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Voters in North Carolina, by 'LucidHurricane'
Voters in North Carolina, by ‘LucidHurricane’

While we think Oregon’s perfectly reasonable “everybody votes by mail” system is probably the most efficient way to run an election, we’re still partial to going down to the polling place and filling out a ballot, because we get sentimental about the rituals of democracy. But voting on a single Tuesday sucks and is inconvenient, so hooray for the 37 states (and the District of Columbia) that have early voting. Here in Idaho, our very own Kid Zoom mailed in his absentee ballot yesterday, in his very first presidential election, so we took an old “I Voted” sticker off our computer and stuck it on his shirt. So, for no other reason than that voting is awesome, here is a selection of stuff from around the interwebs about people exercising their franchise!

In Ohio, early voting started last week. Cleveland takes early voting seriously. With marching bands. OK, standing-there-on-the-steps bands:

Fired up, ready to go, as they say.

People have some pretty good reasons to get out this year.

ohiostate-kyle

We’re not singling out HillaryForOhio, but they DO have a pretty good set of pics:

ohio-grandma-granddaughter

How about Georgia? Early voting started there Monday, and here is an ABC News video that isn’t ripping off the theme from The West Wing hardly at all:

Tennessee early voting began Tuesday, and it’s setting records! This handsome fellow what works for Wonkette has voted, so the rest of you can go home now. Or go vote now.

evan-voted-go-home-now

These fresh-faced young’uns just voted this morning, and they say it’s easy! That’s what we hear, too! (Evan got a cooler sticker, though. Sorry, kids.)

tennessee-emily

This gent in Alabama is sad because Alabama has no early voting at all. Alabama is a jerk, if you ask us. Please Note: Babies do not vote, not even in Tennessee.

jealous-arkansan

North Carolina counties cut a whole bunch of early voting hours, after a federal court nixed some horrible vote suppression measures passed by the Legislature of Idiots a couple years back. Long lines, but lots of enthusiasm. Don’t let the bastards grind you down, North Carolina. Looks like you’re not!

nc-turnout

what-democracy-looks-like

What we are getting at is that you should go get yourself to an early voting site if you can, because your Supreme Overlord, The One, says you must:

Seriously. It’s a good idea. And don’t feel bad if you forgot to look up all the county supervisor candidates (you really should have) or the judicial candidates. (They always get retained. Leave it blank if you’re not sure, that’s fine.) If it makes you feel better about all the earnestness here, you can still go vote early with a very cynical attitude about it. We won’t mind at all. OR WILL WE?

Get your ass out and vote, ‘kay?

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  • Teecha

    Ah, it warms the cockles of my heart to see those long queues!

  • Cheesus Crust

    Vote early, vote often! (was that supposed to be a secret?)

  • Vagandarian the Librarian!

    Evan is a handsome fellow indeed, but his face sticker even more so!

  • Spotts1701, The Baddest Hombre

    Early voting opens tomorrow for Nevada. I intend to be there and cast my ballot. There’s only one down-ticket race I am in a quandary about. The rest I made up my mind about long ago.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Google “Nevada progressive voters” and see if there’s some online help for that.

  • Pickle Truther (AntiDerpomeme)

    I early-voted via email this year. It’s not as fun as in-person, because no sticker. But the lines are shorter.

    • dslindc

      For a more realistic experience, you can make your own sticker with masking tape and a marker, and stand outside your house for 2 hours before filling out your ballot!

  • Lulu Mac

    Early voting starts in Florida on Monday! Yay for Hillz and a big fat nope for Lil’ Marco…

  • dslindc

    Early voting begins in DC tomorrow and I shall venture out to cast my ballot, also too!

  • Nasty Astraea

    Was it just last Tuesday that I voted? Feels like months ago.

    GO VOTE EVERYONE!

  • Snark Tank, Bad Hombre

    Early voting opens on Monday, but I won’t be able to go until Saturday.

  • YetAnotherRebecca

    Sigh :)

    That “I VOTED” sticker on the bare boobie brings me back to election night 2004. I was 19, so it was the first time I was able to vote for President and I used my *ehem* ample display of patriotism to seduce the man who would a later become my wonderful husband.

    I dropped my Early Mail-In ballot in the mailbox tomorrow. Godspeed USPS and deliver it safely to the deep blue heart of the Cook County!

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Cute story, but needs moar pix!

      • FlownOver

        I was gonna say “Pics or GOTV!”

      • YetAnotherRebecca

        The story gets better :) I actually had no idea what he looked like for the first 15 minutes or so after we met because he was wearing a rubber GWB mask and a dunce cap and was drinking a Kool-Aid/Vodka cocktail through a straw he had threaded through the breathing hole in the nose.

        Which was made even funnier by the fact that when someone commented on it, his immediate reply was “Well, it’s not the first time he’s had a straw up there.”

        • Lascauxcaveman

          Great. Now I wanna marry the guy.

          • YetAnotherRebecca

            Haha…you’re not kidding! I was actually still with my high school sweetheart the night we met, but was so damn smitten with him that I literally broke up with the boyfriend the next day, Wednesday 11/3/04. Future husband and I had our first date that Friday 11/5/04.

            Sadly, he passed away in early 2013 in a car accident. The man was a prize and a treasure and as much as I’ve been having this election season the fact that he’s missing it sure stings.

          • Shan

            I like it when you talk about the two of you because I like knowing that sort of magic exists. Especially if it makes you happy to talk about it.

          • theCryptofishist

            Widowhood sucks. It gets better. Getting run over by a train and having your legs come off, is a distraction, but not a very good strategy.

            tldr–you have my condolences.

          • YetAnotherRebecca

            It sounds like you know of what you speak. If so, you have my condolences as well. Widowhood does suck, and when it happens to you in your 20s no one knows how to react or what to do with you. Luckily the internet swooped in and saved me once again and I was able to find a really really good online community for young wids.

            And it has gotten better :) The first couple years were spent in a trauma and booze induced fog where I was mostly disappointed every morning to find that I’d woken up to yet another day. But then I realized that the sun’s gonna keep coming up no matter what and with the help of some really wonderful friends and family members I’ve rebuilt a pretty decent life. New hubby as of late June, a couple smooshy kitten-babies, plans for the future again. It’s bittersweet to be sure – I still miss my first husband terribly and wish every day he was back – but considering I was convinced that life would be “bitter” without the help of the “sweet” from here on out I’m taking it as a tiny victory :)

            my tldr – thanks for reading, you as well

          • theCryptofishist

            I was 41, so some of that is not my experience. My sister was in her 20s when she lost her first husband. She got remarried (to someone who knew him and missed him, also, too) and had two kids. About 25 years in, she had a dreadful couple of years, just through the wringer. So, yeah, life goes on, but sometimes you end up back on one of those squares for a while.
            So, bitter and sweet.

  • Anna Rompage

    In effort to keep Donald from embarrassing himself even more on Twitter, it appears Russia has hacked their main server and shut the social media down

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Twitter never existed, so Donald Trump never tweeted that.”
      — Mike Pence

  • NastyCatsVote

    I’ve been an active Durham County voter for 12 years, and I am in agreement with the poll worker. The only time I’ve seen a line like the one I was in yesterday was on the last Saturday of early voting. One dipshit acquaintance of mine was telling people to just wait till later and not to go out and vote because it was just too crazy out there, y’all, but everyone told her to shut up and went about their business. It WAS legitimately crazy, though.

    I’m interested to see if there’s a big drop off in voters after yesterday. It feels like literally everyone in town came out.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Tennessee shaped voting stickers are awesome.

    • I remember getting those.

      The Georgia ones are cutesy, but not quite as awesome.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e62294fb6353896d7bea97764abf4b607d7d13ab9bafd6791265aa4927ac9f64.jpg

      • theCryptofishist

        It’s a statement of identity rather than one of action. Being a feminine sort, not a man of action.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Tennesseean are awfully proud that their state is the most parallelogram-shaped state. (Screw you Wy and CO! Squares do not even count!)

      • chortlingdingo

        I think perhaps no state is as proud of its shape as Texas. I tell you, you can find just about everything Texas-shaped around here.

        • Bad Hombre Ron

          The Texas-shaped male and female genitalia do take some getting used to.

          • chortlingdingo

            Haha well, okay. You got me there :D

        • Celtic_Hombre

          Ohio state highway markers have the highway number in an outline of the state. When you cross the border into another state, their highway markers look kind of boring.

      • theCryptofishist

        So, Texas, and Oklahoma, and Florida, and Idaho have pan handles, but Utah doesn’t.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    State of Warshington (more EVs than Oregon, BTW) also has vote by mail. And legal weed. I’m not really much of MJ user these days but this year I think I just might fill in my ballot while toking on a number.

    Thereby solemnly symbolizing freedom of choice or somesuch.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      And diggin’ on the radio?

      Mebbe that’s more of a Mississippi thing.

    • emmelemm

      Vote by mail is THE ONLY WAY TO GO.

      I mean, standing in LINE? What are we, savages?

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Agreed. When I tell Tim Eyman to go fuck himself — with votes– I like to savor the moment.

