Tuesday, November 07, 2006

VOTE!

It’s not the voting that’s democracy, it’s the counting.
Tom Stoppard, playwright


7 comments:

Jane said...

I voted before I even had breakfast!

The Misanthrope said...

I'd like to vote in the morning, but I have to try and beat traffic, so I vote in the evening. I enjoy a rather casual walk to the polling place. Since we moved it's a new place, so I wonder if I will run into any registration issues.

Anonymous said...

On The Mark says: I'm on my way. Sample ballot in hand.

b2's wife said...

I took one of the kids to vote earlier. I know it is illegal to check id, but seriously, there is nothing to prevent me from going a voting again under another name. Not that I would, but the fact that it is possible makes me wonder about the system.

The Misanthrope said...

B2's Wife, actually in some states it is now the law that they check ID. I think we should all be very worried about voter fraud; reports are already surfacing.

alice, uptown said...

In New York, it is illegal to check for ID; however, you do have to sign in the voter registration book, and I suspect if your signature bears no resemblance to the one they have on file, that might send up a red flag. The other thing is, election districts are not that large, and the same people mind the polls for hours on end. Plus, I have voted in the same district, at the same junior high school, for the past 25 years.

Perhaps it is different elsewhere, where people uproot themselves on a regular basis.

Chances are if you tried to vote as someone else (and I considered it, given that I have two housebound friends who couldn't walk to the polls due to accidents a week ago), the folks monitoring my election district might notice that I'd already been there and voted. Or so I'd like to think.

We have old fashioned mechanical voting machines -- you pull a lever to put an X in the box of whomever you voted for. I find this reassuring, given how unreliable/easily hacked into those electronic machines can be.

Chandira said...

Wooo Hooo!!! Is all I can say, in the days after. My faith has been restored jsut a little. OK, now let's see what the Dems are/n't capable of.. ;-)