Guide for the annoyed voter

Not that anyone has any reason to care what I think about such things, but I did promise “a few — very few — endorsements”.


  1. Jennifer »

    1 November 2008 · 6:15 pm

    Your take on the presidential race is refreshingly candid and honest. My husband wrote in Newt Gingrich. And he’s feeling hopeful. But that’s just because he’s a tad odd.

    While I’m pretty sure you know how I made my mark at the top of the page, my own NC ballot looked like it was cast by a person in the midst of a psychotic break. Dems here, Repubs there. Dole out, McCrory in. A girl can hope. ;-)

  2. Tatyana »

    1 November 2008 · 6:48 pm

    I don’t think here in NY we can write-in a candidate. Maybe on an affidavit ballot..not in a voting booth: they have this kinda-ancient-looking machine, with a lever .
    Chaz, you have inspired me: I just spent 2 hrs studying candidates from my congressional district: oh my, I didn’t even know there was a battle of passions! At least now I have an idea what awaits me at the polling station; last time all the seats/positions I was supposed to make a selection for were complete news to me.

  3. CGHill »

    1 November 2008 · 7:06 pm

    We don’t get write-ins here in Oklahoma. In fact, we don’t even have third-party candidates for President, owing to the state’s onerous ballot-access law. (Local blogger and Green Party member J. M. Branum, when he ran for the state House, had to be listed as an Independent.)

    I always did like those kinda-ancient-looking machines, though: they look simultaneously high-tech and retro, clearly a project for a steampunk revival. This state switched to optical scanners more than a decade ago, and while the hardware is way beyond its shelf date by now, there’s really no satisfactory substitute out there; those computerized gizmos have proven entirely too easy to hack.

  4. Tatyana »

    1 November 2008 · 7:17 pm

    Then you would like my polling station. It’s in a school’s basement, a building that was erected in 1928 with fortress-like walls and columns. The voting machines I’ve already mentioned; the volunteers’ age is somewhere between the school’s and the machines’…

  5. Jeffro »

    1 November 2008 · 8:33 pm

    I did the absentee ballot thang yesterday, and I reluctantly voted for McCain.

    I haven’t been real happy with my state Representative lately, so since Kansas allows write-ins, I voted for Alfred E. Neuman.

  6. McGehee »

    2 November 2008 · 1:23 am

    I have used the type-in-on-a-virtual-keyboard-on-the-touch-screen option here in Georgia, variously to vote for Jefferson Davis Hogg or Larson E. Pettifogger, for various local offices.

    I probably would have written-in my own name this Tuesday, had I not somehow ended up with a preference for the vice-presidential spot.

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