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Old 11-06-20, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
the mail-in ballot acceptance by the masses phenomenon of 2020 is one of those likely covid-19/coronavirus/pandemic changes
that is likely to stick. having been an absentee voter for over two decades, comfort of your own home when you want to go about it.
i get that many people are better being tasked with a date/time/schedule. i just prefer taking my time and making a date of going thru
all the candidates/propositions/measures and filling out the ballot in an unhurried way. this time, took about 1.5 hrs for all the candidates
and about the same for all the props/measures. 3 hours of my time to make a (semi-reasonably) informed vote every two years isn't a big ask
but then again, i actually enjoy jury duty...
I've been on this train for probably 10 years myself. It's the best. Normally I drop my mail/absentee ballot off at a polling place on my ride home from work, this year I put in the extra effort not to cram the night before, and mailed it about a week early.
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Old 11-06-20, 09:10 AM
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I love the idea of sitting at home filling out a ballot and dropping it in the mail. Here, you still have to be 65 or older or have some sort of disability to do that.

Having said that, my county handles in person voting very well. Texas has had early voting since the 1980s, of which offers great flexibility of when to go vote.

This year, due to Covid, Texas had 3 weeks of early voting instead of the normal 2. Plus, election day of course.

My county alone had 112 early voting locations of which registered voters of any precinct can go vote. Across town, miles away, near your work, just go vote.

On election day, voters are restricted by precinct to vote in one polling location which is almost always near where you live. My county had 806 locations to vote on election day.

All of the above noted on an easy to use website showing wait times at each polling location, of which those wait times were unusually low after the first few days of early voting.

The interesting thing this year was that so many people voted early, that election day lines at polling places were virtually non-existent.

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Old 11-06-20, 10:20 AM
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One year the post office returned my ballot, and my wife's ballot, unopened, with no reason stated*, to our home address several days after the election. Since then, I have walked our absentee ballots to the polling station and deposited them myself and collect the receipts.

* There was nothing wrong with them.
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Old 11-06-20, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
One year the post office returned my ballot, and my wife's ballot, unopened, with no reason stated*, to our home address several days after the election. Since then, I have walked our absentee ballots to the polling station and deposited them myself and collect the receipts.

* There was nothing wrong with them.
Yeah, that would worry me too. I've had mail sent to me that I've never received, and I've mailed bills that never made it to their destination and never returned.

When I bought my current house back in 2006, I was digging through the garage attic and found a postal carrier's bag with a few dozen undelivered envelopes within. Going by the value on the stamps, those envelopes were from the 1990s. I took the bag full of mail to the post office and don't know what came of it. I'm betting that bag of mail got "disappeared" rather quickly so there would be no evidence to point a finger at the local USPS office.

In hindsight, I could have bought then current stamps and mailed those envelopes instead of returning them to the post office with suddenly insufficient postage.
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Old 11-06-20, 11:28 AM
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We noticed delays in our usual mail lately... the few bills that we pay with checks failed to arrive on time... our electric bill ended up being 2X normal as it never got where it needed to go. Other bills arrived late.

While mail is delayed or misrouted from time to time... this is the first time ever, I have seen this level of delay.

Back in June, my CPA send the finished forms to be filed to us, and they were returned to him... "address unknown." Odd, we've been receiving mail at this address for 5 years now. He resent the mail and it came through. Now this was well before the vote, so more of an indicator that the mail system is just not "perfect."

We walked our ballots to the drop box again this year... as I mentioned earlier. Not that our vote really counts much... the west coast has been blue for quite awhile now... and we are just a fractional electoral "weight" of say, someone in Montana. The local issues still matter though.
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Old 11-06-20, 12:31 PM
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The trip to the feed store was interesting this morning. Having on my AC/DC Highway To Hell t-shirt on and my KISS mask did not go over to well I got my four bags of deer corn and cruised on. Bubba and Bubbette was having a cookout in the parking lot and they did not look very happy while cooking food. And of course taking no precautions during a pandemic. The Hispanic gentleman working the dock was cool and said rock on Very dirty hateful stares at ole AC/DC t-shirt and KISS mask I don’t care about anybody’s beliefs or affiliations that is your right! Cruised over to the more open minded Walmart for pet food and nectar of the gods. Geez Bubba and Bubbette chill out or the Slayer will be turned on at high decibels Crazy morning it’s going to get more crazy I believe...
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
This is a non-partisan video made by the New York Times with observations from people outside the US about how our unusual voting system works. It gives some comic relief.

Link to New York Times video.

I think one thing has become clear from all perspectives: We really do need to repair or improve some logistics.
Thanks for linking, that was excellent, made me cry a little.

A little bit of feedback:

1. As for the time it takes to vote, what they don't explain is that in the U.S. our ballots have dozens of candidates/propositions/referendums at city, county, state, and federal level. When I lived in the UK and showed my English friends my mail ballot for 2000, they were blown away. For them, they have a parliamentary election for their district, they check one name from a handful, and that's it. Or special things like brexit, it's like in middle school "do you 'like' like me check yes or no" and that's it. Then the elected government just appoints all the appointees (including choosing the prime minister) and makes all the laws, etc.

