Thursday, October 30, 2008

Voter Turnout Looking Good in Kansas City

I dropped by the absentee voter office yesterday afternoon, and it was packed! A line snaked out the door, and people were shoulder-to-shoulder at the counter. One of the people in line had come from another location where they told him that the wait would be two hours.

Two women who came in were told they needed to go to Independence to vote. They didn't grumble or look discouraged - they got directions and headed out to Independence.

I am officially optimistic. There was excitement in the air.



Blogger Phil Cardarella said...

The problem is we have to win it by enough that they cannot steal it. In 2000, over one half million votes was NOT enough of a margin.

Encourage everyone to take paper ballots when possible. It makes voting go faster. No waiting for machines. Bring your own #2 pencil and leave it for others to use.

10/30/2008 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Charlene's Brush With Truth said...

Just wait until those two poor voters reach Independence and have the misfortune of meeting Charlene "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Voters" Davis -- The Queen of Voter Suppression.

Gone Mild, if you ever really want to take up a campaign that would make the world a better place, all you have to do is lead the charge to remove Charlene Davis from the Jackson County Board of Elections. Ms. Davis has a long and storied history of making it more difficult for citizens to exercise their right to suffrage. She needs to be removed from office.

10/30/2008 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Lance Weber said...

Hey Phil,

How about fixing our broken system so that it is impossible for anyone to steal an election?

If we figured out a way to conduct fair elections and count the votes accurately, wouldn't we be better off?

10/31/2008 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Pat Sweeney said...


I am surprised that a Libertaian would take your view point. Your view is like someone who fears being ripped off by in a business deal arguing that we should ban business until we can make sure they will always be happy with their purchases.

But then again, I have met you and you are a nut case.

10/31/2008 8:11 AM  
Anonymous Lance Weber said...


Nut case? At least I can make a cogent argument. Your statement doesn't make sense. Maybe I'm just too crazy to understand your erudite logic. I stated that we ought to put some effort toward improving our system, and you somehow read into that a desire to abandon elections entirely? And what is it about Libertarianism that makes you think we would embrace faulty electoral processes?

10/31/2008 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lance -

I think that anyone who reads this exchange will see that Pat is the nuttier one. I suspect that Pat may have somehow misinterpreted your comment to mean that we should not have elections until we figure out a way to have them fairly and count all the votes.

I know, you didn't say that, but I have worked with the mentally ill for several years, and sometimes they kind of "fill in" what isn't there.

10/31/2008 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paper money and the Federal Reserve will be the downfall of civilization.

PASS the Joint and VOTE LANCE!

10/31/2008 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote for Obama
Vote for Nixon
Vote for light rail
Vote for change

Being an opponent is the easy way out.

11/01/2008 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Lance Weber said...

Thanks anon @ 9:08 - good point.

"Being an opponent is the easy way out."

But even a dead fish can go with the flow.

Anon @ 10:29 The Libertarian Party is not pro-drug, it is anti-prohibition. There is a difference. See Step 2 of this plank of the LP's platform. Cheers!

11/02/2008 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Dead fish don't vote, except in Chicago.

The time for light rail is now.

11/02/2008 6:06 PM  
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