Page 1 of 1

2008 Vote

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:31 am
by Omphalos
My polling place was pretty barren when I went there at 8:30 am this morning, but the automatic vote counter had already registered hundreds and hundreds of ballots cast. I think that there is going to be a TON of people who really do vote this time.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:48 am
by A Thing of Eternity
What kinds of percentages do you guys usually get out to vote in the US? I've heard it's been a bit low lately.

And yeah - I think this one might get a few extra people involved!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:27 pm
by Mandy
Early voting in Florida has already broken some records.. Get ready for the recount! lol

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:38 pm
by The Phantom
i heard some pundits suggesting it might be a really high turnout at low 60s. so they're typically lower than canada, we just hit an alltime low this year

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:21 pm
by Freakzilla
I think a normal turnout is like 20% of registered voters.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:37 pm
by Nekhrun
Minnesota seems to have a pretty high turnout, pretty much the highest in the country. In 2004 we were in the 90% range I think. Today will be pretty high as the weather is pretty nice today. We have same day registration so that seems to help as well.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:44 pm
by Freakzilla
Nekhrun wrote:We have same day registration so that seems to help as well.


That's a really nice feature, that's where the Democrats take the homeless from poll-to-poll to vote for Obama multiple times, right?

:wink:

By the time they figure out what's going on he'll have dissolved the Galactic Senate.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:47 pm
by SandChigger
Yeah, the Republicans would never do something like that, would they?

Oh, right, couldn't, could they?

They can't see the homeless. :P

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:51 pm
by Freakzilla
Sorry I ruined your Panther party.

It's not like you could get a homeless person to vote for a republican anyway.

That wouldn't get them any handouts.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:15 pm
by Omphalos
Even Republicans can speak the universal language of gin.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:15 pm
by A Thing of Eternity
Freakzilla wrote:I think a normal turnout is like 20% of registered voters.


:shock: wow, I had no idea.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:19 pm
by Freakzilla
Omphalos wrote:Even Republicans can speak the universal language of gin.


I think it should be legal for anyone to drink in voting booths.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:21 pm
by Freakzilla
A Thing of Eternity wrote:
Freakzilla wrote:I think a normal turnout is like 20% of registered voters.


:shock: wow, I had no idea.


I was wrong, it appears higher:

Image

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 2:33 pm
by A Thing of Eternity
Freakzilla wrote:
A Thing of Eternity wrote:
Freakzilla wrote:I think a normal turnout is like 20% of registered voters.


:shock: wow, I had no idea.


I was wrong, it appears higher:

Image


Okay, thats definitely not so bad (compared to us anyways, but our turnout was shit this year).

I think they should just make voting manditory (with a small fine or something) and put an option for "don't like any of them/don't give a shit" on the cards. That way if people were forced to at least make the effort to go physically vote they might also make the effort to learn what they're talking about/voting for. Then again... I do have lots of shitty ideas, this might be one of them.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:15 pm
by Himachil
A Thing of Eternity wrote:I think they should just make voting manditory (with a small fine or something) and put an option for "don't like any of them/don't give a shit" on the cards. That way if people were forced to at least make the effort to go physically vote they might also make the effort to learn what they're talking about/voting for. Then again... I do have lots of shitty ideas, this might be one of them.


Voting is mandatory in Australia - IIRC when my cousin was over here a few years ago, she had to go down to London and vote at the embassy.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:17 pm
by Freakzilla
I think we should be able to vote online or by text message, like voting for American Idol.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:22 pm
by A Thing of Eternity
Freakzilla wrote:I think we should be able to vote online or by text message, like voting for American Idol.


I thought I was supposed to have a monopoly on dumb ideas?!?!?!? Sheesh, you're infringing on my stupid idea rights! :wink: :wink: :wink:

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:25 pm
by Freakzilla
A Thing of Eternity wrote:
Freakzilla wrote:I think we should be able to vote online or by text message, like voting for American Idol.


