Comments for: Early voting less popular this year in Maine than in 2008

Posted Nov. 03, 2012, at 3:02 p.m.

BANGOR | Absentee voting numbers released by the state Friday show Mainers have asked for about 66,000 fewer absentee ballots for this election than they did for the 2008 presidential election, in spite of campaigns from both political parties urging early voting. By Friday, more than 188,000 Mainers had …

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  • Anonymous

    Same day registration makes people feel secure about getting to vote on Election Day.

    • Anonymous

      Several times.  Just get on the party bus and ride to the next town to do it again.

      • Anonymous

        Wait. All the “D’s” say voter fraud is a figment of our imagination. It’s unfounded and just a case of trumped up charges.

        • Anonymous

          Did you happen to notice, back in 2008, during the NH primary that all the towns that went BIG for Hillary were right off the highway — easily accessible by motor coach?

          • Anonymous

            It’s conspiracy time again.  Hilarious if they weren’t so serious.

        • Anonymous

          > “Wait. All the “D’s” say voter fraud is a figment of our imagination. It’s unfounded and just a case of trumped up charges.”

          No, it and vote suppression are  organized right wing activities.
          The increased awareness conservatives demanded has revealed the truth of it.

          GOP Voter Fraud Accusations Suddenly Blowing Up In Their Faces

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/25/gop-voter-fraud_n_1990104.html

          Not to forget the Maine GOP National Convention process
          : }

          lol

          • Anonymous

            And the Huffington Post is a neutral source of information,,,,,,right.

          • Anonymous

            More so that some of the favorite R sources.

          • Anonymous

            Does shooting the messenger change the facts ?

            Should people who act as if it should … and who can’t compromise … have any place in the government of a great State or Nation ?

      • Anonymous

        Simple solution, Finger in ink. I just solved all our voter fraud Concerns. 

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, it works in all the third world so even American conservatives should not complain about it.

      • Anonymous

        The Republican only bus, of course … :-)

        • Anonymous

          Republicans are far more likely to tamper with the voting machines. They simply don’t have the masses of layabouts they can herd onto busses that don’t have jobs to go to, and have nothing better to do than wait for the next government download to their EBT card.
          It’s not a matter of honesty, but rather one of pragmatism.

          • Anonymous

            And, the almost all of the voting systems, and the software to run them, are owned by conservatives who have repeatedly stated that they “guarantee Rmoney a win.” Either their mouths are writing a check their backsides can’t deliver, or they are exposing the fraud that they are committing by bragging about it, thinking that they could never be prosecuted.

      • Anonymous

        Keep repeating that lie….

    • Anonymous

      Same day registration enables non residents to vote absentee in their hometowns and the town they currently occupy.  You know, college students from away. But I’m sure the millions of non resident college students around the country would never do that under the current honor system. But with a nation I.D. linked with an electronic national voting system, it would be much more difficult to be dishonest about voting. But that would be a violation of ones basic rights, even if the I.D. is free…..And the democrats would lose a fair percentage of votes.

      • Anonymous

        Has Mr. Charley convicted anyone ?
        Why not, if is it so common ?

        Why are the GOTea Party sorts so weak on crime ?

        • Anonymous

          How can any cases of voter fraud be proven, if voting/registration roles are not electronically linked? If a person is from Denver CO, votes “absentee” with Denver, then registers in Orono because they have an address or P.O.Box in Orono, and votes, there is no automated way of proving this act of fraud. In fact it would be darned near impossible to catch up with this person. At best, it would be very arduous. Making it near impossible to prove it in numbers. No one on this side is weak on crime. Not sure where you come up with that. If the lefties didn’t think voter fraud was a big deal, or really made a difference, then why do they get defensive everytime the subject comes up?

          • Anonymous

            If the crime is not proven, in America, you are presumed innocent, still, right ?
            Is changing that next on the outta State run conservative life style choice agenda ?

          • Anonymous

            No, there may not be an “automated” way, but that wouldn’t prevent the evidence from being discovered in a reasonable amount of time. Thanks for yet another right-wing straw man argument.

          • Anonymous

            Really? So if every voter had an electronic signature of registration that was seen cross borders therefore negating multiple registrations, and that electronic signature was valid for one (1) vote per election, there would be no way to consider this as a valid way of accountability in a reasonable amount of time? Right. Either you have minimal knowledge in I.T. or you just don’t want to succumb to today’s technology. I’m sure if this form of voting would have some value added for the left, it would have been done a long time ago.

      • Anonymous

        Ah, but voting regulation is a State issue, remember?

        • Anonymous

          Making it even more of a challenge to trace voter fraud when you are dealing with cross border voting. Who here in Maine is bothering to watch the polling activities in Denver. This just reinforces my argument. And yes, it is handled at the state level, but seeing how many people are up for change in this country,,,,well, here is some meaningful change.

      •  paranoid much?
        there is no evidence — NONE, NADA, ZIP, ZILCH  — of “voter fraud” occurring.
        I’m much more concerned about vote counting fraud, and you should be too.

        “It’s not the people who vote that count, it’s the people who count the votes.” — Josef Stalin.

      • Anonymous

        And yet, NOT ONE person has been shown by Charley and Charlie to have committed voter fraud. The SINGLE case of voter fraud that has been proven in Maine was committed by an illegal alien WHO HAD A PHOTO ID, ISSUED BY THE DMV, DURING A REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION.

