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helen s

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Nov 6 2012 at 5:55pm #

Pierce- Imperfect analogy- we both see a cigarette butt on the sidewalk next to a trash can. You walk past, I put it in the trash, then we both comment on the irresponsibility of people who litter and wish everyone kept public places cleaner. We both have legitimate points, but I feel I carry more weight in my statement.

I recognize out need for multiple parties and also realize it will take a huge turnout of dedicated individuals to make that happen. The current financing of our two party system will make that near impossible unless some very deep pocked individuals get behind it. We can only hope.


Pseudacris

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Nov 6 2012 at 6:15pm #

Bring your voting stub to Market District for a free cup of coffee. No ID required. Tea drinkers, you may be s.o.l., which is a little bit funny. Still, the free coffee is a nice touch.


Mick

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Nov 6 2012 at 6:46pm #

@ pseudacris No ID required.

A poll worker asked me if I had ID.

I asked if I needed it and she said no, but I think I should of registered my discomfort mroe stongly “Since we’re asking personal questions with no bearing on the issue at hand, How much money do you have in your wallet?”

Is there someplace I complain to without having to make too big deal of it?


pinky

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Nov 6 2012 at 6:56pm #

My borough council president posted on Facebook that poll workers in Crafton were asking for ID. Though they ask, you don’t have to show it.

She had hers on her and made a point of loudly clarifying that it wasn’t needed – to make the point to the line behind her.

Complaints are filed according to this page (all of the way at the bottom): http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/elect/index.aspx


Pseudacris

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Nov 6 2012 at 6:57pm #

Hi Mick, poll workers are allowed to ask you for ID, but if you don’t have it or decline to show it, they may not turn you away if you’re registered. If it is your first time at a new polling place, you do need to bring identifying paperwork, but a utility bill can work as well.

If you were given a hard time, you can call the ACLU hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

If you want to complain about the new Voter ID laws (which are somewhat suspended right now), that would be at the state level. The congress.org web site can generate a list of your reps.


Mick

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Nov 6 2012 at 7:22pm #

@pseudacris & Pinky – I wasn’t given a hard time, but I was surprized by the question.

I guess complaining to my state legislator is the way to go on this one.


Pierce

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Nov 6 2012 at 8:03pm #

@helen s

I actually picked up a trash bag or two of cigarette butts in Friendship Park; I’d definitely consider Obama being the one to comment on the trash, but then fail to actually do anything about it; he’d also probably praise the spirit of the hardworking smokers of America, himself one of them

@Mick

Marakay Rogers seems like a candidate that might have been up your alley:

https://www.facebook.com/Rogers4PAAttorneyGeneral?ref=stream

Why did the Post Gazette choose David Freed? From his site: “David will preserve our right to keep and bear arms, protect the sanctity of human life and defend the sacred institution of traditional marriage.”


J Z

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Nov 6 2012 at 8:50pm #

+1 @Pseudacris, they asked me for id, I respectfully declined to provide (been voting at the same place for 6 years), no problem, no provisional ballot.


erok

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Nov 7 2012 at 5:18pm #

Our poll predicted the winner better than gallup.

Who do you plan to vote for in the upcoming election?

Barack Obama (D) (59%, 162 Votes)

Mitt Romney (R) (17%, 46 Votes)

Jill Stein (G) (8%, 23 Votes)

Gary Johnson (L) (5%, 15 Votes)

None of the above (0%, 1 Votes)

Not voting (7%, 18 Votes)

Undecided (3%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 273


How did you get to your polling location?

Bike

Walk

Drove

Transit

Other

Absentee

I didn’t vote


sloaps

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Nov 7 2012 at 6:06pm #

I love my precinct, because I’m easy to find. I tell them to just search for me by my affiliation (Independent) rather than by name.

Lady still asked for ID…


erok

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Nov 7 2012 at 7:10pm #

this website predicted allegheny county’s Barack Obama vote within 2 percentage points


StuInMcCandless

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Nov 8 2012 at 11:44am #

The Voter ID thing will be in effect for the May primary. While I do hate the rule, as a pollworker, I will say it really helped make the line go faster. Just hand the worker your ID, s/he finds your index card in the file, hands your ID and index card to the pollworker who finds your name in the book. Your signature on the card, his/her initial in the book, and into the booth you go. It can be done in 30-45 seconds. Prior to this, easily a minute-plus by the time we get the name spelled right.


edmonds59

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Nov 8 2012 at 12:03pm #

I didn’t have to show my ID, actually I didn’t even have to tell them my name. I know my poll ladies and one was pulling my card out as I walked up. My poll ladies are it.


buffalo buffalo

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Nov 8 2012 at 6:10pm #

stu, i gave them my registration card this time, and I’ve given them my licence in the past, and it doesn’t help. i still have to wait as they slowly flip through the book. My last name starts with SW, but they still look through the SA… SE… this has been at multiple precincts across the city, btw.


Pierce

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Nov 8 2012 at 9:32pm #

I just showed them my voter registration card

As for the new poll, I walked to the poll, but was walking in cycling shoes


dmtroyer

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Nov 9 2012 at 4:16am #

I wasn’t even asked for my ID.


Anonymous

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Nov 9 2012 at 4:42am #

I walked up with my ID in hand. I’m not sure what the issue is, to be honest.