I thought I was supposed to have a monopoly on dumb ideas?!?!?!? Sheesh, you're infringing on my stupid idea rights! :wink: :wink: :wink:


Better yet, how about an automated phone service:

To vote for the radical liberal, press one...

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:06 pm
by Nekhrun
Freakzilla wrote:
Nekhrun wrote:We have same day registration so that seems to help as well.


That's a really nice feature, that's where the Democrats take the homeless from poll-to-poll to vote for Obama multiple times, right?

:wink:

By the time they figure out what's going on he'll have dissolved the Galactic Senate.

I liked it because I didn't have to go do anything other than show up at the polls. I've been much more active this time around though and participated in caucuses and things. I've got a sign in my yard that looks like a McCain sign that says:

Geezer
*
Dingbat

Mostly because it pisses of my neighbor.

:twisted:

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:16 pm
by Omphalos
Nekhrun wrote:
Freakzilla wrote:
Nekhrun wrote:We have same day registration so that seems to help as well.


That's a really nice feature, that's where the Democrats take the homeless from poll-to-poll to vote for Obama multiple times, right?

:wink:

By the time they figure out what's going on he'll have dissolved the Galactic Senate.

I liked it because I didn't have to go do anything other than show up at the polls. I've been much more active this time around though and participated in caucuses and things. I've got a sign in my yard that looks like a McCain sign that says:

Geezer
*
Dingbat

Mostly because it pisses of my neighbor.

:twisted:


:lol:

Post a photo?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:44 pm
by Nekhrun
Omphalos wrote: :lol:

Post a photo?


Done.

Image

I guess I could've cropped my leaves. Happy Fall everybody!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:18 pm
by Omphalos
Excellent! Now all you need to do is hook it up to an electrical source.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:44 pm
by Nekhrun
Well, it looks like that's about it then. Thank God. I guess half the people aren't of below average intelligence. :wink:

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:58 pm
by Omphalos
I think Nekhrun has called it.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:27 pm
by Nekhrun
Now I'm just hoping that Franken can finish strong. Not looking good.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:03 pm
by Omphalos
Nekhrun wrote:Now I'm just hoping that Franken can finish strong. Not looking good.


Looked close to me last time they flashed it. 402K to 404K, IIRC, with a lot left still to count.

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:59 pm
by A Thing of Eternity
Congrats on the 44th Pres, despite dire predictions by some I think this is a step in the right direction and wish the best for y'all.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:24 am
by tanzeelat
Wow. You lot actually did something right over there for once, and didn't put the right-wing warmongering religious nutjobs back in power. People all over the world can now sleep easier :-)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:09 am
by SandChigger
I still don't believe it. :shock:

We've got a Communist Muslim for President.




YESSSSSS! :lol:

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:59 am
by A Thing of Eternity
tanzeelat wrote:Wow. You lot actually did something right over there for once, and didn't put the right-wing warmongering religious nutjobs back in power. People all over the world can now sleep easier :-)


I didn't say it... but I was thinking it. :wink:

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:48 pm
by Mandy
Woohoo! Florida didn't fuck up the election this time!

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 12:52 pm
by Omphalos
Mandy wrote:Woohoo! Florida didn't fuck up the election this time!


Its your greatest dream come true! Ohioans should be proud too. :D

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:34 pm
by SandChigger
Yeah, but my home county went Geezer/Dingbat. :roll:

There's a reason I don't live there....

:P

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:24 am
by Freakzilla
SandChigger wrote:Yeah, but my home county went Geezer/Dingbat. :roll:

There's a reason I don't live there....

:P


Ran out of town on a rail? :wink:

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:34 pm
by SandChigger
Yeah! He can talk again! :P

:wink:

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:05 pm
by Freakzilla
SandChigger wrote:Yeah! He can talk again! :P

:wink:


The shock and disbelief is starting to wear off as reality rears it's ugly head.

See y'all in the work camps!

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:09 pm
by A Thing of Eternity
Freakzilla wrote:
SandChigger wrote:Yeah! He can talk again! :P

:wink:


The shock and disbelief is starting to wear off as reality rears it's ugly head.

