Comments on: Why Election Day no longer matters http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/10/26/why-election-day-no-longer-matters/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: lawgone http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/10/26/why-election-day-no-longer-matters/#comment-66001 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:46:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=15050#comment-66001 I voted a week go, I’m registered as Democrat but I never changed my party affiliation, I haven’t voted Democrat in over 30 years. So, I guess we’ll have to wait until the election day results come in before we know who voted for who.

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By: JP007 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/10/26/why-election-day-no-longer-matters/#comment-65412 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 06:31:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=15050#comment-65412 Liked the article except for the snide end comment “The party trying to suppress voting is usually the one that’s losing.” The author is reminded of and could have addressed the element of fraudulent voting and early voting. Fraudulent voting in the US is the domicile of Democrats and has been especially egregious in several memorable elections including but not limited to ballot stuffing for Obama in Clark County Nevada in 2008, the fraudulent election of Senator Al Franken and the Chicago ballot stuffing for Kennedy that put him over the top.
It would appear that the author’s snipe at undemonstrated suppression by Republicans is but amateurish compared to the professional fraud perpetrated by Democrats.

What happened to real journalism?

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By: tmc http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/10/26/why-election-day-no-longer-matters/#comment-65195 Sun, 28 Oct 2012 12:33:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=15050#comment-65195 I agree with the title of the article, Elections do not matter anymore. Particularly the presidential election. We should revert back to letting the electoral collage choose the high offices. I say that as the public has no idea what they are voting for. All they have for information is a bunch of lies that no one could possibly sort out without extensive research and resources to accomplish it. I know it makes the masses fell better, like they’re in control, but they’re not. It’s a terrible thing out politicians and media have done to free elections and it should be stopped.

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By: drKendra http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/10/26/why-election-day-no-longer-matters/#comment-65079 Sat, 27 Oct 2012 02:38:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=15050#comment-65079 My biggest issue with early voting is the lack of consistency/ uniformity among states as to how it is actually carried out.

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By: jocking http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/10/26/why-election-day-no-longer-matters/#comment-65077 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 22:42:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=15050#comment-65077 The Republicans represent the weathy. Their only other reliable voters are those who agree on social issues – E.G., those who are so vehemently anti-abortion they believe pregnancy resulting from rape is “God’s will” – and those whose anger towards the poor can be used to trick into voting against their self-interest.

These groups, taken together, are a clear minority. Thus their best chance of winning is voter suppression. The harder they can make it to vote, the more obstacles they can place in the way of voting, the better their chances. If they could repeal the 19th Amendment (woman’s suffrage) they would do it in a minute. If they could prevent African-Americans and Hispanics from voting, they wouldn’t hesitate, and, in fact, are doing everything possible to minimize voting among these groups.

Oh how they would love to turn the clock back to the time when only white male property owners could vote. Republicans don’t believe in democracy. They believe in wealth and power and will do *anything* to keep it.

Watch FOX News. They make up whatever they want to damage Obama and have been doing it since 2008 election eve. Now, in the final ten days before the election, they appear to have been driven beyond insane into hysteria by the idea that there is at least a 50-50 chance that Barack Obama will be re-elected.

The latest example of this hysteria is Romney surrogate John Sununu’s claim that Colin Powell endorsed Obama not because of policy considerations, but because “[they] are the same race.”

Absolute hystereria.

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By: IntoTheTardis http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/10/26/why-election-day-no-longer-matters/#comment-65074 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:34:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=15050#comment-65074 There is another very good and practical reason for early voting — potential weather disruptions. Look at the current situation regarding Hurricane Sandy. What if there are severe and prolonged power outages in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast that stretch past Nov. 6? What happens then? No voting? Delayed voting? The loss of voting results? Romney winning because many blue state voters couldn’t vote? That would provoke a civil war. If we had early voting here in Virginia I would have done it long ago and wouldn’t have to worry about the possibility of my polling place being closed on Nov. 6. I suspect that if we do see catastrophic disruptions in NJ, NY, PA, and the New England states there might be call for mandatory early voting nationwide.

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By: joco69 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/10/26/why-election-day-no-longer-matters/#comment-65073 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:53:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=15050#comment-65073 For folks outside the USA it makes no sense why voters would be identified as to which party they are registered to, this sounds very undemocratic.

Early voting for all kind of reasons is as great idea and practiced by many other democracies. However such voting should be restricted to specific dates before the actual election. Many democracies do request proof of the early voter to show a valid reason why he cannot vote on election day. I see no problem with a voter ID to be eligible to vote.

America likes to pride itself as the model in democracy, its voting practices are anything than democratic, just look at the avalanche of money spent on campaigns, looks to the rest of the world like they are buying the votes.

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By: dill16078 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/10/26/why-election-day-no-longer-matters/#comment-65072 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:17:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=15050#comment-65072 Let’s not even mention the fact that Ohio absentee ballots won’t be counted until November 17.

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By: WMerry http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/10/26/why-election-day-no-longer-matters/#comment-65070 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:47:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=15050#comment-65070 If early ballots are truly not counted until election day these candidates can only speculate who is actually winning the election. I am a registered democrat because I’ve just never bothered to change it, but I will not be voting for the democratic candidate. So I’m sorry Mr. Obama. If you want to assume my vote is automatically for you based on my registered party, assume away. Come November you might be surprised.

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