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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluey View Post
    ...When I went to vote, the lady at the courthouse waved off my registration card, said that she has known me all her life, since she was a little kid, no need of ID...
    Just the opposite here. The pollster greeted me by my first name, then asked for my registration and photo ID. They're being extra careful of appearances of voter fraud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eclipse View Post
    Because I'm not American and are only subjected to stuff I see on TV and read in newspapers, and have no idea about your actual voting procedure, how DO you fill out your ballots? I'm curious to know why it takes a long time. Ours a slip of paper with 4 or 5 names on and we place an X next to who we want.....takes about 10 seconds! What do you have to read and go through?
    We generally have measures and other things to vote on as well, and under each one they have a little description of what it is (since it would be impossible to remember what each and every ballot measure is) so that takes a bit of time.

    I live in an all mail-in ballot state. Love it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by eclipse View Post
    Because I'm not American and are only subjected to stuff I see on TV and read in newspapers, and have no idea about your actual voting procedure, how DO you fill out your ballots? I'm curious to know why it takes a long time. Ours a slip of paper with 4 or 5 names on and we place an X next to who we want.....takes about 10 seconds! What do you have to read and go through?
    Depends on the election cycle. Sometimes we are voting for president, US senator and representative plus state senator and representative, plus county seats with the occasional state admenment and/or county measure.

    Today was very quick, last ballot was 3-4 pages long.

    Never boring.
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    --or you have a touch screen machine that hasn't been wiped down in a while and you have to poke at each box 2-3 times before it will record your vote. ask me how i know.

    if we'd had our old punch card ballots i would have been done in half the time this morning.



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    Around here they're little cubicles with video screens where you touch the screen to mark an "X" next to your choices. But in the case of Amendments, local government policy stuff, etc., etc., they always have the issue(s) in question in depth on the screen, since not everyone has researched the issues beforehand.



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    We had a touchscreen ballot with a dozen different races. Sometimes more than one spot is open in the local races so we would have to select 2-3 out of a dozen people.

    We also had one constitutional amendment, no bond issues (I can't believe my county isn't taking on my debt this time around), and one race with no candidates so I did a write-in of my own name.



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    We had paper ballots where you fill in the circle next to your choice. That definitely takes longer than 30 seconds. Takes longer than three minutes if you're me and have to make very sure to fill in every circle VERY DARK and COMPLETELY.

    In addition to president, we had NC council of state (8 or 9 offices) as well as U.S. House of Representatives, county commissioners (Pointless as everyone here runs as a Democrat so all opposition was eliminated in May), school board, and state-level judges. Filled the front and back of a long ballot.
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    While standing in line to vote today, one of the poll workers was mingling and chatting up people he obviously knew and at one point yelled out "Everybody vote Republican!!". This was quite loud so not meant just for the folks he knew.

    Regardless of party affiliation, that's just inappropriate. This state allows campaigning something like 20 feet from the door to the polling station and I always have to run a gauntlet of people who have setup camp - tents and huge signs and all that - trying to shove crap at you as you head for the door. And they get downright nasty if you ignore them.

    Anyway, I got his name and reported him via an online complaint form for my state's voting commission. Might call the 1-800 number too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fooler View Post
    Depends on the election cycle. Sometimes we are voting for president, US senator and representative plus state senator and representative, plus county seats with the occasional state admenment and/or county measure.

    Today was very quick, last ballot was 3-4 pages long.

    Never boring.
    Wow!! that's a lot of people to vote for all at once
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    Fooler, we had all of that on our one page ballot. We voted at 6 am and the lines were already long.
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    Not too much of a line here either, and we also use the touch screens. I was ready with my ID when the woman behind the desk said my first name and hello. No need for ID, I also love living in the "country".



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    Paper ballots- you draw a line between * and * to indicate that line is your choice...it ends up looking like a barbell, does that make sense? Then that form is fed into a machine for counting.

    We have 11 state level constitutional amendments to vote on as well...



