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(Some Guy)   Election officials say write-in votes are costly and time-consuming, so in the interests of democracy please choose from one of the available crappy choices. Got that, citizen? That means no more votes for Mickey Mouse, Dick Hertz, or my mom   (capecodonline.com) divider line 77
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2008-09-16 08:35:20 AM
And if the phrase "anyone but these guys" were a candidate, it would often contend for the seat


Every state needs to do like Nevada and offer a 'None of these candidates' option.
 
2008-09-16 08:39:23 AM
Diebold will be the final decider, anyway. Or in a pinch, a Supreme Court justice.
 
2008-09-16 08:46:05 AM
Vote Wharrgarbl!
 
2008-09-16 08:52:53 AM
I'm struggling to find the thing I'm supposed to be outraged at in the article. If they were doing away with the ability to write in votes, I could track with the headline. As it is, they are simply encouraging people not to vote for cartoon characters or dead people. That kind of makes sense to me. They aren't ordering people not to do it. They're just pointing out that it is an expensive and time consuming joke that isn't funny except for the joker. The only response I can see to the article is, "Why so serious?" The answer, btw, would be, "Because you're wasting my time and our money."
 
2008-09-16 08:55:26 AM
Sybarite: And if the phrase "anyone but these guys" were a candidate, it would often contend for the seat


Every state needs to do like Nevada and offer a 'None of these candidates' option.


I'd prefer a "hang them all and start over" option.
 
2008-09-16 09:14:25 AM
"It just seems like a waste of a vote," Hyannis resident Diane Evans said yesterday. "I'm sure it's funny, which is fine, but if I'm going to go to the trouble to vote, I should vote for someone who can win."

While voting for fictional characters is just stupid, the idea that you should only vote for someone "who can win" is even more stupid.

Dems can complain about Nader in 2000, and Republicans might still complain about Bob Barr this year, but, everyone runs their own campaign, and everyone gets to vote for the person they would like to see in the office, even if they are the only people in the world who think so.
 
2008-09-16 09:18:22 AM
bp3.blogger.com
 
2008-09-16 09:21:57 AM
Fark that. I'm still voting for Alfred E. Newman.
 
2008-09-16 09:30:45 AM
aww, subby, but your mom has been doing some really good polling lately.
 
2008-09-16 09:37:16 AM
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2008-09-16 09:38:20 AM
I haven't picked from the two stinkers on the ballot since 1980. I might have to make an exception this year, PA just put Bob Barr on the ballot.
 
2008-09-16 09:44:52 AM
GurneyHalleck: Diebold will be the final decider, anyway.

Why do those pricks always seem to keep my ATM transactions straight?
 
2008-09-16 09:46:31 AM
Didn't we do this one already? If it's Vermont, yes we did.
 
2008-09-16 09:51:20 AM
Hertz-Donut 2008!
 
2008-09-16 09:52:36 AM
Sybarite: Every state needs to do like Nevada and offer a 'None of these candidates' option.

Just out of curiosity, what happens if "none of these candidates" wins the majority? Do they re-do the election with new candidates a per the will of the people? Or do they just choose the most popular of the actual candidates?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2008-09-16 09:59:28 AM
Hawaii banned write-ins and won a Supreme Court case. The ballot access requirements were so easy that preregistration was not an unreasonable burden.
 
2008-09-16 10:03:16 AM
Not news: You can write in anybody on your ballot. Not news: Doing this costs your local municipality money and this particular town decided to be responsible and explain it. Not news: Subby is a tool.
 
2008-09-16 10:08:10 AM
RON PAUL

ew, i need a bath now
 
2008-09-16 10:08:33 AM
Marcus Aurelius: I haven't picked from the two stinkers on the ballot since 1980. I might have to make an exception this year, PA just put Bob Barr on the ballot.

img140.imageshack.us
Approves
 
2008-09-16 10:13:13 AM
GoDawgs!: GurneyHalleck: Diebold will be the final decider, anyway.

Why do those pricks always seem to keep my ATM transactions straight?


