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ElboRuum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:15 PM
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Poll question: Why do you stay home on election day?
It has come to my attention that there seems to be a group of people who have expressed a desire to stay home on election day should a Democratic candidate that doesn't meet their approval end up on the ballot. Of course, I find this puzzling because, putting aside the concerns about electoral transparency, most Republicans are in office because of base solidarity on election day. Realizing that Dems require the same kind of base support in order to turn the ongoing political debacle in this country around, if you do stay home on election day, why do you?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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laruemtt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:17 PM
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1. i either vote early or
vote absentee, so i always vote but technically not on election day.
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chuck_texas Donating Member (9 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:17 PM
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2. my reason is not listed....
my reason is not listed in the poll above, i live in TEXAS, there is no reason for me to go out on election day

if I stay home, the GOP fascist pigs win with 65 % of the vote

if I go out and vote, the GOP fascist pigs win with 64.9999 % of the vote

kind of pointless to leave the house on election day here
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:20 PM
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4. Um - if all those opposed to the GOP in Texas have that attitude,
no wonder the GOP fascist pigs win. I live in Texas BTW - and I wouldn't think of not voting.
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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:36 PM
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14. Now I understand how DeLay got to D.C. n/t
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Minnesota Libra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:17 PM
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3. I voted "Other" because some people are just plain stupid!! As for me.....
....I ALWAYS VOTE and insist that my adult kids do the same. :patriot:
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OKNancy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:20 PM
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5. I live in the reddest of the red. I don't have the luxury
or the vanity to vote otherwise.
Watch out, you may end up with a Tom Coburn, the craziest loon in the Senate, instead of a moderate like his 2004 opponent, Brad Carson.
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TechBear_Seattle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:20 PM
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6. I don't stay at home; I vote for the cand`t that best reflects my values
Edited on Fri Apr-07-06 03:21 PM by TechBear_Seattle
When that candidate is a Democrat, I am very happy. But I vote for the candidate, not the party.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:30 PM
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7. One way the GOP will try to steal the elections. Create a movement
of apathy. Hell - all they have to do is maintain the apathy. With only 65% of Americancs voting.. they can steal elections till the cows come home.
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NaturalHigh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:33 PM
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9. I don't even think 65% voted in the last presidential election.
It's pretty sad that people aren't motivated to at least try to make a difference.
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NaturalHigh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:31 PM
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8. I always vote...
I vote for the candidate that I feel represents my interests best. No party has a lock on my vote. Of course, our state's candidacy laws are so archaic that my choices are usually pretty limited.
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EllieGreen Donating Member (116 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:34 PM
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10. Because I live in a Red State...
..I vote for the "other" guy. Either a Progressive Democrat (hard to find around here, seriously), or (more likely) the Greens.
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beyurslf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:34 PM
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11. I always vote in advance and work for campaigns on elections day
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:35 PM
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12. After i vote I go home and get on the phone and GOTV
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MissB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:36 PM
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13. I vote by mail.
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Reader Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:38 PM
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15. 'Cause I live in Oregon!
And we vote by mail! Yay us!
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Pastiche423 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:45 PM
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17. Yeppers
It's wonderful voting in the comfort of my home on PAPER BALLOTS!
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teamster633 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:44 PM
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16. Election Day should be a national holiday in order to encourage...
...participation. When you think of the current batch of national holidays and how they are invariably spent, there is no (legitimate) excuse for not declaring Election Day a national holiday. If there was a practical way to do it, I'd go so far as to suggest that voting should be required by law. Since that isn't practical, and admittedly, might be unconstitutional, there should be a quorum requirement of sorts. In any election where fewer than 60% of eligible voters take part, the results should be declared null and void and a new election ordered. If they had to do it anyway, perhaps people would start to take the franchise seriously.
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:47 PM
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19. Touche`
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:47 PM
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18. What a strange question to ask on site for Dem party supporters
:eyes:

Results would probably be fascinating at WhyIDon'tVoteAnymoreOrWhyINeverHave.com
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:52 PM
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20. Cause I voted absentee- other
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Coastie for Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 03:57 PM
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21. I vote by absentee - usually the Friday or weekend before the election
Then I go to the PFAW-Election Protection call center as an early morning volunteer and get home as the polls close in the East.

Absentee is a paper ballot with a paper trail.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 04:10 PM
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22. Only stayed home once. Our rep(D) sold out to the NRA.
Actually, I didn't "stay home" because we vote by mail, but I did not vote for the Congressional seat. The only position I've not voted for since 1966. Got a raving RW'r that year, but 2 years later the Dems put up a progressive who's now on his 3rd term and should win easily in 'O6.
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 04:16 PM
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23. I've been a registered Democrat for 41 years



I have never missed a Presidential or Gubernatorial election. And I have always voted Dem in all these elections.


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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 04:17 PM
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24. What an odd poll. How did this 'come to your attention'? nt
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DetroitProle Donating Member (192 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 04:37 PM
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25. I've only been able to vote in 1 election
I joined the Michigan Democratic Party shortly after I turned 18. I'm 21 now, and I don't ever plan on not voting. I hope for a long life of voting for Dems.
It's not that I walk lock-step with the party. The Democratic Party speaks for me.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 04:37 PM
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26. Hello!
Welcome to DU! :hi:
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DanCa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 04:40 PM
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27. I dont look at just one issue (nt)
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FluxRostrum Donating Member (339 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-07-06 06:26 PM
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28. Voting System is a Corrupt Placibo
bush stole 2 in a row while the entire country watched .. and alowed it.. even a 2nd time.
Proof: January 6th 2005
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