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Title: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 18, 2012, 03:59:34 PM
Okay! Sample ballot time! And I'm going to have fun this year.

My protest vote will be Gary Johnson. Reggie and I will accidentally get him elected president by two votes.

My local people are all basically uncontested or Vampire Incumbents but, for senator, I'm voting for the no-party candidate Sobhani, because he's funny and a little crazy.

Question 1 humorously requires judges to practice law. Um...yes. Right? What?

Question 2 is more of the same.

Question 3 seems to think there's a question if an elected official is an axe murderer and the powers that be want to remove him from office.

Question 4 wants to give undocumented immigrants the ability to pay in-state tuition. Everybody is voting "no," I imagine, but I think that's a clear "yes" because I'm big on the whole "education should not be alienated" issue these days.

Plus there are so many pre-requisites to the law, it's ridiculous. You might as well vote no, I guess. Students must first complete 60 credit hours to qualify! So...in-state tuition will be for their, what? Last semester only?

Question 5: The ubiquitous redistricting question. I always vote yes, because, whatever.

Question 6: The Gays! Everyone is pretty confident that MD will overwhelmingly return a yes on the gay marriage question. I'm voting that way.

Question 7 outrageously wants us to expand gambling. I'm anti-gambling and hope these people die. They don't even hide the fact that they're going to lean on PG County (where the gentrification outcasts have all been exiled to). Voting yes for this is voting yes for usury.

Question A asks us to give the County permission to hire crips on a noncompetitive basis. Sorry. Darwin Voting for me.

Question B wants us to weaken the police unions. I don't think we should let management needle people who carry three different types of guns around.

How about you guys? Also, for people more intelligent than I am, explain how I'm wrong on the above choices for the questions.


Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 18, 2012, 04:37:28 PM
Where do I find my VA sample ballot?!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 18, 2012, 04:48:29 PM
Where do I find my VA sample ballot?!

Well... Your mailbox, last week. Or online at:

http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 18, 2012, 05:33:57 PM
Okay! RC is yellow dogging it!

President & Vice: B-Rock O-Bamma and Fightin' Joe Biden
(Though it should be noted that both Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are on the ballot.)

US Senate: Tim Kaine

House Member: Gerry Connolly, whom I've actually met.

Referendum #1:
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Shall Section 11 of Article I (Bill of Rights) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended (i) to require that eminent domain only be exercised where the property taken or damaged is for public use and, except for utilities or the elimination of a public nuisance, not where the primary use is for private gain, private benefit, private enterprise, increasing jobs, increasing tax revenue, or economic development; (ii) to define what is included in just compensation for such taking or damaging of property; and (iii) to prohibit the taking or damaging of more private property than is necessary for the public use? 
 
GOP sponsored, but this is where my redneck roots show themselves. Keep your hands off my land!

Referendum #2:
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Shall Section 6 of Article IV (Legislature) of the Constitution of Virginia concerning legislative sessions be amended to allow the General Assembly to delay by no more than one week the fixed starting date for the reconvened or “veto” session when the General Assembly meets after a session to consider the bills returned to it by the Governor with vetoes or amendments?

Can I write in "Who Cares?'
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 18, 2012, 06:10:07 PM
Gee...no gay marriage vote in Virginia?

LOL
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 18, 2012, 06:11:54 PM
Maybe you remember this thing called the Confederate States of America. Their capitol was in VA.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 18, 2012, 06:12:43 PM
All those boys were fags.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 18, 2012, 06:15:42 PM
VA will be one of the last bastions of marriage inequality. It's a freak show down here.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 18, 2012, 06:21:28 PM
America will be one of the last bastions of marriage inequality. It's a freak show down here.

I fixed that for you!

Because only, like, 6 states do it, right? And MD isn't a big deal. They quietly allowed it in March.  The Question on the ballot is just a referendum that the gay bashers managed to get on there. It's a done deal, and they don't have the support they think they have...and probably hurt themselves drawing attention to it. I really liked the Maryland tactic: Magic Quiet Law Time. What's this in my hand? No, no. Look over here... Look at the other hand...shiny...pretty...

