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Would you rather vote in advance, or do you like to go to the polls on Election Day?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on October 13, 2004

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“Go to the polls. You get a feel for the community’s attitude towards politics.”

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“I would rather go to the polls, because I would like the extra time to make my decision.”

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“I like to go to the polls. I enjoy the experience of the whole day.”

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“I like to vote in advance. It’s more convenient for me, and I don’t have to worry about beating the crowd.”


blackwalnut 13 years, 7 months ago

To hoof_hearted: What is your problem? Are on insane? What's with the nasty comment above, to an individual I know personally and who is above reproach? Who did nothing to you except answer a reporter's question?

blackwalnut 13 years, 7 months ago

To hoof_hearted:

Apology accepted. Unfortunately I've never had a Tom massage.

Left? I'm a firm independent. Not everyone is simple and easily classified.

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago


Mmm-hmm. Mmm-hmm.

Uh-huh. Uh-huh.

Right. Right.


Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago


A vote for Nader is a vote for Bush, for all practical purposes. So my previous statement/prediction remains basically intact! Nice try (knocking it down), though!

Did I say 10 dollars?

Make it 20!

Jimmy's back? Uh-oh! Run for cover, everyone!

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

I was asking Blackwalnut about my vote. Hi_Jinks you are such a smug person. Hasn't that coffee worn off yet?

Richard Heckler 13 years, 7 months ago

Most important is VOTE VOTE VOTE. Today,tomorrow, next week JUST DO IT. If you know someone who needs a ride contact the democrats...they will provide rides. Party affiliation is not a prerequisite. Senior citizens,students,baby boomers, first time voters or free state beer drinkers...just call. If wheel chair assisitance is required contact Independence Inc and/or Senior Service Center. I am assuming the "T" will also be available...probaly not for free.

Larry 13 years, 7 months ago

Personally, I try to vote in advance AND on Election Day. Have a great day.


Oh boy, everyone get ready to hear it from the conspiracy theory people!

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago

"I would rather go to the polls, because I would like the extra time to make my decision." ....Marie Lovejoy (pictured above)

With all due respect, Marie.....

Considering the fact that you've had literally months to think about various candidates, issues, and referendums.... It would seem to me that if you still aren't sure which way you are going to vote as you are making your way into the voting station......well, then....... I guess there's no hope! (But maybe that's just me?)

For years I have been going to the polls to cast my vote. And for years now, each and every time that I do, it seems like I have to wait an eternity for the person(s) in front of me to cast his or her vote!

Given Marie's response...Now I know why I have to wait so long to cast my vote!

I realize that I could just simply mail in my vote and save myself some time, but I'm old fashioned. I like taking a trip to the polls. I also like getting that little sticker that says, "I Voted!"---I proudly wear that sticker on my shirt for the rest of the day! I also like going to the polls because after you vote they pass out some free cookies and orange juice! And I think that's a nice touch!

.....Oh, wait! The free cookies and orange juice thing is when I give blood!



I still like going to polls to vote!

(Gee, I sure wish this guy in front of me would vote a little faster!)

nicegirl 13 years, 7 months ago

I'm with Hi_Jinks on this one. If you don't know by now who you are going to vote for, then you're in trouble. As Andy Rooney said on 60 Minutes Sunday, "If you are watching the debates in order to make a decision who to vote for, then you are not undecided, you are just stupid."

optimist 13 years, 7 months ago

Going to the polls is by far the way to go. I like the low tech pencil and paper ballots that are probably the way it has been done since the countries founding. Going to computer based voting like some states have I think takes something away from the experience.

I like to take my children with me to vote. We read the ballot together and they feel like they have an influence on the way I vote and in the process all together. They go into the booth with me and we experience the voting process together. I encourage all parents to try it even if you take a little longer to vote.

We all have a duty to vote. Freedom isn't free. Many have paid along the way and many are paying the price today. If all you are ever asked to do for your country is vote I say you got off cheap. Don't cheat those who have sacrificed and those who will in the future. It's important that those who represent us know we're watching. We can best send that message to them if as many eligible voters as possible vote.

