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Nov 8, 2022 - 5:18:21 AM
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59974 posts since 12/14/2005


My favorite Voting Day story:
Working as a Fire Prevention Inspector, on Voting Day.
Finished up an inspection at the grocery store on about 68th & Silver Spring, across from the Senior Center.
Various groups had arranged for buses to bring voters to the polling place in the Center.
The store manager and I were at his front door as a bus pulled up over there, and I remarked how the lady-o on the radio had said that there was predicted to be a small turnout, because it was an off-year election, AND the weather was cold and drizzly.

He replied that he had walked through a minefield, to get out of Communist-controlled Hungary, and worked his way HERE, and become a citizen, and it would take a LOT more than a bit of rain, to keep him from exercising his RIGHT as a free man.

I felt like weeping in shame  for all those BORN here, who don't bother to inconvenience themselves, because they don't feel it's important.

Nov 8, 2022 - 5:50:08 AM

STUD

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Yep..

Nov 8, 2022 - 6:57:24 AM

STUD

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Me Son's parents in law.
Came strait from Poland..
Years ago....

They take the rights that they have here very seriously..

N..never miss a vote..

Nov 8, 2022 - 7:09:42 AM

523 posts since 4/11/2019

We're having a stuffed animal election at my house.

On the ballot are two monkeys, a rabbit and a fox.

Nov 8, 2022 - 7:57:46 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

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28206 posts since 8/3/2003

I voted early so I wouldn't have to stand in line.

Nov 8, 2022 - 8:15:19 AM

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quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory


My favorite Voting Day story:
Working as a Fire Prevention Inspector, on Voting Day.
Finished up an inspection at the grocery store on about 68th & Silver Spring, across from the Senior Center.
Various groups had arranged for buses to bring voters to the polling place in the Center.
The store manager and I were at his front door as a bus pulled up over there, and I remarked how the lady-o on the radio had said that there was predicted to be a small turnout, because it was an off-year election, AND the weather was cold and drizzly.

He replied that he had walked through a minefield, to get out of Communist-controlled Hungary, and worked his way HERE, and become a citizen, and it would take a LOT more than a bit of rain, to keep him from exercising his RIGHT as a free man.

I felt like weeping in shame  for all those BORN here, who don't bother to inconvenience themselves, because they don't feel it's important.


That is indeed touching Mike.  You never think of yourself in a situation lake that and what freedom means to some, but it reminded me that I too walked through minefields, not to get out of a country, but for our country and my classmate from Combat Engineer's School at Camp Lejeune, Walter Reitmeier, gave both of his legs and an eye clearing a minefield!  So freedom is indeed precious!

PS:  I did walk 4 miles this morning to vote ...... although my wife wanted me to ride with her in her car!

Nov 8, 2022 - 9:12:49 AM
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BREAKING NEWS !!!

One of the Monkey candidates has accused the Bunny of not paying his carrot taxes!!

Nov 8, 2022 - 9:17:43 AM
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Owen

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My voting day story [well, one of 'em]  is decidedly lighthearted.  I forget whether it was a provincial or federal election, but regulations said we were to be given 1/2 hour off work to go vote.  The polling station was in our school, but nevertheless I thought I should ask the principal when we'd be getting our 1/2 hour to go vote.  He was a big dude .... his fist was about 1.5X as wide as mine.... he smiled and made a fist and said: "You ... I'll give you a half an hour!"  [Not that it matters, but he was one of the best principals I've worked for/under/with/???  RIP Martin.]

Edited by - Owen on 11/08/2022 09:20:11

Nov 8, 2022 - 9:19:24 AM
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chuckv97

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67781 posts since 10/5/2013

My Pa never liked going to the local airport to watch the planes,, he said they reminded him of the bombers flying overhead during Nazi-occupied Holland.

Nov 8, 2022 - 9:23:32 AM
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Buddur

USA

3415 posts since 10/23/2004

I miss the voting day bake sales.

Nov 8, 2022 - 10:44:49 AM

11734 posts since 8/22/2006

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Originally posted by Knows Picker

BREAKING NEWS !!!

