early voting in north carolina

I went to vote today. There was only one thing on the ballot that interested me, but I ended up actually pushing two buttons that selected something. The other fifteen button presses were to get to the final "VOTE" button. It wasn't easy considering how much my hands were shaking from all the toot I'd done the night before. I fell into the voting machine slightly at one point, but neither I nor it went all the way down to the floor, which would have caused a scene.

I get to the polling location precisely at 10AM, which was opening time. The only people there were the ones holding signs trying to influence your vote at the last minute and trying to shove campaign fliers in your hand. They make me nervous, so I try to run the gauntlet quickly while not trying to appear overly rude, though many of them were. The only person in the gauntlet who seemed to have views mirroring mine was busy shoving a doughnut into her mouth, so I couldn't get her attention to let her know she was not enemy. She had a homemade sign in one hand and the doughnut in the other.

I get inside and the volunteer poll worker was a woman probably in her fifties. She was kindly and had an appearance that reminded me of Laura Bush on the day when Obama was taking office. I thought Laura looked rather hot standing beside Michelle that day, and so did the poll worker in front of me. She and I joked about a few political things, I resisted the urge to feel her breasts, then she escorted me to the voting computer.

I punched my two selection buttons on the machine (plus the fifteen button presses that make the vote "take") then headed out the door. I tried, once again, to get the attention of the woman outside who seemed to have views mirroring my own, but she was still busy eating doughnuts.

I drive away and try for the last time to get the attention of the doughnut-eating woman, but she was now sitting down on the wet grass eating the entire box of doughnuts. Her political views mirror mine, I think.

11 responses to “early voting in north carolina

  1. The idea that the USA is a great democracy is a joke. Certainly in the UK it is completely illegal to campaign in any way at all on election day. Promoting a candidate outside the polling station itself is appalling.I read a few years ago (so possibly no longer true) that the USA refuses to allow international observers to monitor the freeness and fairness of elections there, despite complaining loudly about other countries doing the same.

  2. Just to get things rolling, the post is mostly fiction. I don't do toot, didn't nearly fall, and I didn't want to feel the poll worker's breasts. I was just playing with writing.:jester:

  3. Originally posted by SharkfinUK:

    The idea that the USA is a great democracy is a joke. Certainly in the UK it is completely illegal to campaign in any way at all on election day. Promoting a candidate outside the polling station itself is appalling.

    Here it is certainly democracy "lite" if at all. The issues are numerous: money talks, the selection of candidates is incredibly narrow, and popular vote is repeatedly ignored on favor of the Electoral College, "Super Delegates", and the Supreme Court.The voting machines in my state are computerized, non-transparent, and the chain of custody of the results is insecure with little oversight.The parties in power have built walls of obstructions to prevent ideas and candidates outside of the status quo from ever seeing the light of day.Money, power, and media are as one and completely manage the national discourse for the majority who do not have the time, ability, or inclination to look elsewhere. This completely frames reality for many in many ways.Anyway, the faults are numerous and well documented for those who look for them. The campaigning at the polling place must remain 50 feet away from the entrance and cannot interfere with ingress or egress. I don't mind them because my mind is made up before walking in there, though I'm sure there are others who might vote for anyone on a sign they see while walking in there.I've frequently felt that voting here is futile. This is the first year that I went in to punch the button on one issue yet not select any candidates.Originally posted by SharkfinUK:

    I read a few years ago (so possibly no longer true) that the USA refuses to allow international observers to monitor the freeness and fairness of elections there, despite complaining loudly about other countries doing the same.

    I've noticd this, too. The hypocrisy is amazing. A parallel is bringing democracy to other places at the end of a gun barrel and "you can have any candidate you like as long as we approve."

  4. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    Just to get things rolling, the post is mostly fiction. :jester:

    Yes, USA and UK etc do like to bring democracy to other countries by force. And when I say democracy, I mean that in the loosest tense possible…Great fiction. I prefer to think that your write up was real. I was laughing away at your descriptions. With that amount of doughnuts maybe she had made her own. :chef:

  5. It's this election for the mayor ?

  6. Originally posted by frogier:

    It's this election for the mayor ?

