Election Day Open Thread

This is an open thread for today's election. Please tell your fellow bloggers anything interesting you saw or heard when you went to vote today. Also, what was the turnout like at your precinct? Feel free to post your predictions about today's outcome.

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Submitted by doright on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 6:55pm.

Why is it our local candidates have no education background. It was hard to find someone who had more than a high school diploma running for high offices like Sheriff and DA. Is this normal for local elections? Shouldn't we expect more? If this is all we expect from our officials how can we expect more from our children.

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Submitted by mother hen on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 12:52pm.

Two interesting things, I think. One, I vote at the Kedron Fieldhouse in PTC, and at almost 1:00 this afternoon I was voter #151. That's sad. I hope lots and lots of people voted early. What was REALLY interesting was the difference between the two ballots. The Republican ballot contained the majority of the political races - school board, in particular - but no issues. The Democrat ballot contained primarily issues but very few actual political races. So I had to choose whether I wanted to cast my vote for school board, DA, Sherriff and various commission posts, or to cast my vote in favor of or against various "issues" like district voting, public transportation and giving 16-year-olds the right to vote.

I am unfamiliar with the nuances of election law and ballot creation, but I'd love for someone to be able to explain to me why as a citizen of this county I couldn't cast my vote for cadidates AND issues? Does this mean that the Secretary of State or the Elections Board believe that only Republicans care about the races and only Democrats care about district voting? And what will be the outcome of the "issues" vote on the Democrat ballot? No mention of tax dollars or amendments, just questions. Any insight would be appreciated.

Submitted by Fayette Publius on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 12:30pm.

Rumor has it on the street that this morning, in the Kenwood polling place in North Fayette County, the poll manager was blatantly trying to persuade a number of voters to NOT vote a Republican ballot. This, of course, is very illegal. One can only hope this is her last election as manager!

Submitted by FayetteFlyer on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 12:46pm.

Be just a rumor! I pray no poll manager is that blatantly idiotic.

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