US hubbers, have you voted yet, or do you plan on voting?

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  1. rebekahELLE profile image83
    rebekahELLEposted 11 years ago

    I voted last Saturday, Florida's first day of early voting.  It ends tomorrow at 7.  Our Republican governor cut our early voting days in half this year, and said no to a request from Florida Democrats to extend early voting one more day.  As it looks now, nearly 3.5 million have voted early, including absentee voters.  More Democrats have taken advantage of early voting while more Republicans have sent in absentee ballots. … in-florida

    1. robie2 profile image77
      robie2posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Sandy or no Sandy-- our town will have polling places open so I will definitely be there. We are still waiting for electricity to be restored and even if we don't get it by election day, the polls will be open and electricity will be produced by generators and we will vote.

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image78
        Uninvited Writerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I heard that military trucks will be setting up portable polling stations in some of the hardest hit areas.

      2. rebekahELLE profile image83
        rebekahELLEposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        +  I hope all goes smoothly for you and your area and all areas affected by the storm.  I also read today about the military trucks being set up as polling stations.

  2. TamCor profile image81
    TamCorposted 11 years ago

    My husband, son, and I will all be voting on Election Day.  They're both voting for Gary Johnson, and I'm leaning that way--still researching him yet.  Being in a swing state, we've been bombarded with calls and political mail, but that's not the type of research I trust, lol.

  3. paradigmsearch profile image61
    paradigmsearchposted 11 years ago

    I'm still working up the energy. At the moment I put the odds at 50:50.

  4. rebekahELLE profile image83
    rebekahELLEposted 11 years ago

    There is something nice about voting on Election Day, but I wanted to vote on the first day possible.   There was a long line, about an hour long wait.  I didn't hear anyone complaining or discussing politics, everyone seemed happy to be voting. It's best to know exactly how you're voting on those amendments as they're written in legalize.

  5. xstatic profile image59
    xstaticposted 11 years ago

    We vote by mail in Oregon, or drop off at a special locked box, which I did for us on Monday. I really hope that no eligible voter fails to exercise that right in this election. Obama will get Oregon's 7 electoral votes, but in those battleground states, like Ohio, Va & Pa, every vote is critical for both parties, and I suppose the various also ran parties on some ballots.

  6. William F. Torpey profile image72
    William F. Torpeyposted 11 years ago

    I voted by absentee ballot. I would have loved to vote in person at the polling station but if the line were long I might not be able to stand that long. As far as I know they weren't able to suppress my vote so I hope it will be counted.

    1. Connie Smith profile image84
      Connie Smithposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Here in Florida, we have to worry about that whether we vote at the polls or by mail....

  7. secularist10 profile image61
    secularist10posted 11 years ago

    I don't plan on voting because I don't support either of these candidates.

    1. kathleenkat profile image83
      kathleenkatposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Either of the half dozen or so candidates running for president? There were several parties on WA's ballots. Also, your state specific initiatives/candidates are worth voting for, because that's where the difference between a few votes could really matter.

  8. Mighty Mom profile image76
    Mighty Momposted 11 years ago

    My hubby voted by absentee -- he always does.
    I like going to the polling place.
    Lots of those legalese initiatives on our ballot, too. Ugh.
    Don't expect long lines here.
    Saw a news segment about the shortening of early voting in Florida. Line of African Americans (primarily) waiting 4 hours to vote.
    I hope the pressure on Governor Scott keeps up.
    There is NO REASON to end early voting early when you have so many US citizens trying to exercise their rights.

  9. BloodRedPen profile image67
    BloodRedPenposted 11 years ago

    I will vote on election day. I have no use for early voting. What is so wrong with - One Vote One Day - A responsible and engaged citizen will make time. And please don't say (so people can't make it) I'm 53 and haven't missed an election since 18.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image83
      rebekahELLEposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Early voting helps at all ends, whether by absentee or casting a ballot.  Early voting helps to ease congestion on Election Day, and increases the number of those voting.  That's why it was implemented. There's nothing wrong with those who want to take advantage of this choice.

  10. wavegirl22 profile image48
    wavegirl22posted 11 years ago

    absentee vote for me.

  11. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 11 years ago

    Hubby and I voted yesterday.

  12. Stacie L profile image87
    Stacie Lposted 11 years ago

    I dont have the option of early voting here, but do plan to vote on Tuesday.

  13. profile image0
    Nell Hoxsieposted 11 years ago

    I will definitely be voting on Tuesday.

  14. rebekahELLE profile image83
    rebekahELLEposted 11 years ago

    I know there are still quite a few states that don't have early voting.  I think there are currently 32 states that have in person, early voting.  I always voted on Election Day until early voting became available.  I'm just as excited to vote early as on the official day.  That it gets done is the important part.

    It should be an exciting election night this coming Tuesday.  I'm pretty sure the world also will be watching.

