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Are you voting?

Asked at U.S. Post Office, 645 Vt. on August 1, 2006

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“You betcha. I want my candidates to win.”

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“I’m not registered under a particular party, but I’m going to vote in the ones that I can.”

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“No. I’ve been really busy, so I’m not going to vote in the primaries. I’ll be voting in the next one.”

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“Yes. I can’t remember not voting. There are a lot of important issues, such as education, that I feel strongly about.”

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penguin 11 years, 4 months ago

The woman you are thinking of is Kay O'Connor who is being taken to the woodshed by Thornburg.

I am just pleased to see the votes roll in out west and watch as Connie Morris goes down to Sally Cauble. Connie is just scary, but the people of Western Kansas are getting rid of her in the primary. hooray!

sunflower_sue 11 years, 4 months ago

You say "Purell on a keychain" like it's a bad thing.

I'm only given the opportunity to touch the pencil.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 4 months ago

I have a question: is a politician supposed to change his positions while in office, or is he supposed to stick to what he espoused when he was elected?

jayhawks71 11 years, 4 months ago

sgt, that's a good question for which I do not have the answer, but if we have people who present the principles on what they stand for rather than specific "issues" (which are subject to the whim of what they think will get them elected) we might make some headway. I don't think people should change their principles while in office.

And on a side note, I hope that a politician's position would change.... If you sit or stand for too long or remain in one position, that can be painful and certainly can't be good for mental processes.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 4 months ago

WOW! we did go electronic! What's with the NO privacy, though? You'll have to tell me later how you voted so that I may slap your hands if need be. :)

eej5 11 years, 4 months ago

I have to put in my two cents on not voting if you're uninformed... Get informed.

If you've got time to read this web site, you've got 20 minutes to get a list of the candidates and google them. See who's running and then go vote.

Given that school board candidates are on this ballot, everyone should get some info and go vote... or do you all not care if our state is the butt of so many jokes.

Jayhawk226 11 years, 4 months ago

From a CNN article today: Board member Connie Morris' race in western Kansas was the most closely watched. The retired teacher has described evolution as "an age-old fairy tale" and "a nice bedtime story" unsupported by science.

Well....bye Connie. See ya!

One less utter disgrace in the field of education and politics, where in Kansas, the two have become fused together at the expense of children, students and the reputation of the entire state.

Linda Endicott 11 years, 4 months ago

I didn't vote yesterday, though I usually do. I had the day off, didn't have to go anywhere else, and it was just too damn hot to go out when I didn't have to.

Purell 11 years, 4 months ago

Fear not the germs, fear the candidates!

Cea, Inmate posted this morning on the previous two questions.

beatrice 11 years, 4 months ago

On the touch-screens, I like to put a big nasty bugger on the name of the person I don't want to win. Okay, not really, but I wonder how long people would go before they asked for a clean-up. I'll bet it would get my candidate a couple of extra votes.

I love the idea of spreading disease through the touch-screens -- I think we should try to start an urban myth about it. Just keep telling people and posting on websites about how your sister, who is a nurse, worked with someone who treated this guy for hepatitis-C that he contracted from voting on a touch-screen. Lets see how long it takes before it comes back around.

As far as voting is concerned -- Is it 2008 yet?

texburgh 11 years, 4 months ago

To Ron Burgandy: Clearly you've never ventured west of Topeka. I'm from elsewhere too having lived on both the east and west coasts so I thought, "Kansas?" Get out there! Try the Cosmosphere in Hutch, the Garden of Eden in Lucas, MT Ligget's folk art in Mullinville, the Adobe Museum in Ulysses, the Sternberg Museum in Hays, the Cathedral of the Plains in Victoria, the tall grass prairie around Manhattan. Visit the prairie at night when they are burning it. Go to Lindsborg to relax in total peace in a beautiful B&B. How about the rodeo in Strong City? Quit being so provincial! I've lived in southern California, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Texas. But Kansas is God's country. Look at the endless sky, the beautiful prairie that turns from green to red to brown depending on the season. Get out there!

jayhawks71 11 years, 4 months ago

eej, if you think 20 minutes makes you informed, you are uninformed. I agree about getting informed, but the very people that you are voting for will (or have already) put many in the positions that force them to work much more than they should be (taxes taxes taxes!). And finally, as I mentioned earlier, look up all the info that you want, if they change their positions in office, you were uninformed when you voted. Vote on principles, not issues.

