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Monday, November 5, 2012

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What Are You Doing Tomorrow?

If you are still undecided as to who to vote for, call a major news outlet right this second! They definitely want to examine your brain. When you get off the phone, maybe your next step should be taking this quiz to find out which way you truly lean? It's  a flexible quiz in that you can either get a result after answering 10 questions, or you can ask for MORE QUESTIONS! If only we'd had that option in school. After rapidly answering questions at random because we wanted to see what the results page looked like, it turned out we had a "81/100 match on issues" with Obama and a "80/100 match on issues" with Romney, so maybe take your time?

Once you're done, here is a NSFW website that will profanely assist you in finding your polling place. Good night and good luck.



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Rock and Roll Ken Doll

I'll be hanging out in Hampton Heights, Milwaukee with Wisconsin Election Protection! Good times!

apples and oranges

I am an environmental studies student and in one of my environmental policy classes this semester we have a handful of undecided voters (all of whom are either poli sci or environmental studies majors). I don't get it.

TheclaAndTheSeals

@kangerine Yeah, that's kind of where I am re: undecided voters. I honest-to-God don't get it. I can get why people would choose this candidate or that, but I don't understand not being able to make up your mind after YEARS of information. I don't.

Any undecided Pinners? I promise not to judge. I just want to understand.

apples and oranges

@TheclaAndTheSeals Oh totally, no judgment. just bafflement! And with a group of people with an interest in politics and the environment, I really don't understand not having made up your mind.

Blushingflwr

@TheclaAndTheSeals Not on the major tickets (well, considering voting third-party just for kicks, b/c I'm in a solidly blue state) but I'm still a little up in the air about a couple of local ballot issues, and I haven't done my research (yet) on the school board and judicial candidates. So, that kind of undecided I can understand. But there's basically nothing I can think of that would make me vote Republican at this juncture.

TheclaAndTheSeals

@kangerine No worries, I didn't think you were judging. Bafflement is totally the word for it.

sandwiches

@kangerine One of my best friends has very definite opinions but isn't voting at all, and I just ...what? What? Why? Whereas I have been frantically breathing into a paper bag this whole damn season and am planning on drinking heavily basically all of tomorrow night until the results come in. Fortunately the sustainable Japanese restaurant that serves giant wooden boxes of nigori sake is literally a minute's walk from my partner's house.

sandwiches

@sandwiches Congratulations, how wonderful, self. Ugh.

adorable-eggplant

@sandwiches Please tell me your friend is not living in a swing state (lie to me if necessary).

sandwiches

@adorable-eggplant No, we're in California!

acid burn

@TheclaAndTheSeals I AM JUDGING.

adorable-eggplant

@sandwiches Maybe tell her to vote for everyone who never could? Suffragettes in the UK who went on hunger strike were force fed in a violent, painful way up until 1913. I always think of them.

But she's got company: http://www.people-press.org/2012/11/01/nonvoters-who-they-are-what-they-think/ (pub by pew)

Springtime for Voldemort

@kangerine NPR had this thing on non-voters that was... enlightening? There were a couple I respected (the Native American, the pacifist) even if I disagreed, but the rest just made me headdesk.

sandwiches

@adorable-eggplant It's a he and I ...I just don't know what to do with him (upon seeing the Obama-Biden sticker on my car, he said "ugh, because he's done so much the last four years", at which point I immediately said goodnight and left the vicinity so I wouldn't stab him in the face for TOTALLY MISSING THE POINT). I think if he were going to vote he'd vote Libertarian (which I also disagree with for a variety of reasons, but..). This is not a non-voting situation I respect (and there are some! the tribal sovereignty situation in the NPR article is one!), this is a non-voting situation I am totally judging, and that is making me look at him a little differently because...seriously? I am standing right in front of you telling you it really matters to me, a person you presumably care for, that you vote, and you're still not voting? Bah.

juksie

@sandwiches but...you vote for so many things besides president! WHY?! local elections matter too! they probably make a huge impact on his life, actually. That is what I dislike most about the "not-voting is the same as voting" thing. your voting responsibilities do not end at the president, and your stance on pacifism cannot possibly affect how you think your school board rep should be acting.
The Native American, on the other hand, I completely and totally respect for not voting.

sandwiches

@juksie I know!!! It is supremely frustrating!

