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  •  In person absentee is actually easy (3+ / 0-)
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    CoyoteMarti, KateCrashes, codairem

    There are so many reasons, including being at work for 11 hours or more including travel time, which around here fits a lot of people. Being out of the county is another. If she works in DC or MD, it counts.

    •  She lives way down in central VA (0+ / 0-)

      in a huge, empty county.  You are using a commute to DC as a way to make this lemonade?  Amazing.  Go look at how VA compares to other states in ballot access. It isn't a pretty picture.

      Medicare for All: the cleanest slogan and the best way forward.

      by furiouschads on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 08:38:59 PM PDT

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      •  Do you live here? (1+ / 0-)
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        It is checking a box.  It is as easy as filling out a simple form and then voting - on the same voting machine you would vote on if you were doing so on election day.  

        People really need to think about what they are saying here, because talking out of one's ass is not really a great way to win the election.

        And to be clear, I don't give a rat's ass about some website.  I'm telling you what I know from first hand experience.  I haven't voted on election day apart from primaries in years.  

        Certainly from our standpoint, this gives us a sense of momentum -- when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes. - PJ Crowley

        by nsfbr on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 08:52:00 PM PDT

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        •  Where is "here"? It matters. (0+ / 0-)

          I live in the MD suburbs.  Arlington is different than central Virginia.  Have you ever spent time in the woods between Charlottesville and Lynchburg?

          You may not give a rat's ass about your state's official Board of Elections website, but when a kid on her own looks for information on that site, it is not encouraging.  It is set up to depress participation.

          Medicare for All: the cleanest slogan and the best way forward.

          by furiouschads on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 09:05:03 PM PDT

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          •  I have spent time where we need turnout in VA (1+ / 0-)
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            What you seem to be missing is that we don't need to generate turnout in the vast Red part of the state.  What we do need to do is to get every single vote in the NoVA, Richmond, Newport News, and college areas (Blacksburg, Roanoke, etc.)  

            I'll ask the question I have already asked about this diary:  What purpose does it serve?  None as far as I can tell apart to discourage someone from voting early in Virginia.  That, to me, is not a good outcome for a diary on 10/28/2012 in one of the most important states in this election.  You want to complain about how the now completely controlled by Republican state government I have to deal with is doing everything they can to restrict voting rights, fine.  Do it the day AFTER the election.  Do not do it when it can make someone choose to sit on their hands.  Especially when the team is spending countless hours trying to get people to go vote early here.

            Certainly from our standpoint, this gives us a sense of momentum -- when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes. - PJ Crowley

            by nsfbr on Sat Oct 27, 2012 at 09:20:31 PM PDT

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      •  How To Navigate The VA Voting System (1+ / 0-)
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        JamieG from Md

        Step 1 - Have your daughter pull out her Commonwealth of Virginia Voter Registration Card, sent to every registered voter in Virginia.

        Step 2 - Call the listed Voter Registration Office phone number on that card and ask what options are available for voting before election day.

        BTW, you clearly haven't lived in Virginia, or you wouldn't be thinking that your roads are somehow better. And I hope PEPCO performs better at restoring Maryland's power after Sandy than they have to thousands of customers in the past. Our Dominion Virginia Power is not only recognized for their disaster preparedness and quick power restoration capabilities, but their mobile disaster team was the first squad to get power restored after Katrina (they were assigned the New Orleans airport, which required ripping out and replacing all the power conduits--they slept in their trucks and ate food which didn't require heating/refrigeration until they got the job done, which is a quality common to many Virginians).

        We’ve had 30 years of data: supply-side economics don’t work, tax cuts for the wealthy are more likely to encourage the purchase of dressage horses than the creation of new jobs. -- Joe Klein @ Time.com

        by Robert de Loxley on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 12:51:05 AM PDT

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