        • Lascauxcaveman

          Yes, telling Tim Eyeman to go fuck himself has become a proud tradition for Warshington state voters :) I’ll almost miss him when he’s gone.

          • UncleTravelingMatt

            When he finally gets gone, I’ll let you know if I miss him. Probably not. But maybe.

      • I thought We are Devo

      • NastyBossetti

        As a Pennsylvanian, I have no choice but to wait for election day and be a savage. We don’t have early voting or voting by mail (I mean, they exist, but not for everyone).

        • emmelemm

          No snark, I think that really sucks.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      The voter’s guide has blank pages expressly for use in rolling a deliberative joint.

  • Blackest Noobs

    It’s rigged….with voters voting!

    • Nasty Astraea

      Even the blah ones!

  • Oblios_Cap

    we’re still partial to going down to the polling place and filling out a ballot, because we get sentimental about the rituals of democracy

    I vote every chance I get, even if it’s just a 2-person run-off. And I like to do it on Election Day. (Vote. You perverts!)

    • NastyCatsVote

      I usually vote on Election Day, but I couldn’t wait this time. Honestly, turn out was so high, it almost felt like Election Day.

  • laughingnome

    I’m proud to be one of the 1.8 million dead Americans voting for Hillary!

    • Lascauxcaveman

      And I’m leading a convoy of 18-wheelers and school busses CHOCK FULL OF MESSICANS across the border to vote in Brownsville, TX!

      • mrpuma2u

        Si se puede!

      • SessileRaptor

        But are they going to stay long enough to rape all our wimminz and deal all the drugs to our pets?

        • theblackdog

          Of course, then they’re going to bus up to Maine to impregnate all the white wimminz

          • SessileRaptor

            What was I thinking? Of course they have to impregnate all the white women in Maine, duh! They also have to bring all the drugs and rap CDs up there because no white person in Maine would ever be interested in either without the furriners there to corrupt them.

          • Celtic_Hombre

            They get all the fun.

      • arensb

        My street corner doesn’t have a taco truck. Know anyone who might help with that, after they’ve voted?

    • BearGHAZI

      2016: Rigged for Her Pleasure

      My sort-of boyfriend thought that one up

      • Bad Hombre Ron

        That totally needs to be a graphic.

      • OddMan

        ✩✩✩✩✩

      • Serai 1

        ALL THE UPVOTES

  • Spotts1701, The Baddest Hombre
  • malsperanza

    If horror and fear of The Turnip motivates a record number of people to vote against him, we will all have to thank him with warm and sincere enthusiasm.

    I was going to go down to the BoE and file my absentee ballot this afternoon, but I feel a little queasy.

  • FlownOver

    Been there, etc.

    I was given TWO “I voted” stickers, so Rigged Election, q.e.d.

    • Good_Trouble_Yall

      What’s wrong with getting a sticker for each time you –
      Ohhhhhh.

  • anwisok

    I’m taking the 8th and 9th off. The 8th, to vote. The 9th because I’m gonna be hungover and tired as all shit! LOL

    In 2012 we had awful lines, because the election commission thought there’d be low turnout or something, so they didn’t put all available machines out. And we then had *higher* then normal turnout. I’m going early,and staying however long it takes.

    • YetAnotherRebecca

      Same here, although I just voted by mail so the Tuesday is so I can have a mother-daughter day with my momma when she goes and votes in person.

      The Wednesday though. That’s a planned hangover/partied to hard sick day to be sure

      • Cindyinencinitas

        I first read that as “when she goes and votes in prison.” And I thought that was damn decent of you to help your mom vote in the joint.

        • YetAnotherRebecca

          Hehe…I’m a good daughter, if it came to that I’d gladly do so.

          Those ballots are pretty damn large though…it would be quite uncomfortable to try to smuggle them in through security.

    • mrpuma2u

      Also taking Nov 8th off, didn’t think about the 9th, damn. I will have to be sober at least until polls close, as I plan to be giving polling place rides to folks that need them.

    • BadKitty904

      I’m taking the 9th off because there’s no point in pretending I’m going to get any work done…

      • Mr. Blobfish

        THE USA WILL BE A SMOLDERING CRATER ON THE 9TH. HILLARY WILL FUNDAMENTALLY DESTROY OUR FREEDOMS!!1

        • Celtic_Hombre

          From your lips to dog’s ears.

    • theblackdog

      Debating taking the 9th off, mostly because I’m going to see Henry Rollins on the 8th and he and everyone in the theater may need drinks if things do not go well.

  • docterry6973

    Some of these pictures are voter suppression in action. Overload polling places in certain areas so that people turn around and walk away.

    • Serai 1

      Why do you think the GOP works to close polling places so much?

  • Nasty Astraea

    OT the guy next to me on the plane is on his second meal in an hour and a half and he’s using smelly vinegar dressing. I’d rather be standing in line to vote.

    • laughingnome

      If he has bad orange hair find another seat fast.

    • BadKitty904

      Wth?

  • NastyCatsVote

    There’s some concern about how much Hurricane Matthew will affect the outcome in NC. The counties Down East are the most solid Dem voting bloc we have. http://www.wral.com/flood-victims-face-major-challenges-as-early-voting-begins/16140301/

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Happy Vote Rigging, everybodY!

    • theCryptofishist

      Are we taking out the ship?

  • BadKitty904

    OT: “Interesting”…

    Richard Branson Recalls ‘Bizarre’ Lunch with Revenge-Obsessed Trump
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/richard-branson-trump_us_580a45b4e4b000d0b15658d8?section=

    • therblig

      sounds spurious – branson never mentions the quality of the taco bowls.

    • Ms Redgyal if You’re Nasty

      People obsessed with revenge are insecure about their value. — Red

  • Kooolest G

    I like to vote on election day too, but I live in california where there’s never a line to vote. those pictures there make me furious, I think we should declare nov. 8th a general strike and everybody in america should take the day off to vote. if they really wanted working people to vote, they would have election day be a holiday or at least make it a weekend day

    • Blacktop Cadence

      It should be a national holiday as it is.

      • BadKitty904

        Truly. The fact that it’s not, I suspect, isn’t accidental. And yes, Congress, I’m looking at YOU.

      • Serai 1

        It should be THREE days instead of one. That way, everyone can vote regardless of their schedule. No excuses!

    • Bec Jenn

      Eh, lines are overrated. You should have seen the lines just for the primary this year. Then again, I live in Phoenix, AZ and the county recorder screwed things up in a LOT of areas. There were people who didn’t get to vote because they were looking for parking (I think we have it on our dashcam). Good thing is that the county recorder is up for re-election, and I don’t think she is going to keep her seat (she barely squeaked out of the primaries).

      • theblackdog

        Hopefully she does not win. I mean when you reduce the number of polling places from 200 to 60 for the primaries, there’s something scammy going on.

        • Bec Jenn

          I live in S. Phoenix and we were hit kind of hard here. I’m kinda bummed that the only early voting we have is mail in. In the primaries my dad had something screwy happen with his mail-in (it never arrived) and had to do a provisional ballot(which they tend to count last if they count at all). I guess growing up in S. Phoenix most of my life, I just don’t trust as much. If we had it like other states, I’d be there in a heartbeat. As is my husband and I are planning on being there early in the morning on Nov 8.

          • TheSeaward

            My fellow Zonie, we do have in-person early voting in Arizona! If you Google “Early voting AZ” a handy widget will come up that will give you a list of locations, so you can pick what is closest to you. I just found out about it today, so I haven’t voted yet myself — but I’ll be going in to Chandler City Hall on Monday.

          • Bec Jenn

            OMG, thank you, I did not know this. Just looked up and found there are locations open tomorrow. My husband didn’t know this either. It seems a wee bit scammy that more people don’t know. I just thought we had the mail in ballot (that I don’t trust as I said before). Again, TY!

    • Serai 1

      The GOP has been fighting that mercilessly for decades. They know if voting was on a Sunday, say, or stretched over a couple of days, they’d NEVER fucking win anything. Nope, gotta make it as inconvenient as possible. That way they can keep out as many voters as possible.

  • ViveLaNastyWimminz

    I am stubbornly waiting until election day because I’m really hoping some winger tries to intimidate us. But since we are old and white, and St Johns County is about 9000% white, probably not.

  • Beanz&Berryz

    Oregon’s vote by mail…. in its early days, and maybe still, put state-wide voter participation up near the top of all the states. And now also too with auto-registration at the DMV (get it? – “auto”-registration) there are gobs of newly registereds too.

