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(Telegram)   You probably thought you were clever writing in Big Bird for president, but the town clerk who has to read your ballot isn't amused   (telegram.com) divider line 62
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2012-11-09 10:11:54 AM
I'm not upraised to see that someone working for the government thinks that expressing your first amendment rights is a waste of their time.

The government needs to wake up.
 
2012-11-09 10:15:30 AM

me texan: I'm not upraised to see that someone working for the government thinks that expressing your first amendment rights is a waste of their time.

The government needs to wake up.


Not sure if serious...
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-11-09 10:18:29 AM
OH BOO HOO, YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR JOB.
 
2012-11-09 10:21:46 AM

me texan: I'm not upraised to see that someone working for the government thinks that expressing your first amendment rights is a waste of their time.


Slow down, Publius, and consider picking your battles a little more carefully in the future.
 
2012-11-09 10:27:07 AM
If someone thinks so little of their vote, so be it. Part of the job for the counters.
 
2012-11-09 10:28:48 AM

MBK: OH BOO HOO, YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR JOB.


But they have to but the ballot in a separate tray!
 
2012-11-09 10:32:16 AM
What good is a secret ballot unless you can have a little fun without getting in trouble?
 
2012-11-09 10:51:52 AM

BunkoSquad: me texan: I'm not upraised to see that someone working for the government thinks that expressing your first amendment rights is a waste of their time.

Slow down, Publius, and consider picking your battles a little more carefully in the future.


Ok, maybe I came across a little to much there. My point is they're criticizing the people that are protesting the system by using what is arguably their most precious right as an American. It's a pretty strong message being sent by these voters.. and apparently it's falling on deaf ears.
 
2012-11-09 11:55:55 AM
I voted Stephen Colbert for pretty much everything at the state level.

If the counter doesn't like it when we'll restructure them out of a job.
Plenty of people need a job.
Most of our jobs involve catering to some level of stupidity. Suck it up.
 
2012-11-09 12:05:34 PM
I've worked the polls a couple times, and we always hope for no write-ins, but we're not going to try to get people to stop doing them. Yeah, it's a little extra work, especially annoying when the pay is the same if you get out half an hour after the polls close or if you're stuck there until the wee hours of the morning, but it's pay, and it feels good to be such a crucial part of such an important system. Also, knowing that it is extra work and having done the extra work does not stop me from voting write-ins myself, and it shouldn't stop others, either.
 
2012-11-09 12:15:19 PM
When the parties can come up with candidates worth being voted for, write-i\ns will stop being a problem.

For example, in the case of an election like VA's Senate, where it was Tim Kaine vs. George Allen? The only clear choice was "neither". So, a write-in was necessary.

Maybe that could be an option for the ballots... "none of the above".
 
2012-11-09 12:34:03 PM
Hey.. it's not my fault that Lizard People weren't on my local ballot.
 
2012-11-09 12:36:39 PM

Bontesla: I voted Stephen Colbert for pretty much everything at the state level.
[...]
Most of our jobs involve catering to some level of stupidity. Suck it up.


At least you acknowledge it.
 
2012-11-09 01:15:36 PM
What would happen if a non-existent person or character actually won a write-in campaign?
 
2012-11-09 01:52:18 PM
OMG Mitt Romney threatened to kill a candidate for President
 
2012-11-09 01:53:01 PM

me texan: I'm not upraised to see that someone working for the government thinks that expressing your first amendment rights is a waste of their time.

The government needs to wake up.


My sentiment exactly.
 
2012-11-09 01:53:17 PM

The Onion is prophetic: What would happen if a non-existent person or character actually won a write-in campaign?


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-09 01:53:36 PM

skullkrusher: OMG Mitt Romney threatened to kill a candidate for President


Awesome
 
2012-11-09 01:53:59 PM
I'm with the person who said Boo Hoo.
STFU and GBTW
 
2012-11-09 01:54:37 PM

FirstNationalBastard: When the parties can come up with candidates worth being voted for, write-i\ns will stop being a problem.

For example, in the case of an election like VA's Senate, where it was Tim Kaine vs. George Allen? The only clear choice was "neither". So, a write-in was necessary.

Maybe that could be an option for the ballots... "none of the above".


I believe a cat (felis catus) came in third in that contest.
 
2012-11-09 01:56:26 PM
I don't care and, also, fark you.
 
