OT: Get out and vote

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http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/11/02/voting-space-american-astronauts-cast-ballots /
Amen, brother. It is a national shame that soldiers fighting and dying for the country face so much red tape trying to vote in an election.
http://www.onenewsnow.com/Election2008/Default.aspx?id17624
". . . in this election cycle, nearly 12,500 military and overseas ballots requested from the state of Virginia were not sent out by that deadline. As a result, Carey adds 3,285 ballots were not returned in time for Election Day."
-- Bobby G.
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On Thu, 4 Nov 2010 00:53:26 -0400, "Robert Green"

Just recently there was a news report about a HS that bused students (of voting age & registered to vote) to the polling place, and provided the students with a "sample ballot".
Trouble??! Only Democrats were listed on the sample ballot.
Damn disgrace.
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I don't see that (nor what allegedly happened in MD, where Dem voters received robocalls on election day telling them O'Malley (D) had already won and not to vote because their vote was "not needed") as anywhere near as outrageous as not letting a soldier vote because of a bureaucratic snafu. If you don't have brains enough to know who is running and that we're a two party-system (case 1) or lack the brains enough to know that you've been phone scammed (case 2) then *maybe* you're just not smart enough to deserve to vote.
That's WAY different than some poor 22 year old kid manning an outpost in Afghanistan who might be court-martialed if he kills a friendly (at night!). He doesn't even get the chance to prove he's smarter than political operatives (ON BOTH SIDES!!!!!) that want to try to cheat him out of his vote. He follows all the rules, but the election board doesn't do their job well enough to guarantee someone who's willing to give his life for his country even gets a *chance* to vote. THAT IS WRONG. It's nothing like a phony sample ballot or a devious phone call. You can't use your brain to outsmart the attempts to cheat you. Your vote was gone from the get-go.
We need to be a hell of a lot more vigilant about preserving the right to vote for ALL Americans, no matter which party they choose. Electronic balloting needs to have an audit trail. Electronic voting should be supervised the same was casinos monitor their "counts." We especially need to insure the vote for Americans willing to put their life at risk for their country. The problem I've seen, year after year, is that people turn a blind eye towards their own party's hatchet work and scream like burning banshees when they're on the wrong end of the pointy stick. When that stops, maybe we'll be a unified country again.
You can't be indignant about the unfair beatings Sarah Palin took without being equally indignant about the unfair beatings Hillary Clinton took. But people see no disconnect in hating one and loving the other. Neither one is a demon. Neither one is a goddess. Both entered a life of public service and as such, should be accorded some small, equal measure of dignity for being willing to do that and enter the realm of muckraking politics.
Until some small measure of mutual respect returns to politics, we'll continue this ping-pong match where nothing gets done until a crisis occurs, and then it's too late to fix the problem properly. I have little hope of that happening, since it's business as usual as far back as I can remember. Eleanor Roosevelt was the one to bash in the 30's and 40's and historians will attest that Andrew Jackson's wife got it worse than Palin, Roosevelt and Clinton combined.
We enjoy our hatreds a little bit too much in the US. We don't really vote for what we like, we vote against what we hate. Our inability to compromise has cost us very dearly in the past. It could easily happen again. I remind people that we've had one terribly bloody civil war already, whose wounds have never really healed. As they say, "past performance is often the best predicator of future activity." Great empires often crumble from within. I hope we can avoid that fate, but it seems the polarization of the American population is proceeding full speed ahead.
-- Bobby G.
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