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Old 11-02-2008, 06:43 PM   #811
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While I've never had any trouble at the voting booths myself, I find it absolutely appalling that there's STILL problems going on in spite of the 2000 election. Eight years to fix the system, and nothing has been fixed.....
If they can figure out how to do it on "American Idol" why can't they do it on American president???/

Republican, Democrat, or Independent, this is totally unacceptable. I'd rather have my candidate lose in a fair, honest, and complications-free election than to have them win under any dubious circumstances.
I wonder if everyone would say the same.....
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Old 11-02-2008, 06:44 PM   #812
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nations with sketchy election processes, but not in the US.
By which you mean the US?
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By which you mean the US?
Maybe I just wasn't paying enough attention before, but it's only been since 2000 that I recall hearing problems about their election process.
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Maybe I just wasn't paying enough attention before, but it's only been since 2000 that I recall hearing problems about their election process.
I must admit, I've only been paying attention since 2000.
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Just saying I voted? No need of showing identity?
I'm not a great fan of Starbucks, but free coffee is always welcome.
I heard they have 2 Starbucks in Montana

so you can get a free coffee, too.

You don't even have to have voted
but perhaps with the help of Obama and ACORN you will have.
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I heard they have 2 Starbucks in Montana

so you can get a free coffee, too.

You don't even have to have voted
but perhaps with the help of Obama and ACORN you will have.
ACORN can only register you for the coffee...........
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I just saw a piece on CNN regarding calls made to their voting problems hotline, and several of the calls they just highlighted focused on senior citizens who had waited in line to vote for several hours, found they still had several more hours to go, so they finally left because they are not physically capable of standing for several hours. They did say that a few polling stations seem to have made provisions for people in this position, but that many don't.
I think part of the problem there is the hugely unprecedented early voting turnout this year (far fewer polling stations are open for early voting), which caught many states by surprise. I've worked the polls locally before, and we've always kept a (limited) amount of chairs and drinking water available for elderly and/or infirm voters. We're taking a couple elderly neighbors of ours to vote on Tuesday morning, and I sure hope the crowds won't be that bad, as they both walk with canes and neither has a wheelchair.
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I don't know that I've ever seen turnout like this before, but I do know that a friend of mine who has worked the polls on election day in Canada several times over said that there is a policy in place to always move the obviously elderly and disabled to the front of the line - this included anyone who would appear to require chairs to begin with.
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I think part of the problem there is the hugely unprecedented early voting turnout this year (far fewer polling stations are open for early voting), which caught many states by surprise. I've worked the polls locally before, and we've always kept a (limited) amount of chairs and drinking water available for elderly and/or infirm voters. We're taking a couple elderly neighbors of ours to vote on Tuesday morning, and I sure hope the crowds won't be that bad, as they both walk with canes and neither has a wheelchair.
Oh, so this is an unusual situation then, and it hopefully will not be repeated on the 4th due to larger numbers of polling stations being open, which in turn will have fewer voters to accommodate, since many have voted early. I'm glad to hear that.

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I don't know that I've ever seen turnout like this before, but I do know that a friend of mine who has worked the polls on election day in Canada several times over said that there is a policy in place to always move the obviously elderly and disabled to the front of the line - this included anyone who would appear to require chairs to begin with.
Exactly. Which is why I was wondering why it wasn't being done in a lot of cases in the US, from what is being reported. It's blatant discrimination.
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There are some states that allow elderly and disabled voters to move to the front of the line if they request it, but this is not universal. About all that's guaranteed nationwide is wheelchair-accessible polling places and assistance with voting for the blind and those unable to read English.
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I'm taking a fold up chair just in case. I've had a problem with my leg going numb since my knee surgery - if I stand in one place for more than an hour or so. If they move me up then that would be good, but I'm going prepared.

Just saw a McCain speech in New Hampshire where he brought up Bono and the ONE Campaign. Props to the gentleman and his excellent representation of ONE. . John McCain gave him 30 seconds to tell a little about what has and is being done.
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Just saw a McCain speech in New Hampshire where he brought up Bono and the ONE Campaign. Props to the gentleman and his excellent representation of ONE. . John McCain gave him 30 seconds to tell a little about what has and is being done.
That is really awesome!!
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Old 11-02-2008, 07:57 PM   #823
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I heard they have 2 Starbucks in Montana

so you can get a free coffee, too.

You don't even have to have voted
but perhaps with the help of Obama and ACORN you will have.
Even Missoula has more than two.
If Obama and ACORN helped me, so did McCain and ACORN.
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Maybe I just wasn't paying enough attention before, but it's only been since 2000 that I recall hearing problems about their election process.
There were tons of problems in '04 too.
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True, but Kerry conceded the election sometime a few hours after the polls closed; by morning we knew Bush won.
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