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Title: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 11:06:57 AM
So I wake up, Fajwat's drunk the last little bit of coffee, I head off to vote without caffeine in my system thinking, hey, Starbucks Clone is right next to the polling place.  No prob.

Arrive polling place and…I'm not on their records.  I changed the address, I got the form that told me where my polling place was and confirmed everything and, again, on the sample ballot.

Fajwat's ballot is fucked up too because he switched his party affiliation to communist or something.

So he and I sit there with these sweet old biddies and this overworked, freaked out judge for about 45 minutes getting provisional ballots set up.  As the Coffee Wall bears down on me and my brain starts to freeze up, I fill out the provisional scantron and, now, it's lining the judge's parrot cage I think.

Oh well… All I want is the satisfaction of voting against fucking Chris Van Hollen (http://vanhollen.org/), the next Hitler (I know this in a sort of Dead Zone way).

Now I'm sucking down a gallon of fucking trash Starbucks and swallowing a fistful of Advil.  The reason I don't get mixed up with drugs is because I'm in awe of the power of caffeine.  It terrifies me to think what the serious drugs are like.

Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: fajwat on September 12, 2006, 11:15:24 AM
I stopped drinking coffee for a while.  You'd been maintaining the coffee and I figured you put the beans somewhere else.  So Ooookay, we're really out of coffee.  I'll try to get some today (or I'll let you know).  Your Pete's was good, tho.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: fajwat on September 12, 2006, 11:16:55 AM
Oh, and there is no communist party.  If we had an active socialist party I might've been interested.

I got to vote for two slots, both in the board of education: at large, and my local district.  I went with the two recommended by the apple (teacher's union).  I feel so empowered.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 11:17:23 AM
Pete's is the best I've found since my Canadian guy (and his small-farms Cuban stuff) dried up.  God I miss him...

I am going to start hiding beans, though.  Line my mattress with them like a vampire.  Must...sleep...on native earth...
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: fajwat on September 12, 2006, 11:18:54 AM
dude, you'd been doing coffee for over a month and I'd had, like, 4 small pots.  You coulda said something before you went into migrane hell.

On the other hand, we both have tea, eh??
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 11:19:59 AM

I got to vote for two slots, both in the board of education: at large, and my local district. I went with the two recommended by the apple (teacher's union). I feel so empowered.

I went a little sideways on this one.  Mfume (http://www.mfumeforsenate.com/index.php), doomed.  That chick against Van Hollen might as well give up now.  Don't even know what she's about, but she's not Hitler.  A++, will vote for again.  My Lucinda girl along with Aaron Klein (since I know the kid, glad I ran into emo boy who brought my attention to him).  Should be a nice day of defeat.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: fajwat on September 12, 2006, 11:54:37 AM
I just realized -- emo stands more for emotive than emotional, doesn't it?
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 11:55:45 AM
It stands for "pretend to be gay and attract fag hags and abuse them emotionally."
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: fajwat on September 12, 2006, 11:56:39 AM
Ah.  Thank you for the clarification.

Hm.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on September 12, 2006, 12:13:40 PM
Jesus . . . Is Virginia even having primaries?
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 12:19:47 PM
Jesus . . . Is Virginia even having primaries?

You had them in June, like normal people.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: RottingCorpse on September 12, 2006, 12:21:17 PM
That's right.

I didn't vote in those. I should have, but I just didn't care.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 12:25:44 PM
I like how we're not deciding on a candidate until less than two months before the election so nobody's been able to run properly...except for the Republicans like Steele who are all heir apparents and have been pushing hard and been gaining ground all summer while the Democrats have been busy stumbling around in the dark and attacking each other.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 12, 2006, 12:49:26 PM
Steele reminds me of the Humpty-Hump guy from Digital Underground.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 12:55:43 PM
I swear, I feel him winning.  It's one of those behind-the-eyes headache premonitions.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 12, 2006, 12:58:15 PM
I hope he does, just to watch all the Dems here freak out of their minds.

