the american way

hi all, good morning! hope your week is off to a good start.  you can’t be in the country right now without being bombarded with hype about the election tomorrow. as an independent i call issues as i see them and want to vote.  but i have to wonder how we can put a man on the moon or text votes to american idol but can’t come up with a system that’s unified in each state in this day and age? why are lines 7 hours long where voters are faced with 10-25 page ballots and still there are discrepancies in  tallies every single time? more puzzling is why do we as americans accept it year after year and what we can do to change it?

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can we please have a national discussion on how to nationalize and unify the voting process?  can the winner be determined by the popular vote instead of having a ‘swing state’  like ohio determine the election?  if you ask 100 people how our system works you will get 100 different, complicated answers. how can it be simplified in your opinion? maybe the answer is a simple retina scan or a thumbprint as well as a driver’s license or state id?

there is some controversy about losing privacy when combining technology with voting but what exactly are the we afraid of? what is the cost of losing the day standing in line to only have the doors closed on you at the last minute or have hundreds of ballots get lost or destroyed accidentally, end up in the trash or have ballot boxes come to polls with votes preset as we saw in the bush election? are we really going to sit around and let this happen 4 years from now? this time we’ve got to no choice but to sit back as helpless citizens and take it. but if we let this happen next time then we are really doing a disservice to ourselves, our time, and our nation and voting is just a waste of time and a slap in the face to those who died to advance it for us.

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what can we do?

November 5, 2012. Tags: . Voting.

11 Comments

  1. pineconesandacorns replied:

    Oh my goodness, I was just on the phone saying this exact same subject. It is unbelievable that this is THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA….why don’t all of the sates vote with the same machines, the same ballots, the same procedure?

    And why should a sitting president, Senator, Congressman, etc be able to take 4 years off of their jobs, which we pay them to do and campaign.

    Have a great day, love coming here to visit!

    Elizabeth

  2. Connie replied:

    I was trying to stay optomistic while explaining this to my son as he prepares to vote for the very first time. Kind crazy for sure. Love that you brought this up.
    Connie*

  3. The Paris Apartment replied:

    hi girls, glad i’m not the only one! what can we do now?

  4. peggy braswell replied:

    I am with you on this one! & do not know what the answer is, other than too many hands + too much government! xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  5. Rhonda replied:

    Well said!!! I’m right there with you….wish I had an answer because it is getting “old”.

  6. fernsandnettles replied:

    No retinal scans!! Bound to injure the eye in some way. I have no problem with Thumb prints though, or photo ID’s. Afterall, what’s the big deal!

  7. presenttimeconcepts replied:

    It is a delema. So many things wrong and not much going the way of honesty and change for the better of all. It might be a good idea if we began with a president may only serve 1, 4 year term. At least the last year he could continue to work instead of campaign.

  8. Penny replied:

    I, too, think there must be a better way but retinal scans and finger printing are way too “Big Brother” for me. Photo ID should do it. Less government please.

  9. Heidi replied:

    I agree, what a mess this is……were in one of the states (Alaska) that you wonder if it even matters…..but I’ll be there at 8am.

  10. Nikon replied:

    I agree that it is frustrating that we don’t have a national standard of voting machines; so easy to do, I would think.
    As to the photo ID, I’m all for it – it is not that hard to get one. If you can’t get one, get an absentee ballot mailed to you.
    I like the idea of a one term presidency to cut down on this non-stop campaigning.

  11. hospitality301 replied:

    “Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security”- Ben Franklin

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