it was a joke, but the larger point i am making is that people who are poor are not as likely to have internet access and the service does them no good. they are also more likely to be democrats. thus, i am not surprised the service is still available and online. <br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
I don't know about Michigan, but in California and Oregon both, most libraries have free Internet access and are regularly used by folks that cannot afford a computer with Internet access. Considering that my local library would be one of the places I might go to look for voter info, I'm sure the info desk might point me to the right place when I walked in. <br><br>
that's great for people who think they need to find that out. i didn't realize it would be such a chore last year for me and that thought didn't cross my mind -- i had always voted at a nearby school in my past (kansas, colorado, and michigan). further, i didn't realize there was a website until Dean pointed it out in this thread. if my experience is anything close to normal for many new voters, i think most new voters give this issue thought when the day arrives. perhaps this year will be different because of the perceived stakes involved.<br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>further, i didn't realize there was a website until Dean pointed it out in this thread. if my experience is anything close to normal for many new voters, i think most new voters give this issue thought when the day arrives.<p><hr></blockquote><p>First, you are NOT a new voter. You've already illustrated that you're a veteran voter making assumptions. New voters would probably still be holing on to their receipt for the form they sent in to the registrar (I know I did when I moved to Oregon), and on it will be contact info if there's any questions. I'm certain there will be someone in the registrar's office when the polls are open.<br><br>That said, I was a bit confused when what I thought was a sample ballot (like I'd get in California) arrived without a record of where my polling place was. Then I realized that it was the actual ballot and had the instructions. Not wanting to trust my mail carrier to pick it up (plus the Portland rain can sometimes soggy up my outgoing mail), I read my voter info booklet and found out the locations where I could drop off the ballot in a secure box.<br><br>
i think you make a good point, but i also think that there are too many factors that come into play -- you and i are probably not the best people to try and figure out what the various cultural and cognitive issues are that come into play. if a person is voting for the first time after not voting when qualified previously, they may not feel the same sense of urgency that you and i feel. voting is likely a back-burner issue until election day arrives (read: they don't pay it much attention -- obviously, the haven't' even voted before). they might have talked with a buddy across the street and learned where the polling place was going to be only to find out that the precinct line runs right down the middle of the street. perhaps literacy is an issue and they can't read the materials they've received. reading is not a requirement to vote. the fact of the matter is that people show up to the wrong polling place during every election and if we really wanted to ensure that all votes are being counted, we should have a mechanism in place that provides a backup plan when a person ends up in the wrong place (e.g., provisional ballots being cast).<br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
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