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US elections underway - get voting, American FXhomers!

If you're a US FXhomer, have you voted?

Yes / I'm on my way right now!22%[ 10 ]
No, I'm too young to vote36%[ 16 ]
No, I'm too special to vote2%[ 1 ]
I'm not a US citizen, but I wish I could vote!40%[ 18 ]

Total Votes : 45

Posted: Tue, 4th Nov 2008, 3:50pm

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We normally have a total ban on politics here at FXhome.com. It's an unfortunate truth of the Internet that there are three topics that can never be raised without the discussion rapidly turning into an angry mess: Politics, religion and Apple Macs.

Therefore we're extremely pleased that our special US presidential election debate has reached 90 pages and is still perfectly civil, with over 1300 posts contributed by intelligent and informed people from all around the world. That so many young FXhomers are this passionate about politics is fantastic. Our thanks go to everyone involved in the debate: your restraint and considered thinking are what makes FXhome.com into a great online community.

Meanwhile, if you're in the US make sure you get to your local polling station and cast your vote, right now. The world is watching.

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Posted: Tue, 4th Nov 2008, 3:54pm

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Important Note: Posts here should be about your voting day experience. Voting for the first time? Let us know how it felt! How long did you wait in line? What kind of atmosphere was there in the polling station?

Actual political debate will be removed and should instead be posted in the official US elections topic!

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Posted: Tue, 4th Nov 2008, 7:36pm

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Can we move just the election day chatter to here, instead? It's much more central, and there's no chance of bringing up campaign/political liabilities (Palin, Ayers, a rant from Bryan or DVStudio, (wink) et al) from previous conversations.

I'm aware this'll probably be deleted, just hoping that - just for today - we could move away from the discussion that's already polluted with on-and-off vetting for ignorant neoconservatism or inane, left-hanging charges of 'Christofacism' biggrin
Posted: Tue, 4th Nov 2008, 8:06pm

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Ben: OK, we'll give that a shot. I've edited my earlier note accordingly, so fire away. Keep it clean. wink
Posted: Tue, 4th Nov 2008, 8:37pm

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Alright, well today I voted for the President of the United States for the first time, and it was an awesome experience.

I'd voted in the Democratic Primary (for Senator Hillary Clinton), but this seemed like a much more important, much different experience. Funnily enough, because I go to the University of Texas in Austin, but registered to vote while I was in highschool in Dallas; my polling place under registration was noted as my hometown and not my current residence.

Normally they have address transfers and absentee ballots for this, but these must be sent in by September 28th here, and I had so much stuff going on that I forgot to get it done in time, so my only option left was to vote in my registered polling place (a highschool near my house in Dallas). To add insult to injury, however, despite today being my only day to vote (my registration didn't account for early voting) I also had a midterm exam (30% of my current collegiate GPA) to take here at the university.

Needless to say, I wasn't going to let anything get in my way of voting, so I drove to Dallas last night (220 miles), got up at the crack of dawn to eat breakfast and hit the voting lines before they got too long; got my ballot in, and got back in Austin (another 220 miles) just after noon to catch the last 20 minutes of my exam.

I voted for Barack Obama, but also voted for a few Republicans for local office who are more qualified for office. I pretty much research all candidates and voted for the clear best ones - which, locally, they were obvious. I split parties in state and US senates, voting both Dem and Rep, and voted Libertarian for state education board. I'm probably not supposed to disclose my votes, but I surprised even myself at how seemingly scattered my views were on my ballot.

Even so, voting was a prideful (yet mentally taxing, given the circumstances) experience and I'm glad I took the time to do it. I feel like I've made a difference.
Posted: Tue, 4th Nov 2008, 9:50pm

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My polling place was in a church which felt very very....awkward. In any event, I voted for Bob Barr and no on 8, a california proposition. These are the only two things I researched and so did not want to cast my ballot for things I hadn't looked into. (Local school positions and bonds and the like.) I had to wait in line maybe 5 minutes but it was very fast. I'm still surprised no one checks your ID. You just say your name, and then sign next to your name on the paper.
Posted: Tue, 4th Nov 2008, 11:49pm

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They for sure check ID at 90% of polling places. Most require a photo ID, some let you use a verified utility bill or paper temporary license.
Posted: Wed, 5th Nov 2008, 12:48am

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I have voted in about 4 elections I believe and have never had to show ID.
Posted: Wed, 5th Nov 2008, 1:02am

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Yeah so I voted by absentee ballot about 3 weeks ago, and it wasn't nearly as exciting as I imagine going in person would be.

That being said, the atmosphere here in NYC was electric. You couldn't see it, or hear it, but you could feel it. It was awesome.

I'm now watching the most exciting night of television in years. These election returns are getting interesting.

