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The 'Official' I Voted Thread ... What Was Your Experience?

 
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A WASTED VOTE...By Chuck Baldwin


A Wasted Vote
by Chuck Baldwin
October 10, 2008

When asked why they will not vote for a third party candidate, many people will respond by saying something like, "He cannot win." Or, "I don't want to waste my vote." It is true: America has not elected a third party candidate since 1860. Does that automatically mean, however, that every vote cast for one of the two major party candidates is not a wasted vote? I don't think so.

In the first place, a wasted vote is a vote for someone you know does not represent your own beliefs and principles. A wasted vote is a vote for someone you know will not lead the country in the way it should go. A wasted vote is a vote for the "lesser of two evils." Or, in the case of John McCain and Barack Obama, what we have is a choice between the "evil of two lessers."

Albert Einstein is credited with saying that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result. For years now, Republicans and Democrats have been leading the country in the same basic direction: toward bigger and bigger government; more and more socialism, globalism, corporatism, and foreign interventionism; and the dismantling of constitutional liberties. Yet, voters continue to think that they are voting for "change" when they vote for a Republican or Democrat. This is truly insane!

Take a look at the recent $700 billion Wall Street bailout: both John McCain and Barack Obama endorsed and lobbied for it. Both McCain and Obama will continue to bail out these international banksters on the backs of the American taxpayers. Both McCain and Obama support giving illegal aliens amnesty and a path to citizenship. In the debate this past Tuesday night, both McCain and Obama expressed support for sending U.S. forces around the world for "peacekeeping" purposes. They also expressed support for sending combat forces against foreign countries even if those countries do not pose a threat to the United States. Neither Obama nor McCain will do anything to stem the tide of a burgeoning police state or a mushrooming New World Order. Both Obama and McCain support NAFTA and similar "free trade" deals. Neither candidate will do anything to rid America of the Federal Reserve, or work to eliminate the personal income tax, or disband the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Both Obama and McCain support the United Nations. So, pray tell, how is a vote for either McCain or Obama not a wasted vote?

But, back to the "he cannot win" argument: to vote for John McCain is to vote for a man who cannot win. Yes, I am saying it here and now: John McCain cannot win this election. The handwriting is on the wall. The Fat Lady is singing. It is all over. Finished. John McCain cannot win.

With only three weeks before the election, Barack Obama is pulling away. McCain has already pulled his campaign out of Michigan. In other key battleground states, McCain is slipping fast. He was ahead in Missouri; now it is a toss-up or leaning to Obama. A couple of weeks ago, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida were all leaning towards McCain, or at least toss-up states. Now, they are all leaning to Obama. Even the longtime GOP bellwether state of Indiana is moving toward Obama. In addition, new voter registrations are at an all-time high, and few of them are registering as Republicans. In fact, the Republican Party now claims only around 25% of the electorate, and Independents are increasingly leaning toward Obama.

Ladies and gentlemen, Barack Obama is headed for an electoral landslide victory over John McCain. John McCain can no more beat Barack Obama than Bob Dole could beat Bill Clinton.

I ask, therefore, Are not conservatives and Christians who vote for John McCain guilty of the same thing that they accuse people who vote for third party candidates of doing? Are they not voting for someone who cannot win? Indeed, they are. In fact, conservatives and Christians who vote for John McCain are not only voting for a man who cannot win, they are voting for a man who does not share their own beliefs and principles. If this is not insanity, nothing is!

So, why not (for once in your life, perhaps) cast a vote purely for principle! Vote for someone who is truly pro-life. Someone who would quickly secure our nation's borders, and end the invasion of our country by illegal aliens. Someone who would, on his first day in office, release Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compean and fire U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton. Someone who would immediately, upon assuming office, begin leading the charge to dismantle the Federal Reserve, overturn the 16th Amendment, expunge the IRS, and return America to sound money principles. Someone who would get the US out of the UN. Someone who would stop spending billions and trillions of dollars for foreign aid. Someone who would prosecute the Wall Street bankers who defrauded the American people out of billions of dollars. Someone who would work to repeal NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT, the WTO, and stop the NAFTA superhighway. Someone who would say a resounding "No" to the New World Order. Someone who would stop using our brave men and women in uniform as global cops for the United Nations. Someone who would stop America's global adventurism and interventionism. Someone who would steadfastly support and defend the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

"Who is this person?" you ask. Go here to find out:

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As John Quincy Adams said, "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."

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If I Were President
By Chuck Baldwin
May 2, 2008


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Due to my frequent criticisms of President George W. Bush, I am often asked what I would do if I were President of these United States. This column will serve as an attempt to answer that question.

