Regardless of your political persuasion, I think it's pretty clear that voting in the swing states is going to be nothing short of a mess.
Living in Massachusetts, I expect the lines to be long, but not particularly messy. New England is hardly what you'd call "in play" at this point (even Maine and New Hampshire appear to be going solid blue).
The Electoral Vote Predictor: 2004
has some very sound advice for people in swing states going to vote. With the massive voter suppression efforts underway (strangely enough, 90% of which are Republican...astounding that...you'd think they're worried for their Preznut or sumpin') and the mysterious case of the "missing" 60,000 absentee ballots for the heavily Democratic Broward County, we need to be preapred.
[Side note: I've worked for the U.S. Post Office. My dad worked for the U.S. Post Office. There is no fucking way the U.S. Post Office lost 60,000 absentee ballots all going to the same county. There's no way they even lost a few thousand of those ballots. A few hundred ballots, maybe. But 60,000?
Unh-unh. No. Not buying. If the U.S. Post Office said they never got them--which is what the U.S. Post Office is saying--then guess what...I believe the U.S. Post Office.]
At any rate, whatever you're voting the the Crazy Dude with the Messianic and Daddy Complex Who Desperately Needs To Be Evicted From the White House**
or Senator John Kerry
(who was actually seen reading Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail during the Democratic Primaries
), visit the Electoral Vote Predictor: 2004 for some tips.
The short version of the advice:
- First, be absolutely sure you are in the correct precinct. If you are in the wrong precinct, in most states, your vote won't be counted.
- If you are not 100% certain of your polling place, go to My Polling Place Dot Com and check.
- Alternatively, call the toll-free number 1-866-OUR-VOTE or your county clerk.
- If you are sure you are in the correct polling place and the officials claim you are not registered, ask for a provisional ballot and fill it out correctly. You are entitled to one by law. Politely, but firmly, insist on being given a provisional ballot.
Don't click on the link that starts with "Crazy Dude..." You really don't want to do it. I'm tellin' ya, right now.
You clicked on the link. I knew you would. Couldn't resist, could you?
Try not to scream, okay?
Then again, if you read Richard Clarke's book
you probably already figured this out.ETA:
Who on my FList was looking for the Ed Wood Horror/Porn film? I found Necromania