But NO!  Our boy Kevin Zeese will rule the day!!

Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: Cassander on September 12, 2006, 01:02:02 PM
I like how we're not deciding on a candidate until less than two months before the election so nobody's been able to run properly...except for the Republicans like Steele who are all heir apparents and have been pushing hard and been gaining ground all summer while the Democrats have been busy stumbling around in the dark and attacking each other.


Yeah, NC's primary is pretty useless too.  Time to bring up that DC as state debate again...then you could change the primary date, right? 
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 01:04:17 PM
I'll freak out if Steele wins. 

And good...good.  You vote for Zeese.  Tell all of your little conservative friends to vote for him.  Yessss... Zeese, not Steele!  Go Whatever The Hell Funny Party he is!  Yesss...
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 01:11:55 PM

Yeah, NC's primary is pretty useless too. Time to bring up that DC as state debate again...then you could change the primary date, right?

DC Statehood can blow me.  The whole country will be sorry the day that happens. 
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 12, 2006, 01:40:25 PM
I'll freak out if Steele wins. 

And good...good.  You vote for Zeese.  Tell all of your little conservative friends to vote for him.  Yessss... Zeese, not Steele!  Go Whatever The Hell Funny Party he is!  Yesss...

The ones that don't work on his campaign...

I'm slowly converting to libertarianism.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 01:46:03 PM

I'm slowly converting to libertarianism.

I'm glad to hear it.  The thing that rattles my cage is the unchecked growth of Republican conservatism in Maryland.  This is a Democratic stronghold.  This state has been liberal and happy for a long time.  If we're going to get stuck with conservatives then please, god, let them be creative and thoughtful about it.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 02:21:02 PM
Also, I voted for William Donald Schaefer against my better judgment.  He's senile, makes crazy comments and, last year, harassed an intern by...asking her to walk around.  She walked past him, he stopped her and asked her to walk the other way, then back, then back again, while staring at her with vacant eyes, drooling.  Seriously!

He's our Comptroller!  Tee-hee.  When asked if he should retire he went nuts and started raving and ranting in broken sentences that couldn't be quoted by the press.

Two folks are standing up against him, but Schaefer's an institution.  He's one of those guys where you vote for him because three generations of your family has been voting for him.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 02:29:15 PM
 ;D


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On February 15, 2006, Schaefer made suggestive comments to Elizabeth Krum, a 24-year-old assistant to Governor Robert Ehrlich. Responding to Schaefer's request for tea, Krum set a thermal mug in front of him. Schaefer watched her walk away, then beckoned for her to return. When she obliged, he told her, "Walk again," staring after her as she left the conference room. Schaefer initially refused to apologize, saying, "She's a pretty little girl. She ought to be damn happy that I observed her going out the door. The day I don't look at pretty women is the day I die."


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On July 5, 2006, Schaefer launched into a rambling commentary on immigration as the public works board considered a contract to provide testing services for the English as a Second Language program in Maryland schools. As state education officials tried to explain the contract, Schaefer demanded to know whether the program would benefit Korean students. "Korea's another one, all of a sudden they're our friends, too, shooting missiles at us,"

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Also on July 5, 2006, when he was questioned by a female Baltimore Sun reporter about the ESOL program, Schaefer's response was to call her a "sweet little girl." And when asked if he would debate Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens, a fellow Democratic candidate for comptroller, he said he "wouldn't debate her on how to bake a chocolate cake."

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On September 5, 2006, Schaefer told Marc Fisher, Washington Post columnist, that Janet Owens is a "prissy little miss" who wears "long dresses, looks like Mother Hubbard -- it's sort of like she was a man." He made additional comments that she was "getting fat." Later, in an on air interview with local news station News Channel 8, he further commented that "She's got these long clothes on and an old fashioned hairdo. You know it sort of makes you real mad". On September 8, 2006, another local news station, WUSA9, showed an off-screen reporter asking him, "Did you call her an Old Mother Hubbard?" to which he responded, "Well, what does she look like? ... Old-fashioned hair-do; long dress ... If I lose or win - whatever I do - I'm gonna send her some Style magazines."
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 12, 2006, 02:42:52 PM
Sometimes, regardless of logic, people have earned the right to do what they want.  Willie Don has done enough good for Maryland that we should let him keep the Comptroler job.

