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    Default Roll Call, 11/6 - Election Day

    Are you or have you voted today? Did you vote early? Do you take your kids with you to see the process?

    Did you want in long lines? Any glitches?

    DH and I voted early this past weekend, waiting about 45 minutes in line. The two busy poll workers were great. When someone remarked how busy they were, the response was, "Oh, that's fine. That's what we're here for."

    DD has until 9 pm CST time vote--she very much intends to. DS voted this morning, even though he felt sick (because of a cold...not because voting makes him feel ill, although that can be understandable in some political races)
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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Yes I voted, back in October. If early voting is an option, I'm there, so much easier than day of election.

    Huge fan of voting! If there is an option to vote, I'm there, even in the little, tiny local elections.

    The kids have always gone with one of us. In fact, when we were leaving the polling location this year, I was talking to the kids about the few things that I really want them to do as adults and one is to always, always vote.
    Rebecca
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    We voted this morning at the local elementary school.... there were no crowds, but also no parking set aside for voters. Ive noticed over the past several elections, that the poll workers, and the garage residences (when polling is there) are all with non-native english speakers, presumably immigrants. Maybe they appreciate the process more? Todays lady was maybe Eastern European, and she was fascinated by DS6. He was plied with Fritos, bottled water, and an I Voted sticker by the time I was done filling out my ballot.

    Overall, Im slightly optimistic. Im more directly caring about our local mayorís race than in the zillions of other contests. My state votes Democratic, I guess Id be surprised if a Rep nominee wins something.

    And we have paper ballots, that we fill in with sharpies, no voting machine fraud here!!
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    We vote by absentee ballots because I like to research the candidates and issues while I'm bubbling in. I also just like using paper. DH doesn't really care about politics, so I vote twice. This year, I explained the format of the voter's guide to DS, discussed some of the issues and why it was so so important to vote, and had him bubble in dad's ballot. Then we walked the ballots to the polls at the senior center, where they hold it every year. It was a warm, fall walk and it was interesting seeing the signs of candidates in the neighborhood, to see who the neighbors were rooting for. Then we watched some of the incoming results on TV.

    I wish I could say that I've always voted, but I didn't. As I get older, I realize that if you don't decide on the issues or the leadership, then they will be decided for you. That's what I tell DS over and over.
    Homeschooling an only, DS9

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    And we have paper ballots, that we fill in with sharpies, no voting machine fraud here!!
    We also have paper ballots here.

    Locally our votes may not be counted until later today. We had a few polling places not open on time, so a judge ordered them to stay longer later. Of course there were court hearings back and forth over this yesterday, but they DID stay open.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    We currently have 3 voters in the house. Easy paper voting. I had to be a provisional voter because my address change did not go through in time. Oldest daughter was a poll worker again. Next oldest daughter is excited that she will finally get to vote next year!
    Learning, Living, and Loving Life outside of the norm with 7 kids.

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    Well, it looks locally like there are bigger problems than just polling places not opening on time yesterday. And the pundits wonder why some people think voting is pointless.....

    Indiana GOP rejects allegations of voter suppression


    FBI called on to investigate potential election law violations

    Temperatures rise as Porter County candidates & voters protest, anxiously await election results
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Wow what a mess! Its hard to guess from the articles whether it was incompetence or corruption.

    Here, I wasnt pleasantly surprised by anything... it was same old same old, same people win, same money talks.
    Maybe someday....
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Here, I wasnt pleasantly surprised by anything... it was same old same old, same people win, same money talks.
    Maybe someday....
    At least you were a part of it, right?

    I feel exactly the same as you.

    Thanks for the Kid in Every Park tip. Had never heard of it. Will definitely be taking advantage.
    Homeschooling an only, DS9

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    Took part in ranked-choice voting on the applicable items, and now we in Maine are awaiting the results of a race so close that ranked-choice was indeed invoked, between Jared Golden and Bruce Poliquin.

    As for the voting, I went at the end of the evening and took my teen daughter. Lines weren't long, and there was free coffee and pastries! Signed some petitions on my way out.

    Looks like in the race between Poliquin and Golden, every single vote DID count! Still awaiting those results via ranked-choice.

    Ours were paper ballots, done in ink. I'm relieved.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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Roll Call, 11/6 - Election Day