    Fraud is about as nonexistent as in-person voting, because the signature of each ballot is checked and confirmed. And we have some good cross-generational discussions as we talk through our long lists of ballot measures…

    But we do miss the ritual. The school or church multi-purpose rooms. Though we never ever had the lines I see in piktures, so I don’t get what those are all about… One daughter, as a poli-sci major, was asked what her earliest political memory was. She couldn’t quite remember if it was being dropped at the neighbor’s house while the moms took turns walking down to the neighborhood grade school, or if it was me on some rant about Repub something-or-othering…

    But, for plain old participationism, vote by mail is hard to beat… and hard to scam people out of getting to vote

    • malsperanza

      The only thing about vote by mail that worries me is spouses or parents pressuring family members to vote a certain way. That’s why I like states with an in-person option. There’s nothing like the secrecy of the voting booth, really.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        I’ve heard of that concern… generalizedly, but not ever of anything like it actually happening, but then, how would we… I suppose that’s a risk with absentee ballots too… if a mean one wanted to control a partner, absentee balloting would be the trick, even if there’s in-person voting… Mean people in relationships suck… and it’s a drag thinking through the thinking of mean people…

        • malsperanza

          I know a man who routinely told his wife how to vote, and she assured him that she had followed his advice. She told me years later that she had ignored him in the voting booth.

          She was my grandmother.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            wow. dang…. ok….

      • Latverian Diplomat

        If you are being bullied by your family to that degree, you’ve got worse problems than voting.

        • malsperanza

          Nonsense.

          Do you know how common it is for parents to “edit” their kids’ college applications? How many of them would stop at “advising” their 18-year-olds how to vote?

          • theblackdog

            That bothers the fuck out of me, mainly because my parents and I would talk politics, but they never felt they would have had to look at my ballot. Of course, my mom grew up in a Native American household where her parents didn’t get the right to vote until after 1965 so she was always a huge advocate for “Go vote, I don’t care for who, but you’d better go fucking vote”

          • Latverian Diplomat

            Apparently, enough stopped at it to pass legal weed in Washington?

          • malsperanza

            Pretty sure that was Mom & Dad who voted for that.

    • Ill_Used_Floppy_Disk

      Dropped my ballot off this morning at the Multnomah Co. Elections office.

    • They did a Canada wide survey on updating our election process recently, and one of the questions was about internet voting. It gave me a tingle in my nethers, I tell ya…

      • Bad Hombre Ron

        We had that for our last municipal election. Highest voter ‘turnout’ in ages. No reason not to roll it out for provincial and federal elections.

        • Yeah, my parents’ just told me that they had it for their last municipal election too. I mean, I pay my taxes online and I trust that security (and all my data is there already…) there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be an option for provincial and federal in the very near future.

  • BadKitty904

    Monday starts our early voting Down Here and we are rarin’ to cast many, MANY, oh-so-*MANY* votes for Hilz!

    As Voltaire said of the Rage Yam: “Crush the infamous thing!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d6485811df846abe609d38a7cfea15fd10d80a9c910d4cea71d5bb7a2e8e427d.jpg

    • ViveLaNastyWimminz

      Loose the Kittehs!!!!

      • cmd

        I have a cat named Hillary and I am looking for an ACORN person to register her to vote.

        • theCryptofishist

          They had to get rid of all the people and hire squirrells instead.

    • Markuserektus

      “Pussy grabs back”

  • jmk

    We don’t get exciting early voting here in Noo Yawk – unless you submit an absentee ballot – so I’m going to have to be consumed with envy until the actual Election Day.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      I’m so desperate for this to be over I was considering buying plane tickets to prove I was going to be somewhere else

      • jmk

        Well, it’s less inconvenient than going to prison just to get an absentee ballot…which is actually starting to look like a reasonable option.

        • Carpe Vagenda

          Oh, no, I would be more than willing to fly to Toronto for poutine on election day at this point.

          • theCryptofishist

            Don’t you have to take a selfie and mail it to Ted Cruz?

            (The neighborhood Cruz supporter has a “Keep the Christ in Christmas” bumper sticker.)

  • boyblue122

    First time in Massachusetts there will be an opportunity to vote early starting next week. Legal weed is also on the ballot

    • Blacktop Cadence

      Mail me a few pounds?

      • boyblue122

        ill try in 2017

    • ViveLaNastyWimminz

      Recreational or medical? Floriduh has medical weed on the ballot. Baby steps.

      • mrpuma2u

        Oy my glaucoma is acting up…

      • boyblue122

        it was decriminalized in 2008 – a $100 fine to be caught with under an ounce in 2008

        medical was passed in 2012

        recreational this time around

      • Celtic_Hombre

        The Ohio state lege passed a medical marijuana bill this year. Now, they have to come up with the rules and regs on who can grow it and sell it, and they say that’ll take about two years. The AMA is advising doctors not to prescribe until all that shit’s in place.

    • Cindyinencinitas

      Here too, yo!

  • mrpuma2u

    I done did it. Freedumbz.

  • ViveLaNastyWimminz

    As a Florida voter, I am sooooo glad we don’t do state-shaped stickers. The TN one is really cool, though.

  • SessileRaptor

    We’ve got early voting starting on Nov 1st here in MN. I’m planning on taking advantage of it just because my polling place is two blocks from my house and I can take an evening walk over there.

    Even with early voting I still think election day should be a national holiday.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      I can jump over my back fence and be at my polling site. I didn’t realize the rigging would be this easy. Heck, i’ll just take one of those voting thingies home with me.

      • SessileRaptor

        I hear that if you give the secret IslamoCommieGayAtheistJew hand sign, they’ll give you a whole stack of ballots to fill out and bring back later.

    • chortlingdingo

      Yes, agreed about the national holiday. But I guess that could potentially allow more blah voters to cast a ballot? Who even is in charge of declaring national holidays? Is that an executive power?

      • theblackdog

        Congress typically declares Federal holidays. Even then states don’t always have to follow them (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr._Day#State-level_passage ) and it’s not like most private businesses follow them either.

      • SessileRaptor

        You need congressional approval, and even then the individual states can decide to not honor it, so yeah that would work out exactly as you’d expect, even if it got passed the usual suspects would just ignore it. You’d basically have to do an amendment declaring that it’s a holiday and participation by all states and employers is mandatory.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    This will be my 10th presidential vote and I never got a stinkin’ sticker. Cheapo NJ.

    • therblig

      Looking forward to casting my 10 presidential votes on election day. This is Hudson County, after all. I assume the DNC will reimburse for cab fare and parking?

      • Mr. Blobfish

        I’ve only been in Hudson for about 4 years now, but the reputation is unparalleled.

    • Cindyinencinitas

      Well, would it even stick to you?

      • Mr. Blobfish

        Touché. I still want a damn sticker.

      • Logic of Color

        He can stick it to the side of his tank.

    • GHERKINS OF TRUTH!

      10 times this year?
      DRUDGE SIRENS!!!!!
      RED ALERT, TRUMP® ELECTION SITE HARASSMENT TEAM!!!

    • theCryptofishist

      Christies ated them up.

    • Celtic_Hombre

      You’re lucky you didn’t get a water bottle thrown at you.

  • BadKitty904

    Of course, now that I’ve gone back and actually read Dok’s article and looked at the photos of the wonderful Americans being so wonderfully American, I’ve got some damned thing in my eye. God, I hate being such an emotional sap…

    THANKS, OBAMA!

    • Markuserektus

      That pic of democracy did it for me…

      • BadKitty904

        “We the People…”

  • DoILookAmused2u ?

    I voted Tuesday too. Only there was only one US Rep and Clinton/Kaine for Democratic Party choices on my dumb ballot because TN.

    • chortlingdingo

      Oh wow. I’m in Texas and my county has a Democrat running for every office except for one. I am in San Antonio though, which is one of the more liberal cities.

  • cmd

    Yay, going MOnday when they open in Florida.

  • Bitter Scribe

    I’m going to have to remember to fully charge my phone so I can surf, play games, etc. during what is sure to be a long wait.

    • NastyCatsVote

      Also this year NC let us use our smartphones to access online voter guides (no selfies or phoning a friend for help, though). I had my guide but almost ran out of battery before I got in the booth.

    • BadKitty904

      I take a book with me because I prefer the paper Internet. However, I invariably wind up talking with assorted strangers in line, because that’s how Southerners do.

      • Shan

        I would make a terrible Southerner.

        • Logic of Color

          I am currently not making a very good southerner. I’ve very polite when the chitchat starts but behind the mask I’m plotting my escape.

          • Shan

            I’ve only spent a little time there (Alabama and NOLA) and was with someone who was a bona fide Southerner so I had a buffer. Everyone must have thought I was brain damaged.

          • BadKitty904

            No, they’d just assume you’re a foreigner – i.e., “not from the South”.

          • Shan

            Oh, that’s a good point. My host did often mention where I was from. At the time, I just thought “Why would they even care?” Now I get it….

          • BadKitty904

            See?

          • Shan

            Yes. You are a very helpful and informative person! :-D

          • BadKitty904

            Well, now, that’s a start…

        • BadKitty904

          But if you don’t with folks, how are you going to know what-all they’re up to? Southerners are born knowing that somebody else’s bidness is ALWAYS more interesting than a book, TV, etc.

          • Shan

            Good gawd. I don’t even want to know what people I LIVE with are up to most of the time.

          • BadKitty904

            That makes no sense at all whatsoever.

          • Shan

            Hee! I mostly meant my chatterbox X who moved out a year ago and my 19yo son who also needs to move out pretty soon before I start hating him. My daughter is an introvert like me so she can stay as long as she likes.

        • Claire

          Samesies. I don’t want to know what anyone else is doing, and I will fight to the death (with votes, and headphones) their attempts to tell me.