Ceallach 11 years, 4 months ago

My sticker says, "I voted in Douglas County," does that get us more points or make us easier targets? The lady at the table seems rather joyful about giving me a sticker with that message. I've looked at it several times, but alas, it holds no magic for me. I must not be enlightened enough to understand :(

Ceallach 11 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, pooter! You can wear my sticker if you like.

Speaking of felons . . . what happened to inmate?

sunflower_sue 11 years, 4 months ago

RI, Big Bertha all the way!
Athlete's foot and croup???

texburgh 11 years, 4 months ago

I've been down in the well...scared the *** out of me but I did it. You ought to do it just to say, "Been there, done that." MT sadly is pulling votes away from Viola and likely handing the seat back to Willard - the con. MT, I love your art but please stay out of politics!

townie42 11 years, 4 months ago

RI- If you're that worried about it, then wear rubber gloves while you vote... or wash your hands.

The same junk on the touchscreen has been all over your voting booth every time you voted before. Apparently, it hasn't killed you yet.

jonas 11 years, 4 months ago

As a registered independent, I was under the impression that I could not vote in primaries. Am I mistaked in that regard?

sgtwolverine 11 years, 4 months ago

TOB, I asked the question because I've noticed two different popular comments. I've seen people complain because a politician won't change his opinion (he must be stubborn), and then I've seen people complain because a politician changed his opinion (he must be spineless). So I'm trying to figure out if it's better for a politician to stick to something or for him to sway in the breeze, so to speak.

Nikki May 11 years, 4 months ago

In the article it said independents could either vote in the democratic one, or you can change parties at the poll if you want in on the republican one, and change back later at the courthouse.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 4 months ago

A professor feels strongly about education. Huh. That was unexpected.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 4 months ago

Hey TOB - our United Kingdom friends made it to Dodge City. They did stop and GO DOWN the big well! I've never been down there. Too creepy. And surprise - they were quite disappointed in Boot Hill.

My dad once played on a record called "The World's Big Hand Dug Well." You and I are probably related.

I won't be able to vote. Should have done the absentee thing.

YourItalianPrincess 11 years, 4 months ago

Since today is a 14 hour day for me, I'm going to be calling in my sub during naptime so I can get out to vote today.

Stay cool everyone, its going to be another hot one today.

Jayhawk226 11 years, 4 months ago

Calling Kansas "God's country" would be rather provincial too, would it not?!!?

Certainly arrogant, at the least.

Dixie Jones 11 years, 4 months ago

i dont beleive you can change parties at the poll i beleive you have to do that 14 days proir to the court house . happy voting everyone...

sgtwolverine 11 years, 4 months ago

My local voting time thing isn't until next Tuesday. Not sure yet if I'm going to vote. After all, next Tuesday is my birthday.

"I can't vote because I've had hepatitis." "No, you can't give blood because you've had hepatitis." "Oh, I can't give blood and I can't vote because I've had hepatitis."

bmwjhawk 11 years, 4 months ago

If you're a moderate or even a Democrat, you would be wise to register as a Republican and vote for Praeger and Thornburgh today. These Republican primaries are where the staunch conservative base really gets out the vote.

The best way for you to make a difference in Kansas is STILL to register as a Republican and vote for the moderates.

penguin 11 years, 4 months ago

If you are an independent you can vote Democrat or register as a Republican at the polls. I saw others doing it when I was there this morning. Do not stay home. The information below is pretty much the same information the poll workers were telling the Independent voters.

"The Kansas Democratic Party has opened its primary election to unaffiliated voters. That means registered voters who have not declared a party affiliation can cast ballots in Democratic contests.

The Republican Party is keeping its primary closed. Unaffiliated voters, however, can show up at the poll, register as a Republican and vote on the Republican ballot. After voting, they can go to the county clerk's office and re-register as unaffiliated"

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 4 months ago

I haven't really done the homework needed to know the candidates well enough. I'll vote in the "big" election, but not in the primaries.

remember_username 11 years, 4 months ago

I always vote. Sometimes it seems like a futile gesture, but voting gives me the feeling that my commentary on our government has more honor. Plus, those occasional victories that do occur are a little bit sweeter when you take part.

Ken Miller 11 years, 4 months ago

The precinct poll at 15th and Iowa - Immanuel Church - didn't open until 7:15. I'd be interested in knowing if other polling places opened late today in Lawrence.....

Ceallach 11 years, 4 months ago

A big "you betcha" for me too :) I'm registered independent and usually take whichever party has the biggest rascals running, then I vote against them. We never really know about a politicians true mind, but some of them are so blatantly out of their minds that I know I don't want to contribute to their being in office.

