jcs17
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Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 9:16 am

Mild self-gloss: I just voted in my first presidential election. Today, I recieved my absentee ballot and I just got back from dropping it off at the post office where it will be sent back to Texas. Thankfully, Texas makes it incredibly easy for an even-minded, very intelligent person like me to vote, thanks to the straight-party option. Thats right, I voted straight-party Republican. That means my votes were cast for our fine current President, George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. A vote was also cast for my congressional representative, Pete Sessions. Four more years for a brighter tommorrow!  Big thumbs up
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dtwclipper
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 9:22 am

Congratulations to you.

Well, I can't agree with your politics, however I am glad to hear that youngsters like your self are exercising the privilege.
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 9:28 am

Good job on voting and your decision.
 
Falcon84
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 10:05 am

Outstanding, Jcs. I know who you voted for, and we disagree, but I'm damn glad that you feel strong enough to go and vote. Too bad more Americans aren't like you in that regard.

In other regards, I'm not so sure.  Wink/being sarcastic
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DLKAPA
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 10:24 am

Straight party system?

Seems a little lazy to me. Oh well I guess that's texan's for you (Born Texan and proud of it  Big thumbs up )

But at least you are excersizing your opinion, IMO anybody who doesn't vote, doesn't have an opinion.

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USAirways737
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 10:28 am

I sent in my application a month ago and still have not received my ballot yet! Is this normal. Anyone know what the approximate time is to get your ballot in the mail?

Erik in MSN
 
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 10:30 am

I do not agree... but regardless, YAYERS!  Wink/being sarcastic

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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 11:56 am

USAirways737, call or e-mail the town clerk of the town in which your registered in if you don't get it in the next few days. The municipal clerk is in charge of making sure you get the requested absentee ballot. You can also contact one of your town's elected government members (Mayor, council member), espcially if you know someone. You should also try to check to see if you are registered, especially if it was done close to your state's deadlines and that the registration was processed in time. That may also delay your absentee ballot.
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zak
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 12:32 pm

i salute your contribution to democracy, something most young peopel do not care about anymore. furthermore, i also applaud your choice, even though it would have been more important in a swing state, every vote does count in the end to reduce the amount of BS the liberal media will throw at everyone when their choice doesnt win.
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aviationwiz
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 12:44 pm

Straight Party option. WTF? Get educated on the local races and who your voting for and their opponent. You may just like the other guy more. When I can vote, I intend on voting for who's going to do the better job, Democrat, Republican, Independent, whatever.
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garnetpalmetto
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 12:56 pm

IMO, this straight party bs is more like a robot than a voter.

My God....WellHung and I agree on something? I do believe Hell has frozen over. JCS - nice job on doing your civic duty and doing a part in trying to help shape our nation, but at the same time, as others have said, straight party voting is a cop-out, whether you do straight-ticket Republican or straight-ticket Democrat. I think that one of the reasons why we've had such poor political representation in the past 10-20 years is that people don't really take the time to discover a candidate's stance on the issues - after all, individual Republicans/Democrats don't always toe the party line and may ignore parts of their party's plank. I have a friend who usually votes straight-ticket Republican for instance, but insists he's not going to do that for our US Senate race, as the Republican candidate has a, frankly idiotic, tax scheme that will end up hurting more people than it will help. Research the issues so that you can really be an enlightened voter.
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Confuscius
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 1:07 pm

Vote early...vote often.
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commander_rabb
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 1:33 pm

Congratulations on exercising your constitutional right.

And for making the right choice for President! Of course some of our European members wish they could vote here too. But they can't. Buuwwwwaahhh!! Smile

 
Falcon84
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 1:46 pm

Commander, thanks for one of the most childish, infantile posts ever put on this thread. What a great representative of America. Not.

Maybe some day you'll grow up, but it's doubtful.

Let's see if you're so smug if Bush loses?
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jamesag96
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 2:29 pm

Well hopefully he'll do better than Ohio State.

 Big grin

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AGC525
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Sun Oct 03, 2004 2:48 pm

Cool, good job. regardless of who voted for who, there is no greater responsibility of the American than the right to vote.