If I were President, I would begin the process of safely extracting our troops from Iraq. In the first place, our troops are no longer fighting a war, they are an occupation force, which occupies a sovereign country. And this is being done without a Declaration of War. The Iraqi people resent our occupation as much as we would resent another nation stronger than ours invading and occupying America. If such a thing happened to our beloved country, I'm sure many of us would also become "insurgents."

In the second place, the invasion and occupation of Iraq was absolutely unnecessary. Instead of sacrificing more than 4,000 American lives and the lives of tens of thousands of Iraqi citizens (not to mention some 2-3 trillion dollars), President Bush should have supported Ron Paul's bill, H.R. 3076, the September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001. This is the constitutional way to deal with rogue terrorist organizations. This is the way President Thomas Jefferson responded to the Barbary pirates.

According to Congressman Paul, "A letter of marque and reprisal is a constitutional tool specifically designed to give the President the authority to respond with appropriate force to those non-state actors who wage aggression against the United States while limiting his authority to only those responsible for the atrocities of that day. Such a limited authorization is consistent with the doctrine of just war and the practical aim of keeping Americans safe while minimizing the costs in blood and treasure of waging such an operation."

Had President Bush responded in this manner, tens of thousands of lives would have been saved, trillions of dollars would not have needed to be spent, Osama bin Laden and most of his fellow terrorists would likely be dead, and we would not be bogged down in a nightmarish military quagmire in Iraq. And, if I were President, this is exactly how I would handle terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda.

Furthermore, it is absolutely ludicrous to say we are fighting a war on terror half way around the world when we refuse to secure our borders and ports. If I were President, I would immediately seal our borders. I would also see to it that employers in America who knowingly hire illegal aliens are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In plain language: any employer who consciously hires illegal aliens would go to jail. They would not pass Go; they would not collect $200; they would go straight to jail.

By sealing the borders and by cutting off the money supply to illegal aliens, the problem of illegal immigration would dry up. As it is, we have no idea how many potential terrorists--not to mention violent gang members such as MS-13--have snuck (and are sneaking) through our borders.

And speaking of illegal immigration, as President, I would enforce our visa rules. This means anyone who overstays their visa or otherwise violates U.S. law is immediately deported. There would be no "path to citizenship" given to any illegal alien. That means no amnesty. Not in any shape, manner, or form. I would not allow tax dollars to be used to pay for illegal aliens' education, social services, or medical care. As President, I would end birthright citizenship for illegal aliens. There would be no "anchor babies" during my administration.

If I were President, I would use the bully pulpit of the White House to encourage Congress to pass Congressman Ron Paul's Sanctity of Life Act. In short, this bill would do two things: First, it would declare that unborn babies are persons under the law. Second, under the authority of Article. III. Section. 2. of the U.S. Constitution, it would remove abortion from the jurisdiction of the Court. In essence, this bill would immediately overturn Roe v. Wade and end legalized abortion.

Republicans tout themselves as being "pro-life." Yet, the GOP controlled both houses of Congress and the White House for six years and did absolutely nothing to overturn Roe or end abortion-on-demand. Under my administration, we could end legal abortion in a matter of days, not decades. And if Congress refused to pass Dr. Paul's bill, I would use the constitutional power of the Presidency to deny funds to protect abortion clinics. Either way, legalized abortion ends when I take office.

On the subject of foreign policy, as President, I would end foreign aid. I would also end the current infatuation with nation-building, empire-building, and interventionism. America is not the world's policeman. Neither are our military personnel the personal militia of the United Nations.

Remember that President Bush told the U.N. in 2003 that the reason we invaded Iraq was for the purpose of securing the "peace and credibility of the United Nations." (I lie not; that is what he said.) President Bush also placed the U.S. back under UNESCO in spite of the fact that President Reagan had heroically taken the U.S. out from under that sinister organization.

I am sure that readers recall that the U.N. Charter was authored by a Soviet communist agent (Alger Hiss) and that the U.S. has been fighting wars for the U.N. ever since the organization was created back in 1945.

Speaking of the United Nations, as President, I would withhold funds from the support of the United Nations. In other words, I would get the U.S. out of the U.N. Beyond that, when I move into the White House, the U.N.'s rent is up! They move out of New York City post haste.

By the same token, there is absolutely no reason for us to be in NATO. We should not be antagonizing Russia by attempting to expand NATO. There is no reason why Russia could not become a friend and ally of the United States. Free and fair trade with Russia and a noninterventionist foreign policy in Europe would do much to endear American interests to Russia. To insist on expanding and empowering NATO only serves to further alienate Russia and drive her to make alliances with Communist China.

