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Aug 14 2012

Minnesotans: VOTE

I know, it’s weird, it’s mid-August — but we’re having a primary right now. It’s been buried in the news and won’t get much attention because there aren’t any presidential candidates on the ballot, but it’s still important to turn out and do your civic duty. Stephanie has some recommendations for who good smart sensible liberals should vote for.

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    Improbable Joe, bearer of the Official SpokesGuitar

    But but but… politics is all just opinion, and therefore shouldn’t ever be mentioned by liberal atheists/skeptics! Don’t try to tell me what to do, or insist that I have values!

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    robb

    is there going to be a sneaky marriage definition vote or is it just voting for candidates? i spose i gotta check it out.

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    Socio-gen, something something...

    robb: Just candidates. The marriage amendment will be on the November ballot, along with the Voter ID amendment that has no provisions in place for actually implementing it, should it pass.

    As a recent transplant to MN, it’s going to take me years to understand how elections work here. Open primaries, no write-ins, same-day registrations, no provisionals, canvassing for presidential nominees? It’s chaos! LOL

    Ah well, my absentee ballot was turned in.

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    Sassafras

    Socio-gen, as a slightly less recent transplant myself, I can tell you that you get used to it quickly. It’s chaos, but a very relaxed chaos.

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    ottod

    Harrerugah! At the end of this congressional term I’m officially out of Michele’s district! (And I wish the same for everyone.)

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    Kagehi

    But but but… politics is all just opinion, and therefore shouldn’t ever be mentioned by liberal atheists/skeptics! Don’t try to tell me what to do, or insist that I have values!

    We here in Lake Havasu have this one pegged. The farther down the scale you get, the less information there is available about what the candidates actually stand for. It took me like 30 minutes just to find that one city council person was probably Tea Party, and another sounded enough Republican that I could scratch them off the list. And, that was two people out of a list of 8, of which I needed to vote for 3.

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    a3kr0n

    To me it’s like choosing between Catholic and Protestant.
    Can’t I vote “none of the above”?

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    Socio-gen, something something...

    Sassafras: It’s just a different kind of chaos than what I was used to in PA. I was a minority inspector and then judge of elections for my precinct and I had all the laws and whatnot down pat. When I first moved out, I thought I’d jump right in, since most places are desperate for poll workers, but I need to learn the laws and regs better before I can be useful.

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    ImaginesABeach

    ottod – I considered myself in Betty’s district as soon as they finalized the maps. Voted for her today!

    Socio-gen – what’s so confusing? Primaries for everything except president, you can vote in the primary for any party but only one party, caucus for president, and some cities have ranked voting for city offices.

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    michaelvieths

    For my races in Columbia Heights, the MN Sun had brief interviews/bios for each of the local candidates which came in handy.

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    Feminace, formerly Qurikythrope

    Done and done!

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    Stardrake

    Voting accomplished–I was NOT going to be kicking myself for not voting if somehow Keith Ellison lost to the carpetbagging slaver from West Virginia. (We had a pseudo-candidate in the Democratic primary who was only running so he could show gory anti-abortion ads. But occasionally, someone like that can win if too many people think there’s no need to vote for the good guy since he couldn’t possibly lose!

    Fortunately Ellison won easily.

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    Socio-gen, something something...

    ImaginesABeach: It’s not the voting that’s confusing; it’s the behind-the-scenes, running a polling station stuff. A lot of the procedures/rules are very different and takes time to learn all the ins and outs.

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