          • Shan

            I was at the grocery store a few weeks ago buying half a dozen or so cheapo Crayola watercolor paint thingies for one of my daughter’s classes and the cashier decided to get chatty with me about it.

            Her: Oh! Are you an artist?
            Me: No. (thinking to myself: If I were an artist, would I be buying cheap-ass $2 watercolors from the grocery store?)
            Her: …
            Her: Are you an art teacher?
            Me: No.
            Her: …
            Her: (the light goes on) Oh! You have kids?
            Me: Yes.
            Her: …
            Her: I guess you have quite a few, then?
            Me: No. (But thinking about adding “Just the one really clumsy one.”)
            Her: …
            Her: Okay, that’ll be $37.96 saved $2.12 and you have 97 fuel points this month have a nice day.

            That still doesn’t beat what happened to the Walgreen’s cashier who asked me “Oooh, are you hoping for a yes or a no?!” when I was buying a HPT.

          • Claire

            Someone needs to do a study on how many monosyllabic answers it takes, on average, for a person determined to be chatty to take the hint. They’d risk finding out that the answer is “infinity,” but it would be valuable knowledge for the rest of us if not.

          • Celtic_Hombre

            I had a chatty cashier at the hardware store when I was buying potting soil. He asked me what I was going to grow, and I was stuck because I didn’t have an answer ready. I wasn’t about to say marijuana.

        • theCryptofishist

          Me, also, too–and I was born in Texas.

    • Think of all the Pokemon you can catch!

  • Markuserektus

    So, is the DDoS attack on Dyn Company coming from the Kremlin?

    • Mr. Blobfish

      The 400-pound guy in the basement agrees.

  • Notreelyhelping

    Oh yes, ballots should be arriving by mail today. Perhaps we’ll vote this weekend. Can fit it in between the free-range espresso and the extra-hoppy craft beer. So delightfully easy!

    Hmm? What’s that?

    • Bitter Scribe

      I said, “FUCK YOU!!!!”

      • Notreelyhelping

        Suppose I had that coming. If it’s any consolation, it’s been raining for over a week.

  • Mpeg

    Am I pessimistic, cautious, underinformed, ridiculous, or AOT,K because I wouldn’t trust today’s mail service with delivering my vote safely!? They lost my tax return this year and took a week to get Mom’s b-day card from Virginia to Missouri! Them = “Weak.” Me = “Sad..”

    • Shan

      You can always drop it off yourself. I’m thinking of doing that this year. Mind you, that’s easy for me because the courthouse is really close….

      • cmd

        In Florida, you can drop an absentee ballot at any of the early voting sites or at the supervisor of elections office. They have a special locked box for them. But you can’t do that on November 8.

        • theCryptofishist

          Mercifully, I’ll be able to “walk” half a block and drop off my absentee ballot.

    • mrpuma2u

      I would be somewhat nervous/freaked to mail my ballot also, too. Paranoia strikes deep.

    • ThirdAmendmentMan

      NC has actual early voting places so you can do it in person. I don’t trust absentee ballots myself.

    • rosenbomb

      Not that this would happen to you, but it’s relevant:

      http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/20/us/mail-dumped-woods-trnd/index.html?ref=yfp

      • I actually have a friend who investigates that sort of thing for Canada Post. Some of those mail carriers are SUUUUUPER lazy and try all kinds of things to get out of actually delivering the mail…

        • rosenbomb

          I don’t doubt it. There are lazy people in all walks of life.

    • Popillius

      I live in Georgia where they routinely lose 40 – 50K absentee ballots each election mostly from Democratic-leaning voters (and we know who those are down here); routinely try and get away with voter suppression AND have 10-year old voting machines with no paper trail.

      Drumpf is still going to lose here though.

      • Shan

        Good lord. I’ve checked my voting record online so I know my ballot got counted. Or at least I got counted as having voted….ugh.

      • Blackest Noobs

        Probably all from Athens…..when i was there last,,, many many many many moons ago it was the only bastion of liberalism.

        • cmd

          There were pockets of it in Atlanta. I remember being shocked when I had to go to a doctor on the north side and saw all these republican signs, a stark contrast to my hippy neighborhood. Now in Florida but would LOVE to see Georgia flip.

        • Popillius

          Fulton County (metro ATL) is blue – thanks to the AA vote. John Lewis represents part of that area. Oddly – there is a swath across middle Georgia including Macon that is blue.

    • Bec Jenn

      It’s kind of why I vote in person too. I voted early before, and after the election in 2000, I stopped. However, at that time, they counted they counted the early/absentee votes AFTER the in place votes. I think they do it different now in Maricopa County. Yet I’m in a very gerrymandered part of the city.

    • berkeleyfarm

      Our local PO is notoriously bad. I have hand-delivered my VBM ballot for some time. The county voter office is open weekends before the election for either “drive by” service or a drop box.

      They now have locked drop boxes at city halls that are for ballots only (that’s a good thing).

      I have occasionally delivered it to a polling station but the poor dim poll workers (seriously, we have a big shortage) were so unsure about it and wanted to argue that they couldn’t do it.

  • Marceline

    All snark aside, I suspect that these red states will double down on cutting early voting once the Great Trump Threat has passed. We need to be ready for it.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Early voting? Far too convenient. Time to cut the number of polling places in black neighborhoods…again.”
    — Ohio Secretary of State, probably.

    • theblackdog

      “Early voting? Far too convenient. Time to cut the number of polling places in black Hispanic neighborhoods…again.”
      Ohio Secretary of State, probably Maricopa County Recorder, pulling a Melania

      • JustDon’tSayHombre

        Ups for “Pulling a Melania”.

    • Celtic_Hombre

      Would that be the Ohio Secretary of State who’s had his ass handed to him in court every time he goes in to defend a new voter suppression tactic who recently assured Mr. Trump that the election isn’t rigged, thus negating the need for all the voter fraud laws he’s gotten his ass handed to him in court defending?

  • ThirdAmendmentMan

    My mom voted early yesterday. Had her take 4 voted stickers so I can wear all of them while voting Nov 8.

    • boyblue122

      Vote early, vote often

  • TJ Barke

    Look at them all! Rigging everything!

  • Logic of Color

    Seeing all these people voting is enough to inspire another attack of the onion ninjas.

    • BadKitty904

      IKR?

  • JMP

    Is it working? Is Disqus, and the rest of the internet, actually functioning again?

    • BadKitty904

      I wasn’t aware that Disqus has ever functioned.

      • JMP

        I could only get “Disqus seems to be taking longer than usual. Reload?” anywhere that used it for about an hour or two.

        • theblackdog

          That was due to the big DDoS attack that happened earlier this morning. They hit a major DNS server so a lot of websites were inaccessible, including Disqus.

    • Nasty Leftenant Anna

      I just got back on myself a moment ago.

  • Jenny, Manocidal Vagendiac

    Monday is early voting for Texas. Weee!

    • chortlingdingo

      I’m fixin to vote on Monday mid-morning! Here’s hoping that my blue vote makes an impact in such a red state!

  • Meanie-meanie, tickle a person

    Get off your duff and vote, you.

    I voted, and stayed on my duff the whole time! How? Well see, there’s this one weird trick…
    No, srsly! In TX, us olds can vote by mail with no scuseme’s necessary, and mine went off a couple days ago. They probably set it up that way so the TP Hoveround Bunch could more easily exercise their Conservative Republican franchise, to which I say, neener-neener!

  • Anna Rompage

    “we’re still partial to going down to the polling place and filling out a
    ballot, because we get sentimental about the rituals of democracy.”

    But alas, there are new rituals that you might adopt if you voted by mail.
    We have an annual get out the vote party/potluck, where a good sized crew of very lucky people come over, have a few cocktails, eat some yummy vittles, discuss the various candidates & controversial ballot initiatives, and fill out our ballots all together.

    It certainly beats having to sneak a nip here & there off a flask while waiting in a 4 hr long line to cast a vote on a machine that doesn’t leave a paper trail and that might have been hacked by the Ruskies….

    • Beanz&Berryz

      We have these conversations with our daughters… the local ones in person, and the distant ones in Facetime… Great family conversations about issues and different perspectives on them…

  • Carpe Vagenda

    Meanwhile, some folks took time out from voting early

    At a rally in Fletcher, North Carolina, Trump again dubbed his opponent “the most corrupt politician ever to seek the office of the presidency,” a charged comment that sparked raucous chants of “lock her up” from his supporters…

    But he added: “We win, we have lots of options. But we gotta win.”…

    While his campaign manager tried to walk back his threat to jail Clinton as “a quip,” Trump has doubled down on his pledge.

    And, perhaps unfamiliar with how the Supreme Court works, Trump said during the Republican primary he would “probably appoint people that would look very seriously at her email disaster because it’s criminal activity.”

    • boyblue122

      Trump thinks hes going to appoint Judge Dredd to hunt down Hillary or something?

      • BadKitty904

        He also apparently thinks he’s running for Emperor.

