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Voting

Although it's been said here before, I'd like to encourage all the members of this community to get out to vote. As many of you know, I moved back to the DC Metro area a year or two ago--the area where I grew up. And the wusses who live here in Maryland managed to go out and vote in spite of freezing rain and ice slicks. Here in Maryland, people can't even drive straight in the rain. So, I know the proud residents of Wisconsin won't let a few snow piles hold them back!

Plus, you all are very lucky in that you can register on the same day to vote in Wisconsin. Not only that--but you have an open primary! Here in Maryland, we have to register ahead of time and be pre-registered in a party in order to vote in that party's primary. It seriously sucks, let me tell you. I know many people who were thwarted by one of those issues when they headed out to vote.

So get out there, register at the last minute, and vote for whoever you feel like! Do it for us Wisconsin ex-pats!

Thanks from your humble moderator.

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Now if only they'd give out those super groovy "I Voted" stickers like we used to get in California. It's the perfect reward system - cast your vote, get a sticker!
Ah, we DO get the stickers here in Maryland. That's the one thing we've got going for us.
Hmm. Maybe I should make my own.
Mua-hahahahaha. You remind me why I moved back TO Madison FROM the DC area. :)
I hear you.

Although I don't miss having my feet go numb by the time I'd walk from the bus to where I worked in Madison.
Half the reason I'm working from home today is so I can make it both to the polls and to parent teacher conferences in the same evening... BOO SCHOOL BAD TIMING! ;) But now, in theory I could take my lunch and go over to my polling place (I live about 30 minutes NW of Madison, and the roads out here are still bad)
That does seem like bad timing. I assume that school isn't being used for a polling place, then?
No, they do it at the Arena village hall...
I voted. I was bummed because I have to work late today and I hate going to the polls late. So I slept in and went this morning instead. I was #85 and it only took like three minutes. (plus 40 minutes to get through traffic to work afterwards - darn rush hour and slick roads)
I voted at 7:20 a.m. at Kennedy Elementary School on the far east side. There was no line when I voted, but there had been a line at 7 a.m. when the polls opened. I was voter #43. I'm glad I didn't wait until after work.
I vote down at Olbrich Gardens. Even though my district always has high turnout rates, I've never waited more than 15 minutes to vote, even when I stop by on my way home from work. Bravo to my local poll workers, for keeping the process moving.
I remember voting at Lapham School in 1992. We waited in line more than 45 minutes. Or maybe it was 2 hours. Whatever.
I'll be there this afternoon!
I just voted at Georgia O'Keefe elementary -- there were about 10 people but it looked from the number I got that there had been a ton there earlier in the morning -- I'm pretty sure my number was in the 300s! At 9:45! Be careful though -- the roads are still nasty and slippery; my anti-lock breaks got a definite workout and I saw a couple of people fishtail. Maybe all the salt truck drivers are busy voting? :)
Yeah, I was there at 7, right after they opened and I think I was #64.
Well then-- howdy, neighbor!
I can never claim it's too difficult to vote - I live across the street from my polling place!
Lucky...I had to trudge all the way across the bridge. But when I was in New York I lived for 6 years about 50 yards from my polling place, so that couldn't last forever.
Voted in Monona with no line whatsoever. It was nice to get in and out in 10 minutes before running off to work.

Thanks for posting a heads up to everyone.
Done - out in Mineral Point this morning, I was voter number 11, and I was done in under a minute (even with a full field for the school board)!

Edited at 2008-02-19 04:32 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to say hello from one DC-residing Wisconsinite to another (well, technically Maryland-residing). I switched my residency, somewhat reluctantly. It's hard to give up voting for Tammy Baldwin and Russ Feingold. They make my heart go all a-flutter.
Yeah, I'm technically in Maryland too. I grew up in Virginia, though.
Back in my hometown in PA, it was closed primary too, and they can't even vote until April 22. Makes me more grateful for being able to move here, even though I ended up slipping on the ice this morning. Owwww.
I'll be there after work. Woohoo!
I snuck out during my 15 minute morning break, since I'm working about a mile from where I vote. Even got back in time. Figured that it would take up most of the lunch hour waiting with other lunch hour voters. After work would be even worse.
I snuck out of work to vote this morning...while humming the mission impossible song...

I was number 206 and these really nice ladies gave me a cookie! Wee voting!!

I think they thought it was my first time voting.
voted.

-A

Edited at 2008-02-19 09:38 pm (UTC)
I voted at this retirement home on the far West side - tons of free baked goods and lots of people wearing patriotic clothing. It was kind of weird.
That's adorable.
If you don't vote you have no right to complain about Politics, or the Government.

SInce i moved to a new place in the last year, yesterday I registered and voted via absentee and it took me less then 10 minutes (I filled out the registration form the day before, took about 5 minutes)

all i needed was myself, ID, and a utility bill.

It is so easy people would have to potatoes to find it difficult to do
Yes, I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of registering. Since I just moved here, I went to the DMV to get a new license armed with basically everything I could get my hands on with my new address on it -- they vetoed everything and said to come back once I had a 30-day-old bank statement. (All the utilities are in my husband's name.) So I was super bummed and figured I wasn't going to be able to vote. On the way home, I stopped at the library to get a card, and they registered me with just a copy of my lease. Yay for civilized bureaucracy! (And for libraries!)
Actually, I'd like to argue that if you don't know anything about the candidates, please don't vote. This isn't American Idol; it's kind of important. Don't vote on looks or who you think will win.

If you are registering, make sure either your driver's license has your current address or you have unopened mail showing your address with you.

There is a question about county board reps too, if anyone's interested in selecting one of them.
I somewhat agree. It very much annoys me that people are voting for some candidates simply based on their bodies. But then, it bugs me that things like skin color even matter at all to anyone.

I voted for the candidate I thought was honest, realistic, and had views similar to my own. But, I know my candidate won't make it past the primaries. Oh well, as long as [name omitted to avoid troll wars] doesn't get presidency, I'm all good.
Yeah, every time a 'news' person asks "Is America ready for a black/female president?" they are implicitly saying "No, we sure aren't".

For what it's worth, I voted strategically to help the candidate most likely to succeed against the candidate most likely to oppose them in the primary.

Our delegates and superdelegates will interpret this as they see fit and may very well piss in our cereal tomorrow morning. What a stupid system. Two parties? No runoff voting? Fucking professional politicos.
I'm not voting in WI (I'm a student from Ohio, absentee is how I'll be voting), but I heard from a friend that at her polling place, there was a bake sale (for the school, I'm assuming) going on at the same time. She said they were getting a lot of business...that's the way to go. ;)
i was voter number 1248 at the memorial union at about 7PM today. WOO

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