Can we not turn this into ANOTHER argument??
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aa61hvy
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Mon Oct 04, 2004 9:09 am

Can anyone help me out, I'm not sure how to do the whole absentee ballot, cause I really want to vote. Can anyone fill me in on how to do that?
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DeltaGuy
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Mon Oct 04, 2004 9:21 am

Congrats....Straight Ticket Republican is just so, easy...and so smart. I plan to save much precious time in the voting booth by just hitting everything with an R to it  Smile

Looks like I won't have to absentee this year as I'll be in the neighborhood then...but may be a good idea next election when I'll be gone all the time (flying for a living). My dad and pleanty of others do it, because there's no guarantee you'll be there.

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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Mon Oct 04, 2004 10:01 am

It somewhat bothers me that thanks to the Electoral College, my vote in this year's election will count for nothing. I live in a state (New York) that is 100% guaranteed to vote for Kerry.
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Falcon84
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Mon Oct 04, 2004 10:07 am

Congrats....Straight Ticket Republican is just so, easy...and so smart.

Easy? Yes. Smart? Only if you don't have a mind of your own, and you just vote Party line for no good reason. I've never done that, and never will. I've voted for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. I look at the best candidate. And, if I don't know enough about candidates for a certain field, I don't vote.

But straight-line Party voting? Like I said, I'm glad Jcs17 voted, but I don't agaree how he did it. Party-line voting is for the mentally lazy, or the politically challenged. I guess you're both, DeltaGuy, so that explains why you love it so much.

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DeltaGuy
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Mon Oct 04, 2004 10:09 am

So you may as well spare yourself the trouble of going if it's gonna go that way...unless you're starting a major RWAK uprising.

Fortunately (or unfortunately), FL is a battleground state...gotta represent at the polls!

DeltaGuy
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kc7mmi
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Mon Oct 04, 2004 2:26 pm

Cool. My first time voting was in 2000 and wanna know who I voted for? You guessed it, GW Bush! So not only did I get to exercise my newly achieved privelege (I just turned 18 that September) but I won too (or, Bush won)!  Laugh out loud
 
mrniji
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Mon Oct 04, 2004 4:49 pm

I sent in my application a month ago and still have not received my ballot yet! Is this normal. Anyone know what the approximate time is to get your ballot in the mail?

They will be posted latest 3 weeks before the date of the election. Check with them if you do not receive it 2 weeks before... even mine hasn't arrived yet.. I am afraid that I landed on some anti-Bush List and they will deprive me from my vote, as they did in the 2000 elections with many blacks and hispanics, too


Can anyone help me out, I'm not sure how to do the whole absentee ballot, cause I really want to vote. Can anyone fill me in on how to do that?

Ask your state/county.. every states has different laws. Some allow it online, some not. As for me, I vote in Ohio (and that is a damn f----k important state, as always..)
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Mon Oct 04, 2004 6:41 pm

I just checked out http://www.vote44.net, an American Organization abroad endavoring to prevent the disaster Bush to continue.. They told me that if the ballot hasn't arrived the 15 October to research on the status. Worst Case: A blank ballot (at least abroad)
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Boeing7E7
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Tue Oct 05, 2004 1:20 am

It's somewhat embarassing that you can't even take the time to go through the individual races and cast votes, no matter what party you support. It says to me that you are too uneducated on the issues and candidates to make up your mind and have been brainwashed by the propoganda of either side - especially since there has been only one of three scheduled presidential debates. Either that or you've spent too much time in the buffet line at Sizzler to think about the election. IMO, this straight party bs is more like a robot than a voter.

It's not a tough choice, or embarassing to vote straight ballot in Texas. What is embarrasing are the candidates the Dems put up in Texas.
 
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Tue Oct 05, 2004 3:47 am

FlyingBronco05, you forgot he's also the biggest serial killer in Iraq (and add a zero to the body count for that once-sovereign nation).

Ha ha, Jcs, how on earth can you say Cheney is a "fine" VP?! He lies every single day about links between al Qaeda and Iraq, and god knows what else. Be a Republican if you must, but these are NOT "fine" men. They are serial liars, serial killers and they sure don't care about you. When the consequences of their actions becomes apparent, they'll be in an "undisclosed location". Lucky them. Unlucky you. Hey ho, reap the whirlwind.
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Boeing7E7
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Tue Oct 05, 2004 4:11 am

And the two of you wonder why he voted for Bush?

Laughable.
 
commander_rabb
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Tue Oct 05, 2004 4:18 am

Laughable.

No, it's pathetic to see Bush called a serial killer. But then agiain there's all kind of wackos out there.

Just ask HanoiAlpha.

 Big thumbs up
 
Boeing7E7
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Tue Oct 05, 2004 4:23 am

That too, but what else should we expect from these scum sucking Howard Dean lovers.
 