      • Nasty Astraea

        They will also too “automatically” overturn roe v wade which SCOTUS can totally do

        • Kavefish

          And legally command all Democrats to line up for daily nuggies by their Republican neighbors. (Official Trump Platform Item #47.)

          • Celtic_Hombre

            Remember the good old days when Ann Coulter wrote a book advocating that all Democrats be executed for treason?

            An elegant solution for a more civilized time.

          • Kavefish

            Ah, yes… A long time ago, in an America far, far away.

            …we must be cautious, lest Darth Ann return to life and take us back to that wretched hive of scum and villainy.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        It sound like he thinks he can appoint Judge Dredd to the Supreme Court to hunt down Hillary. Which I guess you could believe is hyperbole, if it weren’t that he went to court to get out of supporting 66% of his wives, 80% of his children, and 100% of his dead brothers’ profoundly disabled newborn grandchildren.

  • It’s weird seeing campaign signs near where people vote, that is definitely not allowed up here…

    • NastyCatsVote

      We allow candidates and their surrogates to talk to people in line, too, as long as they aren’t past the magical barrier of the door. I have always found this painfully awkward.

      • Anna Rompage

        That seems very very wrong…

        • BadKitty904

          And very weird.

        • NastyCatsVote

          It’s weird and I don’t care for it, even if I’m voting for the candidate. In NC it has to be allowed, and the distance can vary between 25-50 feet of the closed door.

          • Berkeleybear94

            I did that job in 08 for Obama, but the message we were sending wasn’t overt campaigning – it was “please stay in line, have some water or some candy” while checking to make sure no one’s rights were violated. We did have voting rights cards with the Dem slate printed on the other side and that pissed off one cranky lady to no end, but other than that it was pretty chill. But I totally get how overt campaigning that close to the polling place (we had to be 100 feet back) is creepy – in Indiana you’d see downballot candidates themselves right outside the polling place and it was annoying (and I suspect largely counterproductive).

    • cmd

      You can have them here but there is a certain distance away from the polling place they have to be.

    • NastyCatsVote

      Here’s a state by state guide to polling place electioneering
      http://www.nass.org/component/docman/?task=doc_download&gid=1347

    • a nasty feminist

      my freaking DOG got kicked off the patio at my primary poll place because he was sporting a hillary button

  • Logic of Color

    I don’t think liberals should cast mail ballots. I mean, how is one ‘sposed to intimidate Real Americans if you’re not thugging around at the polling sites?

    • GoutMachine

      Besides, everyone knows the librul U.S. Postal Service (UNION MEMBERS ALL!) will just change the ballots to read Hitlary.

    • Nasty Astraea

      I only mail my extra votes so I can turn in proof for money from Hillary.

  • onedollarjuana

    Just got my vote-by-mail ballot yesterday. I’m going to vote this weekend so I can send my daughter’s ballot and the voluminous voters guide to her at school. Yeah, Washington State!

    • JMP

      The cumbersome voters’ guides in California with all those endless initiatives make me miss general election voting back in Philly, just go to the booth, hit the straight Democrat button, then the confirm button, then leave; takes about ten seconds. Primaries, with the requirement to vote for each position individually, took longer of course.

      • berkeleyfarm

        You could vote a straight ticket with one punch? Woah.

        • JMP

          Yeah, there’s a straight ticket button for both parties; don’t most places have that? I find California’s lack of it rather odd.

          • berkeleyfarm

            Not since I’ve been voting and that’s been a while. It explains the phrase origins a lot better to me though!

            (We have been inflicted with the horror of ranked-choice voting. I expect to swear a lot about it when I fill out my ballot some time this weekend.)

  • GoutMachine

    Early voting begins tomorrow here in DeeCee, but only at one location. So Mrs. GoutMachine and I will vote for Hillz next Saturday, when all the rest of the early locations open. It’s like a block away from our place, and we can then go have librul East Coast elitist BRUNCH.

  • Meanie-meanie, tickle a person

    ♫Wouldn’t it be nice♫
    …if on Nov 8, unexpectedly, having snuck right past all the pollsters and pundits, we have the largest turnout in Preznitial election history (adjusted for peopleflation), and T Rump loses in the biggest mudslide ever?

    Yes, it would.

    • Shan

      Yesssss!

    • BadKitty904

      …(adjusted for peopleflation and GOP vote suppression)…

  • Paperless Tiger

    I was there the first day when the polls opened and still had to wait in line. In Georgia we have faith-based voting.

    “Georgia, which is running electronic-only machines—there’s no paper trail. … And the machines they’re using are more than a decade old, so the hardware is falling apart. And the operating system they’re using is Windows 2000, which hasn’t been updated for security for years, which means it’s a sitting duck,” Zeynep Tufekci, a University of North Carolina information and library science professor, told NPR on Saturday.

    • Shan

      And here the guys in my office were complaining earlier today that Hillz gave away “classified information” with the launch time references at the debate.

    • Markuserektus

      Diebold machines leftover from the Bush days?

      • berkeleyfarm

        Oh my God.

        (I was helping support an elections department during that time. The SoS put down the hammer.)

  • Radardude

    Several non-commenters have posted that early voting starts Monday in Florida. Only partially true. It starts between Oct. 24 and 29 depending on your county and closes either Nov. 5 or 6 depending again on your county. If you live in Florida where I do and showed up on Monday expecting to vote you’d find no polling place and a shitload of Trump signs. Check your county’s Supervisor of Elections website. Unpaid public service announcement.

    • BadKitty904

      Well spotted!

    • cmd

      Thanks. I was one of those non-commenters, because my county is the 24th but I thought I heard on radio something about statewide and the 29th, which was confusing, and all I did was confirm my own county but forgot to worry about the rest of the state.

  • TimJ

    We voted by mail from the Netherlands three weeks ago. Our 19 year old daughter was so excited to cast her second vote (the first was for Bernie in the primary). Dropping the ballot off at the Consulate wasn’t quite the same as standing in line in Rogers Park, Chicago, but cool nonetheless.

  • Markuserektus
  • BearGHAZI

    2016: Rigged for Her Pleasure

    My sort-of boyfriend thought that one up

  • theblackdog

    Early voting won’t start for another six days in MD, but I’m ready to go do it and get this over with. #ImWithHer

  • DerrickWildcat

    I shaved and gotta haircut today so I look nice when I vote.

  • https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/40b0d28cba9db4e01c7a59eea1e36910ef60b342932e70762e6ec36cd0634e7d.jpg
    Got the ballot in the mail yesterday. Dropped it at the county elections office down the street this morning. :)

    Also: I checked the #IVoted tag on Twitter this morning, and it was running about 7-1 in favor of Hillary. Totally unscientific, but looks like the folks who are most excited about voting early are With Her. :D

    • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

      That’s a good sign.

  • azeyote

    here in oregon we can have a little party, sit around, talk it over, get drunk, and mail in our ballots –

  • Brian

    They say 160,000 people voted in NC yesterday. That’s pretty great!

    • cmd

      a friend was one of them, voting on what would have been her grandma’s 121st birthday.

  • Yr. Gma

    Aw, Kid Zoom is growed up.

  • shastakoala

    I only have to walk about a half a block and two Pokemon Go PokeStops to get to my polling site. Yes my son will now go with me.

  • Callyson

    I’ll get my ballot in the mail once I figure out how to vote on almost twenty fucking initiatives. Tempted to vote against all of them except the one the tobacco companies are against in protest, but you Wonkers would kill me if I nixed recreational marijuana so that gets the nod as well. Fifteen more to go!

    • NastyWomanInaMood

      The great thing about ballot in the mail, is that you can sit down and research all of the ballot measures, county representatives, etc. while voting.

      • Serai 1

        Yeah, but you can do that BEFORE you go to vote, too. That’s what I do – make a few notes or use the advance booklet they send out.

        • NastyWomanInaMood

          Absolutely. And I hope all voters do that. But it’s very nice to be able to fill out the ballot right then. I’m fond of instant gratification.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      You have to watch out for the wording in ballot initiatives too, because they often deliberately employ language to trick you into voting against your wishes (double negatives, and long run ons and too much legalese)

      • cmd

        Yeah, we have an constitutional amendment in Florida this time that makes it sound like you are voting for solar but really you aren’t.

      • Kavefish

        This little trick always burns the hell out of me, and I feel like I have to be a lawyer just to figure out what they mean. >:-(

      • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

        Oregon Secretary of State usually burns initiative writers who try that stunt. It’s do it until you get right or no ballot measure for you.

        • theCryptofishist

          Wow, really is a paradise on earth.

          • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

            We have our issues. But we also work to compromise and settle them. Call Oregon a work in progress. And admire those who work at that progression.

      • Berkeleybear94

        Or they go the other way with simple sounding language that fucks everyone over (no one can discriminate = no affirmative action or hate crimes protection).

    • weejee

      I also hate initiatives. I figure if there are more than 5 on a ballot the legislature should not get paid.

      • Left Coast Tom

        In California the number of signatures required to get an initiative on the ballot is a function of the number of people who voted in the last gubernatorial election. 2014 featured Jerry Brown running for re-election against Neel Kashkari…turnout in that zero-suspense election wasn’t what responsible adults would have wanted it to be, resulting in a fairly low barrier for initiatives in 2016/2018.

