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#31 dmaul1114

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:33 PM

I just played around with the electoral map more. Even giving Romney Florida, VA and Ohio, it still comes to 272-266 in favor of Obama with giving him the other swing states.

Just hard to find a path for Romney to win unless the swing state polls have somehow been systematically biased across the board.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:04 PM

^ Which is not out of the realm of impossibility, but as bloody close as reality can be.
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:07 PM

Here are the poll closing times (EST)

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What the Fuck is wrong with Indiana and Kentucky. Both have split time zones throughout the state. Either way, closing down voting at 6 p.m. ET for some or 7 pm CT for others is stupid. Actually looking at some of the other times it seems a few other close at 7 pm local. They should be open till 8 or even 9. The results can wait to be sure people can vote. I know they have to let you vote if you are in line but some people do work.

#34 dmaul1114

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:31 PM

Vote Zod!

Oddly this was the easiest vote ever for me. I was in and out of the place in about 5 minutes.


Same here. Only five or so people ahead of me. Less than five minutes even with filling out the form and getting driver' license scanned (GA requires photo ID).

Guess around 11am is a good time as you miss the morning voters and beat the lunchtime rush.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:32 PM

Same here. Only five or so people ahead of me. Less than fine minutes even with filling out the form and getting driver' licence scanned (GA requires photo ID).

Guess around 11am is a good time as you miss the morning voters and eat the lunchtime rush.


Were they hauling people away left and right for voter fraud?

#36 dmaul1114

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:44 PM

Didn't see any problems. Not a new law here so I assume most are aware if it. I live and vote in a pretty well off and liberal part of the city though so probably not many residents without photo IDs at this polling place anyway.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 04:46 PM

Internal Campaign Polling is usually very good, assuming they're done right. In 04, I believe it was Kerry's internal team who forgot to do polling in rural Ohio, which is where Bush won the election. "Night of the Living Dead" is what I think it was called.

You know who else said last minute internal polling showed tightened races or leads in PA, IA and Ohio? McCain.

The Wall Street Journal today publishes an internal McCain campaign polling memo from yesterday. Bill McInturff, the campaign’s lead pollster, paints a rather different picture than the one we’ve seen in most media polling, and suggests those media polls will begin dramatically to tighten in the next day or two.
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The McCain campaign has made impressive strides over the last week of tracking.
The campaign is functionally tied across the battleground states … with our numbers IMPROVING sharply over the last four tracks.
The key number in our mind is Senator Obama’s level of support and the margin difference between the two candidates.
As other public polls begin to show Senator Obama dropping below 50% and the margin over McCain beginning to approach margin of error with a week left, all signs say we are headed to an election that may easily be too close to call by next Tuesday.
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We are witnessing a significant shift across the battleground states. The race has moved significantly over the past week, closing to essentially tied on the last two-day roll. [...] Finally, in terms of critical improvement, even as this track shows more Republicans voting for us than Democrats supporting Obama, we are witnessing an impressive “pop” with Independent voters.
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I am becoming increasingly persuaded it will be very difficult for Senator Obama to perform much above his percentage of the vote in a state. This puts any number of historically red states very much “in play” and MUCH more competitive than is generally believed by the media. But critically, as Obama drops below 50% in other blue states, some of these states may also becoming back in play as well.

Stop me when this starts to sound familiar. Do you expect any of these guys to say "Nope, we're boned. Everyone just give up; the dozens of polls showing us losing key states are right..."

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:25 PM

Well that was as easy as it gets. In and out in 5 min. No ballot measures to vote on and I live in a super Republican area so all local elections were unopposed so I skipped them. The best part was being able to vote against Paul Ryan Twice. Once for Rep and Once for Vice President. I really don't like that guy.

So much different than 08 when I lived in FL. 3+ hour wait but at least the weather was nice.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:29 PM

Damnit, dohdough said to make a witty title.

It isn't overrun by personal insults.

Yet. ;)



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#40 yourlefthand

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:31 PM

I had basically no wait to cast my ballot. I used a optical scan ballot and then had to wait for my wife as she opted for the touchscreen. She said she had enough scantron tests in school. ;)

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:46 PM

Went before work and the line was wrapped around the building. Went back around 11 am and the line was about 30 deep but moved pretty quick.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:16 PM

Early voting is self defeating where I live. Took all of five minutes to vote at the empty church 3 blocks from my house today.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:34 PM

Mail in voting for the win. If I recall you can only pick up a contested ballot at polling places these days. If you don't get your ballot in the mail, you can't vote.

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#44 dmaul1114

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 06:37 PM

Early voting is self defeating where I live. Took all of five minutes to vote at the empty church 3 blocks from my house today.