RonBurgandy 11 years, 4 months ago

For what? I didn't even realize there were primaries today. I should, but I recently moved and don't know where my voting card is. How do I find out where I can vote?

No offense to anyone, but anything in Kansas west of Topeka is just not worth going to, and Topeka is a stretch.

Ceallach 11 years, 4 months ago

OldEnuf: I'm surprised at you! Voting is necessary to validate one's griping rights. Now get out there an invest a few minutes in exercising your voting right thereby establishing your griping right :):) Not saying you are a griper . . . . well, you know what I mean :)

jayhawks71 11 years, 4 months ago

Ceallach, not sure I understand that logic (I realize it is a prevailing sentiment), but if there are indeed no candidates that reflect your views/beliefs/needs, then a vote for the "lesser of two (3, 4, 5) evils has the effects of:

  1. being subjected to the "well you voted for him" comment even though you only perceived that person as the least harmful of the choices.

  2. adding to the number of voters, which some winning candidates would see as a "mandate"; (doesn't it seem that if you win an election where 95% of people (hah!) voted, that people REALLY WANTED YOU).

  3. adds DISHONOR to griping that the two-party system, which dominates American politics, is a choice between awful candidate one and just as awful if not more candidate two.

  4. Similar to 3, one actually sanctions the system, which is geared toward keeping those in power, in power.

In my opinion, the only way to REALLY have honor in griping about the winner is to run yourself or to not vote in anything but local (up to US House Rep) elections. But, if you do LIKE certain candidates, by all means, vote for them, just don't vote for candidates that you have no idea what they stand for or whether their view on "issue a" is actually in the purview of their job! (e.g., a county assessor who is "for intelligent design in the classroom).

There, all done stirring the pot.

Ceallach 11 years, 4 months ago

True RI, and admittedly, I may from time to time need to deal with control issues :)

Ceallach 11 years, 4 months ago

Well, my voting place is behind times!! They had one touch screen set up, right where anyone in line could see the votes being cast and it was only offered to the handicapped. There's something wrong about that!!! The lady voting was much nicer than I would have been about it . . then again, maybe she doesn't have control issues :)

sunflower_sue 11 years, 4 months ago

Not that I would own up to any control issues, but I'm registered Rep even though I'm a Dem at heart. Just like Ceal said, I like to go vote against the crazies and pick the lesser of two evils.

RI, I think this "elbow voting" thing could work. At the very least they should keep purell at the locked box. (I always feel so dirty after voting.)

beatrice 11 years, 4 months ago

"it hasn't killed you yet."

Yet? YET!?! As in not yet, but it will? You mean that eventually voting will kill you ... us ... ME?! We can't have that! If it is a public safety issue, then I think we should take a stand, all together in a show of democracy for what is right, and demand that they ban voting! I think we should take to the streets over this safety concern, shouting -- Ban the Vote! Ban the Vote! I'll start making the banners, right after dinner. (Besides, its not like they actually count the ballets anyways.)

Ceallach 11 years, 4 months ago

You mean I'm part of "the prevailing sentiment"!! AND I'm adding DISHONOR!! That will never do.

Local and state primaries are so very predictable that the only way I can drag myself there is to float my boat down the river of d'Nile and place my vote where I will not be ashamed of it being in the tally column of certain politicians.

Through the years I have found that a politicians "view" on any given issue, once said politician is in office, either gradually changes or becomes so flexible that it is distorted beyond recognition.

btw, back in the day, when I was young and idealistic -- thinking I should rally behind and vote for a candidate based on their view of issue a -- I had to eat more than one slice of the "well you voted for him" pie. (Bitter indeed, like gooseberry pie with no added sugar :)

Ceallach 11 years, 4 months ago

Sorry, RI. I prefer black leather stiletto boots.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 4 months ago

Ceallach, you are correct. I should participate at a higher level, but at the same time, I just haven't done the homework to be able to feel like I'm "helping". I don't want to just vote for the guy who's name sounds cool.

It's lame, but I'm just being honest.

jayhawks71 11 years, 4 months ago

I have to applaud OldEnuf's wisdom here to realize that being "ignorant" on candidates and then voting is not fruitful. Voting, whether you like it or not, is authorization (of government) by ignorance. Not only are people failing to know the stances of candidates on most isuses, but the candidates don't stick to those stances once they are elected; either way, we are ignorant.

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