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I have voted in the same place (a school) for 17 years. I went to vote after checking my status online.
When I got to the school a little hand written piece of paper written in magic marker, "Not a voting place. Got to the old school (museum)." NO address, NO directions, so I ask the school crossing guard, "Where is this place?" She did not know.
So I called my wife on my cell and she told me where she thought it was located and I found it.
But while there a woman and her mother were there, the mother almost in tears. They had walked to the polling place and were told to go else whee. I offered them a ride (I didn't care HOW they voted, just that the COULD vote.)
Well, the kindly declined my offer and said they would walk.
My state is so red if you chipped off the paint it would be red underneath. Why cannot these people figure out how to make it easy and accurate?
I don't even want to get into the electronic voting disaster waiting to happen.
From a loyal American disgusted by crooks, thieves and deceitful behavior.

Originally posted to maverick on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 12:27 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Where are you? nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Fabian

    Jean Schmidt
    too mean to serve, too stupid to lead.

    by Thistime on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 12:28:15 PM PST

  •  Ugh (2+ / 0-)
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    Arken, Rex Manning

    Did they mail you something telling you where your polling place was?

    Here in CA they always mail something, and the location seems to change every year or two.

  •  voting experience open thread (4+ / 0-)
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    juls, Xapulin, pattyp, Prison4Bushco

    please delete this diary and share your voting story in the open thread.  if every kossack felt compelled to diary his/her voting experience, the site will surely crash.

    thanks!

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 12:32:55 PM PST

  •  Man arrested in PA for smashing touchscreen (3+ / 0-)
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    poemless, johnsonwax, Catrina

    interesting

    In Pennsylvania, a would-be voter was arrested at a polling place in Allentown, where election workers said he smashed an electronic voting machine with a paperweight.

    Authorities didn't know what caused the outburst. "He came in here very peaceably and showed his ID, then he got on the machine and just snapped," volunteer Gladys Pezoldt told The Morning Call of Allentown.

    The machine's screen was damaged and it was not immediately clear if votes recorded on the machine could be retrieved. Police said the man faced charges of felony criminal mischief and tampering with voting machines.

    Cut n Run... to Mars... Ma Bitches

    by Steven R on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 12:39:31 PM PST

    •  Good for him. (0+ / 0-)

      I don't normally condone breaking the law, but I think we've reached that point here - certainly in Ohio, they have.

      The only possible reason why we're having so many voter problems is because there is a significant population in this country that wants it that way. Those poeple must be fought for this to get fixed.

      -6.00, -7.03
      "I want my people to be the most intolerant people in the world." - Jerry Falwell

      by johnsonwax on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 01:00:06 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  First of all, (1+ / 0-)
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    Catrina

    Scroll down the front page of Daily Kos till you get to "Voting Experiences Open Thread #4" and contact one or more of the numbers or sites listed there for reporting voting irregularities.  They are there for situations like this, and they can help you and also tell you how to help others, if need be.

    Second of all, hang in there, don't get discouraged, don't give up.  It's gonna be a tough fight, and we have to work extra hard to get 'er done.  If you feel there is anything I can do for you (phone calls, etc.) please don't hesitate to ask.

    Take a slow, deep breath in, hold it, then let it out slowly.  Repeat.  As often as necessary.  It will help.  Good Luck!!!!

  •  I thought you were referring to this: (1+ / 0-)
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    Silent Lurker

    Voting nightmare: Democrats seek extension

    By George Merritt
    Denver Post Staff Writer
    DenverPost.com
    Article Last Updated:11/07/2006 12:19:12 PM MST

    Democratic party leaders are planning to seek a two-hour extension for voting in Denver, due to massive computer problems which have created long lines, and kept many from casting their vote.

    (snip)

    The problems began right at 7 a.m. as computer problems at the voter-check in stations bogged down, creating a bottleneck in the first hour of voting as a rush to the polls overloaded the system.

    Voting Nightmare: Democrats Seek Extension

    I als heard on Ed Schultz that Mean Jean Schmitt's ballot was rejected. Her spokesperson said it was rejected by the machine for 'some unknown reason'.

    http://www.denverpost.com/...

  •  Well, at least they didn't... (0+ / 0-)

    ...change your polling place without notice to the basement of the derned First Baptist Church, like they did mine [NC] in 2002. We have schools, civic buildings, three museums, a train station (my old polling place) and a library.

    Voted precisely one time in the kindergarten Sunday School classroom with the big mural of Noah and his animals looking over my shoulder to see what happened with my glorified etch-a-sketch. Now I vote early down at the courthouse on a nice, simple paper ballot.

    Satan himself had a 33% approval rating even as he was booted out of heaven.

    by Joy Busey on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 01:06:54 PM PST

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