One of the Monkey candidates has accused the Bunny of not paying his carrot taxes!!


I'm surprised the fix wasn't in for the Fox. You know because being sly as a Fox and all. More a 6:00 with up to date results. 

Nov 8, 2022 - 11:40:32 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

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28206 posts since 8/3/2003

Voting stories? How about this one: my daughter has been trying to get a day off to go vote for about 2 weeks now and due to the shortage of workers at her job, she can't get the time off. She works from 6 to 6, 7 days a week, and no time before or after to vote. I think employers who treat their workers like that should be ashamed of themselves.

If it was me, I'd probably walk off the job and give them a half a peace sign as I left. She has bills to pay and can't do that.

Nov 8, 2022 - 12:13:17 PM

2057 posts since 2/10/2003

quote:
Originally posted by Texasbanjo

Voting stories? How about this one: my daughter has been trying to get a day off to go vote for about 2 weeks now and due to the shortage of workers at her job, she can't get the time off. She works from 6 to 6, 7 days a week, and no time before or after to vote. I think employers who treat their workers like that should be ashamed of themselves.

If it was me, I'd probably walk off the job and give them a half a peace sign as I left. She has bills to pay and can't do that.


Most states allow absentee ballots, ie mail in voting for people who cannot make it to the polls.  Most states also have laws that require paid time off (not a full day, but a couple hours) if the voter can not get to the polls before or after working hours. Which state does she live in?

Nov 8, 2022 - 12:28:55 PM

59974 posts since 12/14/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Texasbanjo

Voting stories? How about this one: my daughter has been trying to get a day off to go vote for about 2 weeks now and due to the shortage of workers at her job, she can't get the time off. She works from 6 to 6, 7 days a week, and no time before or after to vote. I think employers who treat their workers like that should be ashamed of themselves.

If it was me, I'd probably walk off the job and give them a half a peace sign as I left. She has bills to pay and can't do that.


"All we are  sayyyyyyying,  is Give HALF a PEACE a Chance!"

With a bit of luck, and a copy of the appropriate LAW in hand, maybe by the NEXT election day, she'll be able to vote, either in person or by mail.

Nov 8, 2022 - 2:01:22 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Texasbanjo

Voting stories? How about this one: my daughter has been trying to get a day off to go vote for about 2 weeks now and due to the shortage of workers at her job, she can't get the time off. She works from 6 to 6, 7 days a week, and no time before or after to vote. I think employers who treat their workers like that should be ashamed of themselves.

If it was me, I'd probably walk off the job and give them a half a peace sign as I left. She has bills to pay and can't do that.


Personaly i think that the national voting day should be a national hollahday..

Paid if posible.....

 

We here make sure our employees got the chance to vote..

Even if it is on our time..

 

N..if they need the day off ..to do it..fine..

Nov 8, 2022 - 2:09:54 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by 250gibson
quote:
Originally posted by Texasbanjo

Voting stories? How about this one: my daughter has been trying to get a day off to go vote for about 2 weeks now and due to the shortage of workers at her job, she can't get the time off. She works from 6 to 6, 7 days a week, and no time before or after to vote. I think employers who treat their workers like that should be ashamed of themselves.

If it was me, I'd probably walk off the job and give them a half a peace sign as I left. She has bills to pay and can't do that.


Most states allow absentee ballots, ie mail in voting for people who cannot make it to the polls.  Most states also have laws that require paid time off (not a full day, but a couple hours) if the voter can not get to the polls before or after working hours. Which state does she live in?


Unfortunately, where she works, she's the only one working (the others have quit and not been replaced) and they would have to close the shop to allow her to go vote.    If they had a full staff, I'm sure she could take off an hour or so to go vote.    I sincerely hope she finds a better job, more understanding bosses.

Nov 9, 2022 - 1:36:22 AM

4377 posts since 4/29/2012

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory
quote:
Originally posted by Texasbanjo

Voting stories? How about this one: my daughter has been trying to get a day off to go vote for about 2 weeks now and due to the shortage of workers at her job, she can't get the time off. She works from 6 to 6, 7 days a week, and no time before or after to vote. I think employers who treat their workers like that should be ashamed of themselves.

