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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-28-10 08:05 AM
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113. All the more reason for folks who can, to step up and volunteer to drive voters
to the polls on election day. I know I have a flexible schedule and could certainly pick up some voters and take them to the polls and wait for them to vote and bring them home.

Another option is making the absentee ballot more available to voters. Volunteers could help them navigate the form and mail it for them. Having used the absentee ballot in several elections, I know my way around them (altho I had to have some assistance when I went to City Hall the first time I voted AB.).

These are things that many of us can do...even if we just can spare an hour or so of our time and car, it would help!
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  -Why do lower income people vote in lower numbers? HughMoran  Jun-27-10 08:45 PM   #0 
  - Because we are busy trying to make a living.  Edweird   Jun-27-10 08:48 PM   #1 
  - Isn't that why the polls are open until around 9 pm?  treestar   Jun-27-10 08:59 PM   #11 
  - Sometimes that doesn't cut it.  Edweird   Jun-27-10 09:09 PM   #27 
     - especially for those needing to pay for child care/ relying on public transportation  havocmom   Jun-27-10 11:18 PM   #87 
        - All the more reason for folks who can, to step up and volunteer to drive voters  CTyankee   Jun-28-10 08:05 AM   #113 
           - Yep. Get aware of the logistical problems others face, then help them overcome  havocmom   Jun-28-10 09:28 AM   #114 
           - +1  slampoet   Jun-28-10 11:17 AM   #121 
  - Our Govt. should treat this day as a day off with pay.  midnight   Jun-27-10 11:38 PM   #100 
  - We middle-income people are busy trying to make a living too  slackmaster   Jun-28-10 10:07 AM   #116 
  - Because for a lot of these people  Mz Pip   Jun-27-10 08:48 PM   #2 
  - Sadly, there's a lot of truth to that.  Gormy Cuss   Jun-27-10 10:51 PM   #77 
  - they don't feel it does any good  Kali   Jun-27-10 08:49 PM   #3 
  - Well but that's because they don't vote  treestar   Jun-27-10 09:01 PM   #13 
  - Uh, maybe you didn't notice, but a LOT of people  Edweird   Jun-27-10 09:12 PM   #32 
     - You did not  treestar   Jun-27-10 09:15 PM   #35 
        - Deleted message  Name removed   Jun-27-10 09:25 PM   #45 
           - Stupid. Why are you even here, then?  treestar   Jun-27-10 11:29 PM   #94 
  - And the vicious cycle continues.  Arkana   Jun-27-10 09:41 PM   #52 
  - Because those at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs...  Ozymanithrax   Jun-27-10 08:50 PM   #4 
  - I bet if they had gotten actual health care or an actual helping hand when the banks fucked 'em . .  Stinky The Clown   Jun-27-10 08:51 PM   #5 
  - +1,000 n/t  me b zola   Jun-27-10 10:58 PM   #82 
  - Perhaps because there are few candidates who represent  Blue Meany   Jun-27-10 08:52 PM   #6 
  - felony records?  panader0   Jun-27-10 08:53 PM   #7 
  - Yeah, that is a factor.  SocialistLez   Jun-27-10 08:57 PM   #9 
  - I just want to clarify ...  RoyGBiv   Jun-27-10 08:58 PM   #10 
     - They're probably poor because they have a felony background  SocialistLez   Jun-27-10 09:05 PM   #21 
     - "They're probably poor because they have a felony background." WTF?  Bobbie Jo   Jun-27-10 09:41 PM   #51 
     - I am not saying poor=ex-felon. Thanks for putting words in my mouth.  SocialistLez   Jun-27-10 10:16 PM   #68 
        - I didn't put words in your mouth, I used your own words.  Bobbie Jo   Jun-27-10 11:14 PM   #86 
        - She *quoted* you ...  RoyGBiv   Jun-28-10 05:18 AM   #111 
     - Rules of civility prevent me from saying what I want to say ...  RoyGBiv   Jun-27-10 09:45 PM   #54 
     - Oh don't be civil. Say what you want to say. NT  SocialistLez   Jun-27-10 10:14 PM   #67 
     - Then you consider the racial statistics about who is more likely to get a felony.  Radical Activist   Jun-27-10 09:52 PM   #56 
