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(Salon)   Should churches be used as polling places? Probably not if they have banners hanging outside the entrance that read, "Strengthen Marriage, Don't Redefine It," in states voting on same-sex marriage laws   (salon.com) divider line 152
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2012-11-27 08:27:36 AM

Lando Lincoln: Cythraul: I guess I'm one of the few who has a problem with Churches being used as polling places.

Like the stupid banners are going to change someone's minds right at the last minute?


Banners do change the minds of some last minute voters. I've spoken to several people who have admitted to me that they changed their vote in the last minute while walking up to the polling place because they saw a 'nice campaign sign' for a particular candidate or cause.

But I'm more concerned with a separation of church and state.

clane: Cythraul: I guess I'm one of the few who has a problem with Churches being used as polling places. But it's done all over the place in the South East, and no one else seems to have a problem with it.

i guess you don't have a problem wtih this

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-mural-philadelphia-polling- p lace_661833.html


So since you figured out that I'm a Democrat you assumed I wouldn't have a problem with this? I'm not going to bother answering you since you make such rude assumptions.

Firethorn: I'm not religious, I'm fairly hostile to 'organized religion' as a personal matter. Despite this, as long as they follow certain rules I have no problems with using them as polling places. It can be hard finding local areas that are suited for the purpose, and churches can fill the role very well in that they're normally fairly big and open buildings that can handle quite a few people, yet are mostly empty on polling days.


I have issues with churches and other religiously affiliated sites being used as polling places, but I'm not going to raise a stink about it. I just wish other options were available. It doesn't look like there are any other options, though. Churches as polling places are convenient. They're everywhere, and they can accommodate large numbers of people.

But yeah, I think they should follow a few rules during polling days, which this church doesn't seem to be following.
 
2012-11-27 09:25:32 AM

mksmith: Leeds: mksmith: Cythraul: I guess I'm one of the few who has a problem with Churches being used as polling places. But it's done all over the place in the South East, and no one else seems to have a problem with it.

I don't like it either, and never have. But then, I strongly dislike having to enter a church for any reason. I almost never go to weddings for that reason, unless they're held in someone's back yard or on the beach.

You don't like it, but you don't shy away from voting just because of the surroundings, right?

Nope, I don't shy away. I just grit my teeth, sort of. But I've voted in every single national and state election since I turned 21, which was in 1965. (I confess to having passed on a few run-offs for municipal judges, though. . . .)


So you are a self-proclaimed example of someone who is uncomfortable in places of worship. And yet you never miss an election regardless of the location of the polling place.

It would seem that the question that started this thread has been absolutely and completely answered. Thank you.
 
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