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    It depends on what is one the ballot and that varies by jurisdiction. Typically there are a number of offices to be filled, but then there can be bond referenda and constitutional amendments to vote on. These items tend to be rather long reads and since they are written by lawyers, tend to be hard to understand exactly what is being asked. Also there may be more offices than the national ones. There may be many local races.

    Sure you can study up on all your choices advance for them, but many people don't. In my county we had 3 offices, 4 bond referenda, and 2 constitutional amendments. 30 seconds would have been hard to do for many people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charismaryllis View Post
    --or you have a touch screen machine that hasn't been wiped down in a while and you have to poke at each box 2-3 times before it will record your vote. ask me how i know.
    I think half the time I spent with the touch screen was for having to touch things 2 or 3 times before the check appeared! I wish they'd had Purell for use after voting, and I'm not a germ freak!

    Quote Originally Posted by eclipse View Post
    Because I'm not American and are only subjected to stuff I see on TV and read in newspapers, and have no idea about your actual voting procedure, how DO you fill out your ballots? I'm curious to know why it takes a long time. Ours a slip of paper with 4 or 5 names on and we place an X next to who we want.....takes about 10 seconds! What do you have to read and go through?
    For example, where I live in Virginia, we had President, Senator, and Representative on page/screen 1, screen 2 was state and local ballot measures for things like parks and library bonds, storm drain repairs, given the state assembly longer to vote after vetoes, etc. Other states, like Maryland have things like gay marriage and casinos on the ballot for their citizens to vote on, in addition to federal and state offices.

    This is my third time voting at this polling place, and the first time I've encountered a line. I was actually rather pleased to see it!



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    I am surprised (quite) that people (candidates and workers) can still campaign the day of the election! Not here! Campaigning is over the night before! Thank God!!

    Frankly I do not believe that people lining up to vote still don't know who to vote for!!

    Of course, here the campaign workers are allowed to check the voters' lists and see who has voted or not... then they get on the phone and even offer t come and pick you up...Fine, but there is still no guarantee that the voter will vote for the party... or candidate.



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    Well, I went to vote around 2:30 p.m., & while the gentleman who had told my husband about the "30 second" thing (easy to spot from husband's description) didn't say anything to me, just as I was about to be sent to my voting cubicle, I heard the elder-middle-aged woman who'd been passing around pamphlets describing the Constitutional Amendment issues telling everyone she gave a pamphlet to that they'd "better read it because they'd only have 30 seconds to vote on the issue". Sigh.

    I guess I could have been a crusader & confronted her, but just left (had been waiting in line for a good half hour & had several other things to get done before 5 p.m.).

    I did, however, just send an e-mail to the election registrars office outlining both my husband's experience & mine & asking "what gives?". Said I'd like some sort of explanation from them before asking them via the local papers & The Washington Post.

    Maybe that will shake somebody up?



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    Woo hoo - that was quick!

    Already got a reply from the Registrar (guess they're keeping late hours today). Said she was very concerned about this situation & that she would address it immediately with the election supervisor for that precinct & get back to me.

    Regardless, at least I brought the issue up & someone knows that someone was disturbed by it. Better than nothing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacardi1 View Post
    Woo hoo - that was quick!

    Already got a reply from the Registrar (guess they're keeping late hours today). Said she was very concerned about this situation & that she would address it immediately with the election supervisor for that precinct & get back to me.

    Regardless, at least I brought the issue up & someone knows that someone was disturbed by it. Better than nothing.
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    Good for you B1, and Slabsided, absolutely report the guy, jesting or not. There was a big sign on the door of City Hall (well, tiny village hall) saying no electioneering within 30 feet and as far as I'm concerned making any comments at all equals electioneering, especially in the actual polling place!

    I still can't figure out why there are so many different voting machines out there - with paper or without, very confusing.
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    At our voting place - local church - they had huge chalk marks outside the doors outlining where campaigners had to keep out. And there was some sort of supervisor to make sure they stayed outside those marks.



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