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  • Anonymous

    Thank goodness we can vote quickly in Maine.

    These other states have people waiting 5 and 10 hours in line. It is a travesty and an outrage.

    • Anonymous

      I think it is a Republican effort to make voting as difficult as possible for the average working people!

      • Ever notice where the lines are at??? Places with democrat mayors !

    • Anonymous

      Election Protection Group thugs went to a place in Florida in a black neighborhood  and complained when the organization True the Vote tried to hand out bottles of water to people who stood in line for 6 hours or more and accused them of bribing people to vote for Obama with the water.
      Romney not a people person.

      http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2012/11

    • jdtex

      “Travesty and outrage”?  That’s a bit over the top.  It’s a small price to pay.  You just expect everything to be easy, like receiving government checks.

      • Anonymous

        No not really, what I do expect is that the people who died for my right to vote did not die so others have to wait 10 hours in line to do it.

        nothing in our society is more precious than voting and it should be swift and easy

  • Anonymous

    I still think it was a mistake to get rid of same day voter registration in this state. I think we should be encouraging more people to vote, not less. On the other hand, being able to vote early is a good thing.

    • Anonymous

      We didn’t get rid of it!  Same day voter registration is still the law in Maine.

      • Anonymous

        Then what was all the stuff in the papers about last day to register to vote before this election? Were people just misinformed and passing it on to the rest of us? If so, I stand corrected once again and thank you for letting me know.

        • Anonymous

          That notice was for the last day to vote via absentee ballot.  From Maine.gov website:  “An absentee ballot request must be received by the Municipal Clerk by the close of business on Thursday, November 1, 2012, unless special circumstances exist.”

        • Anonymous

          No worries, the ‘last day’ warnings were for early voting and voting by absentee ballot. You can still register the same day as the election.

    • ksmith51944

      Last time I knew they hadn’t gotten rid of it.  City officias were registering people this morning in Brewer

      • Anonymous

         Yes i watched a young man come in with a telephone bill and did not know the zip code where he lives.Yet he still got to vote.

        • Anonymous

          As he should. If he satisfied all of the requirements  necessary to complete his registration form, he has just as much right to vote as you do.

        • Anonymous

          Is knowing your zip code a requirement in order to vote in the US?  Who knew….

    • Anonymous

      People were registering here today.

      • Anonymous

        Can you get there from here?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Maine still allows it and sets up potential for voter fraud. Even mega liberal Massachustetts does not allow same day registration.

      • Guest

        Maine has it right.

      • Anonymous

        Massachusetts is a much bigger state than us. Either way, same day registration is very popular in this state, if you can’t point to any real examples of fraud then you shouldn’t burden people. It’s like saying you think there might be a draft coming through your window and then installing all new windows in your entire house — it’s a solution in search of a problem that doesn’t exist. 

    • Anonymous

      Election day voter registration is still available in Maine, you can also register the same day you vote early if you need to.

      I have several friends who have moved around in the last 2-4 years and they had to re-register at their new polling place.

    • Anonymous

      It was repealed by a vote of the people, by the people, for the people.

      You can register todyy. I suggest you go do it!!

  • Anonymous

    The networks are going to have a BIG sale on ads after the election.

    • Anonymous

      I bought it when I saw it at Mardens.

  • Anonymous

    I think every Presidential Election Day should be considered a holiday

    • Anonymous

      That sounds good on paper, however what do most people do with their other holidays? Do they go to the parades on Memorial day? A few, but most go camping, fishing or get ready for summer.In addition can government afford to give another paid holiday to millions of local, state and federal workers? What about just having the poles open for 3 or 4 days instead of one. Early voting could still be done as well. Weekend voting would bring more people into the process too. I agree with the gist of what you are saying; voting should be made as easy as possible in order to get the most participation. 

      • Anonymous

         Well why not just open up voting for every day of the year?  Make it available at all hours, on the web, over the phone.  Let’s hire government workers to go door to door with ballots ready to help you vote in the comforts of your home.  After all it is November, and its cold outside, and I don’t want to have to get into my cold car and drive a few miles to the town office.  Its such an inconvenience for everybody, maybe we should just get rid of voting all together. 

