Mandatory voting?

Sometimes you know you know certain things . . . but they still don't hit home until you read them for the umpteenth time. In this case, I read a factoid in an N&O editorial.

Barely one Triangle resident in five cast votes in the Nov. 8 election.

Holy Diebold. One in five? No wonder the metaphor 'nation of sheep' comes so often to my mind!

The editorial went on to talk about programs designed to get young people involved in community affairs and electoral politics, which is a good idea, of course.

But still. One in five?

In Peru, voting is mandatory for everyone over 18 . . . up to the age of 65. I'm not advocating that by any means. In fact, the last thing we need is more people voting who have no idea what the hell they're doing.

Speaking of which, anyone have any idea what Dole and Burr are up to these days?



Wow, your turnout is that high?

I guess you have us beat. Mecklenburg struggles to see that and the number of voters turning out for primary elections is abyssmal. In my city council district Michael Barnes was able to call every single A voter one Saturday. He didn't need to pay for a phone bank. I despise robo calls, so this was refreshing. Dems will have to increase voter turnout to take the House back in '06. What do you suggest?

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Weigh in on voting machines...

Ummm, I'm quite familiar with a record setting low turnout election, but instead of dwelling on that....

The Orange County BOE will be having a public meet-n-greet on our choices for voting equipment:

Jan. 11th, 2006
Superior Court Room
Hillsborough Courthouse
Hillsborough, NC

If you're concerned about the vote, 2006 and beyond, try to drop in and make sure we don't end up with another national black box nightmare.

Thanks for the heads up, Will.

It'll be interesting to see what THIS turnout (for the meeting) looks like.

Absentee ballots

This is why they are so important. We should have young volunteers going door to door delivering absentee ballots and handing them out, helping voters fill them in, etc.

Also, the two week voting period should be attacked in the same way. There is no district we could not win in 2006 by increasing Democratic voter turnout through absentee ballots and walk-ins by 10%.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

The two week period

will fundamentally alter the nature of campaign strategies. Or at least it should. The direct connection between GOTV, advertising and the ability to drive voter action . . . maybe even impulse voting . . . on any one of 14 different days is a remarkable new context.

What would it take to have the Dems in NC totally dominate the two week opportunity in 2006?


I know the voting

supercenters would have greatly helped Democrats, so it makes no sense that they were not passed/funded/whatever the holdup was. I believe here in Orange County we are going to serve as a test site.

BTW, we had 89% turnout in my precinct in 2004. : )

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.