Morning Poll: Will You Vote in November?

by ARLnow.com September 26, 2012 at 9:45 am 3,216 64 Comments

Election Day is just six weeks away.

As presidential, congressional and local candidates enter the home stretch of their campaigns, have you decided whether you’re going to vote on Nov. 6? (Or whether you’re going to vote absentee?)

  • Enough already

    Yes, I’ll vote for Kermit the Frog instead of the complete and utter arrogant morons we are stuck with on the ballot this year

    • drax

      Good, so the rest of us will pick.

    • PCity

      Big Bird/Snuffaluffagus 2012! Audit the Bank of Sesame Street!

    • NorthArlingTim


    • Walsh44

      I’ve been an Arlington poll worker (official title: Officer of Election) since 2003. After the polls close, & I & my fellow workers tally up the votes, write-in ballots cast for clearly fictional characters are not even counted in the final total. No one in any actual position of authority will even notice your outburst of juvenalia. You’re just another clown we’re (fleetingly) stuck with in our polling place this year.

      • drax

        He probably didn’t vote in the primaries either, and now he’s whining about the choice of candidates.

      • EastPike

        Wait.. what? You’re proud of throwing people’s votes away? I’m fairly certain that is illegal. It’s not juvenille to write whomever you want on the ballot, any more than it’s fascist to be forced to pick between two people. The system should reflect the amount of people that are motivated enough to get to a polling location, stand in line, and cast a vote for someoen who clearly isn’t going to win, as a sign of disatisfaction. This is terrible. I’m considering writing a note to the election board about your behavior.

  • Clarendon

    Many I know have already voted. I plan to. So, vote Nov 6? – no.

  • PCity

    blah blah blah, socialism, blah blah 47%, blah blah, gary johnson, blah blah federal reserve ron paul, blah blah blah, parties are the same, blah blah blah, romney hates poor people, blah blah blah, obama hates free enterprise, blah blah nader, blah blah.

    Now that those are out of the way….continue.

    • Hollywood

      So who are you voting for?

  • CrystalMikey

    Everyone who can should take part in the process, alas the majority won’t.

    • SomeGuy

      You should listen to the Howard Stern segment of on-the-street interviews with Obama supporters (the level of ignorance demonstrated is not exclusive to Obama supporters).

      I’m not upset that some people don’t vote.

    • EastPike

      Apparently the polling officials are throwing away votes of anyone who doesn’t toe the line, so actually, it’s a giant waste of your time to participate in most cases.

  • Arlingtoon

    I always vote, most often right after the polls open, when there really isn’t much of a line. Haven’t missed an election day since 1972, when I was first able to vote.

    (That was also the last time I voted for a Republican; however that was in New Jersey, and at a time when Northeast Republicans were pretty reasonable folks. Now they’re virtually extinct.)

    • Thes

      If you’re truly happy to get up and be in line by 6 a.m., it’s true that there are often few other people there ahead of you, but then you risk that the poll workers will have some kind of trouble setting up the voting machines.

      Either way, the *longest* lines of the day are usually from 8 a.m. to 10 am. or so. Short lines can also form in the evening.

      The best time to avoid a wait is actually mid-afternoon. When I’ve voted at 2-3 p.m., even on the biggest turnout days, I’ve never had to wait behind anyone.

      • Arlingtoon

        I’m up at 5:30 every day, so getting to the poll at 6:00 or so isn’t a hardship. I may not finish the crossword that day, but that’s really the only sacrifice involved.

        I work in town and park my car in my building, so getting back out to Arlington during the day is difficult — there are generally four or five cars parked behind mine in the garage. I guess I could turn it over to the attendants and tell them when I plan to leave, but it’s really just easier to get over there at 6:00 and get back to my newspaper by 6:15 or so.

        • Tabs

          There’s 30 seconds I won’t get back.

  • Hollywood

    That vote, you didn’t cast that.

