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Jan 28 2008
11:38:am

Early voting has been underway in Blount Co. since Wed. Jan. 16th and ends this Thursday, Jan. 31st. Through last Thursday Jan. 24th, only 1,378 people had voted early. This is about 2.3% of the registered voters in Blount Count.

Voting picked up a little on Wednesday and Thursday after Thompson dropped out. Apparently some people were waiting to see what he would do before voting.

Voted today for Obama

I went to the Blount County courthouse and voted for Obama today. There were two other older women signing in and both asked for the Democratic ballot. One rambled on about how she's been a Democrat all her life and so were her parents. I smiled and thought to myself, "Same story here." The poll workers told me it's been very light up until today. My guess is that Republicans are just staying home. Seeing as Republicans make up the vast majority of Blount County voters, that seems to be the only logical explanation. I wonder how the tally will look in the end between Ds and Rs.

Early voting in BC

Early voting in Blount County doesn't exactly get the turnout of Knox County due to the paucity of voting locations (they now have *two*). I almost never get to downtown Maryville, and with all the folks here who work in Knox County I'm sure I'm not alone. My suspicion is that early voting is always pretty light and may seem even lighter to a poll worker this time now that there are two locations to split the traffic. Unless, of course, they were looking at the combined voter totals rather than going with their gut feeling.

I can see Republican turnout being depressed with Thompson out of the race, but Democratic turnout was actually up a bit in '06, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it at least equal that this year.

I voted today

I voted on my lunch hour today at Everett. I was in and out quickly and still had time for a sit down lunch at Five Point Restuarant.
There's no excuse for anyone not to vote. You do have time.

I'm still waiting to be sure

I'm still waiting to be sure who I want to vote for in the primary. Edwards or Clinton, Clinton or Edwards? Can't make up my mind. Thought I would see how Florida turns out.

Bizgrrl what in the world

Bizgrrl what in the world could what happened in Florida have to do with who you will vote for? Unless Clinton's shameless and absurd claim of "victory" with all the hoopla in an "election" "victory" party where there were no candidates helps you vote for Edwards....

Edwards

Edwards just dropped out: ((link...))

Early Voting

Concerned Citizen
THE 545 PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR AMERICA'S WOES
BY CHARLEY REESE

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does. You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code. Congress does. You and I don't set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 300 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or a president to do one cotton- picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it.

No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

A CONFIDENCE CONSPIRACY Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts - of incompetence and irresponsibility.

I can't think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those 545 people

When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in IRAQ, it's because they want them in IRAQ.

There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation" or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses - provided the voters have the gumption to manage their elected officals.

Time and elections

I and many others do not have time to drive from downtown Knoxville to Maryville to vote in early voting on our lunch hour, thank you. When I can drive 5 minutes to my local precinct on election day going to or from work, I will vote.

Weekends

Don't they have Saturday hours this year for early voting?

I think they did, but early

I think they did, but early voting is over Thursday.

Didn't mean to offend

Didn't mean to offend anyone.

Just wanted to make a point of how quickly it went.

Sorry to be touchy

Sorry to be touchy. It's not how long it takes to vote, it's that I and a good chunk of the county don't live, work, or shop anywhere near one of the limited number of polling places in Blount County or in many other counties outside Knox, Hamilton, Davidson and Shelby. So early voting is not as useful for us. (On the other hand, I drive right by an early voting location in Knoxville once or twice a day, much good does it do me.)

Granted, early voting is certainly better than trying to qualify under the state's arcane absentee ballot rules, but I was really trying to point out that it is difficult to determine what turnout will be like for the primary based on the turnout for early voting this year, particularly since this is the first year for the Everett location to be open.

Early Voting???

I know voting on Election Day, is quite an inconvenience, but if you vote early and your candidate drops out then your vote doesn't count. I don't know if voters generally don't want their vote to count.

viva Evo Morales

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