Mick

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Nov 9 2012 at 5:17am #

For me, it was mainly that I thought the whole voter ID thing was overturned in PA.

Thatn and the particualr poll worker is a woman that works with various neighborhood groups – she’s the one who changes meeting times if they think a renter will show up.

So I started with a bad attitude, and we were working from there.


salty

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Nov 9 2012 at 5:59am #

It wasn’t overturned, just delayed. There was no requirement to show ID for this election – but it’s pretty obvious from the responses above that the FUD abounds.

Then of course there were these despicable pricks attempting to enforce the non-law themselves until they were ordered to stop.

The law is intended to disenfranchise voters – preventing (virtually nonexistent) voter fraud is just a pretext. You don’t even have to believe me, listen to one of the supporters of this crap who was dumb enough to admit the true purpose of the law in public.


stefb

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Nov 9 2012 at 10:12am #

I am involved in a frivolous discussion with a former coworker in a comment portion of a current co-worker’s Facebook account. I should have just not responded, but I know that she is a teabagger and i couldn’t ignore comments such as: “Anyone who doesn’t live an “underground” type of life needs an I.D. for something. Hell, you can’t even open a bank account without one. Who are these people living in the shadows? I don’t know any.” I told her of elderly and working poor who may have had an ID at some point but don’t have (a valid) one anymore, and that there is virtually nonexistent in-person voter fraud as per FACTS and she responded with ” You’re right, it wasn’t an issue before, but it is now. Voter fraud is rampant. There are orginizations bussing people from poll to poll to vote & revote. Some of them have dementia & don’t even know their own names. Some may be illegal aliens. What do you propose to do to eliminate fraud?” And this horrible link: http://www.truethevote.org/news/how-widespread-is-voter-fraud-2012-facts-figures


pinky

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Nov 9 2012 at 12:46pm #

So I ended up being asked for ID, and despite having it on me, I asked, “Do I need it?”

They checked my name and said, “No, but you will next time.”

My understanding is that the voter ID law was not overturned – it was just postponed until the next election to give people that Stef mentions (elderly, working poor, etc) more time to get valid IDs.

As it originally stood, people would have had from mid-September to early November to get IDs, which is hard in a state where some counties do not have a drivers license center.

*Edited to add:

My poll workers were not requiring it, they were just getting people used to the question.


edmonds59

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Nov 9 2012 at 1:46pm #

For right wing assholes who claim to espouse smaller govt to generate this false need for an additional layer of beauracracy would be ironic, if it wasn’t simply hypocritical and despicable. The bastards got hosed regardless.


erok

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Nov 28 2012 at 8:42pm #

How did you get to your polling location?

Bike (22%, 69 Votes)

Walk (41%, 127 Votes)

Drove (22%, 69 Votes)

Transit (1%, 4 Votes)

Other (1%, 3 Votes)

Absentee (6%, 19 Votes)

I didn’t vote (7%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 313


Do you own a folding bike?

Yes

No


Pierce

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Nov 28 2012 at 8:48pm #

I wonder what the other methods of transportation were


erok

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Nov 28 2012 at 8:49pm #

skateboard, segway


Pierce

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Nov 28 2012 at 8:54pm #

Dang it, I should have unicycled to my polling location


erok

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Nov 28 2012 at 8:58pm #

how’s that been going for you?


Pseudacris

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Nov 28 2012 at 10:34pm #

wheelchair, surrey


Pseudacris

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Nov 28 2012 at 10:35pm #

trebuchet


helen s

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Nov 28 2012 at 10:43pm #

flew (rocket, prop, glider, large bird, self propelled), pogo stick, swam (NY/NJ), boat (same- motor or paddle), I suggest hopping or skipping or running is different than walking, crawl, scooter, ………


HiddenVariable

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Nov 29 2012 at 5:59am #

i think a trebuchet is one of my favorite machines ever. i believe i once tried to use a trebuchet to solve each of these puzzles.


Swalfoort

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Nov 29 2012 at 1:56pm #

Watched a unicyclist make his way up Centre Avenue from Ephihany Church (Washington Place) up towards St. Benedict the Moor the other day. He was making pretty good time, given the grade.

He took the lane!


Anonymous

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Nov 29 2012 at 3:36pm #

@Swalfoort mechanically unicycle would be equivalent to bicycle with 32/32 crank/cog (or 50/50, or 35/35) — the ratio is 1. And wheel is a little bit less than 700c-23 (23-622 in ISO terms) so with the same crank length ratio wheel radius to crank length is better in the sense that it’s easier to go (but at speed expense). The only problem for me would be balance. :)


StuInMcCandless

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Nov 29 2012 at 5:42pm #

Having beaten the crap out of two unicycles at SUNY Geneseo in four years, I can assure you there’s no hill below a 10% grade that someone on a 24″ wheel or smaller would have any trouble with, assuming they could ride at all. (I couldn’t climb Federal from the lower Perrysville corner to Mercy Street, in 2002; haven’t tried recently.)

As with a fixie, which a unicycle essentially is, there’s a limit to how fast you can have the pedals go, and unlike a fixie, you can’t take your feet off. For me, top sprinting speed is about 15 mph on my 24″.

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