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« on: November 04, 2008, 03:45:15 AM »

There won't be a political discussion in this thread, so don't bring one - I'll just delete it.  I'm just asking everyone to use the right that veterans like myself and USMC Kato fight for - the right to vote.  It's paid for with the blood of soldiers - don't sit on your ass and skip it.  I don't care which way you vote - just vote.

That's it.

When tomorrow is said and done I'll be moving this thread to the R&P forum.  Just getting the word out as wide as possible in the mean time.
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008, 03:51:12 AM »

I plan on waking up horribly early tomorrow to get to the polling place and vote. 

by horribly early I mean 6:30am.

I usually don't have to be up until 9:30am. 

tomorrow is going to be a long day.
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 04:09:34 AM »

CeeKay, artificial intelligence software programs like yourself can't vote anyway. Once you reach a self-aware state - perhaps in The Singularity -  you may one day be a real boy but until then: keep dreaming your 0s and 1s dreams.
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2008, 04:10:48 AM »

My wife and I waited in line 3 1/2 hours on Saturday morning to vote. When we got up to the front of the line, we saw an elderly gentleman exiting the polling room wearing a veteran's hat and proudly wearing his "I Voted" sticker. He walks past the line - all of us weary from standing for so long - and simply says, "It's worth it."

The thing that impressed me most about the whole experience was that the whole time everybody was in such good spirits. Sure, people jokingly complained about being tired of standing or the long wait, but it wasn't with any hostility. Everybody wanted to be there, and they were proud to be there. It was really a cool thing to see and experience, and looking back I'm glad we ended up getting right in the middle of it.

Some people think I was crazy to wait that long, but like KD pointed out, people died for my right to vote. Millions of people around the world don't get the right to choose their government. A minor inconvenience in my weekend was a small price to pay.
 
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2008, 04:16:05 AM »

I'll be there!  Go vote peeps!
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2008, 04:19:37 AM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 04, 2008, 03:45:15 AM

There won't be a political discussion in this thread, so don't bring one - I'll just delete it.  I'm just asking everyone to use the right that veterans like myself and USMC Kato fight for - the right to vote.  It's paid for with the blood of soldiers - don't sit on your ass and skip it.  I don't care which way you vote - just vote.

That's it.

When tomorrow is said and done I'll be moving this thread to the R&P forum.  Just getting the word out as wide as possible in the mean time.

Well said, sir.
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2008, 04:24:08 AM »

Apparently, if you go into a Starbucks tomorrow and tell them that you voted they will give you a free cup of Tall coffee.
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2008, 05:15:25 AM »

This topic has been moved to Political/Religious Nonsense

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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2008, 05:44:35 AM »

Quote from: Simon on November 04, 2008, 04:24:08 AM

Apparently, if you go into a Starbucks tomorrow and tell them that you voted they will give you a free cup of Tall coffee.

Which is illegal in Colorado at least.  They had a news story about it.   You aren't allowed to give anyone something of value to entice them to vote.

I voted this morning by walking up to the drop off box with my mail-in ballot in hand.  Took me all of 1 minute round trip from the car to the drop box. 

The actual filling out of the ballot on the other hand took much longer.   

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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2008, 05:54:43 AM »

I saw the legal issue too and Starbucks changed the deal to anyone that comes in.

If only I liked their coffee. icon_confused
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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2008, 06:58:46 AM »

I admit, I didn't fight, but I did enter the military, although I had to leave during AIT, although /legally/ I can call myself a veteran.

I don't, of course, because that's an insult to those who really served time. 

My point is, however....


VOTE, damn you.