        Or maybe, we stop being selfish and accept the fact that our country asks very little of us.  We have one very simple duty once you hit the age of 18–set aside one day out of the entire year in November where you get to offer your opinion on the direction your community, state, and nation heads.  I am completely disgusted by so many people in this country who think our government must bend over backwards to meet their needs.  Stop it!  I am so sick of the excuses, complaints, and lame reasons why its so horrendous and inconceivable to do one simple thing, vote on the first Tuesday in November.  Enough already.  Its not a surprise when it happens, it never changes, its no different than setting aside a day for your anniversary, birthday, Christmas or whatever else you do for yourself.  Its one day a year.  Get out and vote and stop making pitiful excuses as to why you cannot get to the polls on election day.  How hard is this simple task?  You don’t need to make a big deal about it.   You are no more special than anyone else.  Just vote, do it, and feel good that you did something worthwhile for your country.  It doesn’t matter who you vote for or what you believe in, just stop making excuses and vote.  Don’t make government and everyone else work around you–for once, stop being selfish and do something for your country and stop thinking about yourself–a tough task, I know, but still–just try.

        • That straw man is dead, dead, dead. You nailed em! :D

        • RJ

          My word!  I can’t help but notice the logic in this comment.  More than that, I can not believe that you mentioned CHRISTMAS.  Have you no decency, Fennis?

        • Anonymous

          I feel like my Dad yelled at me for not taking out the trash 50 years ago. In all seriousness there are folks standing in lines for hours trying to vote around the country. I think we’ll see some legal challenges based on some of the rules changes pertaining to early voting as well. Personally I’m against voting 3 and 4 weeks before the actual election, that’s before most of the debates. I’ll not complain or suggest something different than you. I promise father. 

        • Anonymous

           That is fine and great but how do you handle the large numbers of people in the rest of the country, a large portion of the elderly/disabled would not be able to stand in line for hours in the cold, without risk to their health. What about people who do not have cold vehicles to get into? but have to use public transit or walk. There are many reasons for early voting. Maine is blessed by not having a large population but many places are not, so the early/absentee voting just makes sense.  So remember not all people are as lucky as you are and have the ability or resources to be able to vote during one day of the year. There were a whole lot less people when the rules were created, sometimes you need new rules. One more thing not everybody celebrates Christmas  and if everybody shared the same birthday some people would want an early birthday don’t you think.

          • Anonymous

            I have no problem with the elderly, disabled, military away from home, or even college students using absentee ballots, but anyone else should be out there on election day at the polls.

            Thank you for nit picking my random selection of days that people will alter their lives/routines for.  I understand not everyone celebrates Christmas, not everyone celebrates birthday’s either…that wasn’t even remotely the point to my rant.  Thank you for paying attention so closely.  Fill in whatever day is so very important to you as a substitute if that allows you to understand things more clearly.

        • Anonymous

          We pay for this country, yes they should bend over backwards and then some,

    • RJ

      Fine.  Too many people take our freedoms, paid for by others w/blood & sacrifice, for granted.  Make it a holiday.  Then do away w/the early voting, set criteria for absentee ballots that is reflective of those who truly need the same.  Voting should not be a “convenience,” especially looking @ other areas of this world where people literally risk their lives to enjoy some form of a democratic or republican process.  Too much lip service, knee jerk talking points, petty partisanship, etc. & yes, corruption does infest & infect this most basic right.  On the other hand the American electorate w/all the warts does represent who we are collectively.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. It’s not the same as a holiday, but I believe employers have to let employees have time off to vote. Of course, in Florida that would be the whole day is some places.

    • Anonymous

      Or a funeral…………..

    • Anonymous

      I think we should hold it on a weekend nationally, or allow early voting nationally.

      Maine has things set up well, though. The way life should be!

    • I just game from voting in Bangor about 30 mins ago. There was a huge line to register, not sure why people wait till the last second to do it but a lot did. As for me. I walked in, had to wait behind 3 people to get my ballots and then voted. Took about 10 minutes to complete the process.

    • notateapartier

      Not a bad idea, but it would likely turn out to be a big day for shopping and sales rather than a day devoted to voting. I guess we could move the voting booths to the Maine Mall.

  • Anonymous

    That one booth looks happy to see someone.

    • Anonymous

      BDN: Come for the articles. Stay for the commentary. :)

  • Anonymous

    Prediction..Romney takes 2nd district, Raye beats Michaud, Rs hold State Senate, Same Sex Marriage, loses by 1%

    • Anonymous

      Prediction:
       
      Obama wins with between 305 and 315 electoral votes.

      He will take swing states New Hampshire, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio but not Florida, Nebraska or North Carolina.
       
      Democrats pick up at least a one-seat addition to their majority in the US Senate (counting King).

      Republicans will retain control of the US House by a slightly narrowed margin.
       
      Both Pingree and Michaud win – neither race close.
       
      Democrats pick up a majority in the Maine House and reduce the GOP majority in the State Senate. 
       
      It will be close, but the Democrats may elect the next Treasurer, Atty. General and Secretary of State due to a narrow majority in the combined legislature.

      Same gender marriage wins by more than 1%.
       
      Governor LePage will not be happy,…but he never is anyway.