  15. profile image0
    scottcgruberposted 11 years ago

    I'll be voting on Election Day. There's been a big push for absentee voting here in Northern VIrginia, but I don't meet any of the criteria.

    Besides, I like physically going to a polling station and waiting on line and voting and getting a sticker - it just feels more like participating in the democratic process than dropping a ballot in a mailbox. Not that I'm against early voting - it's a great way to improve voter participation. I just don't personally need it this year.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image83
      rebekahELLEposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Early voting is done at a polling station the same way it's done on Election Day.  And this year, there are long lines. I also like wearing my sticker!  smile

  16. steveso profile image76
    stevesoposted 11 years ago

    I live in Malaysia and I voted via absentee ballot 2 weeks ago. There is a lot of interest here in the US election, as people fear Romney will be elected.

  17. profile image0
    Nell Hoxsieposted 11 years ago

    I love voting on election day and feeling a part of the excitement. I stood line for over an hour to vote 4 years ago. It was actually a lot of fun.

  18. melbel profile image92
    melbelposted 11 years ago

    Unfortunately, we don't have early voting in Michigan, so I'll be there on election day.

  19. Christene profile image59
    Christeneposted 11 years ago

    I'm looking forward to election day. Yes, I'll be voting. Our precinct is small so there won't be any wait.

  20. rebekahELLE profile image83
    rebekahELLEposted 11 years ago

    I agree that it is exciting voting on Election Day.  I hope things go well in the affected areas of the Northeast, and that all those who want to vote everywhere can vote.

    Let the people vote!

  21. Barefootfae profile image60
    Barefootfaeposted 11 years ago

    Everyone should vote. It's what we need to do to insure we know what the will of the people is especially in this particular election.

    In 1996 about 50% of registered voters voted. Bill Clinton garnered like 49% of the vote. That means he was re-elected by about 25% of the registered voters in America.

    1. xstatic profile image59
      xstaticposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank goodness!

  22. rebekahELLE profile image83
    rebekahELLEposted 11 years ago

    If you are voting in Florida today, be prepared for long lines, as they will be on Election Day also.  The voting is taking longer because of those ridiculous mini book length proposed amendments to the state constitution!  Best to decide before you go.  It was easy for me, I just voted no on all of them.

  23. Shanna11 profile image74
    Shanna11posted 11 years ago

    I sent in my absentee ballot in the last week of October. It's my first election and I'm out of state at school, so I really wanted to make sure they got it on time. Haha. I'm doing exit polling on the day of elections, so I'm still involved, but I just can't vote in the state I'm doing the polling in.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image83
      rebekahELLEposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Congrats on voting in your first election!

  24. twoseven profile image70
    twosevenposted 11 years ago

    I voted absentee here in Wisconsin! First time I have lived in a swing state. Will also be hanging door hangers with my two month old on Monday to remind people of their polling place.

    1. rebekahELLE profile image83
      rebekahELLEposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Good for you!

      The grassroots efforts are a key factor in the last days of this campaign.

      Really?  Your state doesn't go to the polls on Election Day?

      This is what I'm doing today.

      1. kathleenkat profile image83
        kathleenkatposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Nope! We did for the last major election, but recently it became all-absentee. I think more people probably vote this way. Last time, some of my friends who went to the polls found out Obama had won before they even made it through the line, and just went home. Guess cause the West coast is 3 hours behind the East coast, haha. This way, we all just mail in our ballots. It's easier.

  25. kathleenkat profile image83
    kathleenkatposted 11 years ago

    I voted two weeks ago.

    Washington is all-absentee voting. It's nice; you can read the pamphlet at your own pace, and fill out the ballot at your own pace. No lines; but we do have ballot drop-boxes (if you don't want to mail yours in).

  26. aware profile image67
    awareposted 11 years ago

    i didn't put Obama into office. but on Tuesday i plan  to help keep him there .

    1. William F. Torpey profile image72
      William F. Torpeyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      A wise move, aware.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image83
      rebekahELLEposted 11 years agoin reply to this
  27. profile image0
    Motown2Chitownposted 11 years ago

    Hubby and I and a couple of friends will be voting Tuesday come hell or high water!

  28. readytoescape profile image61
    readytoescapeposted 11 years ago

    We have organized a large group from our precinct to all vote on Tuesday morning. We’re all going out to breakfast first, then filling out our 5 page sample ballots to take to the polls. (this is where I tell everyone how to vote, lol, plus forty votes for….)

    In Florida, besides the Presidential election, we have a Senate race, local & state races and 12 complicated amendments. This is what I call voting early and often

  29. rebekahELLE profile image83
    rebekahELLEposted 11 years ago

    This sounds like a great tradition.  Definitely take your sample ballot filled out for reference.  The way it sounds here in Florida, you're most likely going to have a wait unless you live in a very small precinct.  Hopefully everyone who wants to vote will be able to vote.

    I appreciate all who have posted here, it's great to see people are excited about voting on  Election Day.
    I think it's going to be a long night in front of the screens!


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