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11-04-2018 10:54 PM  16 days agoPost 1
wjvail

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Just a caution when you go to vote on Tuesday. Because my son was getting married out of state this weekend I didn't know for certain that I'd be home by Tuesday to vote. For that reason I went in and voted before I left. That was late last week. I left the house expecting to vote all republican. Weather or not I like the individual running for office isn't the issue. I want the republican party to control congress for the next two years.

But that's not why I'm posting. What caught me off guard was the section of the ballet listed below. I had to read it a few time to realize it was a special election for a Senate seat! More than that, it did NOT list any of the candidates party affiliation. I had to stand there in the voting booth for 45 minutes with my phone to research who was likely my person for the job.

There are only 100 Senators and one of them is likely going to try and steal this seat with a widely under discussed election. Please don't make my mistake. Google "_______(Your State) midterm election" and make sure you know what to expect. Or, take your phone and plan to be there a while.

https://ballotpedia.org/Mississippi_elections,_2018

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11-05-2018 04:05 AM  16 days agoPost 2
chas1025

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This is a great example of uninformed voting. You had no idea what any of them stood for prior to entering the voting booth, but took the time to find out who was Republican before casting your ballot.

Thank you for sharing this with everyone.

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11-05-2018 04:59 AM  16 days agoPost 3
wjvail

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chas1025
This is a great example of uninformed voting. You had no idea what any of them stood for prior to entering the voting booth, but took the time to find out who was Republican before casting your ballot.

Thank you for sharing this with everyone.
I suppose I deserve this and I was prepared for a response such as yours.

You are correct. I was unprepared for what I found. I went to the voting booth with one goal in mind. That was, keep Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and similar folks from from regaining control of congress. I went to the polls with the simple intent of voting "Not Democrat". I made the mistake of assuming the candidates, whomever they were, would be labeled as Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent etc. My goal was to make certain that when Ruth Ginsberg is finally declared mentally unstable, there will be a Republican congress for the next confirmation hearing. I will confess that if the ballet had said Maxine Water(D) and Rasputin(R), Maxine wouldn't have gotten my vote. My failure was to not prepare for a ballot that didn't suggest anything about the candidates.

No matter. It's an internet/smart phone world. The first two were Democrats, one having been indited for 30 counts of corruption and bribery and the other a no-name carpetbagger who has never held ANY office. Candidates 3 & 4 on the ballet were republicans one being the incumbent having been appointed by the Governor to fill the seat Thad Cochran vacated.

Yes. I was unprepared. I went in with the intent of voting "not Democrat" and was surprised to find out it wasn't that easy. By voting early I learned something, and at the risk of ridicule, my intent was to educate others in the hopes they might avoid my mistake.

I would add that I've shared this with many of my friends and ALL of them were surprised to find out there was special election Senate seat to be voted on and even more surprised to find out the candidates were not identified with a party affiliation. Most of these people thought they knew how they were going to vote and were appreciative of my suggestion to be prepared for the this section of the ballet.

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11-05-2018 02:57 PM  15 days agoPost 4
wjvail

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chas1025
This is a great example of uninformed voting. You had no idea what any of them stood for prior to entering the voting booth, but took the time to find out who was Republican before casting your ballot.

Thank you for sharing this with everyone.
My wife pointed out that possibly you were being sincere when you said "thank you for sharing...."

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11-05-2018 03:28 PM  15 days agoPost 5
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Honesty is a treasured gift. We all learn. Thank you for posting your dilemma and outcome. At least you did your research there and not just blindly voted. There are many that have done the same and far worse I am sure. Have a great week.

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11-05-2018 05:13 PM  15 days agoPost 6
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wjvail
I had to stand there in the voting booth for 45 minutes with my phone to research who was likely my person for the job.
45 minutes? Really? Do you think your vote is that important that you would delay the use of that booth for 45 minutes? Make a decision, move on. If you were voting a straight party ticket, it should not have taken you that long to determine the party. Slugs like you make the voting process horribly long. Then you have to tell everyone about it. Grade = F-

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11-05-2018 06:22 PM  15 days agoPost 7
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I did the early vote a couple weeks ago. I was the only one there. Probably could have spent half the day in the booth and no one there would have given a rats a$$. I will never wait untill election day again.

