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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:23 PM
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High turnout - fewer polling places...
I'm starting to get a feeling that this could get very very ugly.

According to MSNBC:

"Democratic officials said they were especially concerned about potential problems in Los Angeles County, where most voters were using a punch-card ballot. The county is also using 60 percent fewer polling sites than in last Novembers general election."

I suspect many counties thought this would be a low-turnout election. It appears that turnout will exceed that of the last REAL gubernatorial election.

Everybody was warned - lawsuits were filed and dismissed saying the election couldn't be properly run in the time given. They may be proven right in the end.

This is gonna be a long night - look for last-minute injunctions and lawsuits filed as soon as tomorrow.
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KCDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:25 PM
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1. what time do the polls close?
And, if the lines are still long, will they stay open? Or will it vary precinct-by-precinct?
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:26 PM
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3. 20:00 hours local time
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:28 PM
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4. There are two situations...
I was a poll worker a few years ago.

Case 1) Anybody IN line at 8:00 will be allowed to vote.
Case 2) If there are massive problems, a judge can issue an injunction to leave the polls open. This will, of course, be attacked as a liberal judge imposing his/her will. That will not be the case, of course, but it will be attacked.

I'm ready to bet that such an injunction will be sought. It may even be in the works right now.
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loudnclear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:11 PM
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14. Someone should bring suit if voters in line don't get chance to vote.
Maybe the entire election can be thrown out. Maybe they will riot. Maybe there will be antoher recall if Arnie is elected. Maybe there will be an earthquake to demonstrate God's anger. Maybe we live on another planet and only think it's earth. Maybe this is all a bad, bad dream and there will be a collective awakening.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:25 PM
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2. I am almost betting
As soon as tonight!
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SadEagle Donating Member (664 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:32 PM
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5. Lawsuits to keep polls open soonish?
eom
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:34 PM
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6. *shrug*
dunno.

But I wouldn't be surprised. The extent of the problem won't be known until closer to closing time.
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:36 PM
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7. I heard on KPCC today that a polling place over on Robertson was in a
Edited on Tue Oct-07-03 08:38 PM by nothingshocksmeanymo
small comuter store and that there were 4 elderly people manning the polls and asking for a drivers' license on everyone and the line was so long, several people gave up and left. Also in West LA people were given a polling place of NORTH PICO and it was at SOUTH PICO (Actual misprint on the polling location)

BTW, PFAW and ACLU are on it and if I am not mistaken, Jesse Jackson is still out here.

There are party lawyers going around to most of the polling places and checking in.
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:38 PM
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8. ugh...
I have NEVER had to shown any ID when voting.

Is it allowed for poll workers to require it?
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jono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:52 PM
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12. It appears not
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:59 PM
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13. Thank you Jono....
NSMA - I'm sure you already know this, but you should file a protest with your county registrar over this.
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PaDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:51 PM
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11. Yes, Jackson's still there
he was on the news and said they'll be in court tomorrow morning for voter disenfranchisement due to many polling places were closed..Sounds like something well planned! Coup.
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bleedingheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:40 PM
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9. I feel for yinz guys/gals in CA
All I can do is send some good vibes your way...

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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 08:49 PM
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10. thanks....
we need it.

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