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Share your thoughts on Super Tuesday

Original post made by Tyler Hanley, digital editor of Palo Alto Online, on Feb 5, 2008

Use this thread to share your thoughts about today's election.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 5, 2008 at 12:50 pm

I already feel for those who sent in their ballots by mail sometime ago and feel that they have wasted their votes as they voted for Edwards and Guiliani.

They must be feeling pretty sick by now.

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Posted by Craig
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 5, 2008 at 12:52 pm

All of the poll workers at Fairmeadow Elementary were great this morning! Thanks for volunteering your time! I haven't been to that school before but everything was really clearly marked so I could find the multi-purpose room.

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Posted by Danny
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 5, 2008 at 12:56 pm

My uncle felt his vote was wasted since he sent an adsentee ballot for one of the candidates who dropped out. One of hte problems with absentee voting...

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Posted by Voter
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 5, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Where were the high tech computers that leave a printed record of your vote? Have we gone back to old style paper ballots for good? And, how much did all those computers cost anyway? Will Santa Clara get their money back?

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Posted by go vote..
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 5, 2008 at 2:44 pm

I had to chuckle at the return of the old fashioned method today.

The great rush to use computers to fix the non-problem of a very rare and occasional human error in voting that we have lived with since the USA began voting created a much more unreliabe predicted by those of us who asked everyone to slow down and really think this through, not just knee-jerk it through.

I am so grateful we are back to receipts and a way to track down MY vote as a way of random checking to make sure everything made it to where it should have gone.

By they way, weren't any Democrats insulted that Democrat leaders were saying that the old method was a problem for DEMOCRATS, that somehow they weren't capapable of figuring it out? If I were still a Democrat, I would have been furious at the implication.

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Posted by Don G.
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 5, 2008 at 5:03 pm

The center of the technical universe and we're using paper ballots--sheesh! Next thing you know, we'll be having our thumbs dipped in ink!

Seriously, our polling location was changed, but by 8AM they had a sign up re-directing the stupid (me) to the right location and it went very smoothly. Kudos to the great staff working to record our votes.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 5, 2008 at 5:08 pm

It's inside the beltway corrupt back room politics today as McCain and Paul instruct their supporters to vote for Huckabee who trailed the front-runner Romney by a considerable margin in West Virginia earlier today. The real winner in the state of West Virginia was Romney. How sad that business as usual politicians are able to destroy our voting system so easily. Tell McCain, Huckabee and Paul what you think about their dishonest and self-serving behavior by voting for Romney in your state.

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Posted by Moira
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 5, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Unless you think you might be out of the country or truly disabled, I've never understood the absentee ballot appeal. I want to see what happens up until the last day in case I need to change my strategy. Even though I've usually made up my mind, I just don't want to vote too early. Perfect case in point is Edwards, Kucinich, Guiliani dropping out after people voted absentee.

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Posted by SkepticAl
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 5, 2008 at 8:22 pm

re: absentee ballots - maybe not the intended use, but I filled mine out yesterday and that way I could just drop it off today. I work at a polling place, but not the one where I live, but I could just bring the envelope into work. Nice.

More importantly, I love the interest level and energy, even if the folks on the street were a tad annoying, great to see the involvement. Do you think it's something about this election in particular, or is that Californians are finally learning what it means to vote in a meaningful primary?

And now that we see we can shape the national race, doesn't it feel like a shame we had all those years when that wasn't the case? Does anyone hate the Iowa/New Hampshire tradition as much as I do? All primaries need to be later, and on some rotating schedule that clusters the dates but distributes the regions and population centers. Screw Iowa! Kiss it, New Hampshire!

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Posted by Voter
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Feb 5, 2008 at 11:18 pm

So, they run out of paper ballots. It's time to return to voting machines, they are always there and don't run out of paper!!!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2008 at 9:19 am

Had to drive by a couple of voting places last night just before 8.00 pm. I found it interesting to see just how many people were arriving at the last minute to vote. By that time, I could understand how some who had voted earlier in the day may have wanted to change their votes.

It seems that yesterday there was definitely an advantage to voting later in the day when results were coming in from the East Coast to use a vote here with a little more strategy. It probably didn't make a difference in the long run, but if the races in California had been closer, then there could have been a later voting advantage which could have made a big difference.

It would certainly seem fair in the future if the results in the East could be delayed until the polls had closed in the West.

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Posted by Jesse
a resident of Ventura
on Feb 6, 2008 at 9:45 am

All those tax hikes passed. The time has come to revise prop 13 so over generous voters can't subvert it and raise our taxes.

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Posted by Another Voter
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 6, 2008 at 9:46 am

I've never been a fan of "absentee ballots", they count them after the regular ballots, and I want my ballot to count, before the results are known.

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Posted by Informed Voter
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Feb 6, 2008 at 11:08 am

Another Voter,

Sorry but you have been misinformed. They count the "Vote-By-Mail" votes the same time they count all the other ballots. If you look at the election results for Santa Clara County they break down the votes into two catagories:
Vote-by-mail turnout
Precinct reporting turnout

The vote-by-mail crowd had a larger turnout than the folks who voted at their precinct.

If you like to vote at your precinct that is fine but please do not spread false information.

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