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Please vote.
Voting has just begun in Dixville Notch and Hart's Location, New Hampshire.

Not sure where to vote? Go to http://maps.google.com/vote

Not sure what your rights are as a voter, state by state? Go to this ACLU page. Print your state's Voter Empowerment Card and bring it with you.

If you get to the polling place before the time the polls close, you're entitled to vote. Don't leave.

Don't wear or otherwise display a candidate's name on your clothing, a button, etc. It could be considered campaigning within 100 feet of the polling place, and you might not be allowed to vote.

Please vote. Then go get your free Starbucks coffee! Worth every penny...
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nighthellcat From: nighthellcat Date: November 4th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I can get free Starbucks coffee anytime I want. My best friends' boyfriend works there! LOL

Not that I've ever really taken advantage of it, the only time I'm on that side of town, I'm running late to get to class.
glithander From: glithander Date: November 4th, 2008 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't wear or otherwise display a candidate's name on your clothing, a button, etc. It could be considered campaigning within 100 feet of the polling place, and you might not be allowed to vote.

Just to reiterate this. We've been instructed to ask people who have their candidate's name on clothing, etc, to remove it if possible, or to cover it with a coat, or to go in the bathroom and turn their t-shirt inside out, if necessary.

I know it seems silly, but we've been instructed to take it very seriously.

Edited at 2008-11-04 05:49 am (UTC)
psychochicken From: psychochicken Date: November 4th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Crikey. You can't get into a polling station here in Scotland without getting a hundred leaflets shoved in your face. As I said to one chap last time "too little too late mate".
tinygalaxies From: tinygalaxies Date: November 4th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't wear or otherwise display a candidate's name on your clothing, a button, etc. It could be considered campaigning within 100 feet of the polling place, and you might not be allowed to vote.

Biggest piece of B.S. if you ask me. Max wore his "YES WE CAN" tshirt and my Obama button was on my purse. We didn't have an issue this morning.

ETA: Not saying that others won't have problems, since it's already happened elsewhere. Just saying it's BS when/if it actually happens.

Edited at 2008-11-04 03:03 pm (UTC)
verymelm From: verymelm Date: November 4th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I believe it depends on the state you're in. In some states, you are allowed to wear campaign-related materials to the polling place; in others you aren't. Most people I've seen discuss this are advising people just to avoid the possibility of being turned away by not wearing anything campaign-related if they're not sure of the laws in their state.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: November 4th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

I disagree very strongly. Within 100 feet of a polling place, campaigning and electioneering aren't allowed. This is for the protection of the voters. Freedom of speech does not extend to intimidating those who are exercising their right to vote, and if you check the news at all today, you'll know that intimidating voters is just a different step on the campaigning/electioneering ladder from wearing clearly partisan clothes or buttons.
tinygalaxies From: tinygalaxies Date: November 4th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, I think there's an obvious difference between someone wearing a shirt or sporting a button in support of their candidate/party VS. blatant intimidation.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: November 4th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Of course there is, but it's all along a single spectrum of electioneering, and there's a slippery slope. Where do you draw the line? Is it OK for you to walk in wearing a bright Obama t-shirt, but not OK for someone to stand in the parking lot with a McCain sign? The sign in the parking lot is OK, but the person at the door handing you a leaflet and saying "I know you'll do the right thing" is pushing it? Sorry, no. It's all electioneering, and it's all inappropriate, on election day, at the polling place.
tinygalaxies From: tinygalaxies Date: November 4th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, aside from Not wearing clothes in support of candidates (and buttons and signs, etc.) I'm assuming you also feel that individuals should not discuss their political choices or opinions with others while waiting in line? Because I can see much more intimidation shared through conversation than by the little Obama button on my purse. If you're going to discourage tangible electioneering, might as well discourage non-political chit chat as well. Mind you, I prefer not to talk politics while waiting to vote, but it seemed everyone else was.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: November 4th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes. Obviously there's a difference in intent between chattering with a neighbour and trying to affect someone's vote. Should polling place monitors stop people who know each other from chatting about politics if they're minding their own business? Probably not. But as I said, it's really tough to draw the line. The same people chatting a little more loudly, and leaning a little more towards "Of course I'm voting for ___. I can't believe anyone would be stupid enough not to," gets a lot closer to where I imagine you'd agree there's a problem.

Edited at 2008-11-04 06:59 pm (UTC)
tinygalaxies From: tinygalaxies Date: November 4th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
But my button & Max's tshirt weren't trying to sway anyone's vote, either :) If people are going to be allowed to discuss politics in line - whether they know each other or not - I don't have a problem with someone's tshirt. I don't feel I should be discouraged to wear one, either. :) I think that in most cases blatant electioneering is obvious - and can be controlled if needed. So, yes - blatant electioneering is not acceptable at the polls. An Obama button on my purse is, as long as I'm not runnng around telling people to vote for him ;)
perisoft From: perisoft Date: November 4th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
'Dixville Notch'? You've got to be kidding me.
verymelm From: verymelm Date: November 4th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
sfi_firefighter From: sfi_firefighter Date: November 5th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had to work 70 miles away from my polling place on Tuesday on a 10 hour on/10 hour off shift...just got home.

Didn't stop me from Early Voting on Monday before I headed out!

I've never missed voting in an election, I've always referred to voting as "Renewing my license to bitch, moan, and complain about the way things are ran"

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