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Voting Today

Tuesday November 6, 2012
Salt Springs Campground Site 81
Salt Springs FL

 

Just a short post about something I’ve wondered about for some time. 

The percentage of people in this country who vote is sadly far too low.  I know some don’t think it matters so they don’t bother.  I know that having voting on a Tuesday makes it just too difficult for others whose work places don’t allow time off or who work 2 jobs and have family responsibilities.

But what about folks on wheels?  We all have to go to the trouble of getting absentee ballots every time.  I’ve always wanted to do a survey so I hope you’ll help me out.

.Let me know if you voted today or in the pre election days and I’ll let you know the results of my “statistics”.   J J

Please respond even if you didn’t vote. I won’t post it if you ask me not to.  Or if you want to proclaim your reasons, I will.  I guess there is no way for me to have any statistics if the non voters don’t speak up.

27 comments:

  1. we voted by mail ballot last week.

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  2. Absentee ballot last week. X2. If Annie responds, count her twice. :D

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  3. I work off the books so I am not registered :(

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  4. We both sent in absentee ballots about three weeks ago.

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  5. Absentee ballot quite a while ago.

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  6. We voted by absentee ballot. Hope our votes push Alfred E. Neuman (What? Me Worry?) over the top! ;c)

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  7. We both voted absentee. I don't worry about the people who don't bother to vote. I worry about the people who vote but don't educate themselves about the candidates or issues. A 30 second soundbites is not enough.

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  8. Absentee ballot. I am not on the road right now but didn't want to wait in line.

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  9. We are not full-timers but were going to the Good Sam Rally in Daytona and then slowly working our way back home to Maryland, so we early voted on Sat, Oct 27 th. Would have voted regardless but there were many important state referendums this time so it was especially important to us.

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  10. We voted early by mail shortly afer receiving our ballets.

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  11. I voted! Key Rec Center downtown. Friendly neighbors at the door were a nice surprise!

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  12. In our county everyone gets a ballot in the mail. So I left it in a polling box before I left the state. I miss the whole polling place activity but am so empowered by the privilege of voting that I wouldn't consider NOT voting.

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  13. WE voted early before our latest trip to the Good Sam rally in Daytona.

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  14. In Oregon we vote by mail, so yes, i voted 2 weeks ago, & today took my son's in to the drive in pick up guy, what ever u call it, so we are both counted!!!

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  15. I didn't vote. I am not impressed with either candidate. Not a very good attitude, but there ya go. I also don't tend to gripe about whoever wins as I didn't vote.

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  16. Count us in voting by absentee ballot.

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  17. Another Oregon mail voter here, and Mo and I sent in our ballots a week ago. We register when we get our delivers licenses so it is all clean and works well. My granddaughter doesn't have a drivers license but she still registered and voted by mail in her first Presidential election.

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  18. We are Florida residents and have voted absentee for years. I will ALWAYS vote in our national elections.

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  19. I truly am ashamed I tried online absentee voting but they had to have an address to mail me my stuff plus they needed to know why I wasn't home...

    They frown on vacation... I didn't plan this well at all.

    If the 'Xxx's win I'll take the blame and kill myself.

    First time I haven't voted ... I've always voted

    A little too far away to come home without seeing anyone and slipping back out... Sigh

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  20. wanted to vote but was unable since we use our daughter's address for forwarding and she lives in a different state... sigh something we didn't consider when we chose that route but we wouldn't have changed our states outcome...

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  21. No voting for us ... glitch in the FL voter's registration paperwork.

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  22. We early voted in Texas when we went through. We timed it so we could. One of the most encouraging things I read about the election is that 11% more young people voted than in 2008.

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  23. We sent in our absentee ballots to FL last week. We actually used to vote with absentee ballots when we were still living in a house in Pensacola. It was just easier than going to the polls.

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  24. Hi Sherry, this is your Iowa City friend, Jude, responding to your query.

    Perhaps I have a unique perspective ... I am a poll worker, a very tired one today working Tuesday from 5:45 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Looking at our democratic process from my chair yesterday gave some perspective: the parents who brought children, taking them to the posted ballot, explaining the process at every step ... the young adults voting for the first time and taking perhaps twice as long as most voters ... the disabled taking 10 times as long as they slowly negotiated rain then lines, dragging oxygen, wheel chairs, walkers ... the doctor who ran out of line to take a phone call about a patient ... the woman who broke into tears when she realized she could only vote a provisional ballot because of her circumstances (some out of her control) ... the Olympian and storied coach who was now slowed by age and infirmity yet as determined as ever AND ... MOST IMPORTANTLY every single average folk who made their way in to vote, a process guaranteed by our constitution. Our precinct had a large turnout - over 50 percent (absentee was huge but I have no firm numbers).

    Elections in the US are a crazy, sometimes ugly process, but is is our way of having a discussion about that which means a great deal to many of us like wealth and its distribution, military, moral issues, and our rights.

    At every election I arrive at the polls with many political opinions then throughout the day, as I see the individual voters carefully making their selections, my opinions diminish as my awe of the process increases. Finally, when I get home (near midnight) to discover for the first time all day the outcome of the races and ballot issues I am always a happy camper because I have confidence the process works and we can come to new understanding and respect for our hopes, fears and dreams, not only our own but those of our fellow citizens.

    Sherry, again I am sorry for your ongoing difficulties regarding David's health. Please give him my best regards and know I keep you both in my thoughts.

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  25. We voted via absentee ballots a few weeks ago as new Souh Dakota residents who are full-timers.

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  26. We stayed an extra day at our home base in the Des Moines, Iowa area so that we could take advantage of "early voting". However when we went to the polling place we were told that it wouldn't open until two in the afternoon. Not wanting to wait another full day to get on the road, we headed off to Texas. When we arrived in texas I downloaded the forms to request an absentee ballot for both of us. We received them in just enough time to fill them out and get them post marked by the day before the election. We both vote, even though we know that in most elections we cancel each other's vote. Grin!

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