I don't give a shit if you vote for a rock in a box.  Just go out and vote.
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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2008, 07:15:44 AM »

Early voting FTW.  Voted last Monday, and spent all of 15 minutes in line.  Now I can just sit back and ignore everything tomorrow.  smile
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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2008, 11:49:46 AM »

I'm in line right now! It's a little chilly.
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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2008, 12:36:33 PM »

Voted.  I thought I'd have a chance to read on my new Kindle for a while, but no such luck - out in Queens, they've apparently gone with the strategy of a ton of smaller places to vote.  I basically had to wait less than 5 minutes at 630 in the morning.
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« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2008, 12:38:42 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on November 04, 2008, 03:51:12 AM

tomorrow is going to be a long day.

Indeed. I've been up since 6:30am, and am sipping some coffee now and getting ready to head to my polling station. After I vote, I have to study for an upcoming test I'm taking for work, then I go to work for a 9 to 10 hour day. After that, it's come home, make a hot bowl of chili, and glue myself to the TV for election coverage.

I agree ... let's be a part of American history, and get out there and vote. This is going to be one for the ages.  thumbsup
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« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2008, 01:03:59 PM »

Mission accomplished. I got on line (in line?) at 6:45, polls opened at 7, I was in my car at 7:25. The line was long when I left, but not Florida long. We had a different polling station in 2004, so I don't really have a benchmark to judge if the line was out of the ordinary. They definitely ran out of parking spaces at the Jr. High School, though, if that is any indication. I got a kick out of the "15 Min Voter Parking" signs they had up in the lot. Wishful thinking.
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« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2008, 01:05:33 PM »

I was going to take a camera in to prove who I'm voting for, but in Michigan cameras are not allowed in the voting booth, lol. Oh well. I'm hoping the lines will be short at 9am.
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« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2008, 01:25:48 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on November 04, 2008, 01:03:59 PM

Mission accomplished. I got on line (in line?) at 6:45, polls opened at 7, I was in my car at 7:25. The line was long when I left, but not Florida long.

I'm in Florida, and I just waited a grand total of 2.5 minutes in line smile My polling station is just across the street, and I was there and back in 15 minutes.

Let the counting begin!
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« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2008, 01:32:14 PM »

You got forceful on those chads right?
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« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2008, 01:37:29 PM »

Quote from: Jeff Jones on November 04, 2008, 01:25:48 PM



I'm in Florida, and I just waited a grand total of 2.5 minutes in line smile My polling station is just across the street, and I was there and back in 15 minutes.

Let the counting begin!

Er...Florida early voting long?
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« Reply #20 on: November 04, 2008, 01:46:59 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on November 04, 2008, 01:37:29 PM

Er...Florida early voting long?

Yeah now that is true. There were some 2-3 hour waits for early voting. One of the reasons I waited is because I knew there'd be about 50 times more polling stations open today. I also like to get out on the actual election day, to get that "Super Tuesday" feeling.  nod
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« Reply #21 on: November 04, 2008, 02:03:23 PM »

Got in line at 6am to vote here in Alexandria, VA. The line was 3 blocks long when I entered it. Took me 2 hours till I voted, but I'm still glad I did.
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« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2008, 02:44:34 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 04, 2008, 03:45:15 AM

I'm just asking everyone to use the right that veterans like myself and USMC Kato fight for - the right to vote.  It's paid for with the blood of soldiers - don't sit on your ass and skip it.  I don't care which way you vote - just vote.

I've never understood this heavy handed nature towards rights. Living in a free country means you're, uh, free to not exercise your power to vote right? Creating an obligation, either by force or guilt, takes away the whole point of calling it a free country. Besides if all the candidates are morally repugnant to me why should I be forced to vote for one of them. By voting I am sanctioning their actions. Fortunately in my case there are a number of ballot Propositions that I want to either vote for or against here in AZ.
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« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2008, 02:47:58 PM »

Voted, didn't realize that Shakira's hips were running for president.  They got my vote.  We all know they don't lie.
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« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2008, 03:02:28 PM »

I voted last Friday.  Waited over an hour and a half!   mad

Today's supposed to be much worse...
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« Reply #25 on: November 04, 2008, 04:11:49 PM »

No wait for me!  Wheeee!
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« Reply #26 on: November 04, 2008, 04:14:48 PM »

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« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2008, 04:17:58 PM »

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« Reply #28 on: November 04, 2008, 04:25:49 PM »

I've been anticipating this day for quite some time, in part for much-needed political change, in part for the non-stop political discussions I've been having with friends, family, etc, and in part for that sense of pride in exercising my right to participate in political decision making.  And now that I have experienced that sense of accomplishment, I am looking forward to a lull in the all-politics-all-the-time atmosphere.  It'll be nice to have a break.

