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August 20, 2018

We voted

Filed under: My Life and Rants, News, Political — Scottie @ 15:01

Ron and I went to vote today for the primary election candidates.    We try to always do early voting because it is far easier for us.  Fewer people and no waiting.    I can’t stand in lines so this is the best for me.    I have spent a few days on and off looking up candidates and finding out about them, their views, their priorities, what they want to do and what they have done in the past.   Then I typed up a a paper with the race and the candidate we wanted.   I did it in the order of the sample ballot so it would be easy to follow when voting.    Trying to do our part to fix the mess we are in now.  Hugs


  1. I would like to offer the voting system Oregon has adopted as a model for the whole of the country. Vote by mail. To be eligible I believe you are required to have a SSN. I’m not sure what you do without one but they will consider other forms of proof of citizenship. You must have registered 21 days prior the next election to vote in that election. After that it’s easy peasy. An in-depth voters pamphlet and ballot comes in your mail well in advance of the election and you can mail it in or drop it off locations manned by volunteers. It wouldn’t do crap to resolve gerrymandering.

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    Comment by nationofnope — August 20, 2018 @ 15:40

    • I like the idea. When I was unable to go out to the polls we used mail in ballots. I like your system with the in depth guides, Hugs


      Comment by Scottie — August 20, 2018 @ 16:13

    • I also live in Oregon and can attest to what a difference vote-by-mail makes. No worries about standing in long lines at a polling place on a workday. Decide how to vote at leisure with plenty of time to consult the information pamphlet. None of this nonsense about discouraging certain groups from voting by closing polling places. It has given our state consistently-high turnout, much to the benefit of Democrats. In the 2014 election which nationally had the lowest turnout in decades, in Oregon it was 69½ percent, and we re-elected our Democratic Governor (the first openly bisexual state Governor in the country, incidentally), increased the Democratic majority in the state legislature, and passed a recreational-marijuana referendum. Vote-by-mail nationwide would turn the Republicans into a permanent minority/regional party.

      Contrary to what the wingnuts say, it can be made secure. You have to sign the outside of the envelope and the signature is compared to your signature on file; forging someone else’s signature on the ballot envelope is a felony. There’s an internal security envelope so votes can be counted anonymously after the verification.

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      Comment by Infidel753 — August 20, 2018 @ 22:10

      • We have a good place to go right now where there is no lines. It is a new community center and they set it up well, people trickle in constantly but they have a lot of staff set up so it moves fast. I like the idea of mail ballots, but here in Florida we always hear of stories of mail ballots not being counted. That makes me nervous.

        One thing I dislike this time was there is no way to see if the machine totaled your vote correctly. They use to have a system that showed how your votes were and you could change them, but there was no paper ballot, so they changed to a paper system and a scanner. I would like it if the scanner would check with the voter before recording it. Hugs

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        Comment by Scottie — August 21, 2018 @ 07:30

  2. Good for you Scottie. I can hardly wait for our next election. Democracy has taken a battering in both the US and Australia, but voting can change that and bring our worlds back into balance again.

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    Comment by acflory — August 20, 2018 @ 20:34

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