        - I agree with this ...  RoyGBiv   Jun-27-10 09:57 PM   #59 
        - I do consider it.  SocialistLez   Jun-27-10 10:14 PM   #66 
     - I don't think it's a huge factor, but it has some percentage.  panader0   Jun-27-10 09:09 PM   #26 
     - Yeah I want clarification of that one too  SunsetDreams   Jun-27-10 09:17 PM   #37 
     - Yes, depending on the state.  Radical Activist   Jun-27-10 09:47 PM   #55 
     - That is not the question ...  RoyGBiv   Jun-27-10 09:52 PM   #57 
        - What if 5.3 Million More Americans Could Vote?  Radical Activist   Jun-27-10 09:57 PM   #58 
           - Granted ...  RoyGBiv   Jun-27-10 10:00 PM   #60 
           - Sure.  Radical Activist   Jun-27-10 10:19 PM   #70 
           - "There's a high correlation between being low income and having a felony record."  SocialistLez   Jun-27-10 10:17 PM   #69 
     - Another reason is they move residences more  Yupster   Jun-28-10 12:12 AM   #107 
  - I agree with the first 4 comments  SocialistLez   Jun-27-10 08:56 PM   #8 
  - Agree with that - everyone should have the day off  treestar   Jun-27-10 09:00 PM   #12 
     - I'd be fine with absentee voting arrangements being made  SocialistLez   Jun-27-10 09:03 PM   #16 
  - They work on Tuesday? nt  bemildred   Jun-27-10 09:01 PM   #14 
  - Some of them get no sense of empowerment from the voting process.  undeterred   Jun-27-10 09:03 PM   #15 
  - Voting is made difficult for working people  Warpy   Jun-27-10 09:04 PM   #17 
  - +1  Bonobo   Jun-27-10 09:11 PM   #31 
  - Very great points, especially the polling places. NT  SocialistLez   Jun-27-10 09:16 PM   #36 
  - I live in an apartment for people with low-income  RidinMyDonkey   Jun-27-10 09:04 PM   #18 
  - Free public transportation on election days would be nice.  SocialistLez   Jun-27-10 09:20 PM   #40 
  - Socio-economic status has a strong positive correlation with with educational levels  depakid   Jun-27-10 09:04 PM   #19 
  - These days it seems getting an education doesn't correlate with higher income levels.  SocialistLez   Jun-27-10 09:05 PM   #22 
  - Because it doesn't really matter who they vote for  Downtown Hound   Jun-27-10 09:05 PM   #20 
  - Aren't we screwed as a nation if we just say "well, that's all you're gonna get"  HughMoran   Jun-27-10 09:11 PM   #30 
  - I never said that's what we should do  Downtown Hound   Jun-27-10 09:23 PM   #42 
     - Yeah, sorry, that was more of a rhetorical question  HughMoran   Jun-27-10 10:50 PM   #76 
  - Not true at all, and there have been programs passed for the poor  treestar   Jun-27-10 09:23 PM   #43 
  - The programs passed for the poor are a band aid on a bullet wound  Downtown Hound   Jun-27-10 09:30 PM   #46 
  - Why would the poor think about corporations so much?  treestar   Jun-27-10 11:26 PM   #90 
     - I never claimed I speak for the poor  Downtown Hound   Jun-27-10 11:51 PM   #104 
  - you're not poor are you?  Kali   Jun-27-10 11:10 PM   #85 
     - What's the point of your post?  treestar   Jun-27-10 11:25 PM   #89 
        - I wouldn't necessarily be the one giving you that perspective,  Kali   Jun-27-10 11:34 PM   #97 
           - Voting would make them less victimized  treestar   Jun-27-10 11:39 PM   #101 
              - lets try something else, next election  Kali   Jun-27-10 11:51 PM   #105 
  - But that's a catch 22  Hippo_Tron   Jun-27-10 10:06 PM   #63 
     - I agree. The trick is to get them to do the same. n/t  Downtown Hound   Jun-27-10 10:11 PM   #64 
     - EXACTLY!  HughMoran   Jun-27-10 11:09 PM   #84 
        - bingo  Kali   Jun-27-10 11:26 PM   #91 
        - Ergo, the Republicans attack ACORN  treestar   Jun-27-10 11:27 PM   #93 
           - What has been the reponse from the left to this assault?  HughMoran   Jun-27-10 11:30 PM   #95 
  - This is one of the reasons that Republicans fight compulsory voting  Number23   Jun-27-10 09:06 PM   #23 
  - residential dislocation, due to poverty, often leads to failure to register to vote  amborin   Jun-27-10 09:07 PM   #24 
  - not to mention actual homelessness  Kali   Jun-27-10 11:27 PM   #92 
