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    Re: Is voting easy or difficult?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Is voting easy or difficult?

    In its current form.

    Exceptions to the rule for some who don't have birth records and such noted, I think voting in the US is incredibly easy. So easy that, the only reason you can't do it is because it really isn't that important to you to go out and do it.
    Depends. For most people it is fairly easy. For other people who live in rural areas or those who's polling place might be a long distance from their house, transportation can be an issue. All in all...I like our system and believe that it provides for voting at ease in almost all situations.
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    Re: Is voting easy or difficult?

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    Depends. For most people it is fairly easy. For other people who live in rural areas or those who's polling place might be a long distance from their house, transportation can be an issue. All in all...I like our system and believe that it provides for voting at ease in almost all situations.
    I think that if we separated the Presidential elections from all other elections more people would show up for the Presidential elections and less people would show up for the off year elections.

    Many people that have never voted are intimidated by the unknown level of inconvenience and confusion. I think a lot of people don't participate because they perceive the voting process to be difficult and/or inconvenient.

    Those uninformed voters who do tough it out and show up anyways are influencing our Senatorial, Congressional and local races in a very negative way. Those off elections would probably yield less than half of the current voter turn out but I am sure we would be better represented by leaving out those that vote, 'any mini minee mo'.

    A ballot with 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 presidential candidates isn't intimidating at all. There would be no reason to even have to argue about how easy the ballot was if it actually was easy. This would drastically cut back on the long lines (in Florida) which serves to discourage more people from showing up. How long does it take to choose the one candidate that you have been salivating over for several months?

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    Re: Is voting easy or difficult?

    Is voting easy or difficult?
    Depends on your state government and whether you live in an urban or rural district.

    I support handling election rules federally. Florida alone has proved time and again that this is necessary.

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    Re: Is voting easy or difficult?

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    Re: Is voting easy or difficult?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    The action of voting is easy. However, depending on where you live, how many booths per 100 voters, and voting hours available, it can become quite a hardship to get the to polls while they are open. Though some will absentee vote, you don't have the privacy with those that you do at the polls and many people prefer the privacy aspect. So it depends on whether you're discussing everything required to get to the polls and then vote, wherein perhaps the lines are over 4 or 5 hours long if you can even get there on your days/hours off of work....obviously effecting the impoverished mostly.

    Then as you point out, now many states are instituting the voter ID which will also be a costly hardship for elderly, commuters, and others who don't typically drive or travel abroad and won't have the proper form of ID. Again affecting the impoverished more than anyone else.
    In some states, it is no more difficult to get an ID than it is to vote--and both are free.

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    Re: Is voting easy or difficult?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    In California, you can opt to be on permanent absentee status and have all the time in the world to vote, just mail it in before the election or drop it off at the polling place on election day.
    Why not make that the default? What is noble about having to take time off from work and go to a poll? What is noble about making the identification process that some are so desperate for come down a momentary decision at what is effectively the last minute? Why not have votes trickle in for the entire month of November, allowing a gradual counting and tallying. Wouldn't that reduce the rush and produce more accurate results?

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    It won't be difficult to guess which state.

    Here is an example of a ballot that was several pages long:

    Florida 2012 ballot measures - Ballotpedia

    People are showing up to vote for president. WTF?

    Why were the lines so freaking long? Hmmmm Could it be to discourage a particular demographic from showing up? or was it because these ballots measures couldn't wait until April 3, May 9, June 16 or any other freaking day on the calendar?

    Why put this BS on the ballot during a presidential election? hmmmmmmmmm
    Having a more detailed ballot that can be read slowly and examined for a while before mailing in or dropping off over several days or weeks would go a long way to easing that shock. Everyone would have time to find out more about whichever candidates appear on the ballot, and the text of any measures could be included with the ballot.
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    Re: Is voting easy or difficult?

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    The only thing even semi-difficult is finding the time.
    With Vote By Mail (VBM), you have a couple weeks to fill out the ballot at your convenience.