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

I love going to the polls on the "big day". We bring our daughter so she can see how important it is to take part in the voting process. Also, the same ladies have been volunteering at the polls in my neighborhood since I was my daughter's age. It gives me a great sense of community. I love it.

Why are some people (see above) bashing others for still trying to make up their minds on who to vote for? This country is incredibly divided. There are still a lot of swing voters trying to decide. I don't think anyone's stupid for remaining undecided. Give 'em a break!

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

Did she say she was gonna wait until she was standing in front of the booth to decide? NO! She said she wanted a little more time. I know that for you Bush loving folks, voting IS like a marriage and you all can't wait to say "I do". But for others, it may take a little more time to figure it all out. What with all the negative ads and smear tactics it is hard to figure out who's the most trustworthy candidate. Give her a break, I say!

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago

Well, I guess you and I agree to disagree, Carmenilla. For it would seem to me, that given the amount of time a person has in advance to "bone up" on certain candidates and issues.....For that person to still be undecided about whoever or whatever they are going vote for....AT THE VERY MOMENT THAT THAT PERSON IS STANDING IN THE VOTING BOOTH OR AT THE VOTING both ridiculous and absurd!

To me, it's akin to being at the altar with the person you are about to marry.....and you still aren't really sure about him or her! You still have a few things in your mind that you need to sort out!---If you don't know ON YOUR WEDDING DAY if the person you're about to marry is the "right one" for you.....when will you ever know?!

That's bizarre!

C'mon, Carmenilla, you know my point has its merit! I'm not making fun of Marie, personally. I'm just saying that we live in a day and age where you and I have many different ways and tools to educate ourselves about candidates and issues. The information is out there! It is everyones' responsibilty to do so!--And you and I have PLENTY OF TIME to do so! Now, barring some sort of truly last minute issue or act taken by a candidate----and when I say "last minute" change in a certain issue or candidate, I literally mean "last minute", I can't see how it is possible for a person to still be undecided about a certain candidate or issue WHILE THEY ARE STANDING AT THE BOOTH OR TABLE!!

Are you familiar with that rather crude expression: "Either crap or get off the pot!!" ? Well, let's face it, you know when you sit down on the john, what you are going to do! You are certain! Same should be true when you go to vote! When you walk into that booth, or up to that table, you should know what you are about to do!--Who and what you are voting for! There should be no doubt about it! If there is any doubt in your mind at that precise moment....well, it would seem to me that you haven't done your homework! (Or enough of it, anyway!) And I know that you're going to say to me in your next post that you take voting much more seriously than going to the bathroom! Yeah, yeah! I know!

But I think you, or at the very least other posters here on this site, know just exactly what I am trying to say! They get my point! Maybe you don't, but I'll bet you many others here do!

Anyone besides Carmenilla want to weigh in on what I just said?


Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

Thank you....I said that hoof_hearted was the other side's Lulu but you are more accurate. He is the new Jimmy Olsen!

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago

And you're not already married to Kerry (figuratively speaking)? Okay! Sure, Carm! And as far as Marie is concerned, I'll say this.....

I sure hope I don't get stuck standing behind her at the polling station! If I do, then something tells me that I may want to bring along a "lengthy read", just in case!

The Bible, perhaps?

Tolstoy's "War and Peace", maybe?

nicegirl 13 years, 7 months ago

Hi_jinks: How many cups of joe have you had today?

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

Ah! How I love it when you assume things Hi_Jinks. I am still making my mind up about Kerry. When you can't get all the facts from either side it's hard to make an informed decision. I don't blindly follow anyone.

Rosycheeks 13 years, 7 months ago

How about you guys simply agree to disagree? This is ridiculous! You guys sound like a bunch of children fighting over nothing but having an opinion of your own. Big deal! It is crap like this that has created such a hostile divided America. I don't mean to sound cliche but, "Can't we all just get along?" So go grow up and get over it. And stop arguing for the sake of arguing. I think the world that we live in is just going to fester if we have nothing better to do than bicker over nothing. And back to the original intended subject matter.... As long as you get out there and vote, you are doing your part. And that is how you get your voice heard!

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago

Okay, Carm.....I'll take your word for it. But if I had 10 dollars in my pocket, I'd bet that come November 2nd, you're gonna vote Kerry! Oh, sure, it's possible that your "right" hand may attempt to vote Bush.......but your "left" hand won't allow any such thing!!! Your left hand will win!! Kerry it is!!