Lily Rowan

Here's one way a person could be undecided: Agreeing with one candidate on some issues, and the other candidate on other issues, and having a hard time deciding which issues you think are most important.

adorable-eggplant

@sandwiches Hmm. I still think it might be inspirational to think about how many people have been disenfranchised in the past, but are voting now. I heard on the radio this morning that the election of 1788 had a turnout of 11% of eligible voters (and only white males with property were eligible). So I guess it's gotten much better all around, so I should be less hung up on the non-voters that are left. It just makes me sad that they are by-and-large young and poor.

New Hoarder

Um LADIES guess who got to shake Joe Biden's hand today?! His hand was very soft and his eyes sparkled like sapphires! *SWOON* Young Joey would have been VERY dangerous indeed.

area@twitter

@New Hoarder OOH JOE BIDEN OOH. Sweep me off my feet, you magnificent stallion (I am only about 10% kidding here)

likethestore

@New Hoarder My ideal man has the brains of George Clooney and the body of Joe Biden (name that quote).

Kira-Lynn@twitter

@New Hoarder My stepdad got to drive in Joe Biden's motorcade Wednesday!!!

New Hoarder

@area@twitter He was magnificent up close. (And his teeth are much more normal-sized.) I was NOT prepared for that.

mczz

@New Hoarder omg I love Joe Biden so much, I would die to shake his hand!

area@twitter

@New Hoarder My mom met young Joe Biden and she said he "made you feel like you were the only person in the room". Mmm-hmm, Mom. I can read between those lines. I imagine his charm has only deepened since then, right?

New Hoarder

@New Hoarder He spent a ton of time shaking hands, taking pictures, signing autographs, giving hugs!, etc. after he spoke. At first his security detail was yelling for everyone to back off, but then they gave up. It was hilarious. And he was totally eloquent even though he was so fired up- he's been needing off the leash for awhile! Of course when he mentioned his debate he got HUGE cheers.

Lucienne

@likethestore Wow, that's a weird, high bar.

New Hoarder

@area@twitter I would not be ashamed of that notch on my belt. Not. At. All. I would dedicate a whole wide-waistband belt to him, even.

OhMarie

@likethestore Leslie Knope! I also really love Joey B and Doctor Jill.

martinipie

@New Hoarder The other night I had a dream I was walking down a fancy hall--like Ritz Hotel style hall--and Joe Biden was walking the other way. As we passed I said "Well hel-LO, SIR," and he winked at me and glided on. I imagine it is not that far from reality.

New Hoarder

@OhMarie Dr. Jill was there too! I really wanted to kiss HER!

New Hoarder

@martinipie There was a LOT of winking today. Some ammo for your fantasy. ;-)

Flies in my eyes

@New Hoarder I just googled young Joe Biden for the first time. Handsome chap indeed! Then found this http://www.thecomicandsans.com/2012/10/young-joe-biden-vs-gym-rat-ryan/
I don't know how to do internet stuff like properly insert a link or picture...sorry.

like a rabid squirrel

@New Hoarder http://joe-biden.ytmnd.com/ never gets old.

special_boots

I really needed that polling-place website to work, but it didn't. Damn it!

yeah-elle

@special_boots If you search "find your polling place," Google has a nifty little search box where you enter your registration address and it'll provide you with your polling place!

special_boots

@yeah-elle Ooh, that's perfect. Thanks!

I know there are a number of sites that provide this service, but I did think it would be amusing to use that one (since I moved recently and do not in fact know where my polling place is). But Google is probably more reliable anyway. Thanks again!

likethestore

97/100 Obama, 38/100 Romney. Too bad I'm Canadian.

Flies in my eyes

@likethestore Similar score. Also Canadian.

carolita

@likethestore same score here! I'll think of you when I vote! :)

The Frozen Head of Dorothy Zbornak

@likethestore

I got that exact score too...'pinner conspiracy?

