November 2nd, 2004

GALADRIEL SMASH!

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YOU MUST VOTE.

Those links go to journal entries about what to expect at the polls--in particular, RNC poobahs challenging voter eligibility (particularly in minority-heavy areas). So, to sum up: take at least two forms of ID; esorlehcar seems to have been able to use a utility bill to satisfy one of those requirements. And as far as voter advocates go, I'd never even heard of such a thing and wouldn't have known how to find one. So if you think your eligibility might be challenged, go and ask about voter advocates before you get your ballot. Like, "Where is a voter advocate?," and get one pointed out to you. If they don't have one (!), ask for someone working with the Democratic party, one of the volunteers. Don't wait until you've got your challenged vote in your hand and they're all shifty like, "I dunno, I think the advocate went out for coffee." Find the volunteer or advocate before they know why you want her. And no matter what happens, DO NOT LEAVE. If you get challenged and you ARE eligible, you raise hell until they let you vote. And if you have trouble, come back and document it. Write down challengers' names, voting locations, the time it happened. Fight for your vote if you have to.

I personally don't think I will have a problem, as I live in a predominantly white neighborhood that will very likely vote Republican--it's downtown Birmingham that ought to worry. But this is absolutely outrageous, y'all. And it's not like the Democrats are doing this. Once again, it's the Republicans. I don't care if the weather is nasty. I don't care if the line is long. If you are American, you must go vote, because they are actively trying to disenfranchise people. This is so not on.


ETA:

From ebonlock: "If you have any questions about voting or problems being allowed to vote here's the info you need: http://www.ourvote.com/. 'Our hotline (1-866-OURVOTE/687-8683) is an immediate, on-the-spot resource staffed by lawyers and law students trained to resolve your problem.'

"They've also got links to rules for many of the states right on the main page, and remember, if there is a problem with your registration you can and should ask for a provisional ballot which will allow you to cast your vote. And if you're the slightest bit concerned about electronic voting machines you can ask for a paper ballot and they are required to give it to you."


A link from terriem: How is this shit happening in America?


ETA2: More voting problems from comments in thebratqueen's entry:

http://www.boingboing.net/2004/11/02/vote_save_error_9_ph.html

http://www.boingboing.net/2004/11/02/voting_with_paper_in.html
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The good news is that I just finished voting, and no one tried to challenge me or get in my way or shut me up.

The bad news is that I just got out of the doctor's before that. I do have polycystic ovarian syndrome, and there's something bad enough wrong with me that I have to have my blood tested for thyroid problems and/or diabetes and then have a transabdominal ultrasound to make sure I don't have uterine cancer. And the lab/hospital work isn't even scheduled until Nov. 12.

I'll be curled up over here on my bed not watching election coverage if you need me.
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On a more cheerful note:

Hey, there's a live Veronica Mars chat at the UPN website with Kristen Bell right now. And it's... interesting. Like, I think there are two entirely separate chats going on--one between "UPN host" and Kristen, and another among the hoi polloi who showed up ("are kristen and veronica the same person?"). Come watch--it's a train wreck if nothing else, but I'm going to try to think of something intelligent and break in.
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Veronica Mars 1:6, "Return of the Kane"

So, I watched most of the show from my fainting couch bed, in the dark, because I'd fallen asleep about 6:30. I woke up a couple of minutes late, and I wasn't at the computer taking notes, and I feel pitiful, so we're back to the shorter "Here's what I remember"-style recaps: Collapse )

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Things I did today

So. I'm completely ignoring the election coverage, because I figure I can feel like shit about it now or I can wait to feel like shit about it tomorrow, and as I already have a lot on the "feeling like shit" plate, I'm going with "tomorrow."

The doctor's appointment itself was... not of the fun. Collapse )

And then we go vote at the library. I still feel kind of icky from the doctor visit but okay. It was pleasantly crowded, not really any lines, and the two guys in the O-Z line looked at my ID and gave me a ballot and no trouble at all. We have scantron-type sheets that you bubble in with a pen, and even though I hadn't heard about scantron sheets giving anyone any trouble, I remembered those stories about people trying to vote straight Democrat on the machines and their vote still coming up Bush/Cheney, so I filled all the bubbles out by hand. Just to be sure. Even though I knew Bush would win Alabama. Because voting is important. As are full, non-fragmented sentences.

And then I bit my lip three times while eating dinner.

Talked on phone to Squishy for half an hour, with Sister Girl hanging over my shoulder trying to tell me about her cooking class the whole time ("This is LONG DISTANCE, do you MIND?").

We had Mexican for dinner--taco sauce always makes me feel better, for some reason--and then I went to bed. (Marcus, I am still dying to get hold of the house salsa and the green tomatillo sauce from that burrito place we went to when Em and I were in New Orleans.)

I thought I might sleep through Veronica Mars, but then I woke up at 8:03 and couldn't not watch it. That's how good it is, people.

I'm still wading through all the comments to the YOU MUST VOTE entry (behave, y'all!) and the "My ovaries are wonky and demoralized" entry. It means a lot to me that y'all left all those comments for me on the latter entry--more than I really know how to say. (And I knew that PCOS was common--something like one out of every twenty women--but I didn't know half my friends list would have it.) So, in conclusion, y'all are awesome, and it was really great to have all those comments waiting for me when I woke up, and I don't really even know how to tell you how much.

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