Nicegirl.....I don't know, I lost count! 6 or 7, I guess! (But they're not very big cups!) I'm drinking a vanilla flavored coffee today. It's pretty good for flavored coffee. I usually don't drink flavored coffees. But this one is not bad.

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago

Yes, sir, "RodneyKingCheeks"!

I'll give it a shot! (Getting along with other posters, that is.)

aka_Jimmy 13 years, 7 months ago

I've been TRYING to be nice and leave you mental midgets in your little RNC bubbles...

Can you leave me out of your conversations since all you do is complain about my posts??

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

Neither of my hands would EVER vote Bush. I'm deciding between Nader and Kerry. Maybe you should cut down on the coffee because its making you sound like you don't know what your talking about. And maybe you don't have $10 in your pocket because you didn't get that "tax cut" from ol' Georgie.

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

This was directed towards Hi_Jinks.......

blackwalnut 13 years, 7 months ago

To hoof_hearted:

So I made a typo. You made a grave mistake.

The person you insulted, whom you do not even know, is loved by many, many in Lawrence. It is not only I who worship the ground he walks on.

You are not fit to utter his name.

blackwalnut 13 years, 7 months ago

I will vote somewhat early. But I feel it is wrong to allow voting quite this much in advance of the election.

Americans will be voting before all the information has come in. The debates are not even over!

blackwalnut 13 years, 7 months ago

Don't waste your vote. Your choice, this time around, is only between Bush and Kerry. If you want a 3rd party to win, start working for that full-time on November 3.

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

In this state it doesn't matter.....Does it? All of my reading tells me I can vote either way because the electoral and popular vote here will go Bushie. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

Thank you for the useful information, blackwalnut. I'll vote for the candidate that best matches my philosophy. There is a great quiz you can take online that will match you up to the candidate who most represents your view. I was somewhere in between Nader and the Libertarian candidate. I only matched up with Kerry on some foreign policies. But, ya know, if you're not for Bush than you must be for Kerry. Isn't that the way it works here? Or at least on this forum?

blackwalnut 13 years, 7 months ago


It is almost certain Kansas electoral votes will go for Bush. But the popular vote counts in that it shows what kind of a mandate the winner has (or doesn't have).

Of course, Bush didn't have a mandate in 2000, and it didn't stop him from acting like 100% of the people voted for him.

Also, think about this: There is much talk about abandoning the electoral college because it (a) affects the outcome in that people think their vote doesn't count, so the don't vote, and (b) it causes all states that are not swing states to be completely ignored by politicians and elected officials. If the electoral college regularly comes out different from the popular vote, that will be taken into consideration.

blackwalnut 13 years, 7 months ago


I don't know about this forum; I speak only for myself.

But in practice, if your views are like Nader's, electing Kerry will help more of your causes more than electing Bush.

I don't mean to tell anyone how they should vote.

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago

You said in an earlier post directed towards me, that you were deciding between Nader or Kerry. Did you not? Go back and read it! I told you that voting for Nader is like voting for Bush (and it is, whether you want to admit it or not)! So don't give me that Miss Priss "tongue-sticking-out-of-your-mouth" remark about ..."I was talking to blackwalnut, not you!"


Ultimately, I know you're going to vote Kerry, and that's fine! Do as you please.

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago

Pouring more coffee, Carm....

Wants some?

Oh, wait! You only drink herbal tea, don't you? Sorry! I forgot!

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

You aren't but you're giving me food for thought rather than cramming an ideology down my throat (like some others who I don't have to name-you know who you are). I appreciate that. The country is incredibly divided because it becomes increasingly hard to find the facts. Not the "facts" but the real honest-to-goodness truth. I can't look to the media, it's all sensationalistic and trite.

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

That last post was to you blackwalnut....... Hi_Jinks you keep making one false assertion after another about my prefences. Get a clue! You sound like a total idiot!!! I'm an espresso gal and I'll kick your assumptive whiney hiney. Go pour that coffee on your panties.

nicegirl 13 years, 7 months ago

Hey Carmenilla: Where is that quiz that you mentioned? I am pretty positive of my voting choice but it might be fun to take it and see if my choice is on par with my opinions.