Hooray for our incredibly leftist commentariat!

VDRE

I am so confused right now. I am 90% sure that my polling place is like a block away from me and chicagoelections.com agrees but yourfuckingpollingplace, google's search, and voter411 are telling me that my polling place is like 30 blocks away. Tell me what to do, people that are more knowledgeable than me.

yeah-elle

@VDRE I am not familiar with Illinois ballots, but did you get a sample ballot or a packet of voter information in the mail? Those typically have the address of your polling place listed on the back.

VDRE

@yeah-elle I know I got a card with my polling place information in the mail that I'm pretty sure says the same thing as chicagoelections, I'll check it when I get home. Presumably that is the most accurate and I can safely ignore what google and everything else is saying and not freak out and try to figure out how to get to the other place and still be on time to work?

OhMarie

@VDRE Yes, I think that the local one is probably right here.

yeah-elle

@VDRE I'd definitely trust your local Board of Elections more than any other website. They're the ones that received your information when you registered, and in turn passed on information to the polling place where you can vote, which matters more than what Google says.

hopelessshade

@VDRE One is your day-of voting place and one is your early voting place? For example, my early voting place is Merlo library. But my day-of is across the street from me, and hell if I'm not rolling out of bed and traipsing over in my PJs.

VDRE

@hopelessshade Amusingly I just found my polling place card and my early voting location is completely different than my election day one and the one that Google is telling me to use. Who knows!

hopelessshade

@VDRE Whaaaat! Ugh. If you have the card, I say go with it? The card being proof you can show them, that is.

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

@hopelessshade
Also, if you go to the wrong place, they will (or should) just send you to the right place! I've been politely redirected a few blocks in Chicago in the past.

Amphora

@hopelessshade Hey neighbor, that's my voting place too! (for both early and election day) I didn't vote early because the line was around the block.

hopelessshade

@Amphora Uggggh I don't want to be late to painting class tomorrow! Let's hope I'm the only one in my PJs at 5am...

stonefruit

I voted early last week, and the mayor was two in front of me! I am not the hugest fan of our mayor, but still, voting celebrity stories :)

yeah-elle

This weekend, while tipsy and ranting about undecided voters, I said "IT BOGGLES MY MIND" and my friend thought I was saying "I HAVE KOALAS IN MY MIND," so there's that.

Lucienne

I've never in voted in person before! I'm excited!

olivebee

@Lucienne Same here! The first election I could vote in was 2008, and I did absentee since I was in college.

The lines at Chicago polling places are usually Black Friday-like, so I am planning on camping out in front of my polling place with a book for at least 2 hours tomorrow morning.

Lucienne

@olivebee I have no idea what to expect as far as lines! I should have asked last week.

martinipie

Joining in the chorus about undecided voters--have no news stories reached you at all? If they did, did they simply make you go "Oh, ignoring that," and not "I disagree strongly with that statement/I agree wholeheartedly with that statement," thereby determining your vote? SERIOUSLY WHAT

TheclaAndTheSeals

@martinipie I like to imagine that undecided voters are in complete anguish, with strong feelings about two issues, but without a candidate that matches both. This is the only way it makes sense to me-- like, walking around distraught, trying to understand this mixed-up world.

I know it's also possible there are undecided voters walking around going "derp derp derp, whatevvv" but that thought makes me sad. Undecideds, I have faith in you!

MilesofMountains

@martinipie I don't understand how anyone can NOT have heard. I have no interest in politics and am Canadian, and I feel like I know the issues intimately.

fondue with cheddar

@martinipie I can't help but wonder how many undecided voters actually know damn well who they're voting for, they just don't want to tell anybody. Some people feel that voting is a very personal decision and it's really nobody else's business, and I totally respect that.

Linette

I will be wondering whether I should go to a bar to watch the results, knowing that nothing can really top Election Night 2008, when folks were hugging each other off their barstools and everyone was starry-eyed and someone called to me from across the street "THE WORLD IS SO BEAUTIFUL!" and someone else high-fived me as we passed in opposite directions.

