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I showed up at the precinct office today to vote.  1st early voting day in the Lone Star State. Big Tex RIP.  Drove my son and his friend to school for early cross country practice.  I arrived at the office at 6:58 am. Nobody there.  Damn.  The place doesn't open til 8:00.  I drove to our small town's fantastic french Boulangerie.  I got 2 pumkin spice scones, a apricot - frangipani danish, and a ham and sausage savory pastry. Oh yea, and  a Mostess cupcake (looks like a hostess cupcake only this one is scratch made and tastes like a dream). Most of these are going home to share with wife and son.  Most, but not all.

Oh. Sorry. Back to voting below.

Back to the Precinct office, Hays County, Precinct Four.  

Great googledy globules of grumpy giant goop! I wasn't first anymore.  Drat!!!!!  I was 5th.  Got there at 7:42.  Sat down in one of the chairs and kept my mouth shut.  The discussion was about wells.  My well at 450 feet went dry about 5 years ago, but we were fornuate enough to have water supplied to our neighborhood, so we tapped in.  Now my bills are $70.00 a month or so for the next forever.  We put a metal roof on our house to collect rainwater, but our house's roof is too small to supply 100% of our needs, so we ended up not installing rainwater collection. Many people in the county don't have that option.  It is well, rain, or truck it in for them.  Voter #3 was saying that when his 900 foot well goes dry, the next aquifer is 2500 feet down and $100,000 to drill. This is a right of capture system.  You cam pump all you want, whether you are a small home owner, or run a shrimp and catfish farm and use a million gallons a day.  (this happened in our county, fortunately they went backrupt and got sued by all the investors they scammed, but you can see the problem).  There now is a Ground Water Board member to vote for.  One is Tea Party, one isn't. Maybe.

7:55, Jucge comes out and tells us no cell phones in line, and whoever has a car with a bumper sticker on it has to get it out of the parking lot or turn the car around and back the bumper over the curb so it is more than 100 feet away.  So I ask voter #4 to hold my place in line and go hide "OBAMA 2012", and "MORMONS for OBAMA".  Back in line.

8:00 Door opens up, we go in, all the people in front of me are showing drivers liscences and/or voter ID cards. Inside I am screaming: "Poll tax! Justice department!" Voter #4 hands over driver's liscene and ID card, and the registrar says "Here take this back, I don't need this if you have your voter ID card.  Whew, it's going to be a good day.  I step up. Hand over Voter ID card, no liscence.  He looks up name and reads address, it checks out.  I have been in this precinct for 19 years and was a precinct assistant judge in 2008.  Card back in hand, I get my e-slate code number and step up to booth #5.  I don't like e-slate, but at least it isn't Diebold. Would prefer and optical scanner. I get to vote for the second time for Barack OBAMA, my favorite muslim kenyan socialist communo-fascist presidtial interloper.  YEA!  I took part in the great American conspiracy.  Down ballot, I vote for total of 0 Rethuglicans, 0 Libertarian crackpots.  Where there are no Dems running (quite a few spots), I vote Green or if no Green, I skip it.

I am done! On the summary page, my vote was not changed to Mitt Romney.  Who knows if this will hold until it is counted?  So I was in the booth the same time as voter #1.  I don't think 3 of the first 5 voters were Obamians. so I don't think he will ever lead in the precinct. We were one of the last counties in white Texas to turn GOTP, so we lost our State Rep Dem and our County Judge Dem and Constable Dem in 2010, and we also got jerrymandered out of Lloyd Doggett. I don't think we will get them back in the next 20 years.  If you thought the last 3 Texas Senators were bad, wait for Ted Cruz.  He will be very agressively bad.  Barf.  Ho hum.  Sucks is as sucks votes.  Love ya all Daily Kos.  Go vote.  I will voulnteer for GOTV now.  Back home to eat scones and take a nap.  Today is my day off.  Please hang on Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, and Wisconsin.  67% at Intrade sounds good but in reality is only 2:1  not so sure for quarterhorse betting.  I would prefer 4:1.  Vote Now Early and Often.  I've got the early part down, now for the often.  Maybe I could vote for my brother in law, he is registered here, but....... (if this snark ends up on the EIB network as evidence Kosites are admitting anything, I'll sue.)  VOTE TEXAS

Originally posted to manoffire on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM PDT.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans.

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  •  Heh..... (7+ / 0-)
    Sucks is as sucks votes.
    Thanks for the fun post.....and for voting!

    ....now I need to find a scone of my own.

    Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

    by princesspat on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 12:29:54 PM PDT

  •  We go tomorrow (12+ / 0-)

    I will be taking JUST a bank statement, no voter ID, no driver's license, and a copy of the current law.  Because I have time, and I want to make sure everyone gets to vote in my precienct.

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 12:36:11 PM PDT

    •  Today was Colorado's (4+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, txcatlin, nomandates, lostboyjim

      first day of early voting.  I went in a little after 1:00 PM and there was a sizable line ( 30 to 35 people ahead of me). That's encouraging as half of those in line were either Black or Hispanic and I doubt they were there early to vote for Mittens.