Meanwhile, the entire first world (except for everyone's favorite police state, the UK), allows it.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 18, 2012, 06:34:10 PM
My big problem with conservatives falls on issues like gay marriage. All the shit government should be concerned with, and that's what you choose to fight about?
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 18, 2012, 06:37:27 PM
It gets the people out. The vast, brainless middle America (who, really, decides our elections) is too stupid to get riled up about any issues besides gays and angry black men.

So the Conservatives have to cater to them...that's why Fox news is what it is. That's why the face of the Conservatives are these weird caricatures. They get their agenda advanced by making Joe Blow in small town FLA nervous about the fags.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 18, 2012, 06:39:59 PM
Which is really why we deserve what we get.

Blood pressure rising! Leaving this thread!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 18, 2012, 06:43:04 PM
I actually think we should be grateful that we're not a multi-party system. Can you imagine?
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 18, 2012, 06:44:48 PM
Yeah, it would be chaos.

Though I do think a viable third party would keep tings interesting and (a bit) more honest.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 18, 2012, 09:12:14 PM
I will reveal my ballot publicly on Election Eve!

But maybe a little at a time here...

President, I'm going Elon Musk

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-09-13/elon-musk-the-21st-century-industrialist

When someone is that successful and driven over and over...I'm impressed and want him to be in charge.

I will vote Gary Johnson for the powerless VP position.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 19, 2012, 07:31:39 AM
If I start writing people in, I usually end up writing my name. It's a compulsion.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 20, 2012, 08:33:26 PM
I will reveal my ballot publicly on Election Eve!

But maybe a little at a time here...

President, I'm going Elon Musk
I will vote Gary Johnson for the powerless VP position.

Okay, I can get behind Sobhani for Senate.
I'll take the Libertarian candidate for the House seat: Paul W. Drgos Jr. -- this man has very few vowels in his name.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 21, 2012, 10:10:00 PM
I will reveal my ballot publicly on Election Eve!

But maybe a little at a time here...

President, I'm going Elon Musk
I will vote Gary Johnson for the powerless VP position.
Okay, I can get behind Sobhani for Senate.
I'll take the Libertarian candidate for the House seat: Paul W. Drgos Jr. -- this man has very few vowels in his name.

Okay, judges.

I get to vote for no more than 2 judges for the circuit court...but there are only 2 judges running. I will vote for none of them.

Two judges for Appellate Circuit and Court of Special Appeals, I can vote yes or no for continuance in office. I always vote No for these. Get them out!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 22, 2012, 10:48:55 AM
I have that same problem with these vampire incumbents who run unopposed. What do you do, Reggie? Just write in people? I'd be a great judge!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 22, 2012, 09:41:33 PM
I usually don't bother writing in people for the judges. But I'll vote for you twice with slightly different spellings!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 22, 2012, 09:55:49 PM
I will reveal my ballot publicly on Election Eve!

But maybe a little at a time here...

President, I'm going Elon Musk
I will vote Gary Johnson for the powerless VP position.
Okay, I can get behind Sobhani for Senate.
I'll take the Libertarian candidate for the House seat: Paul W. Drgos Jr. -- this man has very few vowels in his name.
I get to vote for no more than 2 judges for the circuit court...but there are only 2 judges running. I will vote for none of them.
****Instead I'll vote for Andy and Andrew Gifford!
Two judges for Appellate Circuit and Court of Special Appeals, I can vote yes or no for continuance in office. I always vote No for these. Get them out!

Board of Education is up next, vote for up to three out of 6. Kind of a kerfuffle up here in HoCo with the board this year. One of the outgoing members sued both the entire board AND 4 individual members at different times (there are 6 members, btw). I liked his style so I'm not voting for anyone he sued. I also eliminate the two members who had signs put up on my street without permissions. I may or may not have stopped my car and pulled them out of the ground.

My options:

Bob Ballinger
Ann DeLacy -- signs
David Gertler -- signs
Ellen Flynn Giles -- sued
Jackie Scott
Janet Siddiqui --sued

Looks like I'm only taking 2 of my three choices!

By the way did you check out the early votes for president that were made before they printed your ballot? One of them was Clause, Santa!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 22, 2012, 09:59:24 PM
I usually don't bother writing in people for the judges. But I'll vote for you twice with slightly different spellings!


Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: monkey! on October 22, 2012, 10:31:36 PM
I usually don't bother writing in people for the judges. But I'll vote for you twice with slightly different spellings!



