2011 voting

The interesting results…

Locally, Maine has voted down Republican efforts to curb the ability of Democratic voters to cast their ballots. That is, Maine allows same-day voter registration and the Republicans tried to randomly add a couple of days to that. It is a fine system as is and it has featured zero issues; it’s obvious that the Republicans were just trying to weaken turn-outs for Democrats. Of course, the reality is that the number of people they would prevent from voting is probably pretty insignificant. But that doesn’t mean there was any reason whatsoever to change existing law.

We also rejected a couple of casinos. I voted for them because, well, why not? Jobs are jobs. Finally, we also have a census-based issue that involves changing redistricting from 3 years after the U.S. census to 1 year. It makes perfect sense, but it’s one of those issues that has to go up for a vote. Unfortunately, for whatever stupid reason, the vote is relatively close. The change will probably still happen, but there’s no reason for people to vote against it. I suspect this is one of those cases of people saying “no” because they didn’t understand the question.

Now onto the national stage…

Ohio voters don’t want to destroy public sector unions…

Mississippi is not willing to arbitrarily declare an egg to be a person…


Atlanta voters have said they want to buy alcohol on Sundays if they so please…

And now onto 2012.

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