Posts tagged ‘voting’

November 2, 2008

Will the November Election Be a Fair Election?

by thoughtfulconservative

Our favorite free liberal paper asks.

I can answer.

No.

Why not?

Well, it depends on which side you’re on.

If you’re a Republican, you’re convinced every one’s dead grandmother, felons, illegal immigrants and more are going to be casting a vote. It’s the Democratic game plan.

It you’re a Democrat, you just know that voters will be prevented from voting, ballots will be lost, machines will be rigged and more. It’s the Republican game plan.

New technologies are invented because the old technologies were suspect. Longer lines from having to learn how to use these new methods of voting.

“Fraud. Fraud,” greets each new story of some irregularity. ACORN and Diebold, registrations and restrictions, machinations about machines, Photo ID and same day registration, everyone’s got their villain or villains.

And all this happened because of a few hanging chads in southeast Florida.

November 2, 2008

Take the day off. Vote.

by thoughtfulconservative

Cindy Kilkenny at Fairly Conservative pointed out that Obama’s campaign was urging people to take Tuesday off and work for the campaign.

Sen. Mary Lazich told us at Conservatively Speaking that Wisconsin employers are required to give their employees three hours off so they can vote,

6.76 Time off for voting.
(1) Any person entitled to vote at an election is entitled to be absent from work while the polls are open for a period not to exceed 3 successive hours to vote. The elector shall notify the affected employer before election day of the intended absence. The employer may designate the time of day for the absence.
(2) No penalty, other than a deduction for time lost, may be imposed upon an elector by his or her employer by reason of the absence authorized by this section.
(3) This section applies to all employers including the state and all political subdivisions of the state and their employees, but does not affect the employees’ right to holidays existing on June 28, 1945, or established after that date.
History: 1977 c. 394; 1991 a. 316.

And I found out that Wisconsin is not alone among the states in this.

Then I came across this initiative that asks employers to give their employees an hour off to vote.

I think it should be a national holiday. And in that I see I agree with this particularly brilliant writer,

One solution suggested by some is to make election day a holiday. Would people be more likely to vote then? Perhaps. In this day of incentives, an alternative may be to give businesses incentives to allow employees time to vote.

October 9, 2008

Early voters should do their homework

by thoughtfulconservative

From an editorial in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram Online.

They mean, of course, just like voters on election day do their homework, right?

February 20, 2008

Hurray, Wisconsin!

by thoughtfulconservative

Why?

Because as a state, you feel like this.

What a place this U.S. of A. is. People getting to the polls in zero-degree weather – because they can. And no soldier standing outside with a machine gun. We are very, very fortunate folks.

Practically every candidate I heard, (OK, Huckabee and Obama did) expressed appreciation that bordered on wonder at how Wisconsinites went to rallys and to the polls in the numbers they did.

Whether Democrat or Republican, we showed the country in more ways than one, that we take our civic duty seriously.

Thanks to the poll workers who served. Thanks to the folks who made sure we could make it to our polling place without slipping on the ice.

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