Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Voting Starts Today

If you haven't been paying attention, the presidential primary election is upon us. Unless you are a convicted felon, a foreign national, or were too stupid to figure out how to register, you can early vote at the courthouse starting today through next Monday and at the regular polling places on Tuesday, February 5th.

You will have a choice among eight Democratic candidates, six Republicans, and four Greens. If the satisfaction of voting for one and rejecting the other 17 is not enough, you can also vote for "none of the above," or uncommitted, as they prefer to call it.

I don't care who you vote for or against, but here is a tip, some advice, and a small rant. If you have moved in the last two years, check here to make sure you're registered at your current address. If not, you can make a phone call to the County Clerk at 444-1711 and change that by Friday. It could save you some time and hassle at the polls on election day. And my advice, cast your vote using a paper ballot instead of those trick touch screen machines.

My rant is, if you don't consider yourself to be a member of one of these parties, then stay the hell out of their primary. If you tell everybody you are an independent, you don't have any business voting in a party primary where they pick their nominee. If you do consider yourself a member of one of these parties, then vote in that primary and don't be thinking about crossing over to mess in someone else's business.

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