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Old 11-01-2002, 11:34 AM   #21
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Cool! I wonder if any of the "non-voters" could tell us why they won't be voting Tuesday. Is it a schedual conflict or time conflict on that day, or general skepticism about politics?
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Old 11-01-2002, 12:17 PM   #22
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i'm voting.

i'm looking forward to senator durbin kicking some ass on tuesday. i him.

most of the candidates in illinois make me ill - even the democrats. their campaigns have been so negative it's actually embarassing. our governor race is a joke. it's tragic.
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No.

Reason #1- there are no major races in my home state

Reason #2- I am totally disillusioned with the US political party system. Until a viable, realistic alternative comes about to challenge the lying, two faced, back stabbing, ass kissing, special interest mongering Republicans and Democrats I will not waste my time.

I heard on TV that the FL races will likely be called crooked and challenged again. One guy said he saw that as the future of all voting races, it will all be disputed and eventually settled by lawyers, as if the lawyer politicians weren't bad enough. If it comes to that it's time to hang it up completely. I would never believe the results. I have no faith in the system as it is.
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Cool! I wonder if any of the "non-voters" could tell us why they won't be voting Tuesday. Is it a schedual conflict or time conflict on that day, or general skepticism about politics?
For me, I wouldn't call it skepticism, more like--disinterest. I never pay attention to the candidates who are running, or their attributes, therefore I know I would not be able to make a sound vote. Plus, I get turned off by all the hateful campaign advertising.

I've been registered to vote since I turned 18 and have NEVER voted....not once.
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Old 11-01-2002, 03:23 PM   #25
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I just discovered that my representitive, George Gekas, is no longer my representitive. Do to the redistricting that occured in Pennsylvania because of the loss of two congressional representitives because of a decrease in Pennsylvania's population, in the new boundries for districs in Pennsylvania, the 17th district no longer has territory in Cumberland County where I live. This happened several months ago, and I'm sure that there are many people in my area that might not even be aware that George Gekas is no longer their representitive in congress. Where I live is now apart of the 19th Congressional district of Pennsylvania and my representitive is now Todd Platts (R). Unfortunately, my friends and I will not be able to help by voting, our representitive George Gekas who has been our representitive for over 18 years. Our new representitive Todd Platts (R) has no opposition, but will vote for him anyways while were voting in the State and local races. I now understand why Gekas is behind Holden, because his base of support used to be where I live which no longer is apart of his district.
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Old 11-04-2002, 07:04 PM   #26
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I'm voting, but only so I have the right to complain about the results. The U.S. House and Senate races where I live have been incredibly nasty and negative. It's a real turn-off. I just heard today about the millions and millions of dollars these people are spending on their campaigns. I can't help but think what that money could do if it were spent elsewhere.

The one bright spot is the state senate race for my area. I actually know one of the candidates, and she's an incredible person. She's heavily favored in the race and will probably win without my vote, but it will feel good to cast a vote for someone I truly believe in for once.
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Old 11-05-2002, 01:41 AM   #27
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i'll be here later today (tuesday) to hopefully bask in the victories of the people i voted for, and voted for in confidence, knowing that if they win, i wouldn't regret it, as i did my research.

you peeps would be happy to know i didn't vote all democratic, although there were only really three people to vote for. we also voted on the lottery. i hope that goes through. i miss not having one, having grown up in florida with pick 3 and such. even if i would rarely participate in buying lottery tickets, it's fun to see billboards and look at the huge amount that the jackpot is for the week.
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Old 11-05-2002, 02:04 AM   #28
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Dreadsox
[B]I Vote Early...and Often HEHE!!!!

Seriously, I feel if I am going to teach kids to be responsible citizens, I should do so myself.

Here IN MASS

We have a Governor, Senator, State Rep, State Treasurer, and The hot Ballot Question #2 to vote on.

Governor's Race....Undecided....Only because I want to vote Democrat but the candidate just plain irks me. The Republicans have butchered the DOE here in MA for 12 years now. I feel the only way to change it is to get a Democrat in office.

Senate Democrat....Kerry has no one opposing him really.

State Rep Democrat....The Republican Candidate plays dirty.

State Treasurer Republican....This guy received endorsements from the ultra-liberal Boston Globe and the Conservative Boston Herald. He is truly a great all around candidate.

Question #2....I do not like the law suit language against teachers. It troubles me. Still thinking on it.


As I understand it, Question #2 does not imply that any teacher caught speaking another language in an attempt to teach their students English will be sued. It is saying that teachers that try to make their own course by subverting the system who think that they have no one to be responsible to except themselves will have to think twice.
This measure has been in California for several years and there have been no lawsuits against teachers to my knowledge. Seems like a scare tactic to me.
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Old 11-05-2002, 02:27 PM   #29
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Well, I voted this morning. Here in Oklahoma we've got the gubernatorial election on the off-years. I voted straight ticket Democrat. Our Republican choice was Steve Largent, ex-football player. His three main platforms? Banning abortion, putting prayer in schools, and banning more pornography than is already banned. For such a religious type, it was funny to hear him say "bullshit" on the local news. Meanwhile, the Democrat, Brad Henry, is endorsed by the Sierra Club (who won't just endorse anyone) and is much more in line with how I feel about most issues.

