy, the more coverage by the media they receive. The more coverage they receive, the more of a base they can build that, in turns, donates to the campaign. The Republicans and Democrats are a century and a half old. They're established and form the traditional American political landscape. Things can change, but it's difficult to unify an effort under 50 different state rules for building and maintaining a political party that isn't established or had its viability tested.
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    Sep 23, 2008 12:20 AM GMT
    Calendar is marked for October 20, when early voting commences in Denver.

    This year, the election commission switched back to paper voting machines (our electronic ones were decertified), but they only have 5 counting machines for 192 precincts.

    I'm SURE the chain of custody will be maintained, but I'm unsettled by the idea of ballots being shuttled from a precinct polling place to the Denver Election Commission offices for counting.

    So I'll be voting - at the DEC - on the first day that I'm able to! My mind is set, and I agree with all that feel that the results should be held until Election Day and when every vote is counted -- I'm of the opinion that exit polling has a negative impact on voter turnout on the west coast.
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    Sep 23, 2008 5:56 AM GMT
    oh yes....i always vote early.
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    Sep 23, 2008 6:27 AM GMT
    Absentee voting is a good idea - especially if you're traveling a lot. It is great to sit down at home, taking your time - thoughtfully completing your ballot - rather than fighting the parking, crowds and hassle of the voting centers on election night. Being at home - you can take your time and read over the choices and really make up your mind.
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    Sep 23, 2008 9:18 PM GMT
    I voted today! Woo-hoo! They started yesterday--just took the train down to the main county building.
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    Sep 24, 2008 1:28 PM GMT
    Absentee voting is good for senior citizens, especially since the weather can be just awful in November.