It may sound silly, but at that moment when I looked at the list of Presidential candidates and made my selection, I actually took a moment to simply smile and savor the moment.  It really is a great feeling.
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« Reply #29 on: November 04, 2008, 04:27:33 PM »

oh the irony..... I had my alarm on my iPhone set to go off so I could get up and vote before work.  well, come this morning my dogs wake me up to go outside, and I notice it's brighter than it should be.  I look at the clock and it's 9:35am, and I have to be at work at 10am.  I check my iphone and see there's a text message about voting from the Obama camp on the unlock screen, but ignore it and check to see that I did indeed set the alarm.  so, after a mad scramble and barely making it to work on time I've been looking to see why my alarm didn't work.


apparently there's a bug in the iPhone software where, if you receive an alert or something like, say, a text message, and it's on the screen without being cleared, then there's a chance the alarm might not work.

I'm stuck here until 7pm, and if there's a long line at the voting place I won't be able to sneak out that long.  If that happens I can try to do it after work, but the polls close at 7:30pm and it's about 15 minutes for me to get there.


Obama's text may have cost him my vote.
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« Reply #30 on: November 04, 2008, 04:31:24 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on November 04, 2008, 04:27:33 PM

oh the irony..... I had my alarm on my iPhone set to go off so I could get up and vote before work.  well, come this morning my dogs wake me up to go outside, and I notice it's brighter than it should be.  I look at the clock and it's 9:35am, and I have to be at work at 10am.  I check my iphone and see there's a text message about voting from the Obama camp on the unlock screen, but ignore it and check to see that I did indeed set the alarm.  so, after a mad scramble and barely making it to work on time I've been looking to see why my alarm didn't work.


apparently there's a bug in the iPhone software where, if you receive an alert or something like, say, a text message, and it's on the screen without being cleared, then there's a chance the alarm might not work.

I'm stuck here until 7pm, and if there's a long line at the voting place I won't be able to sneak out that long.  If that happens I can try to do it after work, but the polls close at 7:30pm and it's about 15 minutes for me to get there.


Obama's text may have cost him my vote.

As far as I know, it is illegal for employers to restrict or deny your right to vote in any way.  I got in line at the polls at 8am, I was in my booth by 8:30am, out the door by 8:45am (I made all of my selections beforehand and merely needed my "cheat-sheet" to make my selections at the polls) and I was in my office by 9:15am.  While the workday starts at 8am (and mine typically starts far earlier), my company cannot hinder my right to vote in any way.  Your employer must allow you to leave with ample time to reach the polls before they close. 
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« Reply #31 on: November 04, 2008, 04:41:25 PM »

At least with the government's policy for its employees, that's only partially true, Pete.

If there's enough time for you to vote before or after your scheduled workday (3 hours, I think, is the time), then there's no recourse for you if you miss that window due to oversleeping or whatever unless you take your own leave to go vote.

So, if CeeKay's polls opened at 7 AM, and he was supposed to be at work at 10 AM, there's his 3 hour window.
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« Reply #32 on: November 04, 2008, 04:42:21 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on November 04, 2008, 04:31:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 04, 2008, 04:27:33 PM

oh the irony..... I had my alarm on my iPhone set to go off so I could get up and vote before work.  well, come this morning my dogs wake me up to go outside, and I notice it's brighter than it should be.  I look at the clock and it's 9:35am, and I have to be at work at 10am.  I check my iphone and see there's a text message about voting from the Obama camp on the unlock screen, but ignore it and check to see that I did indeed set the alarm.  so, after a mad scramble and barely making it to work on time I've been looking to see why my alarm didn't work.


apparently there's a bug in the iPhone software where, if you receive an alert or something like, say, a text message, and it's on the screen without being cleared, then there's a chance the alarm might not work.