Falcon84
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Tue Oct 05, 2004 4:34 am

Yes, I've certainly called Bush a serial killer, or something like that, haven't I, Commander_Rabies.

Anyone who legitimately disagree with Bush in your mind, is a traitor. It couldn't be clearer. More's the pity for someone like yourself. As for me? Doesn't sway me one bit, your infantile act.
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Boeing7E7
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Tue Oct 05, 2004 4:37 am

No Falcon, you're not a traitor. You simply lack a realistic view of the world.
 
mrniji
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Tue Oct 05, 2004 4:40 am

Yes, I've certainly called Bush a serial killer, or something like that,

I agree with you...  Smile
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dtwclipper
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Tue Oct 05, 2004 4:46 am

Hi 7e7 welcome back!

No Falcon, you're not a traitor. You simply lack a realistic view of the world.


This isn't really true. The wonderful thing about the US, is that we can have opposing views of how things should be. We all are as patriotic and support our country as much as you. We vote, we do our military service, we volunteer, go to church, go to temple, etc.

It does not make someone a traitor, because we have a liberal view on politics, and it does not make us love our country any less.

Our view is as realistic as yours, just different.




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USAirways737
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Tue Oct 05, 2004 8:06 am

Hey everyone! I finally did get my absentee ballot in the mail today. The ironic thing about it is the point of the absentee ballot is so you can vote away from your precinct and/or out of state (which I am), but, they make you have a witness who is from your state sign your ballot and swear that you voted correctly in their presence! It won't be a problem for me, since there are several people from my city and state going to college with me here in WI. I just thought that was weird because if there wasn't anyone from your state that could witness you, you would have to go through the trouble of finding a notary to be your witness.

And Aa61hvy, to get an absentee ballot, you just download a form from your state's website, search for 'elections' and mail it in. Or if its too late to wait for the mail, you can call County Elections (mine was Washington County Elections for example) and ask them to send you a ballot.

Erik in MSN, who is glady voting for 'serial killer' and douchebag 'liar'

And just a side note, I love it how people say they love democracy, yet then maul you if you don't vote for who they want. This is a bi-partisan statement, so don't call me a hypocritical neo-con. Both sides need to do a better job at not being hypocrites on this one.
 
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Tue Oct 05, 2004 8:23 am

I don't know what you all think but it looks like this year might be a record turnout in relation to past elections. Apparently there are huge amounts of voter registration forms coming in as well as absentee ballots.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6175529/

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Boeing7E7
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Wed Oct 06, 2004 6:20 am

Md...

They've been saying that and "this is the most important election of our time" for every election in my life time (I first voted for Reagan) and the numbers fall every year inspite of an increase each and every year in the population of eligible voters.
 
AzoresLover
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RE: Voted In My First Presidential Election

Wed Oct 06, 2004 9:23 am

THANK YOU for voting. I hope you don't ever miss. What bugs me most is people who say they don't bother to vote because everything's screwed up anyway, etc. What kind of copout is that? As you can see by the posts here Americans have widely divergent views and strongly held opinions. I don't miss voting now, but at one time I quit voting, because:

I was teaching school in WA, and the 1980 general election for president between Carter/Reagan was on the ballot. Polls were open until 8:00pm, I believe. I got home from school, ate, and was driving to the polling place, with still a couple hours before closing, when the radio news said the election was over, Reagan won, and the newscast even including concession remarks from Carter. We still had TWO HOURS to vote in WA. I just turned the car around and went home, never voted. I was so upset at that!

There was somewhat of an outcry from the western states after that election; it created national attention for awhile, with a few congressmen trying to get polling hours changed to be uniform across the country, various proposals, etc, but nothing changed. While I'm ashamed of it now, I never voted again until I moved back to Ohio, when I registered again and now vote regularly.

Yes, I know intellectually that the votes count, and it isn't officially over until the actual votes that were cast are counted, and there were still other local issues on the ballot, but emotionally it was, "Why vote? The east has already decided for the rest of us."

I'm still a strong proponent of uniform voting hours across all states, like possibly a 24-hour period starting at the same instant all across the country...it'd be like 6am Eastern, 5am Central, 4am mountain, etc, and if the polls were open for 24 hours there'd be no excuse for anyone missing because of work, etc. You'd have a whole 24 hour period to vote.

At any rate, Jcs17, thank you for voting, and please continue to do so regularly.
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