Thanks for checking, and reminding others to do the same before hand. I am just one in several million here, but still it does matter. A couple of the propositions on the ballot are probably quite important to defeat here. Worth taking the time to check on.

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11-05-2018 06:29 PM  15 days agoPost 8
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I did the early voting at lunch time, and was in and out in minutes. I was very touched to see the elderly just hell bent on voting? The ones I observed couldn't walk on their own, and was being helped to the voting stations. Bless them.

Again, thank you for your honesty. You'll get no heartburn from me. You probably saved some folks some time.

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11-05-2018 07:08 PM  15 days agoPost 9
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wjvail
I had to stand there in the voting booth for 45 minutes with my phone to research who was likely my person for the job.
45 minutes? Really? Do you think your vote is that important that you would delay the use of that booth for 45 minutes? Make a decision, move on. If you were voting a straight party ticket, it should not have taken you that long to determine the party. Slugs like you make the voting process horribly long. Then you have to tell everyone about it. Grade = F-
I've had to take a deep breath before reply to your comments... here goes...

I told you I voted early. Maybe you haven't done that before so I'll cut you some slack. When I walked in to vote last Wednesday, there was no one else there. And there was no one else there when I left. In fact, at one point I decided I didn't like the string on my pen and moved to the booth next to me.

Going on. There were 4 candidates running for the same seat and none of them were labeled. It didn't take long to eliminate two. The other two were republicans and there was and is the possibility the "not Democrat" vote could be split. In short there were two Republicans on the ticket.

So. I think I've been pretty clear in stating the goal of my post is to help others that go in to vote tomorrow and not make the mistakes I made. Tuesday will almost certainly be more busy than what I experienced and I'd like to see others vote responsibly without tying up the voting process. Reread the topic of this thread.

Still more. Yes. I do think my vote is that important. I'm sick and tired of the idea that my voice is a meaningless. Mississippi is ALWAYS a red state and the reality is that even if I don't vote, the Republican will win. If I were completely honest I might confess I didn't have to vote at all. But that is the screwed up thinking that has gotten us 16 years of Clinton and Obama. I WILL VOTE AND IT DOES MATTER.

Finally, please try to speak to others nicer. I really don't care what grade you give me but I don't think you should speak to me or anyone else as you have in your post. It's just not nice.

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11-05-2018 07:15 PM  15 days agoPost 10
chas1025

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I was being sincere. Although I will tend to vote Democrat, there are occasions when I like the Republican candidate. Whomever you vote for, I feel you should be aware of their platform. Many people will just blindly go into a booth not knowing, so I applaud you for taking the time to research before casting your vote.

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11-05-2018 09:50 PM  15 days agoPost 11
wjvail

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chas1025
I was being sincere. Although I will tend to vote Democrat, there are occasions when I like the Republican candidate. Whomever you vote for, I feel you should be aware of their platform. Many people will just blindly go into a booth not knowing, so I applaud you for taking the time to research before casting your vote.
Yea. Cheers. I apologize if I seemed to go on a bit.

I, like you, don't typically vote by party. But these aren't typical times. President Obama made two successful appointments to the Supreme Court. They were confirmed by votes of 68-31 and 63-37 suggesting reasonable thought was given to their qualifications outside of party lines.

Times have changed. Trump was democratically elected by the people of the United States and as such he is expected to nominate candidates for Supreme Court vacancies. It was with great hesitation I voted for Trump but I did so so the task of appointing Judges would not fall on Hillary and the current crop of Democrats. As we all know Trumps second nomination turned into a circus act. I've never seen anything like it. While Obama was able to nominate Judges without much drama, Democrats have made certain Republicans aren't afforded the same respect. In short, Democrats have not behaved in a way that reflects the best interest of the country. They have voted lockstep for the betterment of the "Party".