Wow.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 22, 2012, 11:12:56 PM
Ha!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 23, 2012, 10:45:28 AM
Wow... Droid-GS yesterday really led to several screw-ups...including having the Judges conversation in the wrong thread. So merged.

Reggie -- in re to the BoE post a few above (post-merge): You do far more research than I do! Just keeping up in the papers or is there some sort of resource site? Your vampire incumbents and you.com!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 23, 2012, 05:52:31 PM
I usually don't bother writing in people for the judges. But I'll vote for you twice with slightly different spellings!



I never quite understood the logic of Quintesson justice.... which maybe was the point?
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 23, 2012, 06:51:49 PM
If we go by the show, there is no logic. If we go by the comics/other media, they wanted to kill everyone and had lots of time on their hands because they were in a sort of self-exile.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: RottingCorpse on October 23, 2012, 08:42:01 PM
Quintessons 2016!!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 23, 2012, 08:58:36 PM
There goes any hope for closing Gitmo!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 23, 2012, 10:34:08 PM
Reggie -- in re to the BoE post a few above (post-merge): You do far more research than I do! Just keeping up in the papers or is there some sort of resource site? Your vampire incumbents and you.com!

Ah yes! So "The Patch" is this system of hyper-local news sites that AOL started a few years back. So you get news for just your town, but larger regional stories can flow into multiple "patches". I have an RSS feed to the patch site for my town which leads me to be "in the know" about all the ridiculous things that the school board does, when someone plants hidden cameras in womens' homes, and sundry other news that is mostly irrelevant. They do a pretty good job of meeting their charter.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 23, 2012, 10:37:54 PM
I will reveal my ballot publicly on Election Eve!

But maybe a little at a time here...

President, I'm going Elon Musk
I will vote Gary Johnson for the powerless VP position.
Okay, I can get behind Sobhani for Senate.
I'll take the Libertarian candidate for the House seat: Paul W. Drgos Jr. -- this man has very few vowels in his name.
I get to vote for no more than 2 judges for the circuit court...but there are only 2 judges running. I will vote for none of them.
****Instead I'll vote for Andy and Andrew Gifford!
Two judges for Appellate Circuit and Court of Special Appeals, I can vote yes or no for continuance in office. I always vote No for these. Get them out!

Board of Education is up next
Bob Ballinger and Jackie Scott

So now to the Constitutional Amendments:
1: You have to be a member of the Bar to be Orphan's Court Judge in Baltimore County
2: You have to be a member of the Bar to be Orphan's Court Judge in PG County

I will vote yes to 1 and no to 2. That way I can still be judge of the Orphan's Court in PG county later.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 24, 2012, 07:20:11 AM
Reggie -- in re to the BoE post a few above (post-merge): You do far more research than I do! Just keeping up in the papers or is there some sort of resource site? Your vampire incumbents and you.com!

Ah yes! So "The Patch" is this system of hyper-local news sites that AOL started a few years back. So you get news for just your town, but larger regional stories can flow into multiple "patches". I have an RSS feed to the patch site for my town which leads me to be "in the know" about all the ridiculous things that the school board does, when someone plants hidden cameras in womens' homes, and sundry other news that is mostly irrelevant. They do a pretty good job of meeting their charter.


Holy shit. Look what Reggie showed me! Silver Spring man starts community garden!

So Patch led me to (a) The county's "wait time" app for voting and this guy:

http://silverspring.patch.com/articles/silver-spring-retiree-running-as-write-in-presidential-candidate

Also -- we're listed!

http://silverspring.patch.com/events/asp-publication-reading-for-a-secret-woman-and-billy-christmas

You coming, Reggie?
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 24, 2012, 09:24:56 AM
No...I've been fighting a bug all week and Thurs is my only night with no obligations this week. Although I do relish the thought to walking out with pockets full of pork.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 24, 2012, 09:41:51 AM
So none of my friends are going to come to the gonzo blowout book party of the year! This could well be the swansong, as well, if there's not another confusion title in 2013.

Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 25, 2012, 08:03:42 PM
I will reveal my ballot publicly on Election Eve!

But maybe a little at a time here...