      • berkeleyfarm

        We have twelve local initiatives in Berkeley as well. I want in on that sweet pension action.

    • a nasty feminist

      vote yes on 67!

      • Callyson

        (grabs long-ass initiative mailer, looks up arguments for and against Prop 67)

        Done! Down to fourteen more to go…

    • Left Coast Tom

      Make sure you vote YES on 67! It’s not an initiative, it’s a referendum. That’s the one where the plastic bag bans coastal cities and counties already have become statewide. And NO on 65…that’s a poison pill from the plastic bag manufacturers.

      • Callyson

        Looked into 67 at the urging of another Wonker and it gets the nod. Thanks for the reminder to say fuck no to 65. Down to thirteen more!

    • Serai 1

      No mail for me. My polling place is only a block away, and I’ve always felt it my duty to haul my ass to the polls and vote in person. I don’t like the idea that EVERYTHING MUST BE CONVENIENT. I honestly think a lot of our problems stem from that attitude. It’s no great effort to just go somewhere, stand in line for a while, and then check off a form.

  • Kavefish

    I get to vote while not wearing pants, since my ballot came in the mail, today.

    • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

      Hurrah for pantless voting!

  • chapka

    The primary was the first election since I moved to Washington State, and let me tell you, vote by mail was a revelation. I never want to vote any other way ever again.

    There’s the convenience of course…but more than that, being able to sit down when you have a little time and vote with the election booklet in front of you and the Internet at your disposal makes a huge difference. Not sure about the candidates for an office? Look at your booklet, look at newspaper endorsements, look at candidate web sites, look at news coverage. You have time and resources to take every race as seriously as you do the Presidential race.

    If the ballots were postage paid (they aren’t in Washington yet), it would be a perfect system. You can drop them off at the courthouse for free, but if you mail them back you have to buy your own stamp. I cannot wait for my ballot to arrive.

    • Nasty Leftenant Anna

      I put 4 stamps on mine. Our ballot was no kidding two pieces of cardboard like a thick greeting card, front-and-back with stuffs to vote on.

      It weighed about as much as an issue of Allure, so I put on plenty of postage because stamps are cheaper than anxiety meds.

      • cmd

        I think here they tell you how much postage it will take for your particular ballot.

        • Nasty Leftenant Anna

          It’s totally possible I just missed some instruction somewhere, I’ll admit it.

          I just wanted to vote and send it and not have to worry. :)

          • cmd

            It is totally possible that not everyone does that.

          • Nasty Leftenant Anna

            :) No worries, I didn’t take anything you said as a slight. :)

            I’m so excited to have been a woman voting for *this* woman for POTUS.

          • cmd

            Really seems like there is a lot of difference from one county to the next even in one state. After a federal judge extended Florida voter registration one week because of the hurricane (even though Governor Voldemort said, hey, you had time to register) after the dem party sued, I heard this supervisor from another county saying we shouldn’t be changing the rules just because one side asks for it. Like, SHITHEAD, your republican friends had that extra week, too. Not like he extended it for just teh dems. I’m happy to get to vote for her also, too.

      • Rags

        They should be postage free

        • Nasty Leftenant Anna

          I agree. It said “Post office will not deliver without postage” and didn’t say how much, or if it did it was a slip I lost.

    • anon_the_great

      Little known fact. USPS will deliver all ballots to their appropriate county auditor’s office regardless of postage. The auditor pays the tab. By all means put a stamp on it but if for some wild set of circumstances you can’t don’t let 49 cents stand between you and your Enfranchisement.

    • cmd

      They send us a sample ballot so you can do that homework before going in person and you can even take it in with you, so there’s that, if you want to go in person (of course not where you are since no in person, but in Fla. you have that choice.)

    • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

      They are not postage paid in Oregon either. A small savings for the counties, some of whom are pretty broke usually. I expect it will stay that way until we can teleport them to the clerk’s office.

      • NastyWomanInaMood

        You can also drop off your ballots at any library for free.

      • Berkeleybear94

        The legislature proposed having the state pay for return postage in the short session – we’ll see if they pass it in the next long session (if Dems keep control of both houses, they might). It is getting unusual enough for some people to ever mail anything that the stamp is a bigger issue than it was a few years ago.

  • NastyWomanInaMood

    I got my ballot today, and Disqus finally came back! Yay!

    • weejee

      For sure on that. Disqus was seriously in the DoS map for a good while.

      • NastyWomanInaMood

        So it wasn’t just me?

        • Nasty Leftenant Anna

          Nope. I was reduced to doing my laundry. XD

          • NastyWomanInaMood

            I did the dishes. And also laundry.

          • Nasty Leftenant Anna

            Sux, doesn’t it? XD

            I want to snark!

          • NastyWomanInaMood

            Snark is way more fun than domestic chores.

          • theCryptofishist

            Which is why I never bacame a housewife.

        • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

          It was a big attack on a domain name level server, Dyn. People in Internet security positions are hyperventilating. And giving China and Russia the stink-eye.

          (Update: Second Outage) Dyn DDoS Takes Down Major Websites For Hours; Yet Another Sign Of Powerful Attacks To Come

          http://www.tomshardware.com/news/dyn-ddos-attack-internet-threats,32908.html

          • NastyWomanInaMood

            Why? What possible result can these hackers hope for?

          • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

            Attacks at high levels can paralyze major portions of the Internet. That alone can be a goal. This is sabotage from enemy states. Not the “400 pound basement dweller”of Trump’s fantasies. Among other things it could slow or stop electronic balloting.

          • NastyWomanInaMood

            But how much electronic balloting is there? And if it was to disrupt the election, wouldn’t this seem to be quite early?

            I just re-read this, and realized that it sounds argumentative. It’s not meant to, I would really like to hear your thoughts.

          • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

            For now I’m just paraphrasing the opinions of security people. Their worry is that a disruption of any sort, especially in battleground states will taint the results enough to cause problems.
            Myself, I agree. it would give Trump the ammo to call “Rigged!” on the process. No matter who is affected or why.
            I’m off reading other news right now. Apparently the attacks are continuing and moving to the West Coast. It is a passive attack. Only blocking sites and businesses from operation. Not using the openings to slurp up data or erase it. Some are calling it a “test run” for worse attacks.

          • NastyWomanInaMood

            Thanks. And zoiks!

          • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

            You’re welcome. And zoinks indeed. The experts are putting up a good fight but it is waves of zombies and you know how that can be.

          • NastyWomanInaMood

            Only from watching “Shawn of the Dead”. What possible goal the zombies hope to achieve is utterly opaque. What a waste.

  • weejee

    Vote early and often. Sorry, can’t completely get past my Chicago past. Here in WA, like next door, OR we vote by mail. I miss going to the polls. In mail vote states I do wonder how many tRump supporting men complete and mail their wife’s ballots.

    • anon_the_great

      Or vice versa.

    • Nasty_ahughes798_woman

      Don’t forget: We have the finest police that money can buy, also too. At one time I was registered to vote in two precincts, as I had moved just before the election. I did not exercise my right to vote twice, though.

  • anon_the_great

    I live in Washington State therefore I think forcing citizens to go to a polling site is barbaric. There is a safe, secure and pretty-much intimidation proof way of casing a vote. We in the Great Northwet have been voting by mail for a decade. VBM began back in 2005 under the tutelage of our now retired Republican Secretary of State, the beloved Sam Reed who got legislation allowing counties to do elections by VBM or polls or both. In 2011 the Ledgie mandated VBM for all counties and since then it’s been nothing but blue sky.

    One down side is election nights are no longer any fun. At 8:05 the Sect of State announces statewide results from about 3/4 of all ballots cast in the election and that’s that. Why? It’s b/c the VBM system produces an almost flawless statistical sample of the voting population. The random Cemetery Sexton race might take a week to be settled, but from school board races on up we know who won and who lost on election night. No more waiting until 2:00am for those blue collar precinct results to trickle in.

    Also too no sweet old blue hair church ladies making a quick $100.00 for the Holiday Bazaar by being a poll worker for the day. Or an I Voted sticker. Or cellophane wrapped caramels. Or the dusty smell of the church… Is that cloud shouting at me?

    • NastyWomanInaMood

      I admit, I miss that. But the fact that I can be a wee bit more informed while voting, and I don’t have to schedule it in, well -vbm is much better.

      • anon_the_great

        VBM is an example of how competent government works.

        • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

          Voting without having to put your shoes on is more civilized.

          • DeplorableTXTacoTruckofDoom

            or pants if we could do it over the internet.

          • Nasty_ahughes798_woman

            Just wear a skirt or kilt and go commando. It’s the next best thing, I’ve heard tell.

      • puipui

        That’s my favorite thing about our system in Washington; I can sit on my couch in my pajamas at midnight with my laptop and research every race before voting, and it’s the absolute best.

      • Celtic_Hombre

        My mother was a poll worker for many years down at the local Grange hall. Those women baked their fingers off the night before.