        • Photo i.d was done at a town level..not state..that theory just went bye!

  • Anonymous

    “General” er, Chairman Grant believes “it’s an indicator of enthusiasm about the election,”  and  “displeasure with what’s going on in the Legislature under [Gov.] Paul LePage” also was prompting people to take early action in this election.  “But you don’t look at the scoreboard until the clock hits zero,” Grant said Thursday.

    That effort has included a robocall from former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell, urging Maine residents to take advantage of early voting opportunities.

    Wow, Gov. LePage isn’t on the ballot and doesn’t “run” the Maine Legislature.

    Maine citizens are tired of the Maine Legislature AND the working citizens of the USA are tired of the NATO Democratic majority SENATE and the President.  

    NATO – no action, talk only the past four years despite the nation being TRILLIONS in debt and our national securty budget in trouble.  

    Plus the billions of $$ spent on negative advertising the past month.  

    Tuesday will be a great day when the phone stops ringing during supper & the non-stop TV commercials will cease.  

    Unfortunately the Electoral College beancount of “key” states may not truly reflect what the general population of the United States really thinks about the NATO Democratic majority SENATE and the President’s performance the last four years.

  • Anonymous

    “Absentee ballots” — is that where the Emperor of Eagle Lake’s henchmen, Ken and Mike, sneak into a locked room and ‘augment’ the contents of the ballot boxes?

  • Anonymous

    I figure if I vote before election day and then  die, my vote will be counted.

    • Anonymous

       OK Like. :)

    • Anonymous

      If Obama gets re-elected; believe me, you’ll wish you were dead………………….. 

  • Anonymous

    Vote early, vote often, and do not vote for a republican.

    • Anonymous

      Only Democrats vote often; usually the same day!!!!!!!!

      • Hell …them Dems are die hard …they even vote after death!

  • Jake_OO7

    3 days till Myth says bye bye for good.

  • Anonymous

    Anything to get those campaign phone calls to stop. 

  • Scott Harriman

    “I think Republicans are a little more old-fashioned sometimes when it comes to voting,”

    Many of them tend to be a little more old-fashioned about other things, too:

    civil rights
    science
    church/state separation
    etc.

    • Anonymous

      Sometimes, the old ways are best.
      But in the interim, too bad.
      Anyone has a problem with that, go see the chaplain, get your TS card punched.

    • Anonymous

      Well, if what I’ve seen evolve over the past 40 years concerning our moral and social values,  I’ll gladly stick with being old-fashioned………………… Society is sick and preverted…………………. 

      • Scott Harriman

        By “old-fashioned” do you mean treating anyone who is not a white male as a lesser citizen?

        • Anonymous

          where did you get that from his comment. Your comment losing it’s cred so have to throw in hate and bigotry. funny how that works..

        • Are you having one of those awkward puberty moments?that may explain your ignorance!

    • Anonymous

      Maine is a good State, Some people believe it is a little behind the times, I myself  think that is better than being Califorina.. As for the Church and State. The law was put in place to keep the State out of the Church, The rest of the laws prevent the Church from taking over the State.. There are many groups who hide under the non profit sort of like unions who have opinions, as do Churches have opinions, So yes I am comparing Churches to orginizations such as Unions or move on dot. org who form “ONE OPINION” and present it as a WHOLE.

  • Anonymous

    Had to vote absentee for the first time in my civilian life this year….only because my very first moose permit begins 5 November…. :-} 
    Voting is a right which many men and women have given their lives to preserve.
    To not vote, is to dishonor their service and their sacrifice.
    Please do not dishonor them. Vote.

    • Anonymous

      Nobody has fought and died to preserve American’s right to vote since 1812, when the Brits sailed up the Potomac and burned DC.  Ever since then the military has been a nothing but a tool of the sleazebag politicians to meddle in other’s affairs and line their own pockets.  Look at Afghanistan, good people dying to preserve the CIA’s opium trade. 

      • Anonymous

        You are, without question, a truly disgusting individual.

        • Anonymous

          Interesting — coming from a veteran of Mei Lai and Haditha.

          • Anonymous

            And had you been at either, I can assure you, you would not be putting up your disgusting comments here.
            And, congratulations. You have earned top spot on the ignore, do not respond to list.

          • Anonymous

            Don’t be like Monica Lewinsky. There’s no need to swallow everything someone in authority sticks in front of your face. Be a real American. Think for yourself.

      • What????your med run out?

  • That’s because there are 66,000 less jobs. They can vote in person now.

  • Anonymous

    My concern about early and absentee voting revolves around the fact that one has to sign the envelope containing the ballot. While I’m all for verifying that the ballot is being cast by a legitimate voter, I’m concerned that with the signature on the envelope, and with poll workers and town clerks, especially in small towns, knowing one’s political persuasion, it would be far too easy for such ballots to go “missing.”

    • Anonymous

      Even worse. A vote is supposed to be by secret ballot. How is signing the ballot keeping it secret?

  • Anonymous

    Election Day is meant to be a snapshot of the People’s decision.   If votes are out floating around and people can vote for weeks, it changes what it is. Early voting also allows for votes to be “lost” while no one is looking.  Absentee voting was supposed to be for those who were UNABLE to get to the polls on election day and not for personal convenience or possible manipulation of votes.

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