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sweetheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:29 AM
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7 questions about elections in your area
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 06:31 AM by sweetheart
1. Does your election system allow write-in candidates? If so, do
you actually see the enumerated tally for all write ins?

2. What is the most number of choices on your ballot for a single office?

3. What is the most number of elections on your ballot?
(like president, senate, house = 3 elections... how many)

4. For direct ballot propositions, how much writing was on your ballot?
Was there a page to read to make a choice?
Were there coaching positions like (dem party: "no" for prop 66, libertarian: "yes"?)

5. Did you get an election guide before hand, introducing all the
local candidates for judges and local offices, ballot propositions
and stuff, so that you arrived in the booth "armed"?

6. How long did it take you to vote once you got in?

7. How long did you wait in line?
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kdmorris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:54 AM
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1. Unfortunately, for questions #6 and #7,
you also have to ask, "What is your race?". Took me about 20 minutes to vote, in a majority white precinct. EVERY single African American (though most are Haitian American here) that I have talked to had to wait 2+ hours. I'm still trying to figure out if it's because they live and Broward and I live in Palm Beach. However that doesn't seem to be the case.

But for the rest:

#1 Yes, no

#2 I think Florida allows as many as were able to get on the ballot, hence the "Butterfly Ballot" in 2000.

#3 Not sure.. don't really remember exact number, maybe 20?

#4 Unknown. I didn't fill out a provisional ballot.

#5 Yes

#6 App. 10 mins

#7 App. 5-10 mins

#8 I'm white.
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pnutchuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:59 AM
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2. Voter Fraud
I recently read a posting regarding discrepancies in the NC
absentee votes. I've also heard a number of complaints about
other absentee ballot fraud and EFraud across the country.
What if anything can be done to demand a recount or petition
for a full investigation? It seems as though, once again,
"we" have a legitimate beef with our democratic
system, but will be unable to force any active change.
I came back to America specifically to vote absentee but
returned to Europe just before the election. I live in Paris,
France, so, I only get the news from online sources. The mass
media is only giving 2 paragraph blurbs regarding voter fraud
by what appear to be right-wing columnist and accusing the
Democratic party of being sore losers. Then they quickly turn
all the attention back to Iraq and President Bush. I'm
beginning to wonder if all the effort we put into getting out
the vote is at any level possible as long as the Republicans
maintain their iron grip on the media. :shrug: 
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sweetheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:30 AM
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4. Bonjour paris
There appears to have been widespread fraud, mostly by pushing
people on to provisional ballots and then faulting them for being
like at the wrong precinct. Palast has details: www.gregpalast.com
This could make a difference in the electoral college vote by
new mexico and ohio both being soooo close, that the fraud
actually threw the election.

As for the other states, there does appear to be many cases of
the typical republican fraud, of denying people their votes, or
making waiting lines like 3 hours+ in some black neighborhoods
to deny voting rights to people who can't afford 3 hours not working.

Scumbag did get a popular margin, this time round of a million
or two, maybe less with his fraud, but still seems he took the
popular. In that sense, perhaps the dollar needs to collapse and
break the country's economic hegemony, in order to isolate
the bush monster, that his villains are not able to buy influence
outside of the borders with their funny money printing press.

It does not look good, and hence probably why you're in paris and
i'm in scotland. Welcome to DU. :toast:

Have you any thoughts on the 7 questions of this thread?
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pnutchuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:25 PM
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6. You are correct
I left the country after 9/11. I had been active in getting out the vote for Gore in CA and was completely disappointed after Dick Head stole the election. Yet, I remained hopeful with the lawsuits that followed, that hopefully, our country would not allow an injustice to democracy to occur. Suddenly, 9/11 happened and one of my best friends was on the plane! I still can't imagine that the greatest intelligent community in the world "dropped the ball". And as long as Bush is the leader of MY country, I will not live there and pay taxes to a political party of pirates and marauders. I do however, continue to remain active with my voice, and attend all democratic, peace loving, radical, free speech rallies that I can when I come home! :toast:

Thanks for the cheers!
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:11 AM
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5. Hi pnutchuck!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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pnutchuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:26 PM
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7. Thanks for the welcome


:toast:
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Eloriel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:46 PM
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8. You should also see
the entire 2004 Election Results and Discussion forum, as well as these threads, AND some of the "hot" State Forums -- Ohio, for example:

VOTE FRAUD Links - a DU Compendium
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

VOTE FRAUD Links Compendium - Thread #2
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:09 AM
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3. Travis County, Texas
1. Does your election system allow write-in candidates? If so, do
you actually see the enumerated tally for all write ins?

Yes - And It depends. There are "official write-in" candidates who file some requisite numbert of signatures on a petition, like Nader/Camejo, whose votes are counted and reported. A write-in for Mickey Mouse isn't reported.

2. What is the most number of choices on your ballot for a single office?

This year it was three: Democrats, Republicans and LIbertarians

3. What is the most number of elections on your ballot?
(like president, senate, house = 3 elections... how many)

We had 28: twenty-seven offices and one referendum

4. For direct ballot propositions, how much writing was on your ballot?

About a sentence
Was there a page to read to make a choice?

No
Were there coaching positions like (dem party: "no" for prop 66, libertarian: "yes"?)

No. This was a mass transit proposition.

5. Did you get an election guide before hand, introducing all the
local candidates for judges and local offices, ballot propositions
and stuff, so that you arrived in the booth "armed"?

Nope. In Texas, you're expected to edjumacate yourself. That might explain a few things.

6. How long did it take you to vote once you got in?

Just a minute or so. I voted straight party.


7. How long did you wait in line?

Just a few minutes. I voted at the very start of the first day of early voting. I was the third person to vote at that location.
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sweetheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 05:41 PM
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9. Thanks
for answering. Interesting that texas does not send out a voter
guide. I wonder how many states don't do this.

Without the guidance of "democrat", would you have been able to
vote intelligently in the 25 local races?

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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:42 PM
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10. A number of the local races were actually uncontested
In Texas judges are elected, so that accounts for many races. We made a big effort to put out literature with all of our candidates' names on it to combat the fall-off of votes down ballot. And our at many of our Austin4Kerry events we made a point of having local candidates come and speak so that people would be aware of why things like judge's races are important.

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