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I voted today.  Jump below the fold to find out why I am disappointed in myself.

I am a moderate.  I truly believe that no political idology is the magic bullet that will save America.  I have always prided myself on picking the best canidate for each position.  Today, in the voting both, I hit the straight Democractic Ticket Button.

Without thought.

I knew that even if I didn't agree with all the candidates on the D line, at least they wanted to govern, wanted to make things better.

So I did my part, please do yours if you have a vote today.

(I did vote for the 2 bond issues, and the school board ...)

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  •  Tip Jar (26+ / 0-)

    I am a statistician, not a magician although we are easily confused. I guess that explains why people keep trying to tie me in chains and place me under water.

    by Edge PA on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 10:56:50 AM PST

  •  Sometimes you just (9+ / 0-)

    gotta do what you gotta do...

    11:11 being mindful and keepin' it real

    by Raggedy Ann on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:02:20 AM PST

  •  Your reasoning was sound. (10+ / 0-)

    No reason for dissapointment with yourself.

    Plenty of reason to be dissapointed with the lack of a reasonable alternative.

  •  I voted today as well (5+ / 0-)

    We had a city counsel race, community college board, and one ballot measure. The city counsel and community college elections are non-partisan and most candidates don't state their party affiliation.

    These local elections, where the candidates and their positions are not well known, are ideal for Internet searches. It makes it much easier to be an informed voter.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:06:00 AM PST

  •  Thanks, I voted also, but I vote for Dems (9+ / 0-)

    & for ballot initiatives.

    I haven't voted for an R since 1990. They suck.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:08:01 AM PST

  •  This will be the last time you... (9+ / 0-)

    … will be able to vote straight-ticket here if the DOJ suit doesn't bear fruit.

    That's one of those pesky "conveniences" we will be relieved of thanks to the tea party republicans.

    •  I am not a fan of the one button vote (2+ / 0-)
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      highacidity, i dunno

      Just took advantage today.  You should vote people not party.  (I realize that is not the opinion of D-Kos thanks for having me anyway.)

      I am a statistician, not a magician although we are easily confused. I guess that explains why people keep trying to tie me in chains and place me under water.

      by Edge PA on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:14:48 AM PST

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      •  Hey, I'm with you in principle. (2+ / 0-)
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        polecat, Edge PA

        But gawd knows since I moved here (Triangle area) I've never been attracted to the polices of the GOP.

        We didn't have this in CA, so it's still a novelty to me ;-)

        Hey, glad to have you! But then again, any site/community/club/group who'd have me as a member… heh heh.

        Consider joining us at North Carolina BLUE, and if you're in or near the Triangle, join us at Triangle Kosmopolitans also.

      •  Hey, at the very local level I'm with you (2+ / 0-)
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        FG, highacidity

        Especially for some of the positions that are apparently both partisan and elected. For instance, I'm being asked to vote on the county clerk, the county coroners, the town clerk, and the town tax receiver, as well as the more political positions. Look, I understand that a town or county clerk can have a big effect. But still, I don't see the need to go throwing someone out of their office if they're doing such a job competently and without partisanship. And seriously, why is something like coroner up for a vote at all, much less a partisan vote?

        I actually looked this morning to see if there was an incumbent running in any of those positions. It doesn't look like there is, but I have no way to cast an intelligent vote on the coroner. So do I make an uninformed party line vote or do I just leave it blank?

      •  I'm in KY I ALWAYS vote Dem (1+ / 0-)
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        Right now we have a straight ticket option

        BUT I NEVER use it because

        I LOVE voting for EACH and EVERY Democrat!

        Congrats on Voting!

  •  I Forgot My Voter Guides (2+ / 0-)
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    Edge PA, Osiris

    ... and have to go home.  The problem is the non-partisan judges.  Luckily, I received the conservative guide to judges.  My sweetie was going to throw it away until I explained how to use the guide.

    We have a Tea Party nut job, Bill Randallm running for mayor.  Business, blah, blah, blah, ...   It's a residential suburb dipstick!  Zoning ordinances are to protect our property and health from pernicious businesses.  Bill Randall is the guy that said Global Horizon was done by the government to pass regulations when he ran for congress.   Bill works out, at the Y, and I have talked to him several times.  The dude is not all there.

    Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid. ~ Frank Zappa ~

    by NCTim on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:19:42 AM PST

  •  Same here (7+ / 0-)

    Going out to vote today for a democratic mayor in Charlotte - even though the guy with the R next to his name may be better qualified.
    He is running as a "business moderate"
    Hell I liked Pat McCory  too - I even voted for him and look what he has done once we sent him to Raleigh

     Voter suppression - attacks on women - the whole teabag agenda

    No more ticket splitting - got to vote em out


    •  Oh I voted D for Mayor (1+ / 0-)
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      Saw an ad for the Repulican and he was slimy ...

      I am a statistician, not a magician although we are easily confused. I guess that explains why people keep trying to tie me in chains and place me under water.

      by Edge PA on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 01:32:26 PM PST

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      •  Voted D for mayor here too: (1+ / 0-)
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        Edge PA

        actually, I voted the straight party ticket, but the GOPer was a former mayor and I have now heard from two different people that he is a total asshole.

        One of those people used to be a server at a restaurant he frequented, and went into a ten-minute rant on what an asshole he is.

        Hey, I've worked in restaurants before. If a customer causes a server that much grief, I don't want him running for dog-catcher.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 01:44:36 PM PST

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  •  Voted today, too. Non-partisan ballot. /nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:20:50 AM PST

  •  voting by mail (0+ / 0-)

    In almost all of Washington state you vote by mail. When the ballots arrive I put them, along with one or two voting guides in a handy 'spot'. Any other advertisement, newspaper item of interest, editorial etc goes on the pile. When Mr. Oakroyd and I have a half hour, we spread it out, discuss what needs discussing, fill out and insert ballot, seal, sign and put a stamp on. The one thing we really do pay attention to in the profiles of candidates is who and what organizations endorsed them. Even in non-partisan races, the endorsements tell the tale.

    Its fun to live in a blue state!

    One should never consider yourself too poor to support the ACLU.

    by oakroyd on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:29:11 AM PST

  •  I used to vote mixed ticket as well. (3+ / 0-)
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    saluda, Edge PA, HeyMikey

    IF the positions and/or record of the candidate warranted it.

    No reason to feel awful.

    Down the road, depending on circumstances, I may pull up roots and find a new state to live and work in, but I have a few friends remaining here and I don't want to lose them to distance.

    I'd prefer to see NC improve and be better, but I worry that things here will only get worse. I want to be wrong.

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:45:15 AM PST

  •  When the Republicans field decent candidates, (0+ / 0-)

    or there is a particularly good Third, then splitting your ticket is fine.
    It's not necessarily ideological to pull the party lever if the alternatives suck, it's a matter of convenience. You were going to pick all those same names individually anyway.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 12:36:45 PM PST

  •  Don't sweat it. Good job. (2+ / 0-)
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    Edge PA, Wary

    In the vast majority of elections, we actually vote for a party, whether or not we think so. The legislative majority will  choose the legislative leaders; the legislative leaders will decide which bills get voted on and which don't. Most of the legislators will vote with their party most of the time.

    If you want to affect the outcome, the #1 most important thing you can do is influence which party controls the legislative leadership posts.

    Once the leadership gets into position, then they listen to their public base and their legislators. Sometimes there's bipartisan compromise, but that's only shaped in response to which party has the upper hand.

    Today you acknowledged reality. You did the best any of us can do. That's good. Be satisfied.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 12:44:48 PM PST

  •  Congratulations (4+ / 0-)
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    gramofsam1, Edge PA, Wary, rubyr
    I truly believe that no political idology is the magic bullet that will save America.
    I agree that no party is a magic bullet that will save America.  But America needs saving because there is a party dedicated to tearing it down and selling it off to the highest bidders. We know who that is.  Why would anyone vote for a member of that "team"?

    Voting Republican, even if just at the local level, runs the risk of strengthening their farm system (aka "minor leagues") and the brand and party as a whole.

    •  Please Note (1+ / 0-)
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      i dunno

      I said idology not party ... Parties are in the business of getting people elected.  The GOP's problem is that half of them want idological purity, and the other half wants to win elections.

      I am a statistician, not a magician although we are easily confused. I guess that explains why people keep trying to tie me in chains and place me under water.

      by Edge PA on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 02:48:02 PM PST

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  •  Smart. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 03:29:55 PM PST

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