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    Did you encounter any voting abnormalities this year?

    The other day, I took advantage of the early voting here in Florida because I would not have time on Tuesday to vote because of my schedule. Well, all was going well until I got in line to turn in my ballot when there was an individual there video taping the entire thing with his handheld home videocamera. He was also outside video taping everyone in line. He was video taping himself voting and casting his ballot. I don't know what else was recorded. It was very creepy because he was holding his camera by his side very conspicously and then very out in the open. I said something to the pollworker who did absolutely nothing because she didn't know if it was legal or not. I called the elections office today and they stated that the sheriff's office was going to pay the man a little "visit" today. I don't even live in a county where they had problems 4 years ago. BTW, these ballots are very obvious on who you voted for.

    Did anyone else experience any "problems?"

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    I got a paper cut on my tongue from the envelope for my absentee ballot.

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    I forgot I was still registered in my college county, so I could only do a limited ballot. I could only pick the statewide offices and for the House of Rep since where I live now happens to be in the same gerrymandered district.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    Here is a related story of something happening in Florida.

    Freelance Journalist Arrested After Photographing Voting Lines - (a snippet of the article)

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A freelance journalist taking pictures of voters waiting outside the Palm Beach County elections headquarters was arrested after ignoring a deputy's orders to stop, sheriff's officials said.

    James S. Henry, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.

    Sheriff's Deputy Al Cinque tried to stop Henry as he shot pictures of about 600 people standing in line to vote Sunday afternoon. Henry began running away, but Cinque tackled him, the Palm Beach Post reported.

    The deputy pinned Henry, 54, to the ground, yelling for him to stop moving, then punched him in the back. Cinque handcuffed Henry's left arm, pulled him to his feet and punched him again as Henry tried to hand him identification cards, according to the paper.

    But sheriff's office spokesman Paul Miller said Monday that Henry "tripped over his own feet" as he ran away. He was heading toward the building's front door, and the deputy "has to use whatever reasonable force is necessary under the circumstances," Miller said.



    Full article

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    postage

    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    I got a paper cut on my tongue from the envelope for my absentee ballot.
    The blood might have put it over the postage limit and kicked it out of the system....too bad, maybe your vote will count next time or it was declared a biohazard
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    During the primary, I was not on the computer print out. Fortunately I carry my voter registration card with me, so they had to write me in at the bottom of the list. Since I am registered with the extremely minority party in this County, it was clearly part of a much larger conspiracy to prevent me and like minded people from voting.

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    Quote Originally posted by The One
    The blood might have put it over the postage limit and kicked it out of the system....too bad, maybe your vote will count next time or it was declared a biohazard
    A few guys in the office said that I should wait till after surgery tomorrow to vote. They said that maybe the painkillers would help me to think clearly!

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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis
    A few guys in the office said that I should wait till after surgery tomorrow to vote. They said that maybe the painkillers would help me to think clearly!
    In Michigan, there's a special late voting session for Republicans on November 3. I encourage you to wait until the meds wear off, your head clears up, and take advantage of late voting.

    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Uh-oh, I predict Dan may have some problems voting tomorrow...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/01/po...rtner=homepage

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    I also did the early voting gig, during the 1st week the polls were open. The lines have quadrupled since then!
    Other than the wait in line, no problems here.
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    Feeding the ballot into the electronic reader, my girlfriend experienced the ballot getting "spit out." We only thought it was wierd because the same thing happened during the primaries....

    I had no problems except my driver's license has a different address outside of the county I am registered in, but that took me an extra ten minutes....
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    Did anyone catch This American Life on the radio this weekend about voter fraud? It was really interesting hearing that the only good thing that the Republicans could come up against the Democrats is that they paid for extra registrations in crack cocaine. However, the Republicans have caught eliminating Democrats from the voter rolls as well as refusing to register them to vote. This American Life story

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    Voting Abnormalities

    Nothing other than the candidates.
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    This was my first year at voting from another country. It took me three times and a call to Clark County, WA to finally get registered (over a period of a YEAR)... but once registered, everything else went smoothly (or so I assume).

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan
    In Michigan, there's a special late voting session for Republicans on November 3. I encourage you to wait until the meds wear off, your head clears up, and take advantage of late voting.


    Dang... and I just put my ballot into the box... I wish I would have known about that sooner!

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    I keep getting harassed by these stinky coffee shop kids telling me a vote for Dubya is a vote for war and oil??

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    Quote Originally posted by Tom R
    Nothing other than the candidates.
    Candidates seemed "normal" to me. Same old "normal" s$#@. SOS.

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    no problems in Falls Church Va. Other than I was SHOCKED to use an old style paper ballot that I had to fill in the ovals-Ive always used touch screen in the past.
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    I was voter #44 at our polling place this morning.

    I was surprised by two things:
    • There were two propositions on the ballot (one county, one local) I had heard nothing about.
    • There was no one running against our state assembly and senate incumbants.
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    My George Carlin page-a-day calendar for today says:

    In the United States, anybody can be president. That's the problem.

    But, on topic, there were no irregularities in my sleepy precinct this morning.

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    The fire alarm just went off here - someone must be trying to disrupt the polls

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    Quote Originally posted by PlannerGirl
    no problems in Falls Church Va. Other than I was SHOCKED to use an old style paper ballot that I had to fill in the ovals-Ive always used touch screen in the past.
    Same for me in Leesburg, VA... perhaps it's a new state-wide thing.

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    Our city bond election is having a HUGE turnout, which I consider abnormal. The polling location is in a seperate building from the general election location and does not have any elected positions on it, but it looks like we are approaching 35% turnout. The best turnout we had before this was about 15% in the last mayor/council election in May 2003. The fact that we have more turnout when it's only about money and doesn't deal with city leadership is a little disturbing.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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