2012-11-09 01:56:43 PM
Must be nice to live in a state that allows write ins.
 
2012-11-09 01:57:54 PM
Sorry biatch, I'll vote for whoever the fark I want to. Don't like it? Don't farking volunteer next time. farking coont.
 
2012-11-09 01:58:54 PM

FirstNationalBastard: When the parties can come up with candidates worth being voted for, write-i\ns will stop being a problem.

For example, in the case of an election like VA's Senate, where it was Tim Kaine vs. George Allen? The only clear choice was "neither". So, a write-in was necessary.

Maybe that could be an option for the ballots... "none of the above".


What happens if none of the above wins? Everyone on the ballot banished for 10 years?
 
2012-11-09 02:01:16 PM

Wellon Dowd: FirstNationalBastard: When the parties can come up with candidates worth being voted for, write-i\ns will stop being a problem.

For example, in the case of an election like VA's Senate, where it was Tim Kaine vs. George Allen? The only clear choice was "neither". So, a write-in was necessary.

Maybe that could be an option for the ballots... "none of the above".

I believe a cat (felis catus) came in third in that contest.


I wish his campaign had sent me some literature. He would have had my vote.
 
2012-11-09 02:01:25 PM
I hate the things that I hate to do at my job, too.

/voted for Steve Holt
//Steve Holt!
 
2012-11-09 02:01:38 PM
Dude, town clerks are *never* happy.
 
2012-11-09 02:02:32 PM
He must be a blast at parties.
 
2012-11-09 02:04:57 PM

me texan: I'm not upraised to see that someone working for the government thinks that expressing your first amendment rights is a waste of their time.

The government needs to wake up.


Calm down, sparky. I worked for 16 hrs on Tuesday for a grand total of $135. This isn't something people do for money or power, we do it to get you in and out as fast as possible.
 
2012-11-09 02:05:01 PM
FTFA Write-in votes cause the ballot to be moved into a second tray inside the voting machine, from which they must be removed and hand tallied. It slows the process and after Tuesday's large turnout, presented one more wrench in the wheel for poll workers, who were counting into the wee morning hours in some towns.

Cry me a river. Its your duty to count ballots only once ever two years. Count the farking ballots and don't biatch about it. There is no law that says voting must be quick.

/voted for "King of the Lizard" people for the house race
//was really hoping for a state wide recount
 
2012-11-09 02:07:37 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Wellon Dowd: FirstNationalBastard: When the parties can come up with candidates worth being voted for, write-i\ns will stop being a problem.

For example, in the case of an election like VA's Senate, where it was Tim Kaine vs. George Allen? The only clear choice was "neither". So, a write-in was necessary.

Maybe that could be an option for the ballots... "none of the above".

I believe a cat (felis catus) came in third in that contest.

I wish his campaign had sent me some literature. He would have had my vote.


As satisfying as voting for Hank would have been, the fear of having ole George represent me (again) required me to vote against Allen for the third time in my life.
 
2012-11-09 02:12:38 PM

gingerjet: FTFA Write-in votes cause the ballot to be moved into a second tray inside the voting machine, from which they must be removed and hand tallied. It slows the process and after Tuesday's large turnout, presented one more wrench in the wheel for poll workers, who were counting into the wee morning hours in some towns.

Cry me a river. Its your duty to count ballots only once ever two years. Count the farking ballots and don't biatch about it. There is no law that says voting must be quick.

/voted for "King of the Lizard" people for the house race
//was really hoping for a state wide recount


Point of order: in most places there is an election at least once a year, but people don't bother to vote in the "school district" and "reigisted of deeds" elections.

You really should, though. Michele Bachman got her start in the school counsel.
 
2012-11-09 02:13:37 PM
VOTE! YOU HAVE TO VOTE!!! YOU'RE A BAD AMERICAN IF YOU DON'T VOTE!!! FARKING VOTE ALREADY!!!

Ok, let's see what my choices are. Hey, these are all out-of-touch doucebags beholden to corporate interests! Fark that shiat, I'm writing in Mickey Mouse.

OMG! YOU'RE A TERRIBLE PERSON FOR TRIVIALIZING THE ELECTION PROCESS!!!! HOW DARE YOU!!!

/Some days, you can't win.
 
2012-11-09 02:14:02 PM
Nevada has a "None of the above" option for some races. Not sure what happens if "None of the above" wins.
 
