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  •  I've always voted at schools in MA and NH and TX (1+ / 0-)
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    twigg

    except for early voting here in TX which was at the town Department of Public Works building. Your plan to leverage buses is BRILLIANT! A possible side benefit would be infusing some funding to the school bus budgets - many school systems here are limiting bus transport ostensible for budgetary reasons. Distances to a school "as the crow flies" may look small, but students who walk cannot easily cross drainage ditches and other features. Many parents here are worried that walking or biking to school and back pose lots of hazards.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:54:06 AM PST

    •  I have other thoughts too (2+ / 0-)
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      cassandracarolina, txcatlin

      about teachers, as part of a civics class, registering all Juniors to vote.

      They actually know who is eligible, in the main, and by doing it in School it gets virtually 100% registration AND helps them understand the importance.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      by twigg on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:58:42 AM PST

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      •  My son registered in high school (2+ / 0-)
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        twigg, txcatlin

        It was part of his senior year government class.  He was only 17, but they mailed his voter card after his 18th birthday.  

        He had to vote absentee while he was in college, because he was registered at home and swapping dorms every year would have required constantly changing his registration, plus his FL DL still had our home address on it.

        Here we use schools, libraries, churches  and community centers, even condo / HOA clubhouses.  There is no school on Election Day - they make it a teacher work day, for planning.  

        In Broward and Dade counties, with registered voter populations over a million each, and 500 to 800 precincts, it's still not enough.  

        Some early voting places had 5 hour waits no matter what day you went, others had 90 minute waits.  On Election Day we had precincts with 15 minute waits and others with 4 hour waits.  Overall turnout was 68-72% in both counties for the whole voting period.  

        We need to be able to vote anywhere in the county to eliminate provisional ballots.  But that means we need more ballot printers for each location so people can vote on local town issues no matter where they are voting.

        "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

        by Ricochet67 on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 05:10:24 PM PST

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