President, I'm going Elon Musk
I will vote Gary Johnson for the powerless VP position.
Okay, I can get behind Sobhani for Senate.
I'll take the Libertarian candidate for the House seat: Paul W. Drgos Jr. -- this man has very few vowels in his name.
I get to vote for no more than 2 judges for the circuit court...but there are only 2 judges running. I will vote for none of them.
****Instead I'll vote for Andy and Andrew Gifford!
Two judges for Appellate Circuit and Court of Special Appeals, I can vote yes or no for continuance in office. I always vote No for these. Get them out!

Board of Education is up next
Bob Ballinger and Jackie Scott

So now to the Constitutional Amendments:
1: You have to be a member of the Bar to be Orphan's Court Judge in Baltimore County
2: You have to be a member of the Bar to be Orphan's Court Judge in PG County

I will vote yes to 1 and no to 2. That way I can still be judge of the Orphan's Court in PG county later.

More amendments

3: Elected officials are suspended when found guilty of a serious crime and fired when they stop appealing. Versus working during the entire appeals process.
4: Illegal aliens get in-state tuition in maryland after jumping through approximately 700 hoops that make them more American than me.

Yes to both seems fine. Although I have a slight hesitation about #3...is the suspension paid? Seems like some unfairness if it's unpaid and the conviction is overturned later. I'm just going to assume it's paid or the official get's back-pay if the conviction is reversed.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 30, 2012, 07:23:01 PM
My early voting plans have been dashed by Sandy!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 30, 2012, 11:18:40 PM
I don't get why early voting is a thing.

I read that people were waiting like 3 hours in line to vote early. Why wouldn't you just leave and vote on election day...or a different early voting day?
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 30, 2012, 11:58:33 PM
I will reveal my ballot publicly on Election Eve!

But maybe a little at a time here...

President, I'm going Elon Musk
I will vote Gary Johnson for the powerless VP position.
Okay, I can get behind Sobhani for Senate.
I'll take the Libertarian candidate for the House seat: Paul W. Drgos Jr. -- this man has very few vowels in his name.
I get to vote for no more than 2 judges for the circuit court...but there are only 2 judges running. I will vote for none of them.
****Instead I'll vote for Andy and Andrew Gifford!
Two judges for Appellate Circuit and Court of Special Appeals, I can vote yes or no for continuance in office. I always vote No for these. Get them out!

Board of Education is up next
Bob Ballinger and Jackie Scott

So now to the Constitutional Amendments:
1: You have to be a member of the Bar to be Orphan's Court Judge in Baltimore County
2: You have to be a member of the Bar to be Orphan's Court Judge in PG County

Amendments to the Maryland Constitution
I will vote yes to 1 and no to 2. That way I can still be judge of the Orphan's Court in PG county later
Ballot Questions
3: Elected officials are suspended when found guilty of a serious crime and fired when they stop appealing. Versus working during the entire appeals process. -- Yes
4: Illegal aliens get in-state tuition in maryland after jumping through approximately 700 hoops that make them more American than me. -- Yes

Although I have a slight hesitation about #3...is the suspension paid? Seems like some unfairness if it's unpaid and the conviction is overturned later. I'm just going to assume it's paid or the official get's back-pay if the conviction is reversed.

I found out about the above....it's unpaid suspension, but back-pay if the conviction is reversed.

More Ballot Questions
5: Congressional Districting -- I'm voting no for this one. I have mixed feelings about it and it is probably the least clear for me. So why no? It appears to have become a partisan issue and so I'm voting for the little guy. In MD that is the Republican side.
6: Gay Marriage -- I'm voting yes. I certainly don't want the government to be making choices about religious definitions. And vice versa.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 31, 2012, 11:57:42 AM
I don't get why early voting is a thing.

I read that people were waiting like 3 hours in line to vote early. Why wouldn't you just leave and vote on election day...or a different early voting day?

I wanted to do it to get it over with...and because I thought there would be no lines! I wouldn't wait three hours...because, yes, then one might as well just wait till Election Day.

So everyone's had the same idea, I guess... And it was hyped as a Sandy victim over and over and over again in the news.


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5: Congressional Districting -- I'm voting no for this one. I have mixed feelings about it and it is probably the least clear for me. So why no? It appears to have become a partisan issue and so I'm voting for the little guy. In MD that is the Republican side.

