31 thoughts on “If You’re American . . .

  1. I voted a month ago!
    We have lived in Canada since 1982, but my husband and I were both born in the USA, and by federal law we can vote for President, Senators, and Representatives only. Thanks to Minnesota’s state voting laws, even our 3 adult children, who have lived in Canada their whole lives but are dual Canada/US citizens can also vote!
    I smile with many memories every 2 years when I write the mailing address of the Minneapolis apartment I lived in during grad school as my “official” US address. And I laugh to think it is also the “official” US address for my 3 adult children, who were tiny random unfertilized eggs inside me when I last lived in Minneapolis.

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  2. I have a date at 6pm to meet my 18yo DD at our polling location. (Her voter registration card arrived in the mail last week!) She has a copy of the sample ballot and we are texting about the process and the people on the ballot. I’m sure her teachers at HS will cut her some slack about class time on her phone!

    Things are a mess in OK and we need every voter to pay attention. Our education system is a mess and my kid finally has a say in how it could be changed. Today, I’m looking forward to waiting in the voting line and chatting with the elderly ladies that check IDs and find our names. My DD is worried it will be scary, and it might be, but not for the practical reasons that concern her today. The results of years of inattention and inflexible thinking are terrifying if people don’t wake up, pay attention and take action!

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  3. I voted early! Thank you, Massachusetts! Interestingly, the only things really in doubt here are probably the ballot questions (about nurse staffing and an evil attempt to undo non-discrimination legislation). The first is truly a tough question (legitimate issues on both sides), and the latter is only in doubt (I hope) because the wording is awkward.

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    1. Good question! I’d like to say that I think it’s because people don’t see how it affects them personally – a (false) sense that it doesn’t matter who in power, the machine is going to rumble on anyway and nothing is going to get better for them.

      But it’s a well researched topic – and the answers are many and varied. So let’s go with the evidence over my opinion (if only more policy was drafted on that basis).
      “In the 2008 Census Bureau voting survey, topping the list of reasons for not voting is a lack of interest (13%) or a dislike of the candidates or issues (13%). More than a quarter of registered nonvoters in 2008 didn’t vote because they weren’t interested or didn’t like their choices.

      Many reported illness or disability (15%), especially among older registered nonvoters. Others were too busy, or had conflicting schedules (17%). That’s about a third of the registered nonvoters.

      Of the remainder, many had some logistical problem with the process: 6% had problems with their voter registration, 3% did not have convenient polling places, and another 3% had some sort of transportation problem. And 0.2% reported that bad weather conditions kept them from the polls on election day.”
      from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-psychology-behind-political-debate/201112/why-dont-people-vote

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  4. I voted two weeks ago and I was trying to get the 6 year old excited to go with me and he said “Oh, I only like to vote for the President .” I told him he was part of the problem!

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    1. I explained to my niece and nephew that state representatives decide on things like laws regarding puppy mills. That got their attention.

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  5. Voted two weeks ago on the first day of early voting. So glad Texas has that process! In our county (entirely rural) there were over 50% more voters that early voted from the November 2014 election (14,183 vs 5,925). Haven’t heard of any issues at polling areas in the county today.

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  6. I’ve voted by mail a couple of weeks ago. I must say, I’m so glad to hear about the 18-year-olds who are excited to vote. My 18-year-old grandson is determinedly apolitical at this point. His mother and I, who are otherwise diametrically opposed on politics, agree that he should read up on the issues and get involved. Maybe next time.

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      1. Yes. I forgot to vote in our state election two years ago (I was interstate at a wedding and forgot to arrange a postal ballot) and got fined. The only way you don’t get fined is if you never register in the first place, but only wingnuts don’t register.

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      2. You’re fined if you don’t turn up to a polling booth and get your attendance recorded. You can opt to not vote – by filling out your voting form incorrectly.

        We have a certain number of “donkey” votes every election.

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  7. Voted by mail – LA County allows you to check the status of your ballot, and mine has been received and counted. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Now the waiting begins….

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    1. If you go to the California Secretary of State’s website, there is a link to check the status of your ballot. I was glad to see that mine was counted a couple weeks ago.

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  8. Voted, wrote to my City Councilmembers to thank them for including something small-but-important in this year’s budget (they vote on the budget tonight — “thanks” is a polite way of saying “we’re watching to make sure you follow through”), and am heading out to a community organizing workshop tonight. Civic participation is basically one of the few areas in life in which I am pretty sure I’m getting a solid A+.

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  9. I voted last night, then sold baked goods with my 10 year old for 3+ hours at her school to raise funds for their end of year filed trip. The schools here are closed on election day as so many of them are polling places.

    Towards the end of the day, I was chatting with one of the polling workers about turnout and she went and checked the machines. They had over 1700 people vote at that point. She’d never worked there before so she didn’t know if turnout was up or down or normal. We did see a bunch of people waiting to get registered so I think it was up.

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  10. We voted yesterday after lunch and thought we’d have to go around in a circle to find parking but someone was pulling out as we arrived. I’d say voting was up in our town in Massachusetts. Interestingly I heard that Mitt Romney won a Senate seat in Utah, when he was Governor here he asked for a private elevator to get to his office so he wouldn’t have to deal with the public, you know, the voters. We didn’t watch the news over the weekend, every time it was on all that was covered was Trump’s screaming. Who paid for all his trips around the country, us? And another thing why wasn’t it brought up in the immigration talks that his company offered green cards to Chinese investors if they invested $500,000. to his company? Random thoughts!

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  11. I explained to my niece and nephew that state representatives decide on things like laws regarding puppy mills. That got their attention.

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  12. Oops. Sorry about that double post above. Not sure how to delete the second one. Anyway, I voted and drove 90-minutes each way to do some last minute canvassing for a progressive candidate. Final tally just came in. She flipped her district! Yay!

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  13. I voted and then procrastinated checking the results of the election because I was afraid of what they would be. So much bad news lately. I am SO happy that the ballot to remove Oregon’s status as a sanctuary state AND the ballot to remove public funding for abortions failed by A LOT. The shift in the federal government is a good thing too. I care less about “collaboration” now than I do with just holding some sort of line of decency for the next couple years.

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