2. Previously-convicted felons can't vote: that differs state-by-state, and is changing in some states. For instance, CA just passed Prop 17, which eases conditions for ex-cons to regain the vote.

3. I want a democracy sausage! Where's my democracy sausage?!

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Old 11-06-20, 12:48 PM
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3. I want a democracy sausage! Where's my democracy sausage?!

they had sausage cooking at the feed store.

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Old 11-06-20, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
For them, they have a parliamentary election for their district, they check one name from a handful, and that's it. Or special things like brexit, it's like in middle school "do you 'like' like me check yes or no" and that's it. Then the elected government just appoints all the appointees (including choosing the prime minister) and makes all the laws, etc.
Having dual citizenship i can vote in both the U.S.’s state, local and national elections and in the French presidential, parliamentary and E.U. elections. I much prefer France’s direct election which makes for a more representative outcome over the U.S.’s Electoral College outcome. I am happy with the way the U.S.’s election is going though
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Old 11-06-20, 11:48 PM
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I have dual electricity both AC and DC but yes I’m glad the Orange Pig is gone.



The few the proud the 50 something rednecks that still have a flat stomach LMFAO...
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Old 11-07-20, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
I have dual electricity both AC and DC but yes I’m glad the Orange Pig is gone.



The few the proud the 50 something rednecks that still have a flat stomach LMFAO...
Did you get that shirt when you were young?
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Old 11-07-20, 09:26 AM
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New shirt from Rockabilia .. I’ve had hundreds of band t-shirts over the years. Had the Highway To Hell vinyl back in 1979. I blame my uncle for my addiction to rock n roll
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
I have dual electricity both AC and DC but yes I’m glad the Orange Pig is gone.
The few the proud the 50 something rednecks that still have a flat stomach LMFAO...
First glance, I thought that was ketchup you keep in your shower
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First glance, I thought that was ketchup you keep in your shower
when my dog got sprayed by a skunk a few years ago that is the tub he got a ketchup bath. The ketchup bottle is still there Dang I need to start cleaning lol.
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First glance, I thought that was ketchup you keep in your shower
I was just happy Hondo Gravel had a shower,
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Old 11-08-20, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
when my dog got sprayed by a skunk a few years ago that is the tub he got a ketchup bath. The ketchup bottle is still there Dang I need to start cleaning lol.
Use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. The peroxide oxidizes the skunk stink sulphur compounds and neutralizes them. When my dog got it, he got slathered in a think oil of skunk. It was so bad I couldn't tell at first what it was. It smelled like burned electrical transformers and capacitors. I had to fly six hours to Washington DC for an NIH grant review. I was afraid they wouldn't let me on the airplane. Everything stank.
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3. I want a democracy sausage! Where's my democracy sausage?!

they had sausage cooking at the feed store.
If you have to turn up to vote, you may as well have a snag...
We had a scandal a while ago when somebody slipped on a fried onion from the sausage sizzle in a hardware store and sued the store chain for emotional trauma and PTSD as they couldn't go hardware shopping without worrying about random onion bits leaping under their shoes (there is pretty well only one large hardware chain here). There was a national outcry when sausage sizzles were consequently banned... a compromise was reached when it was determined that the onions could be safely placed under the sausage on the slice of bread, breaking years of tradition of sausage first, then onions, then tomato sauce (ketchup to you barbarians). There were actual newspaper headlines and TV news stories about the return of the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle...
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New shirt from Rockabilia .. I’ve had hundreds of band t-shirts over the years. Had the Highway To Hell vinyl back in 1979. I blame my uncle for my addiction to rock n roll
One of the last songs one the old time Chicago hard rock stations played before the new owners switched to religious programming was Highway to Hell.
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That's what America is dying to know, what is Hondo going to smoke today?!?!
I’m a goofball



5.40 at HEB cheap...
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Mmmm. I love the flavor that a coating of melted and burned styrofoam gives to chicken. Kinda like government cheese.
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Mmmm. I love the flavor that a coating of melted and burned styrofoam gives to chicken. Kinda like government cheese.
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Yeah, I'm not a Texan or barbeque expert but I'd recommend removing the packaging before cooking.
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Had the chicken still in the styrofoam on the grill awaiting the smoker Zero Carbs.. 20-30 grams of protein by chicken leg quarter. some fat but not too much. Green and black beans for good slow burning carbs. Sodium No comment Just workout out harder and sweat. The seasoning rub is high sodium but it tastes good. Everything that tastes good is always somewhat bad for you. I think at times it is luck of the draw for example some locals smoked their whole lives and drank like fish and lived into their 90s. Others living clean and working out dropping dead in their 50s. But yeah if you live healthy your chances of longer life is greater so I will take the route of semi clean living by exercise and healthy food. Not going to pass up cold beer it is a great medication for boredom during crazy and weird times in our society. Talking with all of you guys and girls is cool because I can get perspectives from across the USA and the world. Keeps me thinking with an open mind and realizing what might be ok here may not be the same elsewhere.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democracy_sausage

It's been mentioned, but here's the Wiki information for those not in the know.
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