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Pete at Home
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This is not a political statement. In this election, more than any previous one, I voted nearly straight line Democrat. I voted for Harry Reid. I voted for Shelley Berkeley.

Nor is this a statement of conscience. While I have some views which go against those of the party, and while I'm suspicious of groupthink generally, I think that the two party system is the best suited for avoiding tyranny and extremism, for marginalizing extremists without interfering with their civil rights of speech. It's a far cry better than some European countries which apply criminal sanctions to sheet-heads like Le Pen for hate speech and then elect them to high office.

I just can't take the harassment. Every 45 minutes I'm getting a cell phone call and a house phone call from the Democratic Party. Did I give them my cell phone number? Leave me alone! I voted already and in this economy I don't have money to pay my bills, let alone contribute to elections. I wonder if it's illegal to register to vote but to give them the wrong telephone number.

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LOL!

I feel your pain, brother. I feel your pain. It seems like they call me every single day sometimes. My inbox is filled with their statements too, and has been ever since 08. They won't leave me alone, no matter what I do! I'm voting! Isn't it enough?!

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Pete,

agreed it is absolutely ridiculous.

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I've been thinking of doing the opposite lately. Not joining the Democrats (I'm in the wrong country to join America's Democrats, and the Australian Democratic Party is a useless joke that collapsed into political obscurity a few years ago), but joining a political party. The state of civil liberties ain't quite what it could be in the Downunderverse, and I'm vaguely aware that it's my duty as a citizen in a democracy to do something about it.
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LoverOfJoy
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quote:
I wonder if it's illegal to register to vote but to give them the wrong telephone number.
I hope not. Last April Fools a dozen of us Orneryans registered to vote and gave them your phone number. Didn't it raise any eyebrows when most of the phone calls were for out-of-state politicians? [Wink] j/k
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Carlotta
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Unregistering probably won't work. We get auto-dialed phone calls, half of them recordings, from every person around here running for mayor or city council! One of the many reasons we no longer answer our home phone - it's pretty much for outgoing emergency calls only.
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Funny. I said a few strong things to Republicans about their spending practices in 2006 and they haven't really bothered me much since without deregistering.

Mind you, I also heavily screen my calls so maybe that's it. Anything out of area is ignored.

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quote Carlotta
We get auto-dialed phone calls, half of them recordings..
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It is getting worse.
I look at the caller I.D. If it's unfamiliar I say hello, if no one replies in two seconds I hang up. If they do say what they're calling for I don't say a word, I just hang up. It's a little rude but it makes me feel good. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Pete at Home:
I just can't take the harassment. Every 45 minutes I'm getting a cell phone call and a house phone call from the Democratic Party. Did I give them my cell phone number? Leave me alone! I voted already and in this economy I don't have money to pay my bills, let alone contribute to elections. I wonder if it's illegal to register to vote but to give them the wrong telephone number.

Heh. I'm registered Libertarian (though don't typically vote straight ticket), and I got 3 calls from Democrats asking if they could count on my vote. [Razz] De-registering won't save you!
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Pete at Home
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If de-registering gets me down to a mere THREE calls, that would make me very happy.
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quote:
Originally posted by Pete at Home:
If de-registering gets me down to a mere THREE calls, that would make me very happy.

Are you getting that many calls? That's awful. On your cell phone or your house phone?
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quote:
Originally posted by JWatts:
quote:
Originally posted by Pete at Home:
If de-registering gets me down to a mere THREE calls, that would make me very happy.

Are you getting that many calls? That's awful. On your cell phone or your house phone?
Both. At least four calls a day on my cell, plus 2+ on my wife's cell, and 5+ on our house phone. Thank heavens it's over.

Funny epilogue -- 5 minutes ago the doorbell rang, and it was the County Commissioner on the doorstep. My first reaction was, you're going door to door now? My second reaction was, hey, I voted for you Saturday, and the election was over yesterday. WTF? Turns out she lives 2 blocks away and she's lost her bulldog. Really nice lady. I'm glad I voted for her. Hope she finds her dog.

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I'm glad I live in a state where we don't have to register with a party.

Can't you register as an independent though?

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Pete at Home
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I could. But then I would not get a say in the primaries.

[ November 06, 2010, 03:42 AM: Message edited by: Pete at Home ]

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Lyrhawn
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I thought in states where you registered as an independent, you got to pick which primary you wanted to vote in.

That's really an odd way of doing things.

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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
I thought in states where you registered as an independent, you got to pick which primary you wanted to vote in.

The law varies from state to state. Some let you pick your primary (I'm not sure how this plays out in ones that let anyone into a primary but have them on different days- seems on the surface like that would mean that you could get into both) others lock them down to only the party in question.

Of course, in the latter states, it's very common to drop poll questions onto the primary ballots to dampen independent voices, since they often don't bother to turn out even though they could vote on the questions even without an affiliation. That's a really obnoxious trick.

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Turns out she lives 2 blocks away and she's lost her bulldog. Really nice lady. I'm glad I voted for her. Hope she finds her dog.
I hope she finds her dog, and I hope that the next dog she gets is something a little less unethical than a bulldog.
It's just not right to encourage the breeding of animals who are that deformed (the breed definition requires it, basically) for the amusement of people who think the disability is cute.
[Frown]

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