Isn't this a census thing? I vote yes on this because I figure it's using the latest demographics to shift it around -- reflecting our mini-migrations.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 31, 2012, 02:07:57 PM
Okay, yes...your early voting usage is sane.

As to the redistricting...yeah, all the districts have to have the same number of people in them, but there has been talk that the allocation is not really fair. One new district is 210 miles long...not necessarily wrong or bad, but when a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate (comptroller, Peter Franchot) says:

“I am a Democrat, and I like to win elections as much of the next guy -- but not by fixing the outcome and not by compromising our state’s reputation by making a mockery of the electoral process."

I think that's significant.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-10-16/news/bal-franchot-urges-no-vote-on-redistricting-map-20121016_1_congressional-map-congressional-districts-comptroller-peter-franchot
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on October 31, 2012, 04:32:01 PM
Huh... well, that sort of influences my blind approval on that one.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on October 31, 2012, 11:15:44 PM
Yeah...like I said, I'm just not sure, but it feels funny.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 04, 2012, 12:13:59 AM
I will reveal my ballot publicly on Election Eve!

But maybe a little at a time here...

President, I'm going Elon Musk
I will vote Gary Johnson for the powerless VP position.
Okay, I can get behind Sobhani for Senate.
I'll take the Libertarian candidate for the House seat: Paul W. Drgos Jr. -- this man has very few vowels in his name.
I get to vote for no more than 2 judges for the circuit court...but there are only 2 judges running. I will vote for none of them.
****Instead I'll vote for Andy and Andrew Gifford!
Two judges for Appellate Circuit and Court of Special Appeals, I can vote yes or no for continuance in office. I always vote No for these. Get them out!

Board of Education is up next
Bob Ballinger and Jackie Scott

So now to the Constitutional Amendments:
1: You have to be a member of the Bar to be Orphan's Court Judge in Baltimore County
2: You have to be a member of the Bar to be Orphan's Court Judge in PG County

Amendments to the Maryland Constitution
I will vote yes to 1 and no to 2. That way I can still be judge of the Orphan's Court in PG county later
Ballot Questions
3: Elected officials are suspended when found guilty of a serious crime and fired when they stop appealing. Versus working during the entire appeals process. -- Yes
4: Illegal aliens get in-state tuition in maryland after jumping through approximately 700 hoops that make them more American than me. -- Yes

More Ballot Questions
5: Congressional Districting -- I'm voting no for this one. I have mixed feelings about it and it is probably the least clear for me. So why no? It appears to have become a partisan issue and so I'm voting for the little guy. In MD that is the Republican side.
6: Gay Marriage -- I'm voting yes. I certainly don't want the government to be making choices about religious definitions. And vice versa.

Last Statewide ballot question:
7: Add an additional [c-sin-] and allow table games like [***Censored names of games***] at all [c-sin-]s.  -- Yes to this. Despite the fact that [c-sin-]s remain one of the most depressing places to pass through (admittedly my sample size is small, but I've yet to visit one where the main participants seemed to be having fun rather than vacantly plugging money into a slot machine or tossing chips to a dealer). I also don't think that [c-sin-]s stay a legitimate business model once they are ubiquitous. My main reason for voting yes is that I haven't heard any good reason as to why the government so tightly controls gambling at all. It seems that as a primary beneficiary of the success of the [c-sin-]s, they have a conflict of interest to insure the success of the same. So yeah, let's have more of them to move toward the point where the [c-sin-]s actually compete with each other and start going out of business.

Wow...I had more to say about that than I thought.

The rest of my ballot is comprised of 5 amendments to my county's charter which I will share tomorrow.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 04, 2012, 12:15:06 AM
Interesting. I fought with the forums to post that for the past couple days. Apparently c-a-s-i-n-o is a no-no word!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on November 04, 2012, 11:49:30 AM
Yeah... Big Brother:

http://www.greatsociety.org/forums/index.php/topic,4888.msg150954.html#msg150954
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 04, 2012, 09:41:01 PM
I will reveal my ballot publicly on Election Eve!

But maybe a little at a time here...

