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Tuesday, 06 November 2012

Our Voices, Our Votes

category_bug_politics.gif For those of us too poor to purchase a president or even a congressperson to do our bidding, election day is the only chance we have for our voices to be heard about what we believe is important to our democracy, to our nation.

To me, the act we perform today, marking a ballot, is sacred. It is the guiding principle of our country, the bedrock of our society.

And it is bred in our bones that however much we may disagree with the majority that wins an election and however slim that majority may be, when the votes are counted we accept the outcome and move on. But these days, Republicans make that an uncertain proposition.

Not enough has been made this year about the attempts throughout the land to limit voting rights. On Sunday, The New York Times wrote of the threats to a fair election today:

”...many Republicans are assembling teams to intimidate voters at polling places, to demand photo ID where none is required, and to cast doubt on voting machines or counting systems whose results do not go their way.”

As I write this in the early afternoon on Monday, it is being reported that wait times for early voting in Florida are up to eight hours long. The Times again:

”...even after long lines formed last week at early-voting stations in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott refused to extend the period an extra day. In Ohio, a judge had to restore early-voting days that Republicans had tried to cut.”

And this too from The Times:

”One of the saddest signs of the politicization of the voting process and the counting of ballots has been the armies of lawyers assembled by both parties in the swing states where the vote is likely to be the closest.

“Much of this would be unnecessary if not for the requirements that Republicans have tried to put in place, which force Democrats to make sure that provisional ballots are not thrown out or mishandled.”

In every place where attempts have been made – are still being made – to jigger with the election, it is Republicans who are doing it, not Democrats. That should tell you something important.

The first presidential election I cared about was Eisenhower/Stevenson in 1952. I was a kid, 11 years old, and had to beg my parents to allow me to stay up past my bedtime to listen (only radio back then) to the returns.

No one, in those days, had to wonder if the presidential election results were fair and square (although local races could be dubious).

Today, as in 1952, I've got my pad and pen at hand to take notes. I'm ready with my list of individual state contests I'm interested in, ballot initiatives I care about and a map to mark as states – and, therefore, electoral votes – are announced.

So much is riding on the winner this year and I'm hoping with all my heart and soul that there will be no reason to question the outcome.


At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Johna Ferguson: Another Time


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Comments

I'm with you on this one- may the outcome be decisive and may the efforts to limit voting be for naught.

I just wish we had better candidates to choose from.

I hope someday I will be voting FOR a worthy candidate and not AGAINST the worst one.

Even in our little town of Hilo, Hawaii, Tea Partiers tried to mess up the primary election. The governor intervened and has put state officials in charge, and now things seem to be well run.
But it is still difficult to get locals to understand what is going on. It seems so far fetched to them to believe that a few rich people will use any kind of dirty tricks to get their way.

So many have excuses, and the excuses are so spurious. I urge everyone to vote. That's all I can do.

I was asked to show identification for voting purposes today in Pennsylvania for the first time. I told the person asking that I realized it was not required, but I would show her anyway. Realizing what’s behind all of this made me feel resentment toward her for asking. However, when and if identification becomes mandatory in the future, I must get used to it.

Voting is by mail in King County in Washington state. Yesterday there were media reports of Republican campaign workers going door-to-door in some areas offering to mail people's ballots for them or put them in designated drop-boxes.

Of course, the reason stated was that the party was helping people vote in time. That's the kind of help we don't need. I know I managed to get to the post office to mail my ballot without any such "help."

For those who still think they are voting for the lesser evil: I suggest you take the time to look at a segment of Rachel Maddow's show from last night in which she backs up her claim that President Obama is a "consequential president." When I saw this, I wished she had run the reelection campaign! All of this should have been touted all the time.
here's the link:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show#49703896

I voted and now I am praying we as a people make the right choice for us and the nation.

I voted and am praying right along with you all!!

I voted early on October 3rd here in Ohio and am about to get ready for the party. If Obama doesn't win Ohio, it won't be my fault. I'm been putting in 4-5 hours a day for weeks as have many others. And yeah, more than a few prayers have been uttered. Tonight the there's a party which I think will be a victory celebration.

Tomorrow I'm gonna put my feet up and, hopefully, smile s lot. I'm exhausted.

I think we've got it--last I heard, Obama has won and several Far Right senators have been defeated! HOO-ray!! I contributed more to this campaign than I should have (small donor though I am) and I'll be paying off my credit card balance for a few months to come, but at the moment I'm thinking it was worth every penny.

Not that re-electing President Obama will magically solve all our problems, but we're in a heckuva better position than we would have been in Romney-Ryan World if they had won. It's probably too much to expect that Republican House members will act like adults and meet Obama halfway, but hey--I can hope for a few more days. . .

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