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Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:14 AM

Just a few words about the employer intimidation going on re: voting

What you do in the voting booth is YOUR business - and no one else's. Not your friends. Not your family. Not your wife/husband/partner. Not your employer. No one! It's private.

Unless your employer demands to see your market ballot and to know how you voted -- THEY DON'T KNOW. And that means you can vote how YOU want to vote. If your employer asks, tell them what they want to hear and leave it at that.

Who you voted for is none of anyone else's business, anyway. It is personal, private information.

Your employer cannot find out who you voted for without going to court to get the record of your vote -- your completed ballot. I've never heard of anyone doing that, for one thing. And for another, ballots do not have identifying info on them ie: name.

I suppose in some cases, employers could look up your voter registration and just fire all Dems - but I'd think it would hurt THEM to do that since they'd have to get rid of probably half of their workforce. Turnover costs money no matter what the reason.

There is a limit to the damage that can be done by these petulant threats to employees about who they should vote for (threats put out on the suggestion of Mitt Romney, we've learned).

This is nothing but another voter intimidation tactic. Don't fall for it, folks. They cannot stop you from voting and they cannot stop you from voting for whoever YOU want to vote for and they cannot find out who you voted for - not without a lot of trouble and expense - if at all.

So VOTE and vote the way YOU want. Because the only person who knows how you voted is YOU.

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nadinbrzezinski Oct 2012 #1
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Kalidurga Oct 2012 #3
ProfessionalLeftist Oct 2012 #5

Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:16 AM

1. You are mostly right

Registration is public record. How you voted is not. The ballot itself is anonymous.



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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:46 AM

2. Yea registration is public info. In some states/precincts/districts...

..you have to know a birthdate or other identifying info (besides a name) to get the person's voter registration. It's usually birthdate and employers would have that so could probably snoop on each employee to see what party they're in then fire all their Dems (esp in so-called "right to work" states). That would put a dent in their production and cost them $$ in increased turnover and hiring. They can't really do it on a large scale without hurting themselves, too. That's why I think they're just trying to bully people. Their threats are AFAIK pretty toothless - a lot of chest-beating.

Solution? Well...there's 'unaffiliated' or "independent" voter registration status. That gives them NO clue.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:51 AM

4. Yup

The other is not telling people how you voted.

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 12:47 AM

3. I am glad that I am getting a degree in Liberal Arts at least today.

In my field of study, I am expected to be a Democrat or at least liberal. I won't fail to meet that expectation. I will probably be hired by a Democrat or at least a liberal, so no worries there. But, I did have a Republican boss once or twice and if I was asked to vote for a Republican I would thank them for the suggestion and vote the way I want anyway.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 01:02 AM

5. +1 Exactly

That's what I hope most people do - and that they don't fall for the bullying.

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