If it was me, I'd probably walk off the job and give them a half a peace sign as I left. She has bills to pay and can't do that.


"All we are  sayyyyyyying,  is Give HALF a PEACE a Chance!"

With a bit of luck, and a copy of the appropriate LAW in hand, maybe by the NEXT election day, she'll be able to vote, either in person or by mail.

 


Or in the UK a peace sign the other way round.

Nov 9, 2022 - 8:08 AM

77152 posts since 5/9/2007

I waltzed into my local town office a couple of weeks ago and asked for a ballot package to take home and bring back filled out in a few days.Went back with it filled out on a weekend and dropped it in the door slot at the T.O.

I heard about some countries that have mandatory voting.I like that idea and would definitely vote for it,here.

Nov 9, 2022 - 3:32:45 PM

2572 posts since 7/20/2004

We walked out of eariy moring Mass a week ago at 8 AM. We were parked in front of the courthouse, so I told my wife, "Hey, lets go vote early while we have the chance." We were among the first 3 or 4 in the door. Voted, and there was a line starting to form as we left. No sweat, and i think everyone we voted for in both parties won.

Nov 9, 2022 - 10:08:27 PM

Paul R

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16351 posts since 1/28/2010

In the Quebec election of 1966 I was a scrutineer for the Union Nationale, but I voted for the other guys (someone offered me the job). Apparently, when I first walked in, some of the (middle aged or older) poll workers assumed that this student was some sort of separatiste radical. Then they found out differently. This was the first election after the voting age had been lowered to 18 in Quebec.

I make it a point to vote, even in our recent municipal elections where, if I hadn't made up my mind about mayor and council candidates, I was prepared to hand in a blank ballot.

In Ontario we have the right to refuse the ballot. That is, to make a point about the lack of qualifications of any of the candidates. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/ontario-votes-2022-declined-ballots-rise-1.6466308

Nov 10, 2022 - 4:08:43 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by steve davis

I waltzed into my local town office a couple of weeks ago and asked for a ballot package to take home and bring back filled out in a few days.Went back with it filled out on a weekend and dropped it in the door slot at the T.O.

I heard about some countries that have mandatory voting.I like that idea and would definitely vote for it,here.


I feel "mandatory " voting would be only a recipe for disaster. some people just dont vote because of numerous reasons some vote or not because they really dont know what they're voting for or against......just to vote because some makes you.....is not a free society to chose your own destiny.....I've left many a blank spot on ballots because I didnt like either candidate or party.....again my choice.....making people do things is not democracy.....

Nov 10, 2022 - 6:36:15 AM

77152 posts since 5/9/2007

Anyone could write in whoever they want or leave choices blank in a mandatory vote.
But anyone living in this country should participate in how it's run,imo.

We have mandated ss numbers,licenses to drive,hunt,open a business,property taxes,et al.

Edited by - steve davis on 11/10/2022 06:40:46

Nov 10, 2022 - 7:02:43 AM
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Here in Chile, voting is mandatory and employers are required to allow their employees time to vote. There have been big political changes here in recent years including a potential re-write of the Constitution. A couple months ago a there was a mandatory vote to approve or reject the new constitution and it was rejected by a large margin (rejection won the majority vote in all 16 regions in Chile).

-TD

Edited by - TreyDBanjoKS on 11/10/2022 07:10:06

Nov 11, 2022 - 10:43:36 AM
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3016 posts since 4/5/2006

Say what you will of California. Even though commute times across L.A. were often over an hour, I was always able to get home in time to vote.

Nov 13, 2022 - 12:23:05 PM

77152 posts since 5/9/2007

I like going in a few days early and getting my ballot to take home.I like taking my time in peace and quiet when I make important decisions...and I don't like waiting in line.

Nov 14, 2022 - 4:49:49 PM

77152 posts since 5/9/2007

We can bank on-line.
Someday soon we'll be able to vote at home or on our phone.
They just have to set up a test bed to prove it's secure.
That could lead to state and national referendums where applicable with nearly 100% participation.

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