      • Anonymous

        Hey, you forgot to mention PA for Obama where the ‘Black Panthers’ are intimidating the voting process.

      • notateapartier

        Sounds like you might be right. At least I hope so.

    • Always good to be optimistic in ones predictions, though I wouldn’t wager much on any of those, save R’s holding state senate.

    • Millicent

      when was the last  time the republicans took office without Nixon or a Bush on the ticket?

      I’ll even give you the answer.

      1928.

    • Lose Much ?  You left out Nichi ,who also was left out.

  • Guest

    I like voting in my small town. Just a big black X next to all the names, in a few old but sturdy hand made voting booths.
    No lines, no waiting.

  • Anonymous

    There was a big line for voter registration in Bangor at 245 pm.. You can vote for 6 weeks prior to the election, yet the college kids all show up on election day to register.

    • Millicent

      they’ll figure it out eventually :) all of us did. 

    • Anonymous

      Why do you care? Why does it matter?

    • Anonymous

      Some work schedules coincide with the town office. No way to register before then. Glad they’re open ’til 8. I’ll gladly wait my turn, and state law says as long as I’m in line, I can’t be denied the right to vote.

    • Anonymous

      I did notice this that in MD, is that what the line was ?And yes this is where college kids would vote,  ??? Thanks for the info…

  • Anonymous

    LOL, you know the Republicans aren’t feeling too great, over at Fox News they’re screaming about the Black Panthers! I smell desperation :)

    • Anonymous

      They have to be desperate!! They’ve called this registered Democrat who’s already voted 16 times over the last 3 days!! That’s what I call desperation!!

      • You’ve already voted 16 times! Proof of fraud! Context not necessary! :D

        • Anonymous

          Oh, where is Charlie?

        • Anonymous

          Left the commas out!1 Demodrat, who’s already voted, 16 times. Only voted once, That’s all I’m allowed by law. Sorry, no fraud here.

    • Anonymous

      No, that’s just you………

      • Anonymous

        No it’s the Recraplicans……..

    • Anonymous

      No, I smell ‘Intimidation’ which would be par for Obama and his cronies.

  • Just got a call from the RNC  stop the dems from raising the deficit haha Lets see Carter and Clinton lowered it . Both Bushes Reagan and Obama raised it .  ?   they need to come up with better answers than just lowering taxes .  Obama is weak he would not have been that hard to beat it they had real clear points to run on .  Lets not blame lets fix . 

    • Anonymous

      Right, vote Johnson.

  • Anonymous

    Just a few more hours and the presidents security team will have to fire up  moving van 1 .

  • Anonymous

    Where  is Charlie Summers? I hope he is lQQking for voter fraud!

  • JohnR

    For those “R” types screaming about voter intimidation, have a look at WHO is doing the intimidating.
    “Voters challenged in Auburn allowed to vote”
    http://www.sunjournal.com/news/aclu/0001/11/30/voters-challenged-auburn-allowed-vote/1276893

    AUBURN – A pair of Somali immigrants had their right to vote
    challenged at the Ward 1 polling place at Washburn School Tuesday, an
    attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine said.

    A male poll watcher from the Republican Party challenged the women’s
    citizenship, questioning whether they were legal to vote, but did not go
    through with a formal challenge, according to Alisha Melnick, an
    attorney with the ACLU.
    So it begins……………..

    • Anonymous

      Only one screaming is you…OMG

  • Anonymous

    You guys crack me up….. Get a life…LOL

    • JohnR

      Dee Dee hey that’s didi now add mau and you can didi mau (go away quickly).
      Sorry I have a life, a good one, it just isn’t in your surreal alternate universe or on the planet Kolob. LMAO!

      • Anonymous

        Rodger dodger chief……

        • JohnR

           Dodger huh, you dodged?  So you adMITT to dodging, typical “R”. We called you guys  Jodies.  So do you want to change your name Jo__ Dee, it has a nice ring to it? LOL!

  • Anonymous

    Every time I see the do nothing Collins grabbing a headline, I want to throw up.

  • JohnR

    This just in…………… tremendous explosion at Clear Channel headquarters, reports are that Rush Limbaughs head “just blew up” there are many casualties as Rush was surrounded by drooling, ranting, and raving people wearing white sheets referred to as ” Zippohead”,errrrrrrr we have a correction that would be Dittoheads. Fox Snooze is reporting that many were injured but that most of the injured were just covered with BS from the explosion, and will not require medical care. Rush has been Rushed to his playground, errrrrrrr home in the Dominican Republic where his physician is treating him with Oxycontin and Viagra. His recovery is in doubt. LMGDFAO!

  • jdtex

    Judging by the colorful stripes and her manly cut, it would apear that Collins just exited a barber shop instead of the voting booth..

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