They don't dare mess with what is really important?
 
2008-09-16 10:13:18 AM
IXI Jim IXI: Approves

Teehee!
 
2008-09-16 10:13:20 AM
Because we already waste enough good pizza and beer money on these stupid 'election' things!
 
2008-09-16 10:13:28 AM
I plan to write in Pat Paulsen, once again.

forums.randi.org
 
2008-09-16 10:14:30 AM
Marla Singer's Laundry: RON PAUL

ew, i need a bath now


You need a bath? Are you conditioned to think of dissenters as dirty? You think Liberty stinks?

Seriously though - This article only ENCOURAGES people to write in Paul, even if it isn't "counted" as anything. If they wanted to discourage write-ins, maybe put forth some decent candidates?
 
2008-09-16 10:14:51 AM
i voted for chuck norris in the 2006 elections

i bet they didn't complain THEN

/because they were in a lock-hold
 
2008-09-16 10:15:55 AM
iawai: Seriously though - This article only ENCOURAGES people to write in Paul, even if it isn't "counted" as anything. If they wanted to discourage write-ins, maybe put forth some decent candidates?

If you want to encourage write-ins, shouldn't you come up with a better candidate than Ron Paul?
 
2008-09-16 10:15:57 AM
Don't want to vote for someone? Spoil your ballot paper. Has the same effect as 'none of the above'
 
2008-09-16 10:18:18 AM
Sybarite: Every state needs to do like Nevada and offer a 'None of these candidates' option.

I totally agree, and I think if "None of these clowns" wins more votes than the other candidates, there should be a new election with shiny NEW clowns.

I voted in my state primary today, there were three ballot choices (I did my homework on the sample ballots) "Republican, Democrat, Green Party, and Working Families".

Neither Green nor Working Families had a single name on the ballot.

The Republican Ballot had a few people, none of whom were opposed.

The Democratic ballot (which I picked) had several names two races:

For Senate: John Kerry v a Guy who opposes the Iraq war

and for Governor's Council: A 10 yr incumbent v a housewife who wants to increase the mandatory minimums for drug offenders. In an interview with my burbs newspaper, she actually said "....thinking of the children.."

It was a joke. I was given NO good options. I voted for "The guy Who Isn't John Farking Kerry" and "The guy who isn't Mrs. Flanders".

Siiiigh.
 
2008-09-16 10:19:03 AM
what_now: I voted in my state primary today, there were three ballot choices (I did my homework on the sample ballots) "Republican, Democrat, Green Party, and Working Families".

Err...math is hard.
 
2008-09-16 10:21:24 AM
Florida's Primary date ensures Clinton won't win the nomination and now Florida's "No Match, No Vote" Law will ensure Obama doesn't win Florida.

Guess which State is choosing the President this time? Right. Same as last time.
 
2008-09-16 10:24:24 AM
Theaetetus: If you want to encourage write-ins, shouldn't you come up with a better candidate than Ron Paul?

Kucinich?
 
2008-09-16 10:25:52 AM
Marcus Aurelius: I haven't picked from the two stinkers on the ballot since 1980. I might have to make an exception this year, PA just put Bob Barr on the ballot.

Wait, you will vote for Barr now that he's on the ballot, or you're voting for McCain to counteract any votes Barr might skim?
 
2008-09-16 10:26:04 AM
img2.timeinc.net

"I tied with Bart Simpson and School Sucks"

:(
 
2008-09-16 10:32:44 AM
Barnstable Town Clerk Linda Hutchenrider needs to be fired immediately.

"Everybody has a right to write somebody in, but when they persistently write in their husband's name, or Mickey Mouse or Tinker Bell, it's truly a waste of the poll workers' time."

If Linda doesn't understand that there is a difference in validity between a living person, no matter how few supporters they have, and a cartoon character, then she is not qualified to count votes.
 
2008-09-16 10:35:02 AM
♫Land of the free♫
 
2008-09-16 10:35:22 AM
BraveNewCheneyWorld: "Everybody has a right to write somebody in, but when they persistently write in their husband's name, or Mickey Mouse or Tinker Bell, it's truly a waste of the poll workers' time."

