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  •  It's cool to see how real democracies are run (3+ / 0-)
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    PeterHug, sethtriggs, nellgwen

    How long are poll lines?  Are there areas where one has to wait over 2 hours?   4 hours?  whatever?

    As for me I live in suburban Cook County and despite the constant insults about dirty Chicago politics, at least I never had to wait more than 20 minutes.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 08:17:14 AM PST

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    •  very few lines, (3+ / 0-)
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      SneakySnu, nellgwen, Satya1

      it is done pretty quickly, you mark your paper ballot and then it gets dropped in the box.

      In addition to set advance polling dates, you can practically vote any time after the candidates are set in the returning office (i.e. the office that will collect the votes for the riding)

      In those cases, you are given a piece of paper to write the candidate's name in and are given two envelopes. The inner one for the ballot and the outer one for tracking/verification purposes.

      The only major change in past number was a switch to a permanent voting roll. It gets updated from various sources including citizenship data, and even from a box on your tax return.

      Before then, they actually enumerated all electors during each election period. Changing to a permanent roll allowed minimum election duration to be shrunk form 60 days to 36 days.

    •  Actually, we're a Republic (2+ / 0-)
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      Neon Mama, Satya1

      not a Democracy. Just sayin'

      Our Constitution created a limited representative republic.  A republic is different from a democracy.  In a democracy, the majority can directly make laws, while in a republic, elected representatives make laws.  Basically, in a pure democracy, the majority has unlimited power, whereas in a republic, a written constitution limits the majority and provides safeguards for the individual and minorities.

      "I'm totally pro-choice in the matter of abortion. But of course I'm also so radically pro-life that I think every person from birth onward must have full and affordable access to healthcare." - Gail Collins

      by gritsngumbo on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 08:43:52 AM PST

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