    • theCryptofishist

      One thing I don’t like about California’s vote by mail is that the ballots are counted last, and only if the races are close enough to be affected by it.
      Of course, that may have changed since I first read that.

      • H0mer0

        I remembered that after my Mondale vote absentee from overseas, not that it would have mattered

        • theCryptofishist

          Yeah, at least I voted for Mondale in Minnesota.

    • Nasty_ahughes798_woman

      The poll workers here in beeeeeeeautiful, exciting (my town here) get donuts and pastries for brekkie, lunch, and a full meal for dinner, as the township office has a full kitchen, and some of the firemen come down and cook for them. Which is one of the many reasons I love firemen, poll workers, and voting.

    • Serai 1

      Okay, so you vote by mail and those of us who like voting in person can do it that way. What’s barbaric about people having a choice of how to do this? (For that matter, what’s barbaric about standing in line with your fellow citizens, maybe having a little conversation, participating in a civic duty WITH others?)

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    Inconvenient early voting started on Oct 1ish in Illinois, but you have to haul your ass to a limited number of court houses. Precinct level starts Monday!

  • Panika MCD

    already sent in Prima Momma’s VBM ballot. my plan is one week away (because that is the EV day where it will be within walking distance) unless Alien Brother is super nice and takes me to vote the first day because there is an EV concert/rally thingy that looks like fun. however, Calliope Jane really likes giving a poll worker some nice puppy time while I vote and whispers her choices to them.

    HOWEVER, don’t shit on the judicials. they are terribly important. they’re the most likely elected official you will engage with. the campaign I am most proud of having participated in was for getting Judge Karen Sage on the bench here in Travis Co. and, in a lot of formerly blue now red red red states, the GOP took over the judiciary first. plus the further down the ballot you go, the more it directly effects you, so the county supervisor/commissioner candidates are also too muy importante.

    • cmd

      Yeah I work for the court system so the judicials are important. In the appeals courts, it’s just a retention thing, like, keep them or not — so they always stay (except the tparty got pissed at some liberals on the supreme court and tried to vote them off. But the regular trial courts are important. As are the locals stuff, even if it is work to figure out stuff about them before the election.

    • DeplorableTXTacoTruckofDoom

      Looked at my sample ballot this morning. Lots of research to do to avoid voting for a “in name only” candidate. Although dem is a safe choice. libertarians are out – I’m interested in green party’s take on things, but don’t want to put a hard core rightist in office over a so-so dem for the sake of a pie in the sky greenie. Will be voting for Hillary though, so no throwing fruit at me.

      • Panika MCD

        as far as statewides go, the only DINO you have is Grady Yarbrough. I’m voting green on that one. god is that asshole annoying.

        • DeplorableTXTacoTruckofDoom

          Really? I just read an op-ed from Dallas saying he was a decent dude. (Natch his Rep. opponent is a douche) but I figured Yarbrough was okay.

          • Panika MCD

            he’s a perennial candidate and has run as a GOP candidate in the past. he’s filed as Yarborough to take advantage of leftover good will from the previous two. he hasn’t even updated his FacePlant since he ran for Senate in 2012. he doesn’t itemize his expenditures. and I’m still depressed that we didn’t get Lon Burnam. Yarbrough’s a shithead.

    • nasty taco truck vagenda

      Meh. I’m only voting for sheriff because sheriffs are the only legitimate sources of authority in *real* America.

      • Panika MCD

        I’m really excited about our candidate for sheriff down here. our current one’s strict interpretation of PEP is annoying.

      • Jon Sussex

        I’ll vote for the settler, the agent, and the individual but I’ll never vote for the person.

    • alnnc

      Yeah. In a lot of places, voting for judges takes a little work. Not much, but since many of them are non-partisan, you have to determine which side of the political spectrum a judicial candidate falls on. And in many cases, courts are the last shot at foiling the tyranny of the Republican Party. We found out in North Carolina when a multi million dollar effort brought a 4 – 3 conservative majority to the state Supreme Court. They have upheld virtually everything the GOP legislature and governor have passed. Including state tax money to religious schools, redistricting local political races by the state legislature, take overs of local utilities, and the voting disenfranchisement. So spend that extra 5 minutes and get informed about your judges. There is ample evidence that many of them are neither impartial or non-partisan.

      • Panika MCD

        that doesn’t take that much research. if they say, “living breathing constitution” they are a Democrat/progressive/liberal. if they say “strict interpretation” they are a Republican/conservative. but we have partisan races down here–however candidates are barred from specifically endorsing any other candidates beyond saying things like, “it’s so nice to appear on the ballot with so many other wonderful Republicans/Democrats” and from taking a position on any given case they have not been involved in. we have enough of a buffer from rural Republicans, Democrats and even religious leaders who don’t want the state telling them what they can and can’t teach at their religious schools to keep money from going to religious schools. I’d be curious to find out what part of your state constitution was violated on the gerrymandering one and voter disenfranchisement–that’s usually something you take to federal court.

  • natoslug

    I’m willing to risk the 3 person line at my polling place when I vote on November 8, so no early voting for me. It might even be a two person line if the girl-child doesn’t come with the wife and me. I’ll admit that I’m spoiled when it comes to voting, as the longest I’ve ever had to wait was 5 minutes.

    • DeplorableTXTacoTruckofDoom

      Same here. So lucky I never had those long ass lines.

    • mfp

      i’ve been voting in every election in IL (across river from STL) since 1974, and i’ve never once had to wait in a line…blue states, friends–blue states

      • Celtic_Hombre

        Swing state, white precinct. Always got through in ten minutes or so.

      • berkeleyfarm

        Mileage varies … I have seen long lines in both SF and Berkeley.

        I remember one election (2004 presidential?) when I used my standard dodge of “go to the county voter’s office the weekend before” … only to find myself hanging out with well over a hundred citizens who had the same idea.

  • Stulexington
    • NastyWomanInaMood

      Was it the real Vladimir, or just a puppet?

      • Stulexington

        Why both of course.

        • Celtic_Hombre

          Trump voted too?

      • Nasty_ahughes798_woman

        I read that as “Was it the real Vladimir, or just a puppy?”

  • a nasty feminist

    i just spontaneously burst into tears at that photo of the grandma and granddaughter. i wish my grandmas were alive to see this and experience it with me and my mom.

    • nasty taco truck vagenda

      Damn onion ninjas are everywhere today. I wish my mom could’ve lived to vote for Hillary (and Obama).

      • Nasty_ahughes798_woman

        I wish my mom could have seen this, too. She was a secret Democrat.

      • Serai 1

        My mom is ecstatic to be voting for Hillary.

    • Serai 1

      Same here. My grandma was a feminist back in Argentina. In the TWENTIES. She would have loved this so much.

      • a nasty feminist

        one of mine in chile! :)

  • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

    Voted! The mailman just carted it off. Next stop. Marion County Clerk’s office.

  • Gus the Mynah Bird

    I voted in OH on Wednesday. Was in and out in less than 10 minutes

    • theCryptofishist

      That sounds like Ohio…

      (babumpdump)

      • H0mer0

        oh wait, I thought you were talking about Henry B.’s honeymoon.

    • Henry B.

      Sounds like my honeymoon. Not saying how much less.

  • DeplorableTXTacoTruckofDoom

    Congrats Kid Zoom!

  • Claire

    My state doesn’t have early voting or voting by mail. I’m pretty bitter about that. C’mon, guys, make with the democracy.

    • eddi_the_Bad_Hombre

      That would only encourage “them kind” to think they have a hope of things changing.

      • Mr Canoehead

        And that’s why Republicans hate democracy.

  • GHERKINS OF TRUTH!

    Drudge Report will probably claim those lines are only that long because of people going through multiple times.

  • chascates

    Early voting starts Monday in Texas and there are 1-1/2 million more registered voters than in the last Presidential race!!!

  • CarolinaStewPie

    Voted like a NastyBoy in Apex, NC. Those Trumpgoons sportin’ their khakis, beerguts, nice haircuts and topsiders were very intimidating! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/43056a148e315a2fe0f103c75b8c8d342390ab161e5a113ce0ee26f91c5d3709.jpg

    • Shan

      You look so happy!

    • mml1996

      SWEET! Happy votin’!

    • cosmiccowgirl

      You look great, but I’m horrified that the lines in these pictures are so long. How long did it take you to vote? I’ve never had to wait more than five minutes to vote. I imagine a lot of people would look at a line like that and back out.

      • CarolinaStewPie

        I was in and out in about 45 minutes. I don’t consider that too bad.

        • in CT in 2008 (enormous turnout) we had a period around after work/dinnertime when the longest wait was about 20 minutes. But we have this antiquated system where each ward of about 3500 voters gets there own polling place, and maybe 2500 showed up that day. Costs the town a pretty penny, but short lines.

          This year we intentionally hired black, latino, east & south asian poll workers. Take THAT, trumptards, there’s gonna be a TURBAN there while you vote!!! Oooooo, spooky!

        • cosmiccowgirl

          Oh good, I’m glad it wasn’t too bad. I guess the line length looks worse than it is.