Speaking of China, it is time that we recognize the very serious threat that China poses to the peace and security of the United States. Our trade practices serve only to allow corporate America to continue to invest in what will surely become an albatross around the neck of our well-being. We must discontinue the practice of allowing China to export its cheap products to the U.S. with no protection for America's jobs and manufacturing, not to mention the lack of protection for our safety. This must stop, and it will stop when I become President. "Free trade" will no longer mean a free ride for Red China.

Furthermore, as President, I would take the preservation of our nation's sovereignty and independence extremely seriously. This means that the burgeoning North American Union is dead on arrival the day I am sworn in as President. Gone, too, is the NAFTA superhighway. And for that matter, I would lead the United States out of NAFTA and CAFTA altogether. And any prospect for the FTAA would be dead as well.

As President, I would be the best friend that gun owners (and lawful gun dealers), homeschoolers, and veterans ever had in the White House. These are three of the most persecuted, harassed, or overlooked groups of people in the country. But not if I were President.

There is no reason why our veterans should wait for weeks and months to receive the medical care they need. It is disgraceful that we would ask our brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces to fight our country's battles and then leave them to pretty much fend for themselves when it comes to receiving adequate health care. I would make taking care of our veterans an extremely high priority, if I were President.

If I were President, I would also do everything in my power to locate and retrieve any and all MIAs. I personally believe that there are hundreds of our servicemen who are yet being held against their will in various parts of the world. I would make finding them and bringing them home of utmost priority, if I were President.

On the home front, if I were President, I would end corporate welfare. I would also work to disband the Department of Energy (along with the Department of Education and many other federal departments). There is absolutely no reason for us to be dependent upon OPEC. There is enough gas and oil under the soil of Alaska (not to mention the Dakotas and the Gulf of Mexico) to meet the energy needs of the United States for the next 150-200 years. There is also no reason that gas should cost more than $1.50 a gallon (which is about what it was before Bush became President).

We must begin drilling for the domestic oil that we know exists; we must build more refineries and nuclear power plants. There is no reason why the United States cannot be mostly energy independent. It is time we started putting the people and interests of the United States ahead of the CEOs and interests of international corporations.

Lastly, if I were President, I would work feverishly to overturn the Sixteenth Amendment, which would repeal the Income Tax. And, no, I would not promote a national sales tax. That would be disastrous! Can you imagine what a 30% sales tax would do to the cost of EVERYTHING? Plus, give politicians a national sales tax to increase and just imagine what kind of percent that would grow into!

I would also work to repeal the "death tax," inheritance taxes, and property taxes. The American people are already paying somewhere between 30% and 40% of their income to Uncle Sam. It must stop. We are bankrupting our country with this incessant and burdensome tax system. In addition, I would work to expunge the Federal Reserve and to restore the American economy to sound money.

Now, I hear people say, That's easy for you to say; you are not a candidate for President. Ah, but now I am.

Last week, in its national nominating convention in Kansas City, Missouri, the Constitution Party nominated me as its 2008 Presidential candidate. Party delegates nominated me over Ambassador Alan Keyes by a margin of 74% to 24%. Therefore, I am now a candidate for President of these United States.

See the CP website at
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My Vice Presidential running mate is Darrell Castle, an attorney and Vietnam War Marine Corps veteran from Memphis, Tennessee.

Our web site is not online yet, but will be soon. We will be able to receive credit card donations when the web page is uploaded. The address of my campaign web site is:
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In the meantime, if anyone wants to support our campaign, checks may be written to:

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I believe it is only fair, as I continue to write these columns, that one understands the full disclosure of my candidacy.

As readers know, I enthusiastically supported Ron Paul during the Republican Primary season. I plan to continue to trumpet his call for limited government, non-interventionism abroad, constitutional government, and freedom into the general election as a Third Party candidate.

I do not expect the national media to pay us much heed; they seldom do. I do not expect to receive large donations from corporate America. I do expect criticism and ridicule. That is nothing new. However, I also anticipate tens of thousands of freedom-loving people from all religious persuasions and walks of life to rally to our cause. Why? Because thousands of principled people will not be bullied into voting for the "evil of two lessers" being shoved down our throats by the two major parties. Because this campaign is not about Chuck Baldwin. It is not about a political party. It is about freedom. It is about constitutional government. It is about restoring America to the founding principles bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers. If you believe in those principles, join us!