Lyssachelle

@Linette I'll be looking for a bar also. I was at work the night of the 2008 election and witnessed them calling it right after I walked in the door. (I didn't realize what time it was...) I was so excited, and my fiance was so NOT because he's stoic like that, so I feel really bereft because I missed out on this huge cultural event. I wanted to throw confetti and kiss strangers, DAMMIT.

Jolly Farton

@Linette But maybe it will be!?! At least still a lot of happiness? I will be watching The Colbert Report/Daily Show... on the MTV jumbotron in Times Square... I play it cool, low scale

The Lady of Shalott

I have never actually voted in person (due to living in another country since age 18), but I have managed to vote in every election anyway. But....absentee voting is so much less fun, I imagine! AND I have never gotten an 'I Voted' sticker.

Lyssachelle

@The Lady of Shalott I have never gotten an "I Voted" sticker either and I've voted in person since 2000. I HAVE BEEN ROBBED.

I did tear up a little while voting as I eyed the "Obama/Biden" on my electronic ballot. No clue why it struck me so hard, but my heart swelled so full with civic pride that I even smiled and waved at the GOP supporter teetering on the edge of lawfulness outside my polling place... (the security guy was eying him SO HARD...I know he wanted to bust him for the story to tell at dinner...)

Springtime for Voldemort

@The Lady of Shalott I dropped mine off in person so that I could get a sticker. I shall put it on my laptop and keep it forever.

olivebee

Guys, here is another (really, really good) quiz! http://www.isidewith.com/

You can ask for more questions and also for more answers for each question if "yes" or "no" does not cut it for you.

Turns out I side with Jill Stein 91% and Obama 82%.

ETA: It also breaks down who you side with the most on certain issues (social, economic, health, etc.). The results are super detailed and fascinating.

apples and oranges

@olivebee I got 95% Jill Stein and 85% Obama. 85% is actually more than I was expecting but it does make me feel more confident in my vote! The quiz is so in depth, I love it.

OhMarie

@olivebee Oooh, this was fun. I also agreed most with Jill Stein, but I got surprisingly high agreement with Rocky from the Justice party, which I have never even heard of.

VelourFog

@kangerine I got 88% Jill Stein. I'm guessing this is mainly due to my foreign policy views. I got 55% libertarian which is scary.

fuck fuck fuck

@olivebee 96% Jill Stein! And 81% Obama, which is not too bad. Very happy with my 0% Romney.

KiwiTheBirdNotTheFruit

@olivebee Ha. Not that I get to vote in your election, but I got 97% Jill Stein, 88% Barack Obama and...a grand total of 2% Mitt Romney. Darn foreigners and our radical left-wing views.

olivebee

@OhMarie Same! I forget what it was, maybe 60something% with Rocky. I hate to admit that I had never even heard of the Justice Party till I saw that in my results. But it turns out that I am on the same page as him about several stances.

@all Isn't it kind of sad that, if you want your vote to even remotely make a difference in the outcome of the election, that you have to vote for one of two parties, when in reality, Jill Stein is the one who truly aligns with the majority of our views? Deep down, I really want to vote for her, but I can't bring myself to do it because I want someone to beat Romney, and she isn't going to be that someone (plus, I also really like Obama). Ugh, I just broke, like, every rule of being a good, informed voter by saying all that stuff, but...sorry, Jill!

VelourFog

@olivebee I'd vote for her if I didn't live in a battleground state. I wouldn't want to help Romney.

Plant Fire

@olivebee I love that site! I can never answer properly with just yes and no options so it was nice to have so many extras in the more options section. I got 87% Jill Stein and 77% Obama.

thiscallsforsoap

Question for Americans: what is this thing about 'registering' as Democratic or Republican. Doesn't mean you're joining the party, right? But it's not advance voting either?

Onymous

@thiscallsforsoap In most states you have to register for a party to participate in their primaries.

adorable-eggplant

@thiscallsforsoap The main point of registering with a party is voting in its primaries. Secondarily, it helps the national party have a rough headcount for allocating resources in places that might not have a lot of poll data to go on. You can vote for whomever you want on election day though, so it's not 100% predictive. I know a lot of independents who are registered one way, but consistently vote another. Also, dingbats who cross-register to vote for the candidate they'd like their party to run against.