Donald won the 2016 election with a mandate from the populous of this country. If the people of this country are sincere about supporting him, they will make certain the House and Senate aren't controlled by unfriendly members. Recent events suggest ANY Democrat on ANY subject, no matter how reasonable, is unfriendly.

So it is with some shame I say I voted "not Democrat" without carefully considering the specifics of who that person was or what they stood for. At this moment in time it just has to be that way. I'll understand if others don't approve of Trump and vote straight Democrat to stop him. This is our flawed, two-party, Democratic system.

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11-05-2018 11:03 PM  15 days agoPost 12
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wjvail
Finally, please try to speak to others nicer. I really don't care what grade you give me but I don't think you should speak to me or anyone else as you have in your post. It's just not nice.
Do you need a crying towel or a crying room? Suck it up buttercup. I have been treated much worse here. The voting booth is not the place for research. I think that all electronic devices should be turned off while in the polling room. I think my advice helps a lot more than yours and I am a chief election judge.

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11-05-2018 11:05 PM  15 days agoPost 13
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And of course that makes you right.

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11-05-2018 11:08 PM  15 days agoPost 14
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I does not make me anything! Is does say that I have seen a lot of unprepared people show up and clog up the system.

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11-05-2018 11:37 PM  15 days agoPost 15
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Didn't know there was a time limit to vote. The pressure!

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11-05-2018 11:42 PM  15 days agoPost 16
wjvail

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Do you need a crying towel or a crying room? Suck it up buttercup. I have been treated much worse here. The voting booth is not the place for research. I think that all electronic devices should be turned off while in the polling room. I think my advice helps a lot more than yours and I am a chief election judge.
Why are you being like this? Am asking you politely to speak to me and others in a respectful manner. It's embarrassing for both of us to have to ask. Given I spent much of my adult life as a ground attack pilot for the US Navy my first inclination is to tell you to go **** yourself. Instead, I'm waiting to find out you've had a difficult week, you're off your meds or can in some other way explain poor manners.

Anyway. By posting here I might have help a few other citizens move through the system more efficiently tomorrow. You're welcome.

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11-06-2018 12:36 PM  14 days agoPost 17
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Here is an insight to what his post is about. Below is a screen shot from the USAToday. It seems to be pretty straight forward. David Baria is running against Roger Wicker for one of Mississippi's two Senate seats. One is Republican and one is Democratic. Seems pretty simple.

If you look carefully there is a seat II at the bottom. It is up to you to notice there is actually a special election for a second Senate seat. Voters will have to click on the small carrot at the bottom to display the second seat up for grabs. The USAToday is presented as and example of how this seems to have been cubbyholed from the voters. There has been zero discussion. Failing to notice that there is a second Senate race voters will actually find 4 candidates on the ballot and they will not be labeled with party affiliation. See post #1 for an image of the actual ballot.

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11-06-2018 02:17 PM  14 days agoPost 18
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I didn't like the string on my pen?????

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11-06-2018 02:49 PM  14 days agoPost 19
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I didn't like the string on my pen?????
Where I voted you were given a sheet of paper with little circles to color in to indicate who you were voting for. A Bic pen was provided and it was attached to the voting booth with an underwhelming piece of cotton string. In the first booth I chose the string had been broken and retied several times. It was just long enough to reach both ends of the ballot. Because I was the only one there, and because there were 5 to 10 unoccupied voting stations, I, my ballot, and my phone moved to the next booth. Shortly after that the sentence, "I didn't like the string on my pen", was born.

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11-06-2018 09:29 PM  14 days agoPost 20
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The damn machine at my polling place wouldn't suck in my ballot. The election judge was getting frustrated that I wasn't holding it and feeding it right. I wasn't the only one with issues - so no wonder he was agitated. Where is the jar of ink to dip my finger in?

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