After all, it's COMPTROLLER! 
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 02:47:39 PM
I added some more of his crazy stuff in my post.

I think he's a sweet old man.  Those two prissies running against him will fuck everything up.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: Reginald McGraw on September 12, 2006, 02:59:42 PM
Seriously, when you're old you get away with whatever you want!  Those are the rules.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 03:05:22 PM
I can just see Janet Owens crying herself to sleep for days.  I'm not getting fat!!
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 03:20:21 PM
Seriously, when you're old you get away with whatever you want! Those are the rules.

Well...he was like this when he was young, too.  Remember the whole back and forth letter writing thing with the white trash girl in Eastern Maryland that ended with the Outhouse of Maryland comment? 
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: fajwat on September 12, 2006, 03:24:00 PM
I didn't see you mention anywhere that he was Governor of Maryland, 1987-95.  His name's on all kindsa highways and bridges and buildings.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 03:25:07 PM
I didn't see you mention anywhere that he was Governor of Maryland, 1987-95. His name's on all kindsa highways and bridges and buildings.

The incident I mention above was during his stint as Gov.  Which makes it even better.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 05:13:05 PM
Meanwhile in the Really, Don't Bother Department:


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Some D.C. Voters Encounter Problems
Poll Workers Report Unusually Light Turnout Across Vote-Rich Ward 3

By Bill Brubaker and Theola Labbé
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, September 12, 2006; 3:40 PM



Voting in the District's primary election got off to a sputtering start today with some electronic ballot machines malfunctioning and several precincts opening late. But the glitches did not create massive problems such as the ones that were reported this morning in Montgomery County.

Still, some would-be voters in the District left their precincts frustrated because they were unable to vote, according to campaign workers for several candidates and an ANC commissioner.

About 70 people could not vote at Hendley Elementary School in Ward 8, for example, because the precinct captain was late showing up, according to O.V. Johnson, an ANC commissioner.

"I'm very upset that people would leave here in droves," Johnson said.

A campaign worker for Kathy Patterson, running to become the next chairperson of the D.C. Council, said polling problems had been reported by supporters in several wards across the city.

No one was at precincts 84 and 130, both in Ward 6, to open the polls on time, Shannon Marshall said.

Ballot machines were not working at the West End library in Ward 2, she said.

Faith Wheeler, a campaign volunteer outside Takoma Educational Center in Northwest Washington, said only one electronic machine was working at the precinct early in the morning. The paper ballots were locked up, and no one had the key, she said.

The line at that precinct moved excruciatingly slowly and several people left in frustration, Wheeler said.

"Some said they cannot come back, they absolutely cannot come back, and some said they would try to come back," she said.

Bill O'Field, spokesman for the District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics, said he had no immediate comment on these problems because he was assessing the situation.

The turnout has been reported light at some precincts in Wards 2, 5 and 6 and average at some in Wards 3 and 4, according to election workers.

The District's two leading mayoral candidates voted early, then started touring polling places, including some where problems had occurred.

Linda Cropp arrived at Powell Elementary to vote at 7 a.m., wearing a jacket in her trademark bright red.

Although she is trailing frontrunner Adrian Fenty in fundraising and pre-Election Day polls, she said, "It's looking good. I'm just trying to see as many people as I can all day long." Her goal was to visit at least two precincts in each of the city's eight wards.

Adrian Fenty voted at C. Melvin Sharpe Health Center on 13th Street in Ward 4 at 7:15 a.m., accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and twin boys, Matthew and Andrew, both 6.

