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  • #20
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    Seems like the problem would be solved by having early voting required in any city where there was a wait longer than an hour. Congress should do that.
  • #32
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    A hell of an idea. Each state should not have the right to dictate to the voters this should be a national issue not a state by state issue. What ever happened to voter rights?
  • #44
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    Yet states with Republicans in charge are banning early voting, especially in places with long lines.

    Face it. They can't win on ideas so they are trying to keep people from voting except in areas with strong Republican bases.
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    @NolanVoyd and the dead keep voting democrat

    Face there is a deep seated corruption in both major political parties.
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    The whole concept of waiting for up to 9 hours to vote is absurd to me...but not allowing them to go to the bathroom is even more ridiculous...I figure soon you will need to have a GOP membership card to be allowed to vote
  • #29
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    The Republicans will do anything to stop voters from voting. I wonder how many got turned away if they didn't have all the documents that the state probably forces on people.
  • #51
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    @readynow2 You people really don't understand much do you? Republicans (and I am not one) don't want illegals to vote because they are, er, um ILLEGAL!
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    @Christfollower
    It's not "illegals" that Republicans are worried about voting. Because that's a non-issue.
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    So this is why they made adult diapers..not sure they can hold it all given the long waits.

    Time to call Jimmy Carter to monitor our elections and if lines are more than 1 hour wait time, get the cameras and reporters there. I am sure this only need to be done in Republican states who know they need to rig elections to win.
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    In the 1st place Bob Graham while he was gov of FL made it law that every single business open for public business to have restrooms available mandatory. What happened?
  • #73
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    Yes it is. Long waits result in suppression of the Republican vote and that is exactly what Democrat controlled counties count on to ensure a win.
  • #75
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    Really, wow. Did you see it was in response to handicap access? Some idiot went off and made this rule to avoid litigation regarding accessibility. Then you link to basically a trumped up partisan hack article.I will ask again, how many people are denied the ability to vote based on the simple voter id requirement? No one has come up with a number because it's a straw man, the people without id that actually vote is the key here.

    This bathroom thing is just a stupid admin worried about lawsuits.
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    @WoodyKC
    Could anyone post some data from any American election that even suggests a voter was allowed to vote without some registration via proof of residency?
    I'm serious, not kidding.......where is the evidence?

    Nowhere in CA can you just walk in and vote without being pre-listed as a resident in your voting precinct. Out of precinct voters may be able to cast a ballot, but that ballot has to be checked and confirmed against the correct district/precinct before it is tabulated....to ensure no "double votes" occur.

    I dunno, maybe other States have drive-by ballot boxes or something that allows you to vote without showing any form of residency.

    Why do most losers, on both sides, in either major Party make throw out the whiny claims "we wuz robbed?" I can't remember the last gracous loser, well, I think Romney showed some real class and even a tad of humility, and would have been an acceptable POTUS, but that's about it.......most everyone else tends to throw a little snark into their "concession" speeches. No one grows, matures, adapts, or learns a dang thing when they succeed........losing is what builds and evidences real character.
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    @WoodyKC ...call it what you will, I will call it as I see it and if it isn't obviously, then, well...
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    Ah, Miami. I'll say this: It's easy as hell to vote absentee. In the four years I lived there, I only voted in person the first time. The rest of the time I voted by mail. It was easy, it was quick, you didn't have to stand in line, and you got to keep those neat little 'grenade pin' looking things that you got for punching out 'chads' as souvenirs. During those years, you didn't even have to pay for return postage. I'm not so sure that's still the case. All a duly registered voter had to do was submit a form, signed, legibly filled out, etc. requesting to be mailed absentee ballots and the reason why.

    Don't understand the logic of the bathroom thing. Knowing Miami, it's probably to prevent fights when people come and try to cut in line by saying "I was here-I just went to the bathroom". A lot of Miamians can be pretty nervy. Next time someone blows a horn behind you the INSTANT the light changes from red to green, you may just have someone from Miami (or their former NYC) behind you in traffic. lol
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    Easy as hell to vote absentee?

    "Tallahassee, FL — In yet another move designed to suppress voting, the Scott administration yesterday placed new restrictions on how voters can return absentee ballots. Pasco County's Republican Supervisor of Elections, Brian Corley, says the measure is not “pro-voter” and gives him “great concerns.”
    http://www.floridadems.org/node/10106
  • #222
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    In Arizona you can register online at the DMV site and get a ballot sent early to your home so you can mail it in early.
  • #26
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    I thought for absentee ballots, you had to be out of the area or otherwise incapacitated? Although I guess you could SAY you'd be traveling on election day - they really couldn't CHECK...
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    @epickett Do they even have absentee ballots. It seems Florida is doing everything possible to discourage voting.
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    I will *definitely* look for absentee ballots next election. Last time, I was in line for about 3 hours, IIRC. At least they had hot chocolate to give us while we were waiting outside... :-/
  • #50
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    @epickett Depends on the state you live in. For some, you just have to ask, and they'll give you an absentee ballot.
  • #52
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    In my state, here's the rules:
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    What You Need to Know About Absentee Voting
    Absentee voter ballots are available for all elections. They provide voters with a convenient method for casting a ballot when they are unable to attend the polls on election day.
    As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee voter ballot if you are:

    age 60 years old or older
    unable to vote without assistance at the polls
    expecting to be out of town on election day
    in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
    unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
    appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.

