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Rabblevox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-25-11 09:13 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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  - 200 dollar tax credit.  denbot   Feb-24-11 03:46 AM   #1 
  - Me too, if that doesn't get you to vote I don't know what will n/t  Jmaxfie1   Feb-24-11 03:54 AM   #2 
  - Tax credits suck...a crisp $100 bill at the polling place...  rfranklin   Feb-24-11 05:39 AM   #4 
  - So we reverse the poll tax? I don't think that's any better.  FBaggins   Feb-24-11 06:01 AM   #6 
  - Make it an official holiday  Crystal Clarity   Feb-24-11 05:30 AM   #3 
  - I think if we got voter turn out high enough the Republicans would never when another election.  Jmaxfie1   Feb-24-11 05:48 AM   #5 
  - I live in a "vote by mail" state, and I HATE IT!  Rabblevox   Feb-25-11 09:13 PM   #7 
  - Vote by mail  raincity_calling   Feb-27-11 02:47 PM   #8 

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