Election watch

Election watch

Maybe I'm just making everyone more nervous, but I thought this would be a good repository for us to admit our anxieties, lodge our complaints, share our excitment, unleash our vitriol, etc regarding today's debacle--er, election.

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Shippy's picture

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Here's a bit of trivia: Chicago has the longest ballot in the nation. That's because of the 417 judges you mentioned. I felt like I was at least somewhat educated as a voter because I voted against the judges who were not recommended for retention by the Chicago Council of Lawyers, because those judges are incompetent. Around the office I've been overhearing people talking about the judges they voted for or against. Pretty interesting if you're a law nerd, which I am not.

Post edited by: shippy, at: 2004/11/02 10:10

wadsbone's picture

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I heard a report on NPR which said that Illinois had even more voting problems than Florida last time around. It wasn't particularly close, so it didn't matter much, but we've definitely got some problems.

My confidence that the right holes were punched is not particularly high. The lights were glaring off of the glossy pages of the book, which made it hard to read. And the names of the 417 judges I had to 'yea' or 'nay' were so closely packed together that there's a good chance that I screwed up at least one of them.

I don't know if it's the same system as in Florida, but it sure does suck. Whatever happened to scantron?

kateri's picture

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I actually have a question. I voted this morning for the first time in Illinois. The ballot was a punch card. Would this or would this not be the same type of punch card used in Florida 2000? Because if it is, that's really lame.

Shippy's picture

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I'll begin: It's not even nine o'clcok and already I've overheard two lawyers make lame jokes about Chicago's history of voter fraud. "I just thought I'd call and tell you I've already voted this morning, which means I can only vote two more times today." HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! You are truly a rapier wit, dear sir! Congratulations on being the 4 millionth person to make that joke in the last twelve hours.

wadsbone's picture

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As a compromise, one republican and one democrat are allowed in each polling location. Of course, I don't imagine the democrat would have much of an incentive to challenge people, but at least they can pick fights with the republican. A little election-day, partisan mud-wresting should serve nicely to entertain the voters at those long lines.

chrisk's picture

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First anxiety of the day: I'm worried because a federal court has overturned the Ohio court's decision about challengers in polling places. That is, republicans now _will_ be allowed to station their goons in the polling places to make trouble for anyone who comes in looking like they're getting a little too democratic for their britches.

Wire story here.

wadsbone's picture

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I second the motion to whiskey.
All in favor, say "aye."

Alec Eiffel's picture

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I may start drinking whiskey right now.

Shippy's picture

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Today was also my first experience with punch-cards, having previously voted in Grinnell, where everything is still so backwards and primitive that they use electronic machines.

Just to make sure there were no hanging chads, I used a Swiss Army knife to gouge a huge hole next to Kerry's name, then tore off the bottom half of the ballot and set it on fire. I want my vote to count!

Colin's picture

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Well I couldn't vote for Melissa Bean....she eats babies....the TV told me so last night. And I couldn't vote for the Republican state senator...he's a cheapskate...the TV told me that too.

I'll probably be one of the 131 people who vote for the libertarian candidate.

Graver's picture

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State Senators can be pretty important. Just look at what's going on with the redistricting in Texas. That would never happen in a democratically controlled legislature. (it'd probably go the other way)

I undervoted too. I didn't feel qualified to vote on the judges. I always forget to look that shit up.

Colin's picture

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I voted this morning and evidently I undervoted. I think I got confused and didn't vote a yea or nay on one of the 417 judges. They scanned my ballot afterwards letting me know. Who cares about the judges? I just cared about voting for Kerry and Obama. Not that it matters on the national stage since Illinois is a democratic state all the time.

I did however, vote libertarian for my state senator! GO FREEDOM!

It sucks about the voter challengers in Ohio. OH well.

goff's picture

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There are multiple types of punch card systems. Butterfly or no butterfly, you just have to worry about chads.

Shippy's picture

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Not if we slash their tires.

wadsbone's picture

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The latest exit polls (from slate.msn.com) have Kerry ahead in all of the bigger swing states.
Of course, it's still early, and every one knows that only the lazy, unemployed, slacker, drugged-out democrats could have voted during the day. All the gainfully-employed, God-fearing republicans will be voting after work.