Wed
Feb 6 2008
02:42 pm

Midday yesterday I voted at Cedar Bluff.

Photos below the fold.

Not sure where to vote? Just follow the signs.

Campaigns making one last pitch.

Big media reporting on the action.

This way.

First decision. Is there a good reason why voters can vote at any location during the early voting period, but must vote in a specific precinct on election day? One would think voting machine technology has made that requirement obsolete.

The view inside. I got there a little before noon. There was about a 10-15 minute wait to get through the line at the voting booths.

Casting the ballot. There were only a couple contested local Democratic races on my ballot. At least one of the races didn't even have any candidates. The presidential candidate I voted for lost Tennessee.

Nonetheless, I felt good for fulfilling my civic obligation by voting

137
like
bizgrrl's picture

Good job! I'm always happy

Good job! I'm always happy to vote even when my candidates rarely win. It makes it easy to say, I didn't vote for him/her when things go wrong.

I had one winner out of the first five times I voted for President.
I've had three winners (two were Clinton) out of the nine times I've voted for President.

Keep that in mind ya'll when selecting your candidates. Of course, I'm not sure if you should just make sure you don't vote for who I have selected or was there something similar to all of those Democratic candidates that made them not win.

R. Neal's picture

Great photo essay,

Great photo essay, Brian!

Bizgrrl: or was there something similar to all of those Democratic candidates that made them not win

Yeah, they were all Democrats. We are genetically programmed to lose.

smalc's picture

Is there a good reason why

Is there a good reason why voters can vote at any location during the early voting period, but must vote in a specific precinct on election day? One would think voting machine technology has made that requirement obsolete.

I'm sure they could. One line of reasoning may be to spread out the voters so that a few popular locations would not be overwhelmed. Good theory, but not in practice. My location in Loudon County is notorious for long lines. I was in line an hour on Tuesday, in Nov04 it was closer to two hours. And that was with eight machines.

R. Neal's picture

Is there a good reason why

Is there a good reason why voters can vote at any location during the early voting period, but must vote in a specific precinct on election day? One would think voting machine technology has made that requirement obsolete.

Knox Co. got a grant and approval from the State to try a pilot program for this, calling it "convenience voting". It's basically eliminiating the 94 precincts and expanding the early voting setup and extending it through election day. Anderson Co. and Loudon Co. are also participating.

Greg Mackay explains how it would work.

Here's some info on the study and grant.

Not sure what the specific plans are for when this will first be tried out, but I seem to recall discussion of maybe the next city election.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

More information about formatting options

CAPTCHA
This question is used to make sure you are a human visitor and to prevent spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid/TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.

TN Progressive

TN Politics

Local Media Blogs

Shopper Columns

Local News

News Sentinel

State News

Wire Reports

Site Statistics

Last 7 days:
  • Posts: 24
  • Comments: 235
  • Visits: 10,461
  • Pageviews: 24,095
Last 30 days:
  • Posts: 130
  • Comments: 1560
  • Visits: 46,027
  • Pageviews: 114,872