President, I'm going Elon Musk
I will vote Gary Johnson for the powerless VP position.
Okay, I can get behind Sobhani for Senate.
I'll take the Libertarian candidate for the House seat: Paul W. Drgos Jr. -- this man has very few vowels in his name.
I get to vote for no more than 2 judges for the circuit court...but there are only 2 judges running. I will vote for none of them.
****Instead I'll vote for Andy and Andrew Gifford!
Two judges for Appellate Circuit and Court of Special Appeals, I can vote yes or no for continuance in office. I always vote No for these. Get them out!

Board of Education is up next
Bob Ballinger and Jackie Scott

So now to the Constitutional Amendments:
1: You have to be a member of the Bar to be Orphan's Court Judge in Baltimore County
2: You have to be a member of the Bar to be Orphan's Court Judge in PG County

Amendments to the Maryland Constitution
I will vote yes to 1 and no to 2. That way I can still be judge of the Orphan's Court in PG county later
Ballot Questions
3: Elected officials are suspended when found guilty of a serious crime and fired when they stop appealing. Versus working during the entire appeals process. -- Yes
4: Illegal aliens get in-state tuition in maryland after jumping through approximately 700 hoops that make them more American than me. -- Yes
5: Congressional Districting -- I'm voting no for this one. I have mixed feelings about it and it is probably the least clear for me. So why no? It appears to have become a partisan issue and so I'm voting for the little guy. In MD that is the Republican side.
6: Gay Marriage -- I'm voting yes. I certainly don't want the government to be making choices about religious definitions. And vice versa.
7: Add an additional [c-sin-] and allow table games like [***Censored names of games***] at all [c-sin-]s.  -- Yes to this. Despite the fact that [c-sin-]s remain one of the most depressing places to pass through (admittedly my sample size is small, but I've yet to visit one where the main participants seemed to be having fun rather than vacantly plugging money into a slot machine or tossing chips to a dealer). I also don't think that [c-sin-]s stay a legitimate business model once they are ubiquitous. My main reason for voting yes is that I haven't heard any good reason as to why the government so tightly controls gambling at all. It seems that as a primary beneficiary of the success of the [c-sin-]s, they have a conflict of interest to insure the success of the same. So yeah, let's have more of them to move toward the point where the [c-sin-]s actually compete with each other and start going out of business.

These county charter amendments were all worked out by a group of citizens known as the Howard County Charter Review Commission.

I used the blog of one of the participants for insight into the thinking, his post about the process and his advice is here: http://www.hocorising.com/2012/10/2012-election-howard-county-charter.html

A: Allow all citizens to request county records (some records may only be requested by media members) and sets up some related processes. -- Yes
B: Allow grant funds to carry over from one fiscal year to the next instead of reverting to the general county fund. -- Largely an accounting matter; yes.
C: Change the number of signatures needed to refer a county law to the voters from 5% of registered voters to 5% of votes for governor in the last election. -- Seems like that makes it easier to refer laws to the voters. Great! Yes.
D: Notices required by law to be "posted" must also be posted electronicaly. -- Good! Get with the times! Yes.
E: Technical Corrections -- various spelling, logical errors, duplications, etc. --Housekeeping; yes.

So there it is, my full ballot!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on November 05, 2012, 12:45:17 AM
Howard County has a much more exciting ballot...
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on November 06, 2012, 10:22:05 AM
So, thanks to Reggie, I changed my position on redistricting at the last minute...
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 07, 2012, 12:59:27 AM
Hurrah! ...not that it mattered.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on November 07, 2012, 10:31:25 AM
Hurrah! ...not that it mattered.

Yeah.

And that noncompetitive hiring of people with disabilities passed with 80%. Blah. Darwin is rolling in his grave.

Overall...a pretty good night. But I'm glad I went to bed early.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on November 04, 2014, 11:47:30 AM
Well...the usual for me. MoCo, MD -- the most stable dictatorship the world has ever known.

I did my usual anti-Van Hollen vote and, this year, I did an anti Ike Leggett vote, because I blame him for fucking up the transit center. Both will win with the usual landslide, of course.

Midterms in MoCo are all about voting against the continuation of office people, right? Just to check their hubris when they fail to get more than 90% of the majority.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 04, 2014, 12:39:30 PM
I party-lined it and voted "yes" on the VA referendum which allows spouses of soldiers killed in combat to be exempt from property taxes the same way disabled vets are already in the state.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 04, 2014, 01:54:42 PM
And in case you were wondering what party I'm aligned with:

(https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2F31.media.tumblr.com%2F7c79218cb2b74597e80d27206fff773a%2Ftumblr_ndb7uy5mbg1qzh34po1_500.jpg&hash=5440fbb9dd47fc22429547a8fd1396184d80806e)
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 05, 2014, 12:17:56 AM
I think I broke GS earlier by trying to post my ballot.

