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  •  Florida (1+ / 0-)
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    rian90

    has cut early voting hours, as well as having INCREDIBLY long ballots, etc. (Rachel showed a SIX PAGE one in Tampa). So, I agree that your diary is counter-productive and unhelpful.

    •  Not so much. (2+ / 0-)
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      sewaneepat, kpardue

      pat sez to make sure you follow the rules and instructions carefully when absentee voting, and you think that's BAD?

      "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

      by leftykook on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 09:22:00 AM PDT

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    •  My mother-in-law is a permanent (1+ / 0-)
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      absentee voter here in California; her disabilities make it impossible for her to physically get to the polling place. When my father-in-law was alive, he would take the ballots to the polling place; since 2010 my spouse (her eldest son) has done the honors. (She's about to move to a new assisted living place with a higher care level; we need to remember to help her change voting registration.)

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 09:37:16 AM PDT

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      •  If she's in her new address by Election Day (1+ / 0-)
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        cheerio2

        you'd have to hustle on the address change. There are only a few days left to make the change. :-D

        rMoney: Just another greedy jerk, lookin' for 4 more wars.

        by OleHippieChick on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 10:48:30 AM PDT

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        •  Just checked (1+ / 0-)
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          sewaneepat

          and as long as she registers by 10/22, she'll be covered; she just won't receive any mailed voting information (just a postcard with her polling place) but we could probably drive down to the registrar of voters to pick up info for her. (Maybe we should go ahead and register her tomorrow before we take off for Monterey for a couple of days...we have to stop by her new place anyway to drop off some measurements.)

          "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

          by Cali Scribe on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 04:34:35 PM PDT

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    •  As I said in the diary, please read the (2+ / 0-)
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      smokey545, kpardue

      article in the NYT. Not to keep you from voting, but so that you will be better prepared to make sure your vote counts if you decide to vote absentee.

      While Florida has had a lot of problems with absentee voting, the article also points out that MN rejected 12,000 absentee ballots in 2008 for a myriad of reasons, especially due to confusion  over various forms that had to be enclosed in various envelopes and who could witness the forms.

      “The right to have one’s vote counted is as important as the act of voting itself,” Justice Paul H. Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court
      I just want people to be aware of what they need to do to make sure their vote is actually counted.

      You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

      by sewaneepat on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 09:38:33 AM PDT

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    •  The ballot in Florida (1+ / 0-)
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      is 10 pages. Rather than put a synopsis of the propositions, they put the entire thing on the ballot. This was done on purpose, to make the ballot more complicated and resulting in longer lines and such.

      To me the federal ballot should be separate i.e., for a federal election, there should be a separate ballot for prez, senate and house that requires no ID. Then the state voting can have its own separate ballot and rules. At least people can then vote for the federal offices without the onerous state rules.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

      by GustavMahler on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 12:29:33 PM PDT

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