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Wow, just wow... Post Your Election Day Experience, Nov. 4th 2008


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I think if we just actually enforce and prosecute the 20,000+ gun laws already on the books, that would be a good start.

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Now all he (and many of you here) has to do is realize the election is over and it is actually time to govern. The easy part is over, the hard has only just begun. He now has 24 months to show he can make a difference before we look at the balance of power again. Watch the congressional approval rating. If they don't improve, there will be another shake up. I wish him luck, he's going to need it.
Wow, how insightful. I'm sure Obama (and many of us here) never realized he would actually have to govern. I'll alert the media.

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Wow, how insightful. I'm sure Obama (and many of us here) never realized he would actually have to govern. I'll alert the media.
Many tend to forget that the campaign ends and reality of the job kicks in. He has a tough road ahead, and many of his most vocal cheerleaders are likely going to become jaded when he doesn't do all that was promised. There is still a lot of hype, as there is with any newly elected president. It will wear off when reality sets in, it always does.

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I think if we just actually enforce and prosecute the 20,000+ gun laws already on the books, that would be a good start.
That's just crazy talk. Enforcing laws doesn't get most politicians elected, looking tough making new ones does.


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Wow, how insightful. I'm sure Obama (and many of us here) never realized he would actually have to govern. I'll alert the media.
I don't want to have to lock this thread, so please keep it civil. Thanks.

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Yes, please... I was simply impressed with turnout and involvement this year.

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Though not an Obama supporter, I am somewhat impressed that he mentions including Independant aligned foilks in his administration. I'd be interested to see if they are involved at a high level or simply as tolkens. I truly hope he accomplishes much more than simply holding the title "First Black U.S. President". His campaign seemed to be based on much more than that premise.

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I had the worst election day ever. No, seriously.

I woke up bright and early and stood in line before the polls opened in Warren, MI. I used to go to MSU (Michigan State University) and my original voter registration is there 1.5 hours away in East Lansing. I transferred my registration to Warren, but not in time says the voting lady. Sigh...

Since it would go against my very core values not to vote, I decide to pack into my car and high-tail it to EL. On the way, almost there, literally ONE EXIT away from getting off the freeway, my car breaks down and will not start again. I have it towed (for $92) to a mechanic. I then have my friend pick me up and drive me to the polls where my actual voting experience went smoothly.

Then the mechanic calls me up.

My engine is ruined, anti-freeze leaked into certain parts (the bearings were mentioned exclusively) and I need a new engine. I have to pay $80 for the inspection and another $315 to have it towed to my uncle's shop to get the new engine on the cheap. I then have to wait for my g/f's step dad to get off work and come pick us up. We have hours to kill and cannot go inside because we brought the dog.

Told you it was the worst ever, haha! XD

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Yes, please... I was simply impressed with turnout and involvement this year.

As it turns out, voter turn out this year was the same or only slightly higher than in 2004. Newly registered and Young voters only accounted for ~17% of the electorate nationwide.

That huge voter turnout? Didn't happen - U.S. Politics & Elections - Politico.com - MLive.com


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I had the worst election day ever. No, seriously.

I woke up bright and early and stood in line before the polls opened in Warren, MI. I used to go to MSU (Michigan State University) and my original voter registration is there 1.5 hours away in East Lansing. I transferred my registration to Warren, but not in time says the voting lady. Sigh...

Since it would go against my very core values not to vote, I decide to pack into my car and high-tail it to EL. On the way, almost there, literally ONE EXIT away from getting off the freeway, my car breaks down and will not start again. I have it towed (for $92) to a mechanic. I then have my friend pick me up and drive me to the polls where my actual voting experience went smoothly.

Then the mechanic calls me up.

My engine is ruined, anti-freeze leaked into certain parts (the bearings were mentioned exclusively) and I need a new engine. I have to pay $80 for the inspection and another $315 to have it towed to my uncle's shop to get the new engine on the cheap. I then have to wait for my g/f's step dad to get off work and come pick us up. We have hours to kill and cannot go inside because we brought the dog.

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Warren, MI?

What high school did you go to?

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As it turns out, voter turn out this year was the same or only slightly higher than in 2004. Newly registered and Young voters only accounted for ~17% of the electorate nationwide.

That huge voter turnout? Didn't happen - U.S. Politics & Elections - Politico.com - MLive.com
interesting, since in 2004 I walked in and out with no line at the same time. Poll workers commented on it too.

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Warren, MI?

What high school did you go to?

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Nice! Small world. I graduated from Cousino in '07.

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As it turns out, voter turn out this year was the same or only slightly higher than in 2004. Newly registered and Young voters only accounted for ~17% of the electorate nationwide.

That huge voter turnout? Didn't happen - U.S. Politics & Elections - Politico.com - MLive.com
They were talking about this on CNN a few days after the election. It was quite interesting to say the least. From the feel of it, it seemed like more people were out there voting, sometimes waiting upwards of 2-3 hours! That's outrageous!

But I guess it makes sense since there was a drop off of support for the McCain towards the end of the campaign and the turnout for Obama only balanced the equation. I guess there were a number of republicans that simply didn't vote. Which is a shame, one way or another, they should have voted for someone, an independent or something. In reality, voting for your senator has more implication than voting for the president, depending on where you live of course.

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I know a few Republicans who didn't vote at all here in Illinois. Their sentiment seem to be that Illinois was Obama's anyway. Since the electoral college votes are all or nothing by state, the 35% or whatever percent of Republican casted votes wouldn't matter anyhow. Outside Chicago, most of the Illinois seats locally are uncontested Republican, so there again voting didn't seem to matter outside Chicago. Pretty sad, but reality around here.

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not all states are all or nothing. IIRC Nebraska and Maine both use proportionate electoral votes.

Even so, not voting buys you a quik trip to "I don't give a <expletive> about your opinion now"

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