I also voted to ban cockfighting and I voted for exempting storm shelters from property taxes, among other things.

I feel pretty good. We'll see what happens.
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Old 11-05-2002, 02:32 PM   #30
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By the way, I think it's really sad to see people refusing to vote because they dislike politicians or because they don't like the system, etc. My husband used to think like this until I convinced him that every vote counts and that there really is a huge difference between Democrats and Republicans. In America, the parties seem similar to people--that's because we all want the same things (better healthcare, soc sec reform, better schools, less violence)...the problem is, how do we achieve those goals? Dems and GOP have very different ideas about that. The differences between the parties on environmental issues alone is enough to get me to drag my butt to the polls.

I strongly urge those who don't want to vote to ask someone who did vote why they did it. You might actually find a reason to go do it yourself.
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Old 11-05-2002, 02:58 PM   #31
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I don't think this poll will give us a realistic estimate, because those that don't vote on Tuesday are the type of people that wouldn't go out of their way to even READ this question.
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Old 11-05-2002, 03:36 PM   #32
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I don't believe in the system because I work in it.
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Old 11-05-2002, 04:39 PM   #33
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voted Ohio

i think people voting to "not voting" is kinda funny
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Old 11-05-2002, 05:53 PM   #34
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I voted-and I know people might think this is weird, but I always feel so great after I vote. The first time I was ever able to vote was a big thrill for me. It is one right I definitely don't take for granted.

Yes, I am disillusioned w/ politicians and with the 'system', but for me, to not vote is to be part of the problem, not the solution.
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Old 11-05-2002, 07:07 PM   #35
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I voted-and I know people might think this is weird, but I always feel so great after I vote. The first time I was ever able to vote was a big thrill for me. It is one right I definitely don't take for granted.

Yes, I am disillusioned w/ politicians and with the 'system', but for me, to not vote is to be part of the problem, not the solution.
I agree with you, especially on that last part.

Today was the first time I ever voted, as I'd said early on in this thread...and I feel proud to know I was able to have a say in who should be in our government. And it especially made me feel good today, because on the radio station my dad works at, this morning they had a "This Day In History" thing, and they talked about how on this date in 1872, women who tried to vote were actually arrested. And seeing as how I'm a girl, hearing that made me even more motivated to vote, because it made me think, geez, I'm lucky, I don't have to worry about being arrested when I go to the voting booth. Women fought hard for their right to vote, and they got that right, I'm not letting that slip away from me.

I'll be 20 when it comes time for the presidential election, that'll be my first time voting for our next president. That should be interesting, as well.

So yeah...I voted, and I'm proud of that fact. Very proud.

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Old 11-05-2002, 11:05 PM   #36
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I voted; it was a blast. I even enjoyed marking the line for a few Democrats.

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Old 11-05-2002, 11:16 PM   #37
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I completely agree, Gina Marie. Look at Bono. Rather than sit back and say "These money-grubbing politicians are hopeless" he gets out there and does what he can with what he's got to work with. If people want to sit around and wait until the system fixes itself, they'll be waiting a long time no matter what country they live in.

And Moonlit_Angel brings up a wonderful point. Women in America put so much on the line to be counted as equal citizens with the equal right to speak their minds in politics. I think that in a small way we honor them and their efforts when we go to the polls. Remember, there are women all over the globe who would love to vote but don't even get the opportunity.

I've written and rewritten a paragraph on why the system isn't broken, but I couldn't get it to sound right, so I'm ending this post right here. Cheers to all those who got out there and exercised their right to vote!
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we also voted on the lottery. i hope that goes through. i miss not having one, having grown up in florida with pick 3 and such. even if i would rarely participate in buying lottery tickets, it's fun to see billboards and look at the huge amount that the jackpot is for the week.
Yes, it is especially fun to see Lottery billboards in distressed, low-income neighborhoods. Our governor (who may win again tonight) wants to base our state education budget on an "education lottery." We already have "parimutuel betting" at bankrupt dog and horse tracks, and I can drive through Birmingham's worst neighborhoods to have the scenery brightened with fluorescent billboards that say "Win BIG At THe Birmingham Race Course Tonight!" They are nowhere to be seen in Mountain Brook or Hoover though.

It makes me want to vomit.
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Our Republican choice was Steve Largent, ex-football player. His three main platforms? Banning abortion, putting prayer in schools, and banning more pornography than is already banned. For such a religious type, it was funny to hear him say "bullshit" on the local news. Meanwhile, the Democrat, Brad Henry, is endorsed by the Sierra Club (who won't just endorse anyone) and is much more in line with how I feel about most issues.
I think Congressman Largent would have done better in the election if he had played college football for the Oklahoma Sooners instead of "Tulsa."

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