Interesting times!

The smiler is on the chopping block!!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: monkey! on November 05, 2014, 06:17:49 AM
The GOP now has both houses... lolz. Good luck, guys!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on November 05, 2014, 07:20:57 AM


The smiler is on the chopping block!!

Nice.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 05, 2014, 11:57:57 AM
Unfortunately, all the late votes went his way...and he won by 20%.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: RottingCorpse on November 05, 2014, 12:22:21 PM
Why does nobody vote? Turnout was dismal.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on November 05, 2014, 12:59:50 PM
Why does nobody vote?

Why is easier to answer:

My favorite social media post yesterday was a guy who said:

"Thank God Election Day is a Tuesday, because I strictly observe the Sabbath and it takes me a whole day to ride my horse into town."




The general attitude towards voting in the US is solely inspired by how annoying it is to vote, which is a completely arbitrary design:

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We have a decentralized system, with 13,000 election jurisdictions overseen by county and city officials and, as Adam Fogel puts it, "a messy patchwork" of rules to govern them. Pretty much the only thing every jurisdiction has in common is this: They open polling stations for presidential elections the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November—that is, a work day. (Tuesday voting, for the record, is entirely vestigial. In 1845, Congress fixed upon Tuesday because getting to and from polling places used to be a two-day ordeal, and voting on the weekend or Monday would have meant traveling on the Sabbath.) In addition to the difficulty of getting off work during polling hours, American voters also endure long lines, hanging chads, untrained poll workers, and malfunctioning machinery.


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the United States is one of just a few democracies where the government takes a back seat, expecting individuals to sign themselves up to vote. (Other "self-initiating" countries include such beacons of democracy as Algeria, Cameroon, and Chad.) The National Voter Registration Act (aka the Motor Voter law, which Congress enacted in 1993) makes it possible to sign up at the DMV, at public-assistance offices, or by mail. But many, many people fall through the cracks—only 72 percent of the voting-age population was registered in 2004. Plus, we have no comprehensive way of correcting forms or striking people from the rolls when they move away or die.

In many European countries, you are automatically registered and the government proactively seeks your vote. In Australia, voting is actually compulsory -- resulting in a minor fine if you don't do it.

How to fix this? The fix needs to come from above. We like to confuse ourselves yelling and screaming about the Electoral College and pretending we're smart when, really, the deeper problem is simply how we vote -- something that, in practice, would be easy to change and upgrade, but no one thinks to fly that flag because we're all either armchair liberals who have no understanding of what's really going on, or we're GOP and buying into the Kool-Aid, or we're wildly anti-government and we can't bear to imagine the government having a hand in voting procedures (which sort of contradicts being anti-government, amusingly enough, but that's complicated for people to think about).

In short: We are reaping exactly what we've sown.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on November 05, 2014, 02:35:03 PM
So, locally, let's talk about the big casualty of MD going Republican... Namely the Purple Line. Farewell, sane and much needed transportation alternative. Hello to the short-siighted Dulles Bridge Bypass Monster Beltway Project and a million years of fucked up construction and bad traffic that won't be fixed or complete until AFTER the Silver Line is due to connect Dulles therefore making the new Potomac Bridge outdated and pointless!  Yay!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Tatertots on November 05, 2014, 02:42:54 PM
I think a lot of younger people are just plain apathetic about everything except pot and gay marriage. Because everything is terrible and has been forever and votes don't matter, etc. So if you want the younger vote, you need to get pot and gay marriage on the ballot. And once those pass, you have to find something else to get kids to the polls. Maybe a Pres candidate like Obama who rides a skateboard and wears a baseball cap backwards.