In the meantime, these columns will continue to serve as a voice for America's founding principles, as they have for the past eight-plus years. In addition, unlike the candidates from the two major parties, the taxpayers are not underwriting my campaign, and I will continue my day job. (Imagine that: a Presidential candidate who actually works for a living!) And all of this is just in time for my 56th birthday, which is tomorrow, May 3.

There you have it: this is what I would do if I were President of these wonderful United States of America.

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Cullman County, AL

Went at about 11:30 am. No wait. I was in and out in less than 15 minuites.
Our ballots are paper with broken arrows next to the candidates names, simply use the pen provided to connect the two pieces of the arrow. Then slip it into a machine.

Easy-peazy.
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that's how ours are too
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I voted in Tempe, Arizona. Voter volume was low (maybe 15 people while I was there) but the majority of people who were in line had issues with the address on their ID not matching voter registration records. They were offered two choices: either cast a provisional ballot, or bring in two pieces of mail with the correct address. Most seemed hesitant to cast provisional ballots and instead opted to go home and get mail to show proof of residence. Quite a few people were frustrated with the situation and voiced their dissatisfaction. Two voters returned with mail (for ID) before I finished voting and were given regular ballots.

We have optical scan ballots where you use a black, felt tip pen to draw a line connecting two arrows for your candidate.
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Hey WOTE!
got to my place in Northern California @ about 8:15 by 8:30 both of us were done, no line. I was #58. Slow day there so far. As normal, I ran into a neighbor while there. Odd how at least 2 people from the neighborhood are at the voting place. We each gave our "I voted" stickers to my toddler, and they were immediately rolled into burritos.

They don't ask for ID here, which I'm always weirded out by... I need ID for nearly everything else, but voting....
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Amityville, NY - arrived 6am this morning and there was a line out the door - Went into a panic mode, no coffee yet - Our area is divided into 3 districts - We are south of Merrick road - Got onto the short line - and last name begins with the letter W - even better, no waiting - 45 minutes tops
Some of you people have WEIRD conversations with your imaginary friends.
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Amityville, NY - arrived 6am this morning and there was a line out the door - Went into a panic mode, no coffee yet - Our area is divided into 3 districts - We are south of Merrick road - Got onto the short line - and last name begins with the letter W - even better, no waiting - 45 minutes tops
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I am from Amityville -
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Cullman County, AL

Went at about 11:30 am. No wait. I was in and out in less than 15 minuites.
Our ballots are paper with broken arrows next to the candidates names, simply use the pen provided to connect the two pieces of the arrow. Then slip it into a machine.

Easy-peazy.


that's how ours are too
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Ditto. Used to have electronic, but they went back to paper.
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I am from Amityville -
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Do you still live there........
Some of you people have WEIRD conversations with your imaginary friends.
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I am from Amityville -



Do you still live there........
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No but my family does.
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Cool, I just love our town - We live on the water.....
Some of you people have WEIRD conversations with your imaginary friends.
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Just got back from voting and running to the store in Concord, NC near Charlotte... When I got to the building there was a line out the door. Had my book and a bottle of water. I was ready for at least an hours wait. But As soon as I got up there an older man came up to me and (it was funny the way he said it...LOL) he says in a low voice..'Hey your name start with an "N"? Like he was telling me a secert or something ...I say "ya it does" in a low voice" he says come with me....and I follow him through the door and past the longgggggg line out the door. I was the only one with a last name starting with a letter between "N & Z" in the whole line ...Wow that was fast. I must have been there a whole 10 minutes and out the door....that was nice.



That is hilarious. And ya know, it's like going to the front of the line at Six Flags LOL. He just wanted to make sure he wasn't going to piss anybody off LOL.
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Guess not many N-Z 's in Concord ! LOL
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I voted last week ... took my lunch break to walk to City Hall, do early voting, and walked back. There were about 50 in line ahead of me, and entire process took maybe 15 minutes.
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Voted as a condemned woman instructed to press the button leading to her own demise.

This election is a farce, it is theater.
obama Mccain both exactly the same, who is funding Obama? Rothschild. if the people in real power wanted Obama to lose they would not have put an incontinent 72 year old has been against him. But who ever wins the American people lose.

America has been a fascist state since the Kennedy assassination.
Has either of these two candidates talked about anything of consequence? or is it just banal generalizations.

911 was an inside job
Bush as president was primarily responsible
the higher echelons of his party instigated it, cheney, rumsfeld, rice.
All in the US government know it was an inside job
Therefore all the US government is guilty of high treason before or after the fact.
And the American general public are like sheep, who have the same guilt on their hands as the general public of Hitlers Nazi Germany.