Election volunteer Levitha Suggs checked Fenty in on the voter rolls and sent him off to vote with a paper ballot. Later, Fenty said that after more than 15 months of campaigning, it felt good to finally be able to vote for himself.

"We have been waiting for this day for a long time," Fenty said. "We've put in pure hard work and that's what it takes to be the mayor of the District of Columbia."

Then he was off to greet voters at Shepherd Park Elementary, where voting was delayed by 30 minutes after the 7 a.m. opening time because the ballot machine would not accept ballots. A technician had to be summoned to fix it.

At precinct 38, Bruce-Monroe Elementary School in Ward 1, volunteers with the Fenty campaign reported in the morning that the electronic voting machine was not functioning.

"When you go to vote for someone, it puts that you voted for someone else," said Sundiata Street, who said he became aware of the problem after another Fenty volunteer went in to vote electronically and witnessed the malfunction.

Street said that he reported the problem to the campaign. Meanwhile, Street said he is encouraging all voters who come to the precinct, not just potential Fenty supporters, to vote on paper this morning.

Some voters were showing signs of election fatigue this morning.

In addition to three hotly contested citywide races, Ward 3 voters have been inundated with calls, visits and mailings from nine candidates seeking to represent them on the D.C. Council.

At Janney Elementary in Tenleytown, voters sped through the gauntlet of candidate volunteers, stiff-arming offers of campaign literature, poll workers said. And at Murch Elementary in North Cleveland Park, one woman shouted that she would not vote for any candidate who had called her home.

"It's information overload," said Paul Strauss, one of the Ward 3 candidates. "People are like, 'The seven mailings and eight robocalls were enough, thank you.' "

Marcy Oppenheimer, 43, said she made up her mind months ago on which Ward 3 council candidate to vote for: Sam Brooks, who won her over when he visited her Palisades home and talked with her for 20 minutes. She said she was impressed by his work as a political consultant.

Oppenheimer said she received nine calls Monday night from candidates, and didn't even bother to listen to them all. The only message that impressed her was from the Fenty campaign, but it included information on her polling place.

"It's a very new campaign for me, I'm not used to all of those," she said of the computer-generated calls.

"We were just at precinct 66 -- the big one -- and no one was there except for poll workers," Cropp spokesman Ron Eckstein said this morning, referring to the city's top-voting polling place at Bertie Backus Middle School in on South Dakota Avenue NE in Ward 5.

Turnout there was average or slightly better at Backus by early afternoon.

Election workers reported lower than expected numbers in the early afternoon at several precincts in Capitol Hill (Ward 2) that historically have high voter turnout.

At St. Timothy's Episcopal Church on Alabama Avenue SE only 330 of the precinct's 2,250 registered voters had voted by mid-morning, according to long-time ballot clerk Nellie McDonald.

"This place used to be packed when we had an election," McDonald said. "This time, we have had steady flow but not as much" as in previous primaries.

But in Precinct 36, the Latin American Youth Center in Northwest, election workers said they were busier than usual, with nearly 400 votes cast by 1:30 p.m.

Across the District, voters had strong opinions about the candidates.

"I voted for the lady standing right there," retiree Dale Harger said after voting at St. Timothy's, pointing to Cropp. "She's got the experience and I just trust her."

At the Backus precinct, retired Navy Yard worker Virgelene Braswell said although she has known Cropp for years she voted for Fenty.

"I think she probably win because the people know her," Braswell said of Cropp. "But I think [Fenty] can go more places."

At the Oyster Elementary School precinct on Calvert Street NW, lawyer Anne Stolee said she voted for Marie Johns because she "hated Linda Cropp's negative campaign" and felt Fenty's "heart was in the right place but he didn't have the attention to detail."

Stolee was one of the few voters trickling into Oyster at midday.

Fenty was the frontrunner heading into the day. But his campaign wasn't taking any chances.

Hundreds of Fenty volunteers rose as early as 4 a.m. and assembled under a white tent on Florida Ave NW across from campaign headquarters beginning at 5 a.m. to take part in what the campaign called an unprecedented get-out-the-vote effort that it hoped would translate into a high voter turnout.

