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  •  I'm in a deep red state (TX) (10+ / 0-)

    and you're right.  I'm in Travis County (Austin) and over the years they've made it easier and easier to vote.

    In the past, we've had a 12-day early voting period, where you can vote at grocery stores, malls, libraries, etc, but if you wait until election day, you had to go to your actual precinct to vote.

    This year - for those waiting until election day - they've made it even easier.

    Travis County residents can vote at any polling place on Election Day

    Election Day voting in Travis County will be simpler than in past presidential elections under a system that allows voters to cast ballots in any of 207 polling locations in the county.

    “This way you can vote wherever you are and you don’t have to vote with your feet,” County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said.

    Among the state’s largest urban counties, Travis is the only one with so-called vote centers, now in the second year of use here. Nine other Texas counties, including Lampasas in Central Texas, are using vote centers this year.

    I wish it were this easy in other states.

    Thanks to all who stood in long lines to cast your ballots.

    •  The Travis County Clerk rocks. (0+ / 0-)

      That article is confusing, though:

      Among the state’s largest urban counties, Travis is the only one with so-called vote centers, now in the second year of use here. Nine other Texas counties, including Lampasas in Central Texas, are using vote centers this year.
      Huh?

      I do agree that Travis County generally is quite good at running elections, but it has gotten harder to vote as an overseas absentee voter.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 02:09:02 AM PST

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    •  Travis County (0+ / 0-)

      I live in Austin and voted on Friday at the Fiesta on S. IH 35. I stood in line for 50 minutes. That is the 2nd longest time I have had to wait (2008 Democratic primary was longer, but also more fun).

      Dana does a great job and if we ever get another Democratic Governor she should be appointed Secretary of State and be in charge of the elections for the entire state.

      That said, the diary is correct electoral reform is necessary to preserve our democracy.

    •  Not always easier to vote in TX. (1+ / 0-)
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      LilithGardener

      TX is a bit confusing. Some things were done that have made it easier to vote, and some things to make it harder to vote.

      My local precinct had ballots that were easy to understand and the workers efficient. But they did ask for ID.

      But the legislature is still doing things to try and getting to the polls more difficult. (I think they fear a demographic shift).

      ID requirements have passed in TX, but have been temporarily blocked by the courts. In many states getting a drivers licence is a few hours or maybe a one day event. It isn't that way in TX. I went in filled out all the forms, surrendered my out of state licence, and then was told I'd get my licence in the mail. I did get a piece of paper with a provisional licence.

      I was able to take the time to get to the DMV, spend hours there, was computer literate enough to know what I needed to take in with me.

      I can only imagine how difficult for someone who has issues with the paperwork, or transportation issues, etc

      Add in Dallas we had This.

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