US elections waste of time and money, a show for the gullible masses.
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IN Babylon Long Island, NY I walked in showed my liscense, signed a book and voted in the old style voting machine.

No disturbances and there was a few making sure it was all on the up and up; "The count is good, etc...)".

It was early in the morning and many looked grumpy maybe because Long Island is mostly republican.

I voted Dem straight across the row except for one local republican who i like. I left smiling.
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Just got home.
I drove by at five past seven this morning and it was mobbed, maybe 500 or so in line. So, I just went in to work.
Left work at three and it only took 25 minutes.
There was maybe 50 to 100 people in line.
What struck me was the silence. No one said a word.
Most election day people are kind of just shooting the shit. Not today.
The tension in the air was amazing.
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Syracuse NY. I walked in they asked me my name, looked it up. No ID required and I voted happily for 3rd party.
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My sister is voting in Myrtle Beach, SC. They have filled up a school auditorium and were told it would be four hours to get thru the line.
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California, North Bay area
11:00am
Fast, no line
all good
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I was voter number 47 at 7:45am. Very short line/wait. Paper ballot - thank you God - and no problems noted
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I am from Amityville -



Do you still live there........
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Totally off topic but I used to live in NYC and a friend and I drove to Amityville one summer day hoping to see the "Amityville Horror house". It's a beautiful town!
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I'm a hypocrite. I said I wasn't going to vote and endorse a faux democracy. I did vote though, right before work. My Mom called and said I should go and that she would even drive me.

No lines, no waiting. In and out.

North of NYC.
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.

Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"


-Revelation 6:5, 6:6
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Suburban Massachusetts here. Town of about 10,000.

One polling place. About 30 workers and a dozen observers. About 30 booths. Paper ballots, optical scanners. Very smooth. I had no wait, took maybe two minutes to vote (there were a few ballot questions and a number of stat/local races).

Absolutely no problems. This was during the afternoon.

Why can't every polling place run this smoothly?
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11/04/2008 04:32 PM
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Re: The 'Official' I Voted Thread ... What Was Your Experience?
My experience was this......

First I must go back in time a bit, and explain some of my thoughts leading up to election day...
I dont like either of the candidates. I think they both more or less are for big money, and neither are looking out for me and my family... With that being said, I've been a supporter of Ron Paul from the moment he announced he was running for President.

I realized that Paul wasn't going to win.

At this point... I decided to vote Obama.

But............. when I got to the voting place,
and I sat down with my paper ballot, hiding behind a cardboard blinder thing, I wrote in Ron Paul.

And I feel fucking great about it!

=)
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11/04/2008 04:32 PM
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Re: The 'Official' I Voted Thread ... What Was Your Experience?
Why can't every polling place run this smoothly?
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it really is incredibly shocking that there's not one official method for polling places to follow. it seems like the system could really be improved if all states would use one particular style of ballot and held all the same basic registration laws.

that would just make it too easy, though.
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11/04/2008 04:33 PM
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Re: The 'Official' I Voted Thread ... What Was Your Experience?
Suburban Massachusetts here. Town of about 10,000.

One polling place. About 30 workers and a dozen observers. About 30 booths. Paper ballots, optical scanners. Very smooth. I had no wait, took maybe two minutes to vote (there were a few ballot questions and a number of stat/local races).

Absolutely no problems. This was during the afternoon.

Why can't every polling place run this smoothly?
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The actual voting experience for me was quite similar.
Paper ballots, optical scanners...
Everything went smooth.

Rural Kentucky here.
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11/04/2008 04:42 PM
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Re: The 'Official' I Voted Thread ... What Was Your Experience?
I voted third party for every seat except for President.
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11/04/2008 04:54 PM
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Re: The 'Official' I Voted Thread ... What Was Your Experience?
i has no line here in Alaska at about 10 am. However, every booth was occupied and a steady stream of people were coming in and out of the building.
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11/04/2008 04:59 PM
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Re: The 'Official' I Voted Thread ... What Was Your Experience?
Just got back from voting.

I wrote in Ron Paul for president

Every other race I chose a libertarian (except for Dole). I voted for her because she was one of the few brave senators that didn't vote for the banker bail out fiasco.

The line was very minimal and I was in and out in 15 minutes. We had early voting in NC so I expect that many people have already voted before today.
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11/04/2008 05:00 PM
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Re: The 'Official' I Voted Thread ... What Was Your Experience?
I voted in California...

AND I WROTE IN RON PAUL, OF COURSE@!!!@$!@!@@!$!@

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