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I did it! My polls opened at 6:00am, and there I was at 5:59 signing in...I was the first one to use my precincts brand new, fresh from the factory -- same old lever machines that have been in use since 1952. It was like seeing an old friend. I was worried about the confusion putting new machines in would have, but I guess our county was passed over in the Diebold revolution...

I jogged to the polling place, and back, and I'm sweatin' like a donkey. There really are no close races here (westchester county, NY) until you get downballot, and we have one for state senate (notoriously run by GOP hooligans for decades) which is a rematch of Nick "the buttface" Spano and Andrea Stewart-Cousins (note to candidates; hyphenated names are sooooo 90's, and they are virtually unreadable on bumper stickers and lawn signs -- simplify!) a race that was decided in '04 by 18 votes!! It's one of the very few opportunities for dems to claim a senate seat in the legislature here.

Also, I got a kick out of our village trustee election: in NY state, you are allowed to appear under up to THREE ballot lines, and the filing requirements are not that stringent on the smaller, local parties, now, I voted for all three democrats to retake majority in our overly business-friendly village board, but I got a kick out of the ruling party (who is at a disadvantage this year since they are about 7th on the ballot, not being endorsed by the republicans who didn't run a candidate) who invented TWO new party names with only their candidates on them in a futile (I hope) attempt to retain power despite being unpopular, unloved and practically on the back of the ballot. They ran under the "Rent is too high" party -- I suppose this is a cynical ploy to appeal to the low-income voters in our town, since -- they have ZERO proposals to either help bring new low income housing into town, or lower anyone's rent, but I got a laugh...let's hope it's the last one!

Good luck voting and I hope everyone feels as good as I do today.

Originally posted to PBJ Diddy on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 03:17 AM PST.

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Rent is too high:

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7%1 votes
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