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It says something I guess that I'm wondering if I should cancel my massage day in order to drive 225 miles to my registered polling place to vote on Tuesday. On the one hand I believe strongly in participating in the process. On the other, I wonder if it's not a forgone conclusion that Obama will take Illinois without my vote. And if I wait for the next open appointment with my massage therapist, I'm messing with a healing regimen that is just getting started.

My main issue is money right now. It takes a full tank of gas to drive down there and back. Then I have to refill when I get back. So roughly $65 every time I go down. I could take the train down the night before and the morning train back. But it means I'd have to be at the polling place (a little shack out in the country staffed by sweet but slow little old ladies) at 6 am when it opens. Then drive like the wind 32 miles over possible snow covered roads to make the train by 7 am. That would cost me $32 round trip. Then go to work late and get off early for the massage.

The first two weeks of the month are my poorest two weeks and I need to save money for driving to Iowa City next week for a masquerade party. Tax returns can't come soon enough this year.

Plus I have to say that the guy who staffs the train station in Macomb is a Nazi about people getting there 1/2 hour before the train leaves. At 6:30 am, he cancels all reservations if you've not shown up to check in. Amtrak lists Macomb as an unstaffed station so you are supposed to be able to arrive 5 minutes before the train does and still get on. If you take the night train after the station closes, that's the way it works. People who get on power trips just piss me off. Why should it be any skin off his nose if someone is running late? If there are no seats left on the train, the conductor is going to tell you anyway.

Anyway, I know I'll be voting in the main election. I may just sit out the primary. And yes, I know it might behoove me to register to vote in Will County where I live during the week. But I like little rural Schuyler County. Since only 7500 people live in the whole county, it feels a little more like my vote counts. Plus it is my permanent residence anyway. I've moved 6 times around Illinois since I moved here in 94. But keeping the same residence at the farm means I don't have to keep changing drivers licenses and voter registration and fishing licenses every time I move. Just makes some things a little inconvenient sometimes unfortunately.




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Feb. 1st, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
no absentee ballots?
Feb. 1st, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
They cut off the early voting a day or so ago.

Feb. 1st, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
Ahhh...the country. I do love it!

Here my polling place is a block up the street at the Catholic church.
Feb. 1st, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
If I was at the farm, the polling place is less than a mile away. If I was registered up here it would be 2 blocks away. Guess I need to consider registering up here but then that would reduce the number of registered democrats in Schuyler County to 29.

Feb. 2nd, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
I'd rather you voted in the primary than in the general election. ;)
Feb. 2nd, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
I thought I might hear from you on this one. I'm going to try to get down there. I feel guilty if I don't. Although an unexpected bill I had to pay today might be threatening the whole plan. I may actually vote republican in the general election. If Hillary becomes the democratic pick the odds are good I'll vote Republican. But in Schuyler county you can't register as an Independant so I registered Democrat. So I can only vote in the Democratic primary. As I said, it may be a foregone conclusion that Obama will take Illinois with or without my vote. Mostly it gets decided by Chicago and the metro area anyway. And the only other thing on this ballot are the convention delegates. There are some local political seats open but mostly there are no candidates for them.
Feb. 2nd, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
If you'd even consider voting for Obama in the primary/caucus, I can't imagine you'd ever consider a candidate I'd like. I'm pretty much that anti-Obama on the third of an issue he's declared himself on.

Y'know, as a Scouting type, I wonder why you flirt with the Democratic entitlement crowd at all. "Be prepared," I thought was the mantra. Not "Let others prepare for ME ME ME!"
Feb. 2nd, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
I'm not exactly the Gung Ho Scouting type anyway. I disagree with many of their policies and tend to go my own way on some things. Which is probably why I got invited not to work at Philmont again one year.

As I said on the Primary I've only got a couple of choices. Obama, Clinton, write in or abstain. I like what the Reps are saying more than the Dems right now. I just like Obama as a person. I've met him a couple of times and he just impressed me. So given the choice between Obama and Clinton, I'd take Obama. I don't think he has the experience to run the country. None of the current Dems do. But I'd like to see a race between Obama and one of the Republicans more than a race between Clinton and the Republicans. I lost all respect for the Clintons when Bill was in the White House.

But I do have to give the Democrats credit at least for trying to get my vote. So far, no one from any of the Republican camps have called me or written or stopped by or asked me to place a campaign sign in my front yard. If they just looked at the campaign signs I've allowed to be placed in my yard in the past, they would see the vast majority are Republican. And I've voted more or less all Republican in State and Local races. heck, I even worked a campaign for my Republican cousin when he ran for State's attorney. I was out knocking on doors for him last weekend now that he's running for State's Attorney of the next county over.

Feb. 2nd, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
I've never been a Scout, but gods... how could you even declare as a Democrat? Obama by the way is an asshole. He is a corporate politician more so than any of the Republicans. He can't tell you his full position on any issue until his funders weigh in. Your choice isn't between Obama and Clinton. It's between truth and falsehood, and both Obama and Clinton belong to the latter camp.

To be honest... Tell me why YOUR vote is so important?
Feb. 2nd, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
When I moved to Illinois in 94, I had voted Republican more times than Democrat in National politics, but pretty much considered myself an Independant. I had most recently voted Democrat and still liked Bill at that point so given the choice of registering Rep or Dem I took Dem.

1984 - my first election I voted for Reagan.
1988 - Voted for Bush Sr.
1992 - Voted for Clinton

But you couldn't register as an Independant then. So I registered Democrat. Still can't register as an Independant. That was about a week after I'd moved here from NM. Then a few years down the road, I came to understand Illinois runs much better with Republicans at the helm than Democrats, even though they usually wind up in prison on corruption charges as soon as their term ends. So I usually end up voting Republican. We are stuck with a Dem Governor right now. I didn't vote for him. He's done one favorable thing as far as I can see and that is secure health insurance for all kids in Illinois. Other than that, he's a dud. And he may end up being indicted for a crime or two so he must be taking after the republicans a bit. Illinois state politics is a cess pool and no one can walk through without getting some shit on them.

I don't know that MY vote is so important. What is important to me is that I participate in the process. I never cared much about it before I moved here. Probably because I lived in urban and suburban settings and I didn't feel the need to get involved much. didn't feel like an individual vote counted for much. But rural politics just seem to pull me in. When you have local elections and your candidate wins by just a few votes, you get to feel like maybe it was your vote that put him over the top. Also, when you can call a guy on the phone after lunch sometime and tell him what is bothering you and he actually does something about it. It feels like my vote counted for something. And it feels like I'm getting the government I deserve. I never vote straight party in local and state elections so I don't really see the need to change over to being a registered Republican. One declared party is just as good as the other in that case.

I suppose in the Primary I could always just not vote for a presidential candidate and do some write in candidates for the local offices where no one is running. But at this point it's not looking like I can swing it financially to go down so the Dems will have to do without me in the Primary.

I'll have to see who shakes out in the end for the Republicans and go from there.

Feb. 2nd, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
If you'd even consider voting for Obama in the primary/caucus, I can't imagine you'd ever consider a candidate I'd like. I'm pretty much the anti-Obama on the third of an issue he's declared himself on.

Y'know, as a Scouting type, I wonder why you flirt with the Democratic entitlement crowd at all. "Be prepared," I thought was the mantra. Not "Let others prepare for ME ME ME!"
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