Hi duders. My name's Chaz Willow and I'm here

*flips chair around and sits on it backwards*

to talk to you about foreign policy.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 05, 2014, 02:46:45 PM
Agree with most of what you say, about the "why" of voting. We do have early voting in Maryland that includes 7 straight days of voting from 10am to 8pm. Most people would have a day off to work that out in a 7 day period.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 05, 2014, 02:48:48 PM
So, locally, let's talk about the big casualty of MD going Republican... Namely the Purple Line. Farewell, sane and much needed transportation alternative. Hello to the short-siighted Dulles Bridge Bypass Monster Beltway Project and a million years of fucked up construction and bad traffic that won't be fixed or complete until AFTER the Silver Line is due to connect Dulles therefore making the new Potomac Bridge outdated and pointless!  Yay!

Not sure about that. Still heavily Democratic House of Delegates and Senate. It's only the governor that is a Republican. And really, we were just here with Ehrlich for 8 years to no great effect.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on November 05, 2014, 02:52:58 PM
Agree with most of what you say, about the "why" of voting. We do have early voting in Maryland that includes 7 straight days of voting from 10am to 8pm. Most people would have a day off to work that out in a 7 day period.

Ah, yes -- early voting! The poorly advertised, rarely spoken of option provided at a tiny select handful of inconvenient locations! The same principle applies -- it's a chore even to do the early voting.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on November 05, 2014, 02:56:50 PM
So, locally, let's talk about the big casualty of MD going Republican... Namely the Purple Line. Farewell, sane and much needed transportation alternative. Hello to the short-siighted Dulles Bridge Bypass Monster Beltway Project and a million years of fucked up construction and bad traffic that won't be fixed or complete until AFTER the Silver Line is due to connect Dulles therefore making the new Potomac Bridge outdated and pointless!  Yay!

Not sure about that. Still heavily Democratic House of Delegates and Senate. It's only the governor that is a Republican. And really, we were just here with Ehrlich for 8 years to no great effect.

The Purple Line is still in the fight, yes (and Hogan has softened his insane rhetoric opposing it as of...um...this morning!) The Dulles Bridge Project has another voice behind it besides Hogan, though -- Mark Warner is pushing for it. It was one of his larger platforms. So we'll get the Virginia pollution regardless.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 05, 2014, 03:02:40 PM
The Dulles Bridge Project has another voice behind it besides Hogan, though -- Mark Warner is pushing for it. It was one of his larger platforms. So we'll get the Virginia pollution regardless.

Unless he loses! He's up by 12,000 votes (out of 2.1 million counted) and nobody's calling anything yet. The Libertarian guy got 50,000 himself!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Nubbins on November 06, 2014, 09:13:31 AM
CHAZ WILLOW 2016! I love skateboards!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: monkey! on November 06, 2014, 09:26:29 AM
CHAZ WILLOW 2016! I love skateboards!

Sponsored by Mountain Dew!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 06, 2014, 03:13:42 PM
This is an actual guy who ran in MD for House of Reps.

http://ballotpedia.org/Chris_Chaffee

I immediately thought of him when you brought up Chaz Willow. A bit out of the Willow demographic, but his heart is there.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on November 06, 2014, 03:57:50 PM
You are an election nerd...
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Tatertots on November 11, 2014, 03:06:33 AM
 :salute: (https://greatsociety.org/forums/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2FLoKKM3F.jpg&hash=3e65836f991ec37c01fefecfbf180ab445076557) :salute:
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: monkey! on November 12, 2014, 07:24:25 AM
Is that a B-movie porn extra?
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: nacho on November 12, 2014, 08:31:54 AM
It's Chaffee!
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: monkey! on November 12, 2014, 09:03:05 AM
He's my hero. I hope he takes pollution down to zero.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: Reginald McGraw on November 12, 2014, 12:24:28 PM
Unfortunately, he lost.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: monkey! on November 12, 2014, 12:26:33 PM
If only he'd found the Heart ring.
Title: Re: Reveal your vote!
Post by: RottingCorpse on June 13, 2017, 10:47:22 AM
Gubernatorial primries in VA today. I'm going democrat and voting for Ralph Northam because I trust that Periello guy about as far as I can throw him. Guy seems like a desperate opportunists. Northam leans a bit too conservative for my taste, but at least it's a consistent lean right. Current Governor McAuliffe  endorsed him which is enough for me.

Lieutenant Governor is tough because I like all three for slightly different reasons. Probably going to go with Susan Platt since I feel like it's a wash here, and we could use a little more estrogen in VA politics.