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Rabblevox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-25-11 10:13 PM
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7. I live in a "vote by mail" state, and I HATE IT!
the convenience is hard to argue with. It's also more cost-effective than voting at the polls.

My reasons for hating vote-by-mail are personal and visceral, not logical.

"Election Day" used to mean something. I grew up in a political family, and the run-up to election day was something you could FEEL.

Now, in Oregon, Election Day means nothing more than the last day ballots can be accepted. There is no excitement, no drama.

And most importantly, no real feeling of civic engagement. Voting used to be a communal, a civic act. A way for young and old, black and white, rich and poor to engage together, each casting their one vote, privately, but in public.

(and yes, I know that sounds hopelessly idealistic... I'm a hopeless idealist...sue me)
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