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Blocking the Vote
The Republican Party is doing everything they can to block voters -- especially new ones, who are most likely Democratic.

Michael Winship | A Mighty Hoax From ACORN Grows
Michael Winship, Truthout: "You see, the ACORN 'election fraud' story is one of those urban legends, like fake moon landings and alligators in the sewers, and it appears three or four weeks before every recent national election with the regularity of the swallows returning to Capistrano."

Thousands Face Mix-Ups In Voter Registrations
Mary Pat Flaherty, The Washington Post: "The scramble to verify voter registrations is happening as states switch from locally managed lists of voters to statewide databases, a change required by federal law and hailed by many as a more efficient and accurate way to keep lists up to date."


If you want to make sure your vote will actually count, verify your registration in person before election day.

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seticat From: seticat Date: October 19th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I know I'm good. My absentee ballot came in the mail today.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 19th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)

a book you might want to find

I know you might not believe but i hope you do. I have been looking for a book a very powerful book. I believe its the book that stopped the god from walking our plain. I havetried to search for it online but no one really believes me but i know it excised and don'tknow why but i know a felling in my gut. We have all heard story of how the gods walkedwith in every religion they tell of this. But none of them tell of a good reason they stop.Yeah we disrespected them why not kill us not leave. Let me tell what i think happened.As the god and goddess walked they ruled over us and they all had difference between them and had wars using us as pawns well they also gave us magick.Being a power hungry race and fear of what we do not understand we used the power they gave us to trapped them off are plain. Am not going to lie thats why now the demons cant harm us physically but we our destroying this plain and without the gods and goddess help we would destroy all the plains like a domino effect when one falls we all fall.the book has the spell to reverse what our ancestors did and we need to find it. But the problem is it might be in a government or some church vault or even bellow hundreds of feet of sand i really dont know. I was hoping that in your research i might have found something about the last known location of this book. ps send someone else not me i have no cash or education for such a quest. but i wish to know if my gut feeling was right. Contact me by e-mail oshay_hamabata@yahoo.comor by phone 775-945-2839 or by mail po box 2584 zip code 89415.

ps ps on the voteing yeah that is right but its government.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 19th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

America doesn't have a democracy; it has an auction. Much becomes clear once that is understood.

I agree that voting directly on the issues is better than voting for people, because no two people ever agree completely on anything.

I'm not sure that doing away with secret ballots is prudent, but I'm starting to consider it as preferable to the alternative. It was originally instituted to stop candidates and their hit-men from harassing voters, by making sure they could no longer tell how someone voted.

Remember, they don't have to make it illegal for someone to vote, if they can make it prohibitively difficult.
dulcinbradbury From: dulcinbradbury Date: October 19th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

I believe removing the secret ballot option would be a step towards tyranny and intimidation. It would not even have to be overt. Peer pressure can be a powerful thing. The gay eighteen year old in a very conservative area may be *terrified* of openly voting for Obama.

Voting on the issues directly runs the risk of the tyranny of the majority.

Rather, I would like to see individuals allowed to keep ballot stubs to prove who they voted for if there was a problem.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 19th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

>> Voting on the issues directly runs the risk of the tyranny of the majority. <<

We have that now. I'm not sure there's a way to prevent it in a democracy.

However, I LOVE your ballot-stub idea. We get receipts when we buy groceries, why not politicians?
dulcinbradbury From: dulcinbradbury Date: October 19th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
You get the WEIRDEST random comments from people.
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