      "If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov (8.25 / -5.64}

      by carver on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 01:11:33 PM PDT

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    •  Going to try this: bank statement and law (3+ / 0-)
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      txcatlin, nomandates, lostboyjim

      All I will ever show is the voter id card.
      Have trained my family accordingly.
      It was really slow at my precinct (me being the only voter for a few minutes) for the run-off election at the end of July so I chatted up the 3 precinct workers about the TX Photo ID law that was in court at the time...
      shockingly none of them saw it as a poll tax.
      I spent a couple of minutes explaining why it is.

      •  well, here's the damn thing: if I vote early, (1+ / 0-)
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        lostboyjim

        and I plan to, I'll be out of my precinct -- Gilbert Hinojosa is coming to Lubbock for a rally (tomorrow, I think, but maybe Wednesday) and I figure if I go to that and vote early while I'm there I'll get a two-fer. (He's the state party chair, FWIW, and I'm in a mood to meet a star.)

        The place he'll be is a grocery store, and I actually have voted there before. It's real simple: I step into line, show my driver's license, cast my ballot, get my "I voted" sticker, and ... done.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:40:45 PM PDT

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  •  Cranberry-Orange goes well with everything! (5+ / 0-)

    I'd love to try Peach though.

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 12:37:41 PM PDT

  •  Vote Lloyd Doggett, make Republicans cry. (6+ / 0-)

    Texas is Texas, you know. The second you think you got it figured out, it will switch on you. Just ask Rick Perry in 2012.

    by Patience John on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 12:56:00 PM PDT

  •  Awesome post! Thanks for making me smile, it (6+ / 0-)

    was much needed on this craptastic day.

    Best thing that happened today?  ...I voted during my lunch hour and was very please to see the line was a majority of Hispanics with a few African Americans and a light sprinkling of Anglos. I'm in South Texas, Corpus Christi, to be exact. and was proud to cast my vote for Barack Hussein Obama...cuz I want us to be all socialistic like them Yuruhpeens, ya know?   ;)

  •  My daughter and I voted this morning (4+ / 0-)

    just before 9 a.m.

    It was my daughter's first presidential vote, and as I was voting myself I noticed an elderly poll worker spending forever giving my daughter instructions for using the voting machine. I finished voting, and the old lady was still yakking, so I had to sit down to wait. My daughter listened politely, then when the old lady walked away she promptly voted straight ticket...Democratic, and pushed the vote button. Done!

  •  Will have to use my imagination (3+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, txcatlin, nomandates

    with my graham cracker snack...thanks a lot, manoffire.
    grrrrr

  •  I voted in Austin (2+ / 0-)
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    Goodwill at I35  at about 1430.  No line, but like 4 other voters visible.

    Wasn't sure how to vote on the propositions, so I voted against some that had language I didn't like.  No on Prop2 ("term limits") Yes on Prop3 (10-1 city council and mayor geographic districts), No on Prop4 (8-2-1 council and mayor with mixed at-large and geographic districts), etc.

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 02:08:37 PM PDT

  •  I was the last voter of the day. (2+ / 0-)
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    nomandates, BlackSheep1

    I presented an official letter from the County Clerk's office which happened to come in the mail today. They asked why I didn't have an ID and I told them that the letter should be enough. She was about to check the poster so I brought out my VID card to make her life easier while reading from the relevant line of the poster. "Official mail with Voter's name.

    I voted straight D and added a Democrat who failed to make the ballot, but was a Certified Write In for State Rep.

    I finished up by voting against every Republican by selecting the Green Party candidate with a couple of Libertarians as a last resort.

    Turnout was 252 today compared to 140 two years ago.

    The County Clerk came in to close up for the day and I told her about my attempt to use the letter she sent me. I said my goodbye's and said that I will see them at the election judges' training (the subject of the letter).

    I, for one, have no problem being led by a 3500 year old Pharaoh who was trained by space aliens on a distant star.

    by Tomtech on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 03:39:23 PM PDT

  •  I voted at lunch (1+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1

    There was no line, all the booths were in use, but by the time I wss done checking in, there was a free booth. I also got gerrymandered away from Lloyd Doggett, voted straight Dem with Green where there wasn't a Dem. We also have city charter amendments & bond proposals, so that took a few minutes. But it was easy, no hassle & no one asked for any ID (this polling place was right next door to the Capitol, so the percentage of voters who know exactly what's legan & not would be higher than average)

    I like e-slate because my blind friends actually get a secret vote for the first time in their lives. I wish they were audit-able, but I want electronic voting so the disabled don't have to be assisted. There has to be a way to have audits & privacy, both.

    Anyway, I'm wondering what the turnout was today.

  •  Sorry you lost Lloyd. (1+ / 0-)
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    He's one of my heroes.  

    Hey, I have a brother who raises a few quarter horses out in Henley, Tx - you sound just like him.  Talks about the wells going dry all the time.  Nah, couldn't be.  Henley isn't in Hays County, is it?  Oops, I looked it up, and yes, Henley is in Hays County.  

    Robin, is that you?  It's me, Nanny , down here in Houston. Headed out tomorrow to help turn Texas blue and hunt down Catherine Engelbrecht to make sure she doesn't Screw the Vote.  

    Hey, wait a minute.  Our family's not Mormon.  Why would you have a bumper sticker that says Mormons for Obama?

    Thanks for a great post.    

    It is not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself. - The Declaration of Arbroath 1320

    by htowngenie on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 08:15:14 PM PDT

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