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originally posted by: onehuman
I have a question about voting laws and if they vary state to state, which I'm guessing they do, but I'm curious about a particular event that happened to me.
All my life I was one of those people that didn't vote. I wasn't going to waste my vote on the lesser of evils and I just couldn't get behind anyone to bother.
The last election that changed. I could get behind Ron Paul. I knew he wasn't on the ticket, but I figured I would finally go and at least write him in which I have heard about for years. Figured finally I could exercise my right.
I went to my polling place in Providence RI.. My turn came to cast my vote. The first problem was there wasn't any place to write in Ron Paul. This ballot had many people running for many different things, not that I really gave a two cent thought about, except one lady whom I did vote for. Figured I waited in line might as well put something down.
When I went to hand in my ballot, the controller told me I could not cast it until it was complete. Not being a regular voter I really didn't know the protocol for this sort of thing. So back I went to finish.
The thing is, this left me to guess at major things that I really just wasn't comfortable with and it basically became a crap shoot of picks. Almost like picking a football team to win because I liked their Jerseys.
Granted, I suppose I should have been more in the know, but still, what that even legal for them to require me to do that? I mean how many others in the line really knew all the issues and all the people on the ballot trying to win their seats or stay on their seats? How many people picked a name just because they had heard it enough on the radio or wherever? Yes I knew some of the names, some I kept some I didn't. I'm not illiterate by any means. Some of the others in the line though may have been a bit questionable.
So, is this how it goes in all the states? Is it a law you must complete the ballot? Should I have been able to have the option to write in the vote for president?
I know it is a little late to bring to the table now, but with the elections rolling around again, I am curious to know the answers, not that I'm thrilled with anyone this round either, but you never know.
originally posted by: KawRider9
a reply to: onehuman
No offense meant, but if you don't know how a candidate sits on issues, you shouldn't vote.
Voting at your local level is where the very vast majority of issues related to you, is most important.
If you can't be bothered to pay attention to your local politics, where laws affect you personally, I cringe at the fact that your vote potentially affects EVERYONE.