Weird system.

vunder

@thiscallsforsoap It varies by state, but basically it does mean you're "joining" the party, in that you've declared what your party is. In some (many? most?) states you have to declare which party you are in order to vote for that candidate in the primary. So as a Democrat, I cannot vote in the Republican primary. People declared as Independents can, I believe, vote in either. (But what I don't know is if they can vote in both.) Some states have open primaries, so everyone gets to vote, but again, I don't know if you get to vote in both party's primaries. (I live in a closed-primary state). Clear as mud?

MoxyCrimeFighter

@thiscallsforsoap Correct; you aren't joining the party, just declaring your affiliation, and parties can refuse to extend official dues-paying memberships at their discretion, if you choose to apply. You can register as pretty much whatever you want; however, depending on your state, if you don't register as a Republican or Democrat, it might affect your ability to vote in the primaries, although some states have open primaries.

Other, more trivial reasons to choose one of the major parties: I'm registered as an Independent, although I'm basically a yellow-dog Democrat, and I get sooooo much literature and sooooo many robocalls from both sides trying to court my vote, so that's annoying.

Also, I don't know how true this is, but I've heard it said that in some areas, you basically have to register as one party in order to not be shunned; like, if you put in a public works request, they'll deny or delay it based on your party affiliation, but that might be apocryphal.

OhMarie

@thiscallsforsoap Everybody above is correct, but ALSO primaries do not tend to have very high turnouts so it's even more weird.

MoxyCrimeFighter

I will be getting up super-early to get to my polling place as soon as it opens (luckily, it's on the other side of my block) to vote in person for the first time so I'm on time to my new job which I got after 3 months of unemployment and then a week+ delay because of Hurricane Sandy! Wheeee! So hopefully my first day will go well, and Obama will win. Big things at stake here.

Also, I got 92 Obama and 38 Mitt Romney LIKE IT WOULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE. Sheesh. I probably qualify as an uninformed voter, technically, because I didn't watch any of the debates but there was no way in hell I was voting for any Republican who made it through that shitshow of a primary.

VelourFog

@MoxyCrimeFighter congratulations on the new job. I am in month 3 of unemployment and I am hoping for my luck to turn around soon!

MoxyCrimeFighter

@VelourFog Thank you! And lots of luck - I know it's shitty out there, but you'll find something!

anachronistique

@MoxyCrimeFighter YAY NEW JOB! Congrats!

MoxyCrimeFighter

@anachronistique You probably won't see this, but thanks!

Miss Maszkerádi

Well. I live in a different state than my "permanent home address" is still officially listed as (huzzah, eternal studenthood) and so I was going to vote by absentee ballot. I suppose I dawdled a little bit in getting the ballot request in, but I thought I still had plenty of time. Then the hurricane hit. And I got the ballot, literally, ten minutes ago. The night before the election. And post offices are now closed.

So I guess I'm not voting, and meanwhile I have to look at the entire internet and all my friends, enemies, relations and acquaintances proclaiming how people who don't vote are Bad People and don't get the right to complain about politics, or shouldn't live in a democracy. *Fume.*

tibia

@Countess Maritza Depending on where you actually live now, you may be able to vote in person anyway! Most/all states (I think) let you cast a "provisional ballot" even if you're not registered, you probably just need proof of address and to sign a statement vowing you didn't vote anywhere else. I live in DC and my boyfriend early-voted that way this weekend. (My perm-address is still in Colorado so I am holding onto that swing state status for dear life).

Miss Maszkerádi

@tibia Huh. I must do some eleventh hour Googling.

Miss Maszkerádi

@tibia Harrumph. Apparently I would need to be registered in this state, which I am not. Does anyone else think this country makes no sense?!

Also, the irony......I've been whining for months about how I didn't want to sully my conscience by voting for either of these douchebags, and now that it comes down to it, I'm scrambling around the internet at midnight trying to find a way to cast a vote anyway. Fuckin' democracy, you guys.

paper bag princess

@Countess Maritza You should call the department of elections where you're registered tomorrow. Some states are allowing people to fax or email their ballots if they were delayed because of Sandy, so they might be able to accept your vote!