2012-11-09 02:14:34 PM
Awww, democracy is such a hassle! :(
 
2012-11-09 02:15:26 PM

Wellon Dowd: FirstNationalBastard: Wellon Dowd: FirstNationalBastard: When the parties can come up with candidates worth being voted for, write-i\ns will stop being a problem.

For example, in the case of an election like VA's Senate, where it was Tim Kaine vs. George Allen? The only clear choice was "neither". So, a write-in was necessary.

Maybe that could be an option for the ballots... "none of the above".

I believe a cat (felis catus) came in third in that contest.

I wish his campaign had sent me some literature. He would have had my vote.

As satisfying as voting for Hank would have been, the fear of having ole George represent me (again) required me to vote against Allen for the third time in my life.


Little Troll Man should never have decided to not run for re-election.

Generally, I would have voted against Allen, if nothing else, but Kaine is no better than Allen. Kaine is just another bible thumping dickhead that somehow has a (D) beside his name. And he did a great job at farking shiat up on his way out of the Governor's office.
 
2012-11-09 02:15:55 PM
I wrote in "My Ass" for a few of my local elections.
I wonder how the poll workers felt about having to waste their time on that.
 
2012-11-09 02:16:43 PM
This is yet another example of the assholification of America.

"I'm going to make someones life just a little worse off than it has to be just I can be a smug prick about it instead of just leaving the damn thing blank which would have the same effect"
 
2012-11-09 02:19:02 PM
My favorite part of the article was when she placed write-in votes for Gingrich and Darth Vader has the same category.
 
2012-11-09 02:20:03 PM
I wrote Mitt in five times, for the five open seats on the Regional Vocational High School Committee. Thought about writing him in for County Treasurer but, for obvious reasons, thought better of it.
 
2012-11-09 02:20:28 PM
Well if those civil servants find their job too difficult they could always suck cock for a living.
 
2012-11-09 02:20:52 PM

kevstercsu: My favorite part of the article was when she placed write-in votes for Gingrich and Darth Vader has the same category.


...That's no moon Gingrich wanted us to colonize!
 
2012-11-09 02:22:38 PM
For all my whining this year about third parties and other crap, I'll admit that joke write-ins are almost always funny.

d2tq98mqfjyz2l.cloudfront.net
 
2012-11-09 02:23:54 PM

Relatively Obscure: Bontesla: I voted Stephen Colbert for pretty much everything at the state level.
[...]
Most of our jobs involve catering to some level of stupidity. Suck it up.

At least you acknowledge it.


[ohsnap.jpg]
 
2012-11-09 02:27:24 PM
I was an election observer for the recent elections where the County Auditor had the screen of the clerk who had to resolve ballots with problems projected on the wall so everyone could see what she was doing. I saw a lot of voter stupid.

A number of people filled in the box for Mitt and then crossed out every other candidate or wrote NO in big letters across them, just to make sure.

My absolute favorite were the ones were the referendums where the voter would cross out portions of paragraph describing it and insert their own text and then vote to approve it. I found them particularly amusing as under state law those are resolved as a Yes vote for the referendum.

As for write-ins Ron Paul barely edged out Jesus. One actually wrote in "RON PAUL!!!"
 
2012-11-09 02:27:45 PM
So, you're telling me that Weedlord Bonerhitler didn't get elected mayor? Dangit. Maybe next year.

/His running mate, Gene Masseth, was also let down.
 
2012-11-09 02:28:42 PM

The Onion is prophetic: What would happen if a non-existent person or character actually won a write-in campaign?


Or, what if say in a decent size city "John Smith" won the write in vote. Which John Smith?
 
2012-11-09 02:29:43 PM

stonicus: The Onion is prophetic: What would happen if a non-existent person or character actually won a write-in campaign?

Or, what if say in a decent size city "John Smith" won the write in vote. Which John Smith?


The obvious solution is to gather all John Smiths and have the people vote on which one they want to represent them.
 
2012-11-09 02:34:16 PM
i49.tinypic.com..
 
2012-11-09 02:37:11 PM

stonicus: The Onion is prophetic: What would happen if a non-existent person or character actually won a write-in campaign?

Or, what if say in a decent size city "John Smith" won the write in vote. Which John Smith?



Always wondered how this worked.  Does one have to register to be write-in eligable? 
 
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