  - Does anybody think we should have more voter outreach so we can get what we want - more progressives  HughMoran   Jun-27-10 09:07 PM   #25 
  - Especially from people who want progressives in office  treestar   Jun-27-10 09:22 PM   #41 
  - Or. . .  matt819   Jun-27-10 09:11 PM   #28 
  - So the 'smart' person does not vote?  HughMoran   Jun-27-10 11:24 PM   #88 
  - Why are elections held on working days?  Bonobo   Jun-27-10 09:11 PM   #29 
  - Agreed on all points  HughMoran   Jun-27-10 09:13 PM   #33 
  - Cause people is overwhelmed.  Bonobo   Jun-27-10 09:17 PM   #38 
  - Oooh automatically, that would be nice.  SocialistLez   Jun-27-10 09:18 PM   #39 
  - If they were held on holidays we'd hear complaints about working people losing their day off  Retrograde   Jun-27-10 09:40 PM   #49 
  - It has to do with education and the information threshold.  tekisui   Jun-27-10 09:14 PM   #34 
  - Agreed  HughMoran   Jun-27-10 10:53 PM   #79 
  - Many have given up  KT2000   Jun-27-10 09:24 PM   #44 
  - But isn't that just increasing that very problem?  treestar   Jun-27-10 11:35 PM   #98 
     - It sure does increase the problem  KT2000   Jun-28-10 03:12 AM   #109 
  - Because they are smarter..  sendero   Jun-27-10 09:38 PM   #47 
  - By the time we get up at 5am  noamnety   Jun-27-10 09:38 PM   #48 
  - This is talking about one day  treestar   Jun-27-10 11:31 PM   #96 
     - The OP asked  noamnety   Jun-27-10 11:40 PM   #102 
        - Should the left be doing more to make it easier for these people to vote?  HughMoran   Jun-28-10 10:38 AM   #118 
  - Because they know politicians don't give a fuck about them  Oregone   Jun-27-10 09:41 PM   #50 
  - Because we have to work all day to make ends meet.  Odin2005   Jun-27-10 09:42 PM   #53 
  - Unnecessarily restrictive voter registration laws disenfranchise millions every year.  Radical Activist   Jun-27-10 10:03 PM   #61 
  - bingo  William Z. Foster   Jun-27-10 10:03 PM   #62 
  - Most everyone can vote by mail here in CA.  county worker   Jun-27-10 10:13 PM   #65 
  - For one, voting is a dominated strategy  Hippo_Tron   Jun-27-10 10:23 PM   #71 
  - Sweet Jesus: that's not a question, it's a dissertation topic  Alcibiades   Jun-27-10 10:31 PM   #72 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jun-27-10 10:40 PM   #73 
  - Yes, that does seem to be the OP's intent (nt)  varelse   Jun-27-10 10:47 PM   #75 
  - The intent is in posts 84 & 95  HughMoran   Jun-27-10 11:42 PM   #103 
  - I am  varelse   Jun-28-10 10:31 PM   #124 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jun-28-10 01:09 AM   #108 
  - Logical falacy  HughMoran   Jun-27-10 10:55 PM   #80 
  - If they voted the government would neglect the more?  treestar   Jun-27-10 11:36 PM   #99 
  - Well hell! Fuck the poor, then!  donco6   Jun-27-10 10:45 PM   #74 
  - I was hoping for someone to point out that ACORN and other groups  HughMoran   Jun-27-10 10:56 PM   #81 
     - I see good intentions and poor listening.  noamnety   Jun-28-10 12:11 AM   #106 
        - Dunno, I read it in this thread repeatedly  HughMoran   Jun-28-10 07:48 AM   #112 
           - What I see in this thread  noamnety   Jun-28-10 10:41 AM   #120 
  - Because the working poor work a lot longer and harder hours  Rex   Jun-27-10 10:53 PM   #78 
  - Doesn't this data emphasize the need for organizations like ACORN  HughMoran   Jun-27-10 11:04 PM   #83 
  - Oregon has managed to garner about 70+% of the votes...  hayu_lol   Jun-28-10 05:14 AM   #110 
     - vote by mail, yes.  noamnety   Jun-28-10 12:07 PM   #122 
  - I remember talk about making the GE a national holliday  USArmyParatrooper   Jun-28-10 10:05 AM   #115 
  - Yeah, it's pretty sickening  HughMoran   Jun-28-10 10:11 AM   #117 
  - It should be one. Ridiculous that it is not.  Jennicut   Jun-28-10 10:41 AM   #119 
  - Or go to vote by mail like Oregon. I love it. I can actually sit down with my ballot and my  OregonBlue   Jun-28-10 12:09 PM   #123 
 

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