  • psssh waste of time. i’ll run by my polling station, but def not wasting more than a few minutes waiting in line to cast my non-counting vote.

    better ways to spend my time.

    • bemused bystander

      Best way to insure that your vote won’t count is to not cast it.

      • true, but negligible difference.

        • arglebargle

          Florida 2000 – 1 vote was not a negligible difference in that one.

      • EastPike

        I know I’m bordering trolling here, but a county polling official admitted that even if you do cast your vote it may not count, at his discretion!

    • drax

      Awesome, now my vote will count for even more.

      • keep dreaming that’s what’s really happening.

        • drax

          Basic math.

        • sunflower

          you sound like a sheep in wolf’s clothing…….

          • so that’s a good thing, right?

          • sunflower

            pup, it depends. do you see sheep as clueless, naive, and vulnerable?

          • and fuzzy and cute, yes.

          • so yes, all 5 of those adjectives absolutely describe me. but i’m still a wolf!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not a sheep

          • SomeGuy

            Something clever from you! Nice.

          • sunflower

            now it’s your turn

          • *blows kisses to u both*

    • Juanita de Talmas

      If a wolf votes, isn’t that voter fraud? We need Cuccinelli to waste a bunch of taxpayer money investigating this.

    • Thinker

      Think of your vote this way… had five or ten more people in each county (there is about 3,000 of them) in the US voted, we just may have a whold different situation… Just that few people could make or break a canidate…

  • GodFila

    Voting is for people who failed math

    • bubba

      math is for people who failed life.

      • GodFila

        Enjoy your SSI check — do they come on the 2nd or the 3rd?

        • bubba

          don’t get one of those. There are other, more meaningful occupations than accounting you know….

    • drax

      Yes, please don’t vote.

  • WeiQiang

    Is today National Non-Sequitur Day?

    • sunflower

      often on arlnow oneman’s non sequitur is another’s logical conclusion

    • i celebrate it every day.

      • Zombie Kid

        I like turtles.

  • South Awwlington

    Yes, Obama does deserve a second term…after all, we gave Bush a second term.

    Kaine and Warner will work well together and do GOOD things for VA.

    Moran should retire soon and let in some new blood…so long as it isn’t CZ.

    • Hasdrupal

      Yes, he needs four more years to bankrupt the country.

      • drax

        Congress spends, not the President.

      • Thinker

        We had a surplus when Bush came it, and when he left this country was billions in the hole. When you say it’s all on POTUS Obama, it really is on POTUS Bush.

        Besides, it is the COTUS that does the spending…

  • Jake_O

    Virgil for President

  • Carmen

    I always vote. I am moving in the next few days and will immediately register at my new address.

  • tumblebum

    Exactly which voters need the “centro de votacion” info?

  • Courthouse

    Did we just help arlnow sell future ad space?

  • GodFila

    My vote is an abacus with no beads…..

    Don’t count on it…

    • Quoth the Raven

      Is an abacus with no beads an abacus?

      After all, a flute with no holes is not a flute.

  • Jay

    I’m gonna eat a breakfast of beans and onions and make you voters pay.

  • Mr Neutron

    I’ll vote for Obama with a clothespin on my nose (where do I go to get my ’08 contribution back?).

    And I will vote either Green or Republican/ against any and all incumbents for the the sclerotic, inbred, self-satisfied and nauseating Arlington County Board circle jerk society.

  • Thinker

    I figure it this way… had FIVE, even TEN more people from every county in the United States voted perhaps we would be in quite a different situation.

    Don’t tell me your vote doesn’t cout, IT DOES.

    On a second matter, most of us (and that includes me) don’t bother to vote in the primaries…. The ones that do are the ones that actually “choose” our future canidates… So basically, the minority of voters set the stage for our political situation. How easy it would be to perhaps “catch” the ones that would make a DIFFERENCE. Instead “we” end up choosing the not so greats who end up being our national leaders….

    Take time to vote in every election, so what if you don’t think your vote will count… IT DOES… and more than what you think…


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