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How did Iowa come up with "Satellite Voting"?

 
Anonymous Coward
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10/11/2012 01:09 AM
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How did Iowa come up with "Satellite Voting"?
What is wrong with regular absentee ballots or voting on the same day as everyone else?

"...The state of Iowa says that in whatever place 100 or more have signed their names to a piece of paper, they can set up an early voting location where they choose for a day, or longer.

It's called satellite voting, and Iowa is, according to the Associated Press, the only state that does it...."


*Excerpt quoted from: Satellite Voting: Only in Iowa [link to www.huffingtonpost.com]
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10/11/2012 01:16 AM
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Re: How did Iowa come up with "Satellite Voting"?
It's strange but that's part of the Republic we live in. Each state gets to dictate the methods on which their state votes.
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10/11/2012 01:36 AM
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Re: How did Iowa come up with "Satellite Voting"?
It's strange but that's part of the Republic we live in. Each state gets to dictate the methods on which their state votes.
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According to the article:

"...This gets more interesting when each campaign organizes events designed to attract large numbers of supporters, so they can send them to satellite locations.

On Friday, first lady Michelle Obama will hold a rally at the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls. She'll speak to supporters inside the 6,650-seat McLeod Center.

And in a nearby building, there will be a satellite voting location, open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., which the Democrats petitioned to have placed there for the very same day. Attendees of the first lady's rally will likely be encouraged to visit that building if they have not already voted...."


Just round up the voters and herd them over to vote before they can change their minds. Much easier than trying to do it at the regular time.
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10/11/2012 05:59 PM
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Re: How did Iowa come up with "Satellite Voting"?
A.) Why is this the first Google result when I search for "Satellite voting Ames, IA"?

B.) Where are you guys from? There will be satellite voting in 30+ states this year. Iowa certainly started theirs first this year, and our system is idiosyncratic, but you people are acting like the very concept of satellite voting is strange and foreign. (Or, you're quoting a HuffPo article that seems to misquote the AP)

C.) Satellite voting is good for people whose jobs make it difficult to vote on Election Day, people who, for example, have multiple jobs or who don't have transportation to the polls. Once again, Iowa's system probably needs a tune-up to avoid abuse (churches requesting satellite booths on Sunday mornings is an obvious example), but the concept itself is sound.

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