The volunteers, about 1,500 total, were armed with "Team Fenty" tally sheets with instructions on how to report voting numbers throughout the day -- e-mail and text messages were acceptable -- as well as a list of contact numbers by ward. In addition to the volunteers who would staff each of the 142 polling places in the city's eight wards, a separate team of "rovers" would fan out throughout the day to deliver food and water, and troubleshoot among the volunteers.

Shouting "1-2-3 Fenty!" and "Win Fenty Win!" volunteers like Albert Pope, 52, of Woodridge, who would be out all day at 18th and Monroe Streets in Northeast, said he decided to help the campaign because he had confidence in Fenty's vision for the city. At 5:30 a.m., he was already calling him "The New Mayor."

Cropp's goal today was to visit at least two precincts in each of the eight wards, and she was the navigator as her small caravan of campaign workers and media maneuvered through the morning rush-hour traffic.

"Linda is her own GPS system," said Eckstein, her campaign spokesman. "She knows every road in the city and every shortcut."

Dressed in a red top--her campaign color--and black slacks, Cropp was often surrounded by as many campaign workers as potential voters, as turnout in some precincts seemed to be lagging. She was low-key--no music, no cheering, no entourage except for a few campaign workers--approaching voters with an extended hand and saying, "Good morning." She seemed to meet many people she knew, hugging them and asking them about family.

Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 05:21:40 PM
For you out of towners, here are the DC Wards.  Guess which neighborhoods are filthy rich and which are utterly, crushingly poor:


Ward 1: 46 percent black, 25 percent white.
Ward 2: 20 percent black, 61 percent white.
Ward 3: six percent black, 80 percent white.
Ward 4: 71 percent black, 15 percent white.
Ward 5: 88 percent black, seven percent white.
Ward 6: 65 percent black, 30 percent white.
Ward 7: 97 percent black, one percent white.
Ward 8: 91 percent black, five percent white.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: Tatertots on September 12, 2006, 05:23:34 PM
And guess who makes the machines that are breaking: Diebold.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 05:26:51 PM
Yep.  Montgomery County (my county, in MD) really fucked up.  Though they were fine by the time I got there.

With voting so low, you'd think they would try not to make it intensely difficult for those who do care.  Discussion I had this morning -- why does this shit happen on weekends?  Hell, why are we going out to these places at all?  Why not do it through the mail like the Brits?
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: fajwat on September 12, 2006, 07:13:16 PM
Was that one guy (who you thought was flaming, with the campaign tshirt) who was voting a provisional ballot because hise machine crashed.  That was 8:45-9am.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: fajwat on September 12, 2006, 07:21:49 PM
Some of our Comptroller's escapades.. I couldn't find a direct quote which included context for the Outhouse of Maryland statement, but its utterance was corroborated many places.

http://loper.org/~george/archives/2004/May/915.html
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 12, 2006, 07:32:48 PM
Was that one guy (who you thought was flaming, with the campaign tshirt) who was voting a provisional ballot because hise machine crashed.  That was 8:45-9am.

Yeah. 
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 13, 2006, 08:49:40 AM
I stopped drinking coffee for a while.  You'd been maintaining the coffee and I figured you put the beans somewhere else.  So Ooookay, we're really out of coffee.  I'll try to get some today (or I'll let you know).  Your Pete's was good, tho.

Oh, dear, going from Peets to Majorca's coffee is like culture shock. 

I should take three weeks off and kick the caffeine habit.  That'll be fun.  Set up a webcam so everyone can watch the crash.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: fajwat on September 13, 2006, 01:58:01 PM
what happened?  I noticed you didn't finish it.  I put the Ethiopian in there first.
Title: Re: The I Think I Voted thread
Post by: nacho on September 13, 2006, 02:13:15 PM
Nothing happened.  I just have to adjust to the different roasting style.  Also ran out of time.