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November 3rd, 2004
07:07 am


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Why not count the votes?
There is an old-fashioned thing called an election. People vote. You count the votes. Then you find out who won.

Why don't we do it that way any more?

In this article about the ACLU's suit in Florida over absentee ballots being mailed late (as in Saturday), there is mention of the fact that the deadline for votes to be received from voters living out of the country is November 12. How can those voters ever believe their vote makes a difference if the election results are declared before their vote is even required to arrive?

I hope Kerry doesn't concede this election.
Not yet, anyway, preferably not until November 12 or 14th.

Let the votes be counted, and let the votes count.

If Ohio really does go to Bush, I'm going to regret not taking a weekend to go down there and campaign like I was thinking of doing this summer.

Last night I felt like I was holding my breath. We turned the news radio off and I put on music and danced. My own personal escape mechanism, when I'm too stressed even to read.

Preliminary results last night suggested Proposal 2 was passing in Michigan. I said to Bill "I might have to march on Lansing. In fact, we might have to march across the whole state. Maybe that's a good thing to spend a couple of weeks doing next summer." "There's a trans-michigan trail," Bill replied helpfully. "It's up north a ways, and it's mostly a horse trail."

I feel mad and empty and helpless, all at the same time. This feeling gathers behind my eyes, threatening to express itself as tears. If only I had ray-beams of destruction that could come out of my eyes instead, that would feel more appropriate, somehow. Though I wouldn't want to melt my laptop and my desk. I know, I know, superpowers have their downsides. I sigh.

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Date:November 3rd, 2004 03:17 pm (UTC)
Same story on the gay-marriage ban in Ohio. Like, 68-32% or something like that. Although, in retrospect, it was kind of a foregone conclusion. I mean, they wouldn't have PROPOSED it in those states if they didn't think it would pass. Politicians are like that. Part of the job.

Bah... people are stupid.
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Date:November 3rd, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
I hope Kerry doesn't concede this election.
Not yet, anyway, preferably not until November 12 or 14th.

Then a bunch of us can have a gathering of mourning at FG. :P At least I'll already have the proper black attire with me.

In Indiana, a large number of people were initially denied the opportunity to vote because they were "dead". Never mind that they were walking, breathing, employed, etc. according to the computer records, they had died. Too bad no one told them. Or maybe we just have more zombies here than I thought.
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Date:November 3rd, 2004 05:23 pm (UTC)
We should take dawnwolf and treebones and a hundred of our friends and demonstrate in Lansing. I'll bet we really could, you know.
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Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. Not that it will do any good, I just feel like screaming abuse at someone.
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Date:November 3rd, 2004 07:49 pm (UTC)

Michigan Shore to Shore Trail


220 miles, for hikers & horses, no bicycles. Towns every 20 miles or even more often. Plan could range from 3 weeks of easy 10+ mile days, 2 weeks of 16 mile days, or two weeks plus a weekend (16 days) of 14 mile days...

I'd suggest early enough to be before the bugs. Say late April?

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