    A person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are disabled or voters who are 60 years of age or older.(Voting in person on one governmental level clears the restriction on the other levels. For example, if a voter subject to the restriction votes in person at a school election, the voter would be free to obtain an absentee ballot for the first state election in which he or she wishes to participate.)
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    I don't see any other restrictions, nor any penalties for falsely stating you'll be out of town. I'm sure there IS, though. But again, not sure how they'd even catch you.
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    We should be focused less on bathroom access and more on why anyone would have to wait 6 hours to vote. In PA the most I have ever had to wait is about 10 -15 mins.
  • #45
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    I've been a precinct voting volunteer in Texas and we've never had lines that caused people to wait that long here. The only thing I can think of that's causing this is that the precincts don't have enough polling locations and they need more voting booths to allow more people to vote at a time. It seems like poor planning on the part of the election officials.
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    @Gigi1956 re #45

    I am thinking your not getting it. This is a tactic of Republicans who pick out prominently democratic neighborhoods and cut the number of of booths in the hopes that the people will give up and go home.
  • #92
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    @LEC In a prominently Democrat county, and nearly all cities are Democrat controlled, The voting registrar is responsible for determining the number and placement of polling places and that person would be of the party that dominates the county, Democrat. NOT REPUBLICAN.
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    @SurlyCurmudgen #92

    So your saying that Democrats are making it difficult for democratic voters to vote??

    Seriously dude, you must be a Republican as they have outlawed critical thinking for their members.
  • #132
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    @LEC It's "you're" not "your" as you wrote. You're is a contraction for you are, just as it's (which I wrote) is a contraction for "it is". Your, like its, is a possessive. Did you flunk English class?
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    @Ironicguy

    Better they just find a Republican employee's office and use that as a bathroom. I am sure Republicans are used to that as they are full of it.
  • #48
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    Eh, Helo...Miami or more correctly Miami-Dade County is not run by Republicans, has been run by Dombocrats for years.
  • #95
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    The issue was a special needs accessible bathroom which a porta-potty would not be.
  • #106
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    Republicans in Ohio have inserted language into the state budget review that slashes government funding by 10% for any county that mails absentee voter applications to all residents.
  • #184
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    It shows just how serious the florididdle and other red states are in hurting people who dare not be just like them and still insist on voting as if they were real people. I up here in real america have never had to wait even half an hour and Mn often leads the nation in % voter turn out.

    I say P on the officials who close the bathrooms.
  • #82
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    Republicans can't win fairly so they go and try to pass blaent voter suppression legislation in an attempt to limit the number of voters who overwhelmingly for Democrats.... Republicans are so stupid and thats not just my opinion thats a statistical fact but they are to busy being wooooed wining about their gun rights they forget or dont know republicans are trying to make it as hard as possible for them to vote... Whats the point of the 2nd amendment when there is no democracy to protect bc of republican???
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    living in a red state for the last 29 years it's been just like the Miami set up for about 1/2 of them. I used to have to stand in line for 3-4 hours to vote at a church with no facilities. If a person left to use a bathroom somewhere else they were no permitted to get back in line at the spot they warmed for hours. Then the paper ballots!? People asking each other how to use them and which ones to punch out!? We moved up to computer voting (which I don't trust) anything could be altered on them, by the vendor. Still at a church?? When I lived in blue states we had the old booth, the pull the curtain and pull the levers, what was wrong with that? Provided in temporary voting buildings , set up at seemingly every other corner in every neighborhood, or in a public school, with bathrooms. They're just behind the times due to tight budgets I believe. I always thought it was worth the effort, but sadly the states I've voted in have always been one sided affairs, so maybe not worth the trouble, now I have a great set up in a town hall, very short wait, 10-20 minutes, the county has caught up finally . Sounds like Dade Co needs more precincts, to relieve the over crowding
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  • #15
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    Another endorsement for mail in ballots. Thankfully we have mail in, in Oregon. That leaves little excuse for not voting.
  • #18
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    How long before they stop allowing absentee? My state just passed a law stating you can no longer cast an absentee ballot unless you can prove you'll be out of town that day.
  • #37
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    @AceLuby It's coming folks. No more allowing you to vote. If we don't stand up for our rights soon it will be all over with. Money is power and they will control it.
  • #230
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    @AceLuby , Same in Kentucky, that or you have a medical disability (that you have to prove), and it's been that was as long as I can remember. Also, we do not have early voting.
  • #3
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    "Precinct officials made the rule in response to an inquiry about whether they had provided disabled access restrooms." - probably means they would have to close a bunch of polling places which otherwise do not have to be ADA compliant, or spend money they do not have to make them compliant.
  • #38
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    Has anybody heard of port a potty's. It might be a hell of a business to be in. Pay to use it like they do in Mexico.
  • #138
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    The booths are portable, not bolted to the floor somewhere. They can always set up someplace that is compliant. i vote in a local high school.
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