Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Election Day II

I just voted. At my polling place in Berkeley, the line was not that long, but it took about 45 minutes before I could vote. Fortunately I had an election guide with me so I could read up more on the local measures and candidates. We had touchscreen voting. Unfortunately, my screen was green print on a turquoise background, so it was difficult to make out the smaller print. Since I had already checked off the names and measures on my sample ballot, I was able to get through it. But I complained to the volunteer there. She said my touch screen was the only one with this problem, the others were purple and black on a white background. But they were keeping it in use because there were so many voters. I wonder if there are other touchscreens around the country with this problem.

In any case, after a quick snack I will head off to the local Democratic offices to call some people in Ohio and Florida.


Blogger Lawrence said...

Hi, I've discovered your weblog yesterday, I write from south france, please, give us more details about what happens around you. How people feel ?

12:37 AM  
Blogger Stephen Denney said...

Hi Lawrence,

Welcome to this blog. I visited southern France once, back in 1990 to attend a Vietnamese retreat center.

I think the prevailing mood among Kerry supporters is one of anger, resignation and fear. Anger that the election was based more on personal attack than the issues. Resignation that Kerry's loss was not a big surprise. Fear over what will transpire over the next four years, if Bush chooses to pursue a hardline policy to the right, now that his party has control over the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court.

But the motto "Don't mourn, organize" represents how many of us feel.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Hey Steve. LOLOL.. What a crappy day. Bush won, and, even more depressing in my world, our Library levy failed. You know, I would have traded Bush winning for my levy. If I could have had only one, I really wanted the money. Oh well, life isn't fair. ;)


12:05 PM  
Blogger Stephen Denney said...

I am sorry to hear that Robert, I hope it doesn't affect you personally. Here in Berkeley it appears that the library levy also failed. Opponents claimed that the average homeowner was now paying $300/year to support the library and would have to pay $341 with the additional tax. We also had local measures essentially decriminalizing prostitution and legalizing marijuana which appear to have lost.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

LOL.. who knows? Not immediately at least. The doom and gloomers imagined every horrible scenario to the last detail. The fact is, the City and/or the County may pony up more funds than there were initially willing to. Or, the could take away more money. We don't know until we get budget figures sometime in April or May. I think we're safe until July, but, with our City Council you never know. I've become so used to the constant uncertainty, that it doesn't even faze me anymore. The extra money would have been nice, but we can try again in 2 years if things look good.

8:09 PM  
Blogger veggiedude said...

Look on the bright side. Hillary in 2008! Get the 'Blogs for Hillary' banner from my site.

8:26 PM  

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