    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    Currently easy. We had a commissioner a couple years ago who tried to jack around with polling place around here and for a time it was hard because I kept getting notices it was moving and wasn't sure where I needed to go. The city soon caught up to what he was doing and everything was fixed back to normal and once again I can walk up the street to my neighborhood church and vote with no issues.
    With VBM, your polling place is your dining room table (or bed or back porch swing or...)

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    The action of voting is easy. However, depending on where you live, how many booths per 100 voters, and voting hours available, it can become quite a hardship to get the to polls while they are open. Though some will absentee vote, you don't have the privacy with those that you do at the polls and many people prefer the privacy aspect. So it depends on whether you're discussing everything required to get to the polls and then vote, wherein perhaps the lines are over 4 or 5 hours long if you can even get there on your days/hours off of work....obviously effecting the impoverished mostly.

    Then as you point out, now many states are instituting the voter ID which will also be a costly hardship for elderly, commuters, and others who don't typically drive or travel abroad and won't have the proper form of ID. Again affecting the impoverished more than anyone else.
    With VBM, there are no lines. Require ID at registration, not at the polls.

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    Voting is easy. There are multiple days to go vote (early voting), and it just takes a little planning to get there. It isn't hard.
    The only planning I have to do is making sure that I have time to watch "Vikings", but then I live in Oregon where we have VBM.

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    Usually it's fairly easy.

    Occasionally it's somewhat difficult, simply due to the huge number of people voting, which makes it hard to find a time to go vote.
    There's only ever two people voting at my polling place - my wife and myself.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    In California, you can opt to be on permanent absentee status and have all the time in the world to vote, just mail it in before the election or drop it off at the polling place on election day.
    Then why lie?? Why not just go to 100% VBM and be done with it??

    Quote Originally Posted by vasuderatorrent View Post
    It won't be difficult to guess which state.

    Here is an example of a ballot that was several pages long:

    Florida 2012 ballot measures - Ballotpedia
    People are showing up to vote for president. WTF?

    Why were the lines so freaking long? Hmmmm Could it be to discourage a particular demographic from showing up? or was it because these ballots measures couldn't wait until April 3, May 9, June 16 or any other freaking day on the calendar?

    Why put this BS on the ballot during a presidential election? hmmmmmmmmm
    So do I like I do and take a couple evenings to go through a long ballot at your convenience.


    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    Depends. For most people it is fairly easy. For other people who live in rural areas or those who's polling place might be a long distance from their house, transportation can be an issue. All in all...I like our system and believe that it provides for voting at ease in almost all situations.
    With VBM, it doesn't matter if you can get to a polling place. If you can check the mail, you can vote.


    Just in case anyone missed it, I'm a BIG proponent of VBM. Get rid of the polling places, get rid of exit polls influencing election results. Require that all election results be held confidential until all states have voted and EVERY SINGLE VOTE counted. Then release all of them at the same time. End the cost of supporting polling places, having boxes of ballots scattered from here to breakfast, forcing people to rush through voting and making half-assed choices. Let's make voting as easy as possible, instead of as inconvenient as possible.
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    Re: Is voting easy or difficult?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Why not make that the default? What is noble about having to take time off from work and go to a poll? What is noble about making the identification process that some are so desperate for come down a momentary decision at what is effectively the last minute? Why not have votes trickle in for the entire month of November, allowing a gradual counting and tallying. Wouldn't that reduce the rush and produce more accurate results?
    That's up to you to take up with your state. California does it right, IMO.
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    Re: Is voting easy or difficult?

    Quote Originally Posted by faithful_servant View Post
    Then why lie?? Why not just go to 100% VBM and be done with it??
    Who is lying? Give people the option to do what they want and don't limit it. Take that up with your particular state if you want that changed. That's how California did it. I haven't seen a balloting site in years and never will again.
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    Re: Is voting easy or difficult?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Who is lying? Give people the option to do what they want and don't limit it. Take that up with your particular state if you want that changed. That's how California did it. I haven't seen a balloting site in years and never will again.
    Are you absent??? If not, then why are you claiming that you are?? In my book, if I tell someone I'm going to be absent when I know full well that I'm not, that's lying. Just go to 100% VBM and be done with it. It's REALLY easy. Simple to administer. Expands the voting opportunities for everyone. Makes the election process cheaper and easier.
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