This is so exciting!
Posted: Wed, 5th Nov 2008, 5:50am

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Obama!
Posted: Wed, 5th Nov 2008, 5:59am

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It was amazing how close North Carolina looked all the way through the night. The difference was like 0.4% in the end.
Posted: Wed, 5th Nov 2008, 8:23pm

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hey guys, hope this doesn't offend anyone. i have never voted or felt like i really should vote. the reason for this is that I've never been into politics such as putting in the time to research whomever is running for whatever office at the particular time. I've never liked how most folks tend to argue over making their points heard above everyone else rather than just talk, this being folks in general, friends and family. so last night i was at this pub with some friends and when the presidential winner was announced everyone's demeanor and energy went off the charts. it was a cool thing to experience since everyone there voted for Obama.my buddy Adem told me that he called his mom and let her know who she voted for and she not agreeing with his choice called him everything but his name. i told him that things like that is why I've never voted but witnessing everyone's energy and how they felt that their vote made a difference really made me think. it's not that i have to be interested in politics but that i should put at least a little time into researching candidates. come to think of it there are a few reasons that I've never voted. i could just be plain lazy, i don't really care because most things always have a way of working themselves out, i didn't feel like my vote would make a difference and oh yeah... I'm just lazy so i should go for a jog and lose some weight. so I'm gonna definitely vote next time but I'm also gonna do what i always do and steer clear of hardcore folks that like to argue just for the sake of arguing. they remind me of a pack of dogs having a pissing contest to see who the alpha male is. ha, ha. but on a good note at least we all witnessed a little history being made. cool right?
Posted: Wed, 5th Nov 2008, 10:17pm

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spydurhank wrote:

i have never voted or felt like i really should vote.
The terrorists have won.
Posted: Wed, 5th Nov 2008, 11:30pm

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spydurhank wrote:

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Hey, good to see you beginning to take an interest after that experience smile

I'm not a fan of your overall "things will work out" attitide though, and I'll tell you why. When things don't work out, you pretend it isn't your fault. It takes away your responsibilty. That kind of attitude is like passing someone being kicked to death in the street and walking on because you think someone else will intervene. If you see something you don't like in society, YOU have to help change it. And don't diss the power of one vote. In different eras the working classes, women and people from other race groups paid with their lives to fight to have a vote.

I know politics might seem boring, and you don't see how you can be affected by it, but pretty much everything you do is connected to politics, including sitting in a pub that has been licensed by laws passed by politicians.

Also, debate is not bad. You may perceive people to be hardcore but they might just be passionate. If you have a problem with their manner, say so, but listen to what they say. And debate isn't onesided. If you disagree with what they say or couldn't care, say so. Debate will change what you think you know, or reaffirm opinions you already have.

So yeah. I understand where you're coming from, glad you might get involved next time and when you do, have fun!
Posted: Thu, 6th Nov 2008, 10:04am

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Minnesota checking in.

I'm so embarrassed by my congressional district. Yes, we're the bumbling numskulls that reelected Michelle Bachman. I'm sorry guys, I did all that I could to prevent Neo-McCarthyism from surviving in our congress, but sadly my vote was only a drop in the bucket.

There is good news though, it seems that Al Franken, the embodiment of Hollywood Limousine Liberals, will lose to Norm Coleman. We've got to wait until a mandatory recount is done(according to our state constitution if a race is this close), but it seems that we've avoided two elected embarrassments. If it was up to me, neither Franken nor Coleman would get the seat. That's why I voted third party in this race, and it is pretty cool to see Barkley get 15% of the vote.

In the Presidential race, Obama wins. No surprises there.

I will say this, it's going to be one hell of a stressful job.

Obama is handsome young man now as he is beginning his presidency. Imagine him in four years, almost completely grey haired, looking like a wrinkly old man, habitually popping TUMS to relieve ulcer pains.

All I ask for America is to stay vigilant. Don't take this new Chief Executive and his administration for granted. Continue to scrutinize your government, after all this is a nation, "of the People, by the People and for the People." I know it may be tempting to completely buy into the notion of Hope. Hope is great, we could definitely use some right now. Remember though, no single man is completely in charge. We may have elected Obama as our leader, but he still has to answer to all of us.
Posted: Thu, 6th Nov 2008, 8:45pm

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you're right Mellifluous and i suppose its better late than never right? I just turned 36 in October so I must have just been used to the whole not voting thing. and no the terrorists have not won Bolbi at least I hope not. ha, its weird but it took a bunch of kids that are barely 20 years old to make me think about how important voting and stuff really is so that's cool. its not a thing where i didn't care, i just felt like i wouldn't make that much of a difference because i never really much cared for the guys that where running for office but on the same note that's my own fault for not putting in the time to check those guys out which like i said is now a whole different matter. and i only say hardcore because the folks I've heard talking about politics and religion tend to quickly raise their voices at you to make their point. they don't converse or talk with you, they talk at you and that's not being very civil i think so i don't bother listening and that's what's almost always turned me off to voting and such. like you said there's nothing wrong with debate or having ideas if only folks would learn to listen to you as well as wanting and pretty much demanding by raising there voice " yelling" that you to listen to them. I've had friends yell at me because i have no opinion on a subject whatever it may be. i walk away and talk to them the next day or a few days later when they've calmed down and all is well, that's what i meant when i said "things will work out". kinda like no matter how bad things seem, they do end up getting better, just looking at the brighter side of things that's all, i didn't mean to sound like a heartless piece of dung that doesn't care about anything so my bad on that. I probably should have just written "hey guys I never voted a day in my life but some good friends changed my mind so now I'm gonna get off my lazy ass and do something about it because they inspired me to do so" yeah that would have been better but thanks for listening and I'm glad no one was offended to much by this.
Posted: Sun, 30th Nov 2008, 11:52pm

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I'm way too young to vote! I'm 13
Posted: Mon, 1st Dec 2008, 6:04am

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Was there a point to that post? Honestly?
Posted: Mon, 1st Dec 2008, 6:42am

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It was a Ralph Wiggum impression.