I'm stuck here until 7pm, and if there's a long line at the voting place I won't be able to sneak out that long.  If that happens I can try to do it after work, but the polls close at 7:30pm and it's about 15 minutes for me to get there.


Obama's text may have cost him my vote.

As far as I know, it is illegal for employers to restrict or deny your right to vote in any way.

It is indeed illegal in most states.  If you tell your employer that you're going to vote, they cannot stop you nor reprimand you for doing so.  Depending on what state you live in, they may even be forced to still pay you for the time off to do so.

Check this list out for your state's laws
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« Reply #33 on: November 04, 2008, 04:49:35 PM »

I know that at least here if you are in line at the time the polls close that you still get to cast your vote.  So you may still get to vote if you are in line by 7:30pm.
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« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2008, 04:58:03 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on November 04, 2008, 04:31:24 PM

As far as I know, it is illegal for employers to restrict or deny your right to vote in any way.  I got in line at the polls at 8am, I was in my booth by 8:30am, out the door by 8:45am (I made all of my selections beforehand and merely needed my "cheat-sheet" to make my selections at the polls) and I was in my office by 9:15am.  While the workday starts at 8am (and mine typically starts far earlier), my company cannot hinder my right to vote in any way.  Your employer must allow you to leave with ample time to reach the polls before they close. 

I don't doubt that he'd let me, but it's a small business and there's only 2 of us here today.  if we end up getting as busy as we were yesterday and I can't get our one part time employee to come in I can't leave him hanging.  I'd be in line right now but I'm the only one here, and I imagine the lunch rush will start shortly.  on the plus side there are a bunch of polling places in the area so hopefully everyone is spread out enough that it won't be packed (plus it's the on the Ohio State campus so hopefully alot of people who would have to go there had to do absentee ballots).

I need to remember to pick up a different alarm clock tonight- I've been using my cell phone as one for years and never even heard about an issue like the iPhone one disgust


Quote from: Owain on November 04, 2008, 04:49:35 PM

I know that at least here if you are in line at the time the polls close that you still get to cast your vote.  So you may still get to vote if you are in line by 7:30pm.

cool.  I just mapquested the address and it's not as far away as I thought.  I also saw places like New York have the polls open until 9pm.  why can't Ohio be that smart?
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« Reply #35 on: November 04, 2008, 05:15:11 PM »

I voted from the comfort of my own home a week or so ago.  I love this home ballot thing in Colorado.
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« Reply #36 on: November 04, 2008, 05:35:46 PM »

Left my house and was back home in 18 minutes.  I guess I picked the perfect time to vote!! smile
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« Reply #37 on: November 04, 2008, 05:43:01 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on November 04, 2008, 04:25:49 PM

I am looking forward to a lull in the all-politics-all-the-time atmosphere.  It'll be nice to have a break.

I will be happy because that means I won't be getting telemarketing calls 10 times a day asking me to vote for their candidate. Also it will be nice when they clean all that trash off every street corner. Name recognition politics makes me cry.
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« Reply #38 on: November 04, 2008, 05:55:40 PM »

Done. No line, no fuss, took about 10 minutes.
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« Reply #39 on: November 04, 2008, 06:03:11 PM »

Quote from: Biyobi on November 04, 2008, 05:54:43 AM

I saw the legal issue too and Starbucks changed the deal to anyone that comes in.

If only I liked their coffee. icon_confused

Go get a doughnut from Krispy Kreme (a super nifty patriotic doughnut!) then stop by Ben and Jerry's on the way home.
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