Miss Maszkerádi

@lizzle Already asked. My technical home state only accepts snail mail. Believe me, guys, I looked into this.

VelourFog

Is anyone else nervous about the election results? Does anyone living in Canada or Europe potentially want to adopt me?

MoxyCrimeFighter

@VelourFog I am honestly terrified. I've been trying to avoid any sort of report on polls because they just make me anxious, regardless of who is supposedly ahead, and I don't think I'm going to really settle down until its called - and then possibly have to deal with several days/years of sadness, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. And possibly the border to Canada along with it; mass 'Pinner exodus to the friendly, beaver-coated bosoms of our northern neighbors?

schrodingers_cat

@VelourFog I'm nervous, but fortunately I decided four years ago to attend a Canadian university, so if I don't like the election results, I'll just take advantage of my eligibility for a work permit post-graduation and not move back to the states

VelourFog

@MoxyCrimeFighter I have a feeling we're going to be in for a long night. And I've got a class tomorrow evening, so I'm not sure how I'll concentrate. No matter who wins, it's really scary to me to know that almost a solid half of the country is fairly terrible.

sandwiches

@VelourFog No! Please don't flee! Stay and help us revolt! It worked for the Republic of Gilead, it can work for us! ...Right?

carolita

@VelourFog very nervous.

like a rabid squirrel

@VelourFog I've got class tomorrow too! I'm going to be furiously biting my nails for the entire time and then dashing off to a bar to drink my nerves away while the results come in.

Jolly Farton

@VelourFog I was coool as cucumber until yesterday morning, when I started having some sort of an anxiety attack in the subway after reading an article in Newsweek about how the economy is turning around so whoever's the next president will get to take credit for saving the economy and if it is he-who-shall-not-be-named his party will use that to brag for years and years to come even though it's their stupid policies that got us there in the first place and these are things I was afraid of before too, that dude taking credit for everything, but the article just spelled it out and I just- omg here it is again-

Tragically Ludicrous

I voted already! The Denver government website says they have my ballot, so that's that.

Tomorrow I plan to go to the gym and then hide.

purefog

And for Romney's "positions," I'd be curious: Did they use the ones he has espoused on the majority of instances? Or the ones he has supported most recently? Or those that they somehow deem to be most genuine? Or what?

schrodingers_cat

I sent my absentee ballot in a couple weeks ago (and according to the county ballot tracker it has been counted), so I'll just be drinking and watching results come in (and then taking a bio exam with a hangover on Wednesday, fuuuuck)

olivebee

I got a wrong number call on my cell phone today that went like this:

Me - Hello?
Caller - May I please speak to Jennifer?
Me - I think you have the wrong number. Sorry!
Caller - This isn't the Hildenbrand residence?
Me - Nope.
Caller - Ok, then. Don't forget to vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan tomorrow!
Me - UGHHHHHH.

I can't even escape political calls from people calling the wrong damn number. I should have yelled "I'M A LIBERAL HEATHEN, SORRYBYE!"

carolita

@olivebee I'm waiting for a republican to call me, their ear will shrivel and fall off.

sandwiches

Ok, so, here's a problem I'm not sure how to solve: my whole family votes by absentee ballot. My & my father's ballots have shown up/been checked in by our county. My mother's and sister's ballots have not - if they don't appear by tomorrow, what ...do they do? My sister is not in our home county and she won't be tomorrow either. Is this provisional ballot time or are they screwed?

Miss Maszkerádi

@sandwiches I think if they're registered in the same state they would get absentee ballots for, they're fine. If they're in a different state, screwed. I got screwed in exactly this way and I'm going to be bitter about it all fucking day.

adorable-eggplant

@sandwiches I'm not sure what state you're in, but it couldn't hurt to contact the local election officials via email with this question. Does the site where you track your ballot have information about which offices administer elections in your state? Hope y'all get it sorted. :)

Springtime for Voldemort

You guys. Any time I am late today, I can blame it on voting. (Even though it won't be true.)

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