See y'all in the work camps!


Oh you! :wink: You've got a long way to go before you get even remotely near the level of "socialism" that we have up here and we do fine. Quite excellent actually. You'll be okay.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:20 pm
by Freakzilla
Living in Canada will be the new American Dream before long.

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:31 pm
by The Phantom
Freakzilla wrote:Living in Canada will be the new American Dream before long.


always has been... you guys just don't wanna admit it :P

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:32 pm
by A Thing of Eternity
Freakzilla wrote:Living in Canada will be the new American Dream before long.


Isn't it already? :shock: :wink:

EDIT: DAMNIT BRYAN - you beat me!

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 3:48 pm
by The Phantom
A Thing of Eternity wrote:
Freakzilla wrote:Living in Canada will be the new American Dream before long.


Isn't it already? :shock: :wink:

EDIT: DAMNIT BRYAN - you beat me!



always a groomsman...;)

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:16 pm
by GamePlayer
Our weather isn't good enough to be anyone's dream :)

PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:54 pm
by Omphalos
Canada: America's Attic. You keep forgetting that it's up there, but when you remember and go up, you find all kinds of cool shit.

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:13 am
by tanzeelat
Freakzilla wrote:Living in Canada will be the new American Dream before long.


You should try living somewhere with culture, like Europe... :-)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 6:57 am
by SandRider
since when ain't NASCAR culture ?

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:04 am
by tanzeelat
I wasn't referring to that stuff that grows in petri-dishes...

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:20 am
by The Phantom
tanzeelat wrote:I wasn't referring to that stuff that grows in petri-dishes...


:lol:

our weather has been quite nice lately... 15 degrees in November? thank you global warming 8)

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:22 am
by SandChigger
tanzeelat wrote:I wasn't referring to that stuff that grows in petri-dishes...

Eh bien, ho ho! C'est vachement amusant! :lol:

Oh...sorry...first time I heard that one was twenty years ago, right after I got over here, from a French-Spanish guy from Paris named...Manuel. He was a riot. Dead awesome skier, too. Hmmm, wonder what happened to him. He was one of the ones who had sense and left after the year-and-a-half scholarship from Monbusho finished.

(I stayed on. :roll: )

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:48 am
by Nekhrun
Franken's only down by 239 votes now!

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:24 pm
by A Thing of Eternity
Omphalos wrote:Canada: America's Attic. You keep forgetting that it's up there, but when you remember and go up, you find all kinds of cool shit.


:lol: Sounds about right, if in the analogy the attic is bigger than the house. :wink:

Of course, some people seem to think we're actually to the south... :? :shock:

tanzeelat wrote:
Freakzilla wrote:Living in Canada will be the new American Dream before long.


You should try living somewhere with culture, like Europe... :-)


Hey - we have culture, it's just all the way over in Quebec. (we have culture elsewhere too, but it ain't what I'd call quality :wink: )

PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:41 am
by tanzeelat
A Thing of Eternity wrote:Hey - we have culture, it's just all the way over in Quebec. (we have culture elsewhere too, but it ain't what I'd call quality :wink: )


From what I've heard, those Quebecois don't like to share it, though :-)

PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:56 am
by A Thing of Eternity
tanzeelat wrote:
A Thing of Eternity wrote:Hey - we have culture, it's just all the way over in Quebec. (we have culture elsewhere too, but it ain't what I'd call quality :wink: )


From what I've heard, those Quebecois don't like to share it, though :-)


Not with stupid English people, no. But who can blame em?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:31 pm
by The Phantom
A Thing of Eternity wrote:
tanzeelat wrote:
A Thing of Eternity wrote:Hey - we have culture, it's just all the way over in Quebec. (we have culture elsewhere too, but it ain't what I'd call quality :wink: )


From what I've heard, those Quebecois don't like to share it, though :-)


Not with stupid English people, no. But who can blame em?


:o
:lol:

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:42 pm
by Ragabash
Image