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.

16 Responses

  1. The law would have had an effect approaching zero, as you mention. That’s why I didn’t care either way. I suspect its less backroom hand wringing with intent to disenfranchise democrats (what makes you think democratic voters are more likely to be unregistered until voting day and just wonder in to a polling place?) and more unneeded do-gooding to provide a solution where there is no problem.

    But if you want to says it was big foot on the grassy knoll with the candle stick, than by all means, have at it.

  2. Also, I doubt the Ohio law would have had the effect of destroying public sector unions, they seem to have had plenty of money to spend on it, somewhere approaching 20 million dollars from what I hear.

    If the people of Ohio want to let their public unions run wild and steal the farm, as they seem to have done, that’s their business.

  3. You also left out the fact that Ohio also choose to add a constitutional amendment to say “no healthcare mandates from anyone”.

    Symbolic yes, but interesting, also yes.

  4. Blame Yahoo! for not giving me that piece of information.

    Incidentally, another appeals court recently upheld the healthcare law.

  5. Makes little difference, its already at the big boys court.

  6. I blame you for reading headlines instead of finding election results. Fink.

  7. 2011 election results: Insignificant things happened across the country except where specific questions were put to voters.

  8. I think Kentucky still has a Democratic governor. And Mississippi has a different Republican now. So there’s that.

  9. No, you had it right the first time. Even in cases of specific questions. The good ones get saved for years where people actually go to the polls.

    Like next year when we make Obama join the unemployed.

  10. I’m sure Mitt Romney will fire up the base.

  11. As sub standard as i find the man, he’ll be a marginally better president than Obama.

    Of course a sack of hammers would be marginally better also, so it doesn’t say much for either of them.

  12. Except for the anti-health care vote in Ohio, all the votes were on the side of sanity. By the way, Obama will easily beat whichever miscreant misfit the Republicans choose next year. They are a group of total losers.

  13. Nate, the blog is called “For the sake of SCIENCE.” Like it or not, Republicans will never have any credibility among those who value science and reason. They’ve _earned_ this contempt. Accept it and move on.

  14. Bob, maybe, but Obama is certainly a lot weaker than he was before he actually had a job to do (I don’t count senators as having jobs. A well trained golden retriever could be a senator). It’s nice that you seem to see some of these votes as ground breaking or important, but none of them are. None at all.

    Copyleft, you keep hoping that republicans are prima facie against science somehow. Maybe you’ll one day get a unicorn to grant you the wish. You could ask a troll, I think they grant wishes, I’m sure we can find one here someplace…

  15. Thanks for letting me know the name of the blog too, being a lowly republican I hadn’t had the presence of mind to find out the name before now.

  16. I didn’t realize I didn’t comment on the congressional district thing.

    I’m with you Michael, I don’t know what the hell people were thinking. It may be a case, like you say of people not understanding what they want to do, but I think maybe it could be a case of people saying, “don’t fix what ain’t broke”.

    I voted for it. I think it’s a good change. Reapportioning earlier will bring the districts into compliance quicker and even out the representatives work loads, not that I think they are over worked. My only concern was about rushing through the redistricting process, rather than take the time to do it right. These days, with the aid of computers, I doubt that will be an issue though.

    We do have a nonpartisan board that draws the lines, so really, they don’t have anything better to do. Better to have them get thier asses in gear.

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