        • OddMan

          Tip-O’the-hat to you my friend, for voting early. I have voted in every election since I voted against Nixon back in the dark ages and never had to stand in a line that long. And that is in 5 different states in numerous big and small cities. Great to see so many folks voting but the long lines are troubling.

          Don’t let the long lines discourage anyone, please.

      • Serai 1

        I’m always happy to wait. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone leave because of a line.

    • Pierre_de_Fermat

      Apex? Back when I did stat work I’d have to go up near there and had friends in Apex.

  • Nasty Land Shark

    As I’m a polling place moderator, I turned in my absentee ballot. I actually took it to the Town Clerk’s office in person. I told them, “I didn’t want to mail it. The post office is rigging the local elections!”

    Everyone, including the clerks and the locals in the office had a good laugh ….

    • I’m moderator at my own polling place, if I make nasty comments about the Donald I’ll have to call the cops on myself. Like a worse version of ‘All Of Me’, if that’s even possible.

      • Mr Canoehead

        Hey, All Of Me was pretty good. I don’t know if you could get away with having an Italian-American play Prahka Lasa these days, though. (Also,Carl Reiner directed the Fake Orgasm scene in it 5 years before Rob Reiner did in When Harry Met Sally.)

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNV-WsmwfUA

  • Bad Hombre Ron

    Because of all the enthusiasm for voting early, I decided to vote early for OUR federal election. However, the nice lady told me that I’m about four years early.

  • Courser

    Got my ballot right there! I’ve voted for all the offices but I have a crapton of other stuff to vote on so I’ll work through all that tomorrow.

  • mfp

    OT…chris hayes showing old video of george wallace 18 days before the 1968 election…goodgawd, i’d forgotten what a despicable p-o-s that man was…makes donnie look like an amateur…one of the original deplorables

    • Henry B.

      To be fair to GW, in his old age he realized that he had been wrong about his actions, attitude and philosophy in regard to race relations, and publicly admitted as much and expressed his heart-felt regret.

      In the ’68 election, he was famous for saying that “there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference” between Democrats and Republicans. Kinda like now when Donny T. claims they’re all in collusion against him.

      If you want to see a real piece of work Southern governor, check out Lester Maddox of Georgia.

  • Left Coast Tom

    Here in Idaho, our very own Kid Zoom
    mailed in his absentee ballot yesterday, in his very first presidential
    election, so we took an old “I Voted” sticker off our computer and stuck
    it on his shirt.

    I’m registered permanent Vote by Mail here in California, and my county included an “I Voted by Mail” sticker with the ballot.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c819be8f33ef7ff87620c67c5192545dd9b8449a55757f3e0f5d0f9d6e846ecc.jpg

    • Tishalicious

      So jealous…

    • theCryptofishist

      I don’t know if I got one. Bah, I’ve barely opened the so-called “pamflet”.

      • Berkeleybear94

        Read the guide – seriously, until you’ve lived somewhere that only gives you the title of bond measures (Illinois and Indiana I’m looking at you) you don’t know how lucky you are to have the guide. The fiscal impact statements on initiatives, for example, are done by experts and actually try to be neutral (admittedly how the rules are set in terms of assumptions can skew the outcome, but still better than just having partisan numbers).

        • Nasty_ahughes798_woman

          We’ve got the “Safe Roads Initiative” to vote on in Illinois, which means that ALL taxes paid for roads and their upkeep actually goes to roads and their upkeep, instead of the slush fund it is now.

      • berkeleyfarm

        The League of Women Voters has a summary guide that is worth finding (they may have it online). The huge-ass pamphlet from the state also has a summary in the front.

  • Weevie

    It may be over before election day. I mailed in two weeks ago.

  • arundel

    Awesome. I am vexed and miffed that New York, of all places, does not have early voting. This has got to change. Everyone crowding and waiting at polling places one particular Tuesday does not seem ideal. Early voting would relieve some of that stress.

  • theCryptofishist

    Does anyone have anything sensible to say about California propositions.

    I know, there’s nothing sensible about legislating by proposition. I miss when I just voted No on all, but I can’t do that any more.

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    I usually go down to the fire station on the way to work, but *this* year, have jury duty, so will vote early.

  • Shawn Renee Ernoehazy

    I am still wondering why we don’t have early voting in California. We can opt for a mail in ballot, but we like going in person to vote. Now that I have an actual job (that I am loving and actually looking forward to Monday now), I have to vote after work on November 8th.

    • theCryptofishist

      Well, some sort of early voting seems to exist, but I don’t know if it’s the kind you want.
      http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/general-election-november-8-2016/county-early-voting/

    • berkeleyfarm

      I have been able to vote at my county registrar of voter’s office before EDay for some time. They may have weekend hours. Check your local listings by going to your county’s web page and finding the voting office.

    • Berkeleybear94

      You have the right to take time off to vote (I know it isn’t always feasible, but having missed a cut-off myself because I was going to vote after work I like to remind people they can).

      • ThaagNasty

        You are correct. However, you don’t get paid for the time you take off to vote, and when you’re in a place where there’s no early voting the Election Day lines will be hideous, and the hours you stand in line for free means less money in the paycheck which causes an undue hardship to low income people–which is often why many of us just *can’t* vote, we literally can’t afford to if we want luxuries like a roof, electricity, food, etc. It’s really a hidden poll tax when you think about it. This is why Election Day should be a fucking federally mandated holiday at every level of election (excepting essential personnel, of course)(and no, retail does not contain any essential services; police, fire, hospital, telecommunications, and broadcast communications are).

    • sbanthony

      Humm. Maybe check your city, I’m San Francisco, we have early voting. I’m headed over next week.

    • KenK

      California has early voting. Dates vary by county. Where I live viting started October 10. Here is a link to find early voting for your county. https://www.usvotefoundation.org/vote/eoddomestic.htm

  • Henry B.

    I voted! Minnesota now allows absentee ballots with no reason required. So I went online and requested one be sent to me. Then, with just a bit of foofaraw with a notary public, I filled it in and mailed it back. Done!

    BTW, this is the 12th presidential election I’ve voted in. Can anyone beat that?

  • Berkeleybear94

    Got my giant voter information guide earlier this week, ballot was in the mailbox today. The ballot drop offs are up at the libraries and in major public places. I’ll spend a while with an adult beverage and the voter’s guide (especially the nonpartisan citizen panel opinions on the initiatives – they are both insightful and fascinating to me because they are a cutting edge idea about getting better information for voters), double check the endorsements of our local alt-weeklies and other local coverage, fill out my ballot and have it turned in at least a week early. So much more sensible than having to show up on a certain day, at a certain place, potentially waiting in line for hours and try to recall in the voting booth which initiatives you were for and which you were against, all without the benefit of (overt) alcohol consumption.

    I think we should all go to vote by mail/drop off, but then set election day as a national holiday to announce results, followed by a day of civic engagement/discussion/day drinking as a way for everyone to come together after a hard fought campaign. Only rule is no being nasty to supporters of a losing candidate (at least unless they are nasty first – then they can be shamed mildly).

  • phoenix00

    #GOTV you Amurikans! This Canadian is counting on you!

  • Khavrinen

    “Shiny Happy People Voting Early. Just Look At All These People Not Rigging An Election!”
    Hah! As though there were any difference between “rigging and election” and “voting for someone who is not Donald Trump” — at least in Donald Trump’s mind…

  • YayConspiracy

    If I catch any of you not voting, there will be no dessert!

    • Nasty_ahughes798_woman

      People who vote get those cakes we like.

  • ThaagNasty

    This gent in Alabama is sad because Alabama has no early voting at all. Alabama is a jerk, if you ask us.

    Yes, Alabama is a huge jerk. You know why they don’t have early voting? To discourage black people from voting because many are teh poorz and have to work hard to have any of the things, and even though a job legally has to go let you vote even if your shift stretches over the entire polling time, you still don’t get paid for that time. And when you’re teh poorz, every minute working means something better than ramen for dinner. This is a thing that the horrible government boy network here counts upon. Yes, we have absentee ballots, but it’s not as if they really make sure we all know that if we have to work a lot, we can get one of those. They are sneaky and underhanded and love to tell incomplete truths. *edit* Oh and lots of jobs that pay shittily also don’t tell you what your work shift will be until like the Friday before. So you can’t even KNOW if you’re going to work all of the hours.

    • In a Mirror, Darkly.

      If it’s important(and apparently it’s not) they’ll find a way to get to the polls.

  • Dutchman

    It seems to me that these scenes of looooonnnnnggggg lines for early voting are the clearest proof of voting fraud. The states (read Republicans) have insistently refused to fund the mechanism of our most sacred duty as Americans citizens.

  • Celtic_Hombre

    I voted early in Ohio. Dropped my absentee ballot off at the early voting place. There were people everywhere, and it was a very diverse crowd.

  • Earnest Lee Beauvine

    I do hope I can educate myself enough to vote early, mostly to avoid the crush. I just want to get in and vote and get OUT!

  • Sakonyachen

    I would be going today if my wife didn’t want me to wait for her. Since she barely lets me take a dump by myself, I will be going later in the week. Since I won’t be going the first day, does this mean I won’t be rigging the election now?

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