    I'm not sure. I didn't even look. The same old real estate people always get that office, then they rezone everything for business.

  7. Originally posted by SharkfinUK:

    I read a few years ago (so possibly no longer true) that the USA refuses to allow international observers to monitor the freeness and fairness of elections there, despite complaining loudly about other countries doing the same.

    Actually, most international observers refuse to monitor US elections because the elections don't meet the organization's legitimacy criteria. Jimmy Carter's organization refused to monitor the 2004 US elections on just such grounds. Okay, to be fair, Jimmy Carter said if asked to monitor the US elections he would refuse because they do not meet the Carter Center's criteria.Originally posted by harrytheman:

    Yes, USA and UK etc do like to bring democracy to other countries by force. And when I say democracy, I mean that in the loosest tense possible…

    Remember how the US shit a brick when Hamas was democratically elected to lead the Palestinian Authority? The US immediately sought to dismantle the outcome of the election. Anyone remember Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista Party in Nicaragua? I can't remember how many people died at the hands of the US destabilizing that democratically elected government back in the '80s.There's just too much to go on about. I don't know why I bother… One last thing, however. Democracy is incompatible with capitalism, so don't fret too much. It won't be around in more than puppet form before too long.

  8. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    One last thing, however. Democracy is incompatible with capitalism, so don't fret too much. It won't be around in more than puppet form before too long

    I do believe that capitalism is compatible with democracy. I just don't believe that what we have at the moment is what capitalism should be. What we have at the moment is exploitation of the many by the few. 😡

  9. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    Originally posted by frogier:

    It's this election for the mayor ?

    I'm not sure. I didn't even look. The same old real estate people always get that office, then they rezone everything for business.

    It's a same things, here and the unemployment is very big and i am right with Harry

  10. Originally posted by harrytheman:

    I just don't believe that what we have at the moment is what capitalism should be. What we have at the moment is exploitation of the many by the few.

    Which is what capitalism is intended to be. Capitalism created child labor, unsafe working conditions, environmental destruction. It's cheaper and yields more net profit. Democracy attempts to regulate capitalism, creating a system that's fair for everyone, and works to create social justice. This works against capitalism's interests. This is how the US (and other countries) ends up with a strong lobbying sector dedicated to promoting the interests of corporations. Greater and greater wealth is being siphoned up, and not reinvested for the benefit of everyone.Religion and the fear of the communist boogyman are used to manipulate people in the thinking they are being attacked when anything like fairness and real sharing of prosperity is mentioned. Think of the tantrums thrown by the Republican party in this country at the mere mention of increasing taxes on the rich that would remain rich even if they were taxed at a rate of as much as 50%. But that's not in the interest of capitalism. Regulation and appropriate taxes are a crucial part in enabling social justice. After all, justice is the public face of love. So it seems that the current state of the global economy and it's complete lack of social justice points to no desire on the part of the rich — who you may have noticed are richer than ever before — for compassion or love.True democracy would not stand for the extreme disparity in wealth that exists today. Do you think the rich in the UK are the one's bearing any brunt of the austerity cutbacks being imposed by the government? Of course not. But you are. In this country, I am. Privatizing everything requires that profit be placed ahead of all other concerns.

  11. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    who you may have noticed are richer than ever before

    Oh yes, I noticed that.Originally posted by 0x29a:

    Do you think the rich in the UK are the one's bearing any brunt of the austerity cutbacks being imposed by the government?

    Of course I don't. That is the problem.The ethical solution would be for all workers irrespective of grade to have access to equal financial reward from their company. Of course there are always more valuable workers to a company and they should be rewarded as such. This also means that even the lowest worker should receive a decent living wage.Too many employers won't even say 'well done' to an employee when things go right – and when you can't even be paid with kind words (not even talking about any financial outlay) where the heck have we got to? 😡

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