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Re: OT: Politics [Was:Social Contract]

On Thursday 01 June 2006 11:09, Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
> Paul Johnson wrote:
> > That's typical in elections except ties, and not surprising nobody
> > bothered or wanted to check for absentee ballots.  This is one of the two
> > problems Oregon eliminated by going to vote by mail.
> So, all voting is done by mail?  That's different.

Yup.  That's why Oregon has been consistently 49th to certify in federal 
elections since we abolished the voting booth in the special election ending 
on March 9, 2000[1].  It takes longer since we bring the elections to the 
people instead of the other way around.

[1] Special elections were always vote by mail.  You can register to vote for 
any election you will be 18 years or older on the last day of.  I (legally) 
voted to abolish the voting booth when I was 17, as I turned 18 the day 
before the election ended.  Good thing, too... November 2000 was the largest 
ballot ever issued in Oregon, weighing several pounds when it arrived, 
spanning two punched cards and three voter's pamphlets, that when stacked, 
was about as thick as the Metro Portland yellow pages (which, at the time, 
was *two* average-sized phone books).  It took me all weekend to vote in that 
election, usually it only takes me about four hours or so.  Would been faster 
and cheaper if the Oregon Republicans didn't keep asking for recounts on a 
couple state congressmen, and in a presidential election that ultimately 
didn't matter in the least once the SCOTUS decided to declare the final 
national tally as 5 votes Bush, 4 votes Gore; and if Bill Sizemore[2] and Lon 
Mabon[3] would learn that anything they put their name to on the ballot has 
and will always fail by wide margins consistently...

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Sizemore

[3] Wikipedia strangely lacks an entry for him, probably because it is 
impossible to write anything about the man from a NPOV.  Long story short, 
he's a homophobic womanizer that keeps floating initiatives to restrict or 
abolish rights of women, the GLBT community, and minorities.  Ironically, he 
is currently in the process of changing genders and expects to run as Lynn 
Mabon for governor this November.

Paul Johnson
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