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Tea Drinker

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Can we remind people to vote?
« on: October 13, 2016, 08:17:01 PM »
On one of the coffee break threads, Cass has reminded people not to talk politics, and said that the only posts mentioning a political party that are acceptable are ones reminding people to register to vote.

Would it be okay, in a few weeks, to say something like "today is election day. Please vote if you haven't already"?
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Mal

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Re: Can we remind people to vote?
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2016, 07:32:38 AM »
I do hope most people will vote, it's so important! I don't live in the United States but their president has such immense influence on world politics that it's really, really important, even in my home country, that the right kind of person be elected.

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Re: Can we remind people to vote?
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2016, 03:14:08 PM »
Also many states are making it easier to get an absentee ballot.  You no longer have to provide proof you can't get to the polling place.

http://www.whytuesday.org/no-excuse-absentee-ballots/

I will be out of state for required training for my job election week.  One simple form and now I have an absentee ballot.  There are several things this year beyond the presidential election that I care about - in particular the school committee.

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Re: Can we remind people to vote?
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2016, 04:15:57 PM »
Lucas is having surgery on the Monday, so we are going absentee. There are two sites in our county in Illinois where we can walk in to vote, one being in the county courthouse 5 blocks from our house. We'll being walking  over the Friday before. There are a lot of local and state elections important to us.

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Re: Can we remind people to vote?
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2016, 04:44:40 PM »
I've had an absentee ballot for 20+ years now (DH has one as well).  I had a college instructor who enlightened the class that an absentee ballot could be dropped off at a polling place, no waiting in line.  I loved being able to bypass the long line of students (polling place was at my college) and drop off my already-completed absentee ballot.  I've never gone back.

I, too, don't see the point of reminding individuals to vote now, unless there's still time to remind everyone to *register* to vote (should there still be time to register to vote for this election).

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Re: Can we remind people to vote?
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2016, 07:16:23 PM »
I posted that because states have different voting registration dates. I see no reason to remind people to vote because it's rather insulting, not to mention there are quite a few people who won't vote because they don't want to. My suggestion is to leave it alone.
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