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February 5th, 2008

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09:48 am - Kiss me, I voted!
Even though Massachusetts doesn't give us those happy stickers we used to get when I was first voted in Ohio, I still walk out of the polling places feeling that way. (Okay, maybe they weren't "Kiss Me, I voted" but rather just "I voted!" with a cute graphic, but still) I'm completely disenfranchise by the process, I hate the majority of candidates remaining, and it's a nasty, rainy day, but I voted.

Hoppie and I vote together (as has previously mentioned). They look us up in the rolls and ask Hoppie what ballot he wants and he says "Republican." The woman who didn't look us up asks me what ballot I want. With a dazzling smile I say, "I'm a registered democrat. I don't get a choice."
"So you two just vote to cancel each other out?"
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Meatloaf "I would do anything for love (But I won't do that)"

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Date:February 5th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
Somebody must not understand how primaries work.
[User Picture]
Date:February 5th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
We all jumped on that at the same time, she and me and Hoppie. We all followed it up with some varient of "Not in this election, of course."

Although generally, it's true. Hoppie generally votes republican and I vote democrat, unless we decide to vote libertarian or green, which we'll usually do together.
[User Picture]
Date:February 5th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
I got a sticker!

Anyway, did you then look as this woman, and, in very, very small words, explain how the primaries work?
[User Picture]
Date:February 5th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
In some states, primaries can have some votes which will indeed cancel out.

Take, for instance, my primary today. There is a measure on the ballot that asks whether property taxes should be raised to support additional funding for the local school. Your votes could indeed cancel if you differ on that particular message.

So while it's certainly not an issue for election of candidates, issue votes can certainly be cancelled by each other.
[User Picture]
Date:February 5th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
In some states, primaries can have some votes which will indeed cancel out.

But not in Massachusetts, where this conversation occurred.
[User Picture]
Date:February 5th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
how can votes cancel out in a primary?!?
[User Picture]
Date:February 5th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Speaking as someone who works in political news, do you have a statement about voting you'd like to share with the nation?

About the song you're listening to... we may have had this conversation, but what is the one thing Meatloaf will not do for love? According to the song, he'd be willing to "hose [her] down with holy water when [she gets] too hot". The sheer logistics of which give me pause. How would you get holy water under sufficient pressure to hose someone down with?
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Date:February 5th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
He said "Willing." not "Able."

I feel very disenfranchised by the primary process generally. By the time super Tuesday came around, the majority of interesting candidates have dropped out leaving the indestinguishable cookie-cutter moderate clones and wack-jobs. I'm told other people feel differently.
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Date:February 5th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
I'm amending my previous answer. Didn't you see Dogma? Have a priest bless the well or reservoir.

There were a bunch of things he wouldn't do.
He would not forgive himself.
He would not stop dreaming of you every night of his life. (although you'd think that would be something he couldn't really control)
He would never forget either 1)everything or 2) the way you feel right now.
He would never do it better than he does it with you.
He would not be screwing around
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Date:February 5th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
I got a sticker for voting in the 2007 gubernatorial election. The year I really wanted a sticker was the first one I voted in: 2001.

My mother gave her 2004 sticker to the dog, so now the saying in our family is spaniels for Kerry. Toby is a left-leaning cocker spaniel.

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Date:February 5th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
when ckd and I voted this evening, the poll workers were giving out I voted! stickers. I put mine on my jacket with pride (or even *pride*).

Date:February 7th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
I've gotten one every time I voted. Actually, I think they even gave me one once when they wouldn't let me vote as some sort of consolation prize - as if that made up for the fact that they lost my registration.
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Date:February 6th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Groton gives stickers but it never involves kissing. I've learned that Shirley does not give stickers, but they were ecstatic when innermonkey and I got there because we are the only 2 people registered to vote on our street. The little old poll tending ladies who check us in and check us out had marked our page down so they wouldn't be shuffling through the whole packet looking for our dinky little street. It was really small town and quite funny.

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