Same, other than for me it was 4 blocks and in the party room of a high rise condo building. Friends reported long lines at early voting places, but there were only a handful for the whole city/county where as there are a ton of specific polling places on election day.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:21 PM

For me it would be the other way around. When I voted on election day last time I stood in line for hours.
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:39 PM

Srsly, they do meet in the middle to get stuff done. Granted, it's terrible things that are done, like the Patriot Act, NDAA, the Iraq War, etc., but hey, it's bipartisan, right?


Totally. And of those, barely anyone who voted one way or the other read the respective bills in their entirety. Probably so they could get back to their constituents and listen to what they have to say (read: go back home and do mostly nothing until the next session).

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:16 PM

The United States PATRIOT ACT and its' renewal are probably the most fascinating pieces of legislation I've ever read. It's really the tip of the iceberg about what goes on in Washington D.C. I believe.
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#48 dmaul1114

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:20 PM

For me it would be the other way around. When I voted on election day last time I stood in line for hours.


I've never had hours long lines, but had 30-45 minutes sometimes in the past--smaller city in WV, suburbs in DC area.

Seems it's easier in big cities as with the population density there are a lot more polling sites for different neighborhoods etc. so you get fewer people at each one.

Also just a matter of beating the rush, lines are long in morning and evening before and after work. Not so much during the day as you don't have as many retired or other non-working folk living in the city (at least in the pricier areas where it's mostly small condos etc.), but lots rushing to get it in before or after work.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:29 PM

Took about 20 mins or so this morning at 7:30 here in the burbs at a Catholic church. There was a long line for some but the folks with last name A-D (which is me) didn't really have a line. Me and my wife and 2 year old went - was surprised to see as many kids as I did.
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:39 PM

I've never had hours long lines, but had 30-45 minutes sometimes in the past--smaller city in WV, suburbs in DC area.

Seems it's easier in big cities as with the population density there are a lot more polling sites for different neighborhoods etc. so you get fewer people at each one.

Also just a matter of beating the rush, lines are long in morning and evening before and after work. Not so much during the day as you don't have as many retired or other non-working folk living in the city (at least in the pricier areas where it's mostly small condos etc.), but lots rushing to get it in before or after work.

In a town of approximately 50,000, people we have two places to vote. I don't know if that's a low number of locations or not, but it makes it a pain come election day. This year I voted early, and there are various places all over the county to vote early at, they change each week up until election week. Only took me maybe 30 minutes if that, thankfully.
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:45 PM

In a town of approximately 50,000, people we have two places to vote. I don't know if that's a low number of locations or not, but it makes it a pain come election day. This year I voted early, and there are various places all over the county to vote early at, they change each week up until election week. Only took me maybe 30 minutes if that, thankfully.


That seems really low, unless those two places have dozens and dozens of booths, lots of parking, and many people working to check registrations, help people with their ballots, etc.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:50 PM

Just got a robocall from John Kerry telling me that Democratic turnout is low today and Elizabeth Warren needs me.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:51 PM

I'm trying to remember, but there were probably a dozen booths at the most, at the place I went to that year. We get assigned to certain polling places we have to go to, can't go anywhere else on election day.

edit I take that back, there are actually a number of places to vote. Yet I still stood in line for hours, I don't understand that.

Edited by Clak, 06 November 2012 - 09:03 PM.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:59 PM

Just got a robocall from John Kerry telling me that Democratic turnout is low today and Elizabeth Warren needs me.


I doubt that it's low. So much money has been put into that race from the Democrats to try and get it back.
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:14 PM

So I wonder how this will play out, an orderly election, with a clear winner, or will we have to wait until after the court battles? With all of the accusations of voter fraud, I get the feeling this one will take a bit.
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:21 PM

Just got a robocall from John Kerry telling me that Democratic turnout is low today and Elizabeth Warren needs me.

Did you expect a robocall saying "Everything's great here, stay home and watch some TV"?

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:26 PM

So I wonder how this will play out, an orderly election, with a clear winner, or will we have to wait until after the court battles? With all of the accusations of voter fraud, I get the feeling this one will take a bit.


Clear winner. Romney doesn't have a lot of paths to victory here. He needs to win several states Obama won last time to even stay in the race, and then needs an upset on top of that.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:27 PM

this is what will happen

it will be a close race but Romney or obama will win and come out and do a speech but then mccain will come from the crowd to cash in his (PRESIDENT IN THE BANK) suitcase and wack them in the back of the head and becoming the new president :)



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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

No line here in PA...was in and out in less than 5min
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Posted 06 November 2012 - 09:42 PM

And so it begins...

http://news.yahoo.co...--election.html


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