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They say it will be counted eventually... But not today. The signature on my ballot (envelope) doesn't match the signature that the King County Elections office (in Washington State) has on file. That file dates back to 1978, the year I registered to vote.

My signature has changed over the years, to be sure. But I adopted the signature I currently use a good ten years ago, if not more. Previous elections officials could see the continuity between the current version and the one they had on file. But not this year. This year, the signature that is more or less identical to the one that they accepted in 2010, 2008, 2004, and probably even 2000, won't cut the mustard. So when the King County Elections office begins posting results, my vote won't be a part of that initial tabulation.

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Thu Jul 28, 2005 at 09:43 AM PDT

I Pledge Allegiance to What?

by rrose

I invariably experience an uncomfortable moment at the beginning of each membership meeting for the Democrats in my Legislative District when the District Chair begins the proceedings by leading those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. I don't want to make waves, but quite frankly, I don't really want to recite the Pledge either. I don't want to remove my hat or place my hand over my heart, and I'm not about to follow "One Nation" with the dubious "under God", which has no place in the pledge of a country with a Constitutionally mandated "Separation of Church and State".
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