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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2012
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    The other option I've seen is military trucks functioning as polling places.

    This isn't a problem I'm going to have, but I kind of wonder why I haven't heard more about it, you know? It irks me.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2012
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    Wait, you need power to be able to vote? In the UK we still use pencils and bits of paper...

    We have this fundamental distrust of doing it electronically I think, it just doesn't feel right unless you have to scrawl a giant X in graphite on a ballot paper as long as your arm.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2012
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    Yes! Americans ARE fundamentally untrustworthy!

    (Paper and pencil here in Canada, too, obvs.)
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2012
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    Paper and SOMETHING TO WRITE ON PAPER here in Finland, too.

    If it ain't broken &c.
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    It varies from state to state in the US (and I think even by county in some states). Some do electronic, some do punch cards, some do pencil and paper. There was a big move to electronic after 2000 because of the hanging/dimpled/whatever chad debacle with the recounts.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2012
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    What David said. But yeah. What's extra fucked up is that the Romneys have a stake in some electronic voting machines in Ohio...
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2012 edited
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    This is the former First Lady of Ohio doing her bit.


    I'm so very, very sorry.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2012
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2012 edited
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    Still cross-referencing this, but it appears people were not being allowed to leave a Romney rally in Pennsylvania. No idea about this "frostbite" thing, but if even if that's bullshit, people should still be allowed to leave if they want.

    What I want to know is, what's he doing in Pennsylvania? Dude should be down in North Carolina, trying to stop the pinkifying of what had, until recently, been a landslide state for him.
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    I am not an expert, but I can say from observing the process in my area; that they probably have ways of getting things done; punch cards and portable power; the ballots themselves would have been printed & made some time ago. Now the real hell? - the folks COUNTING your votes & write=in's. There's a LOT of work that goes into that, even in areas where a fair amount of it's done electronically. Lotsa local gov. folks staying up all night. I expect some areas might get their votes in later (I remember one area in michigan had issues with a bear while they were trying to tally shit up) - but I'm sure the voting will get done and counted. I've heard something about some places allowing email votes, but can't recall WHERE I read that.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2012
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    I'm actually out drinking tomorrow evening, so I fully intend to stay up once I get back and watch the results trickle in live.

    Hopefully the BBC will have a drunken Simon Schama pissing off the republican pundits like they did last time round.
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2012
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    yoke
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2012
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    This is really funny (probably related to Alan's link)

    #RomneyDeathRally
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2012
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    Warren's vice column makes for good reading

    Good Morning Sinners
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    everythings old school paper here, i would never trust a robot with voting
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    @Alan Tyson: Rmoney is in Penna because he's figured out that Ohio is probably lost to him, and he needs something to replace it with. Just shoring up his lead in NC wouldn't be enough.

    @TF: Don't share that graphic with xenophobic Republicans... it'll just convince them that "they" all want the US to fail, and renew their panic about a world government attacking American sovereignty.
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2012
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    @Jason

    At least China want the US to succeed (so they can get their money back) :-)
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    @TF: Damn, if only that could have come out earlier, someone could have run a bunch of ads for Romney that end with "Romney: the right choice for China." Now THAT would have been an interesting ad campaign! I wonder if they would actually work, though... a lot of people probably would watch the beginning and tune out or change the channel by the time the sucker punch comes in.

    @Why Pennsylvania: Five Thirty Eight had an interesting explanation of that, actually, that centers on the notion that Romney's odds in PA aren't great, but they're better than the odds elsewhere.

    Irritatingly, this sudden shift in focus to PA means I now have to debate whether I want to go Green, or whether I should play it safe and vote for Obama. Odds are that it won't matter anyway, but I would feel like an ass if I voted for a third party and then Romney actually won the state. Plus, there's so many stupid things going on with voter registration and ID, it's possible Romney could take the state by deceit if not by force.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2012
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    I'm a believer in tactical voting. If the outcome is pre-ordained, I vote for the best third-party candidate available (e.g. Green, Libertarian) to help promote the idea of third-party candidates. If I think my vote could possibly be decisive between the Republican and Democrat, I vote for the Democrat.

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