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

I knew you were a monosyllabic guy at heart, Hi_Jinks! And to nicegirl, I think I took the quiz off the Reader Reaction section of this site. It says: "Take this quiz!"

blackwalnut 13 years, 7 months ago

I don't know if this is the same question that Carmenilla mentioned (is it, Car?) - but I think it this a good quiz. I posted it earlier somewhere in Reader Reaction. So it is probably the same one.

undecided? take this quiz

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

I found the actual site its on. Sorry for the nebulous answer before. You can find the quiz on the Christian Science Monitor website. Happy hunting!

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago


I think Carmenilla needs a good "attitude-adjustment spanking". You up for the task or would you rather prefer that I do it? I realize that doing so wouldn't exactly be considered an "honor", or for the faint at heart (shudder), but somebody has got to do it!

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

Good one! You know all of us uppity women with opinions need a spanking. You have got to be the most conceited and annoying poster ever, Hi_Jinks. If you want something to spank something make it hoof_hearted's monkey.....

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago


Uppity women with opinions?

Uppity? (Crotchety, cranky, and irritating, is more like it!)

Women? (You mean you're a woman?)

Opinions (Rambling blather, I'd say!)

P.S. The only thing that scares me more than being forced to lay my hands upon you, is being within a few feet of hoof_hearted's "monkey"! (I might accidentally get an eye poked-out or something!)

Haven't you ever seen his pornos? The guy is half-man, half-horse, let me tell ya! And if you haven't ever seen his pornos, why don't you watch one some time! I can assure you, as soon as he gets naked, it won't take you too long to figure out which part of him is man, and which part of him is horse!

I think I'll take a pass on "spanking" hoof_hearted! (No offense, hoof_hearted!)

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

Too many "somethings" really takes the wind out of an insult when you mess it up while typing. I don't know why I even try on this forum anymore. It has been taken over and is now held hostage by posters like Hi_Jinks and hoof_hearted. They insult people who have different ideas than them and then anyone who tries their tactics gets harrassed off and maybe even reported to the staff? Anyway, it gets old really fast. Hope you all have a good night anyway. Even those I find stupid and offensive.

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

You just proved my point, Hi_Jinks....I commend you!

Carmenilla 13 years, 7 months ago

yer turn Hi_Jinks (to touch my monkey, that is).....Maybe I should take it to the next level. Nah nah na boo boo! Didn't you too hooligans get recess today? Good night!

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago


So does this mean that you're not going to post here anymore?

In your last post you say: "Didn't you "too" hooligans get recess today?"

You mean, "two", don't you? (You messed up another one of your posts!)

nicegirl 13 years, 7 months ago

If you kids can't play nicely, I will put you in time out. (Sorry, it's the daycare provider in me coming out....).

nicegirl 13 years, 7 months ago

I just took that quiz. It was pretty cool, but my most matched candidate is the one that I intend to vote for anyway so I guess that is a good thing.

Hi_Jinks 13 years, 7 months ago

You're right, nicegirl!

But I must say, it was Carmenilla first who turned this whole discussion X-Rated with her comment to me about spanking hoof_hearted's monkey! I was just "fighting fire with fire" with my response about hoof_hearted's "endowment"!

You know, it's sad when someone like her is losing an argument and she decides to get X-Rated!

Sounds like therapy for her is in the works! (Or at least it should be!) Because when a person like Carmenilla is either arguing or debating with someone concerning a matter so generic and/or mundane like "when is it a good time for someone to vote"----and then she, out of the clear blue sky, starts telling people to go touch/fondle other peoples' genitalia----I mean that's shocking and outrageous! Don't you think?

Pity her, nicegirl! I know I do!

italianprincess 13 years, 7 months ago

Like Nicegirl,

I also took that quiz and it turns out to be who I was going to vote for in the first place.

I'm going to watch the last debate and see if there is anymore lying going on.......Geez I HATE liars.

Savage 13 years, 7 months ago

I saw a documentary about bush and kerry on PBS last night. It was very informative and non-partisan. A pleasant change of pace. A: the polls Later

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