If Linda doesn't understand that there is a difference in validity between a living person, no matter how few supporters they have, and a cartoon character, then she is not qualified to count votes.


No, not really. It's the same thing. If I write in myself, David Oritz, or Daffy Duck, it's just as much of a waste as if I write in Jed Bartlett, which I threatened to do if Hillary Clinton won the primary.

It sends a message that these losers aren't worth my vote.
 
2008-09-16 10:35:24 AM
Dammit. I was sure this was gonna be Dick's year. Some dentist or hot dog vendor named Richard Hertz was gonna be all "I got elected WHAT?"
 
2008-09-16 10:38:11 AM
Remember: Jim in '08: Boobies in every pot!
 
2008-09-16 10:39:23 AM
lordargent.com
 
2008-09-16 10:39:27 AM
Well Subby, your Mom makes my Dick Hertz too
 
2008-09-16 10:41:01 AM
[x] Christopher Walken
 
2008-09-16 10:44:15 AM
I voted for subby's mom twice last night.

/why yes, I am 12
 
2008-09-16 10:46:54 AM
DewdropsOnTheGrass: I voted for subby's mom twice last night.

/why yes, I am 12


What, is she a teacher?
 
2008-09-16 10:54:55 AM
I plan on writing in "Pat Paulsen" as well!

I was fortunate enough to see him do stand-up at a comedy club a couple of years before he died. I even got to talk to him for a few minutes and get and autographed copy of his Campaign video. What a great guy!
 
2008-09-16 10:59:21 AM
I took a democrat ballot in the primary a while ago and wrote in Jack Daniels instead of obediently checking off 'Edward M. Kennedy' for Senate candidate.

Heh heh.
 
2008-09-16 10:59:49 AM
dletter: "It just seems like a waste of a vote," Hyannis resident Diane Evans said yesterday. "I'm sure it's funny, which is fine, but if I'm going to go to the trouble to vote, I should vote for someone who can win."

While voting for fictional characters is just stupid, the idea that you should only vote for someone "who can win" is even more stupid.

Dems can complain about Nader in 2000, and Republicans might still complain about Bob Barr this year, but, everyone runs their own campaign, and everyone gets to vote for the person they would like to see in the office, even if they are the only people in the world who think so.


I think you're missing the context. Someone "who can win" in the article means "someone who could legally hold this office if they won the election". Even if Mickey Mouse gets the majority vote (or hell, ALL the votes), he's a cartoon character and he's not going to serve on the school board, so depending on the local legal system at best you get a judge deciding the winner, and at worst, you get to pay for having an election all over again.

Vote for Nader all you want, because if elected, he could legally hold the office of president. Hell, even write in Steven Colbert, as he's legally eligible. Or yourself, if you're a U.S. citizen over the age of 35. But if you write in "Mickey Mouse", you're wasting everyone's time.
 
2008-09-16 10:59:58 AM
GurneyHalleck: Diebold will be the final decider, anyway. Or in a pinch, a Supreme Court justice.

Actually, the Electoral College.
 
2008-09-16 11:03:08 AM
GoDawgs!: GurneyHalleck: Diebold will be the final decider, anyway.

Why do those pricks always seem to keep my ATM transactions straight?


As a former Diebold contractor, I asked the same question. Some of the Diebold employees wet their pants laughing. The answer, Not so much.
 
2008-09-16 11:06:45 AM
TheGreyPiper: I took a democrat ballot in the primary a while ago and wrote in Jack Daniels instead of obediently checking off 'Edward M. Kennedy' for Senate candidate.

Heh heh.


Go vote today. Kerry actually has a primary challenger for the first time since 84
 
2008-09-16 11:14:10 AM
GurneyHalleck: Diebold will be the final decider, anyway. Or in a pinch, a Supreme Court justice.

"It's not the people who vote that counts, it's the people who count the votes" -- Stalin
 
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