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Are you voting?
« on: October 23, 2020, 05:10:05 AM »
So I just woke up to the fact that even though I am from Finland, which is in Northern Europe and about as far as you can get from the States, that even from my point of view the US election this year is basically the biggest political event in the world. Therefore I am interested to hear whether or not fellow skateboarders that are eligible to vote plan to use their vote or possibly think "it doesn't matter".

How I see it as a citizen of this same earth that we all share:

Even though the whole decade of 2010-2020 was politically affected by the same disease called "populism" pretty much everywhere, it is crystal clear that after the electing of Trump in 2016 it has definitely gotten worse in a lot of countries around the world. I don't know how aware you are of this in the United States, but it is pretty amazing how much US politics are covered in news all around the world and how big impact this clown show of current POTUS has in world politics. Every country has its own far right wing group of "politicians", who after the recent development openly support any madness that Trump has to offer.

What I am trying to say is: as a citizen of this planet I wish I could vote for Biden/Harris in this election. I don't know Biden or Harris very well, but that's not the point here. Pretty much anything is better for the global politics than Trump. So please: if you are eligible to vote and not sure if you are going to use your vote: use your vote. It is probably much more important than you thought. There are a lot of us who really, really hope that the global political shift to more reasonable way of life continues with this election. We have recently had very good results in Finland in 2019 and now in New Zealand just recently.

Thank you if you read this, thank you if you use your vote.

Tommi Saarikivi, skateboarder for the past 32 years
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« Last Edit: October 23, 2020, 06:45:20 AM by Thompson75 »

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2020, 08:29:48 AM »
I voted. I'm independent of party (voted for Perot the first election I could). I voted for Biden via absentee ballot in a secure drop box. Fuck the family of grifters presently squatting in the white house.
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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2020, 08:33:04 AM »
I voted. As soon as possible.
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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2020, 08:38:39 AM »
Living in Europe. Voted by email weeks ago.

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2020, 08:51:53 AM »
I'm voting in person. I'm nervous about mail-in ballots even though realistically I know the odds of something bad happening are very low.


Biden frustrates me for a lot of reasons but I'm still going to vote for him. I don't think he's going to win but I hope I am wrong.

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2020, 09:35:51 AM »
I think many from outside the U.S. (and maybe some within the U.S.) donít know how the presidential election works because itís not as simple as one citizen, one vote.

The reason why some people think their vote ďdoesnít matterĒ is because when it comes down to it, someone can get elected who has received fewer votes from the public. This happened for example when Bush became president instead of Gore in the year 2000.

If you donít know about this and want to know how it works, research the Electoral College system.

It sucks but unless it gets abolished - which would require an amendment to the U.S. Constitution - every personís vote doesnít count how I believe it should. I hope someday this will happen.

With how polarized the U.S. is becoming, I think this needs to happen or else itís going to be even harder for people to accept the outcomes of close elections.

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2020, 09:36:37 AM »
Felon, canít.
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I take everything I said back. The board hit me in the nuts for the first time ever today, because i was wearing these shits.

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2020, 09:46:50 AM »
Sent my ballot in already.

Voted for Biden to put grown ups in charge of the FDA, EPA, CFPB, HUD, DEA, DOJ, State Dept., Etc.

First time voting for a major party for president. I voted for Nader twice and, sadly, I couldn't vote last presidential election because I was moving around and didn't get registered in my new state in time.

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2020, 09:47:37 AM »
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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2020, 09:48:02 AM »
as soon as i turn 18

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2020, 10:11:17 AM »
Uh of course. I was raised by a militant adherent to democracy. We vote. Tbh I don't give a fucking fuck who you vote for, but do it, and if you don't vote, then you forfeit your right to bitch about the out come, jmo.
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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2020, 10:13:41 AM »
Definitely, yes
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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2020, 11:00:50 AM »
Yes, voted Democrat down the ballot absentee in a drop box as soon as I got my ballot. Biden is a shit politician/person himself and Kamala Harris is a cop, but any amount of reduction in the harm currently being done is worth working towards. I have never felt as motivated to make sure I voted until this election because I live in a state that only ďleans republicanĒ and my vote may actually end up counting towards something.

Also to people who believe that voting is pointless: if voting truly didnít matter, why would republicans go to the lengths they do to suppress the vote in majority nonwhite areas e.g. gerrymandering, reduced/changing polling locations, voter purging, tougher voter ID requirements?

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2020, 12:05:44 PM »
Sending our ballots in soon. The propositions in California are pretty fucked across the board and we're having a hard time with some.
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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2020, 01:39:19 PM »
yes I voted democrat because its a vote for the protection of our environment, and the protection of our public lands, national parks, and wilderness.

 


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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2020, 02:00:01 PM »
I bet my self-professed libertarian coworker $100 Biden will win. The polls are looking very favorable for Biden, but we know how that can turn out anyway. I don't know what will actually happen but I'm voting and I'm putting my money where my mouth is.
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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2020, 11:23:15 PM »
Oh, I meant after some shit Iím about to do.



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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2020, 05:31:09 AM »
I voted 🙃

I didn't pick a president.
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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2020, 08:34:55 AM »
I often vote 3rd party for pres and pragmatically going down the ballot (usually Democrats), but this time I just swallowed the bitter pill and voted Biden/Harris. I'm tired of this shit spectacle.

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« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2020, 09:34:53 AM »
Green Carder -  not able to vote. I would if I could even though both candidates fail to inspire me. This is clearly an election of the 'lesser of two evils.'

Don't just vote... Do something...

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #21 on: October 25, 2020, 12:11:16 PM »
not 18 yet  :(

i would cast a vote for Biden in this election.
Biden and Harris are both fucking awful, but i think one should swallow their pride and at least consider it. The way I look at it, if Biden gets elected, we can all take a deep breath, and start the real work to advance the progressive movement. As much as I hate both Joe and Kamala, I would cast this vote so I could help people I know directly.

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2020, 04:41:38 PM »
I dropped off my mail-in ballot at city hall two weeks ago. Straight democratic ticket because I don't want anymore of the bs that's going on.

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #23 on: October 26, 2020, 03:56:33 AM »
I early voted yesterday in Florida. DEM all the way down the ballot ✅
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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #24 on: October 26, 2020, 05:19:46 AM »
i voted last week. spent 2 hours on first attempt, they couldn't find me in the system so i had to go downtown to the main office which actually ended up being not that bad.

i voted "fuck these assholes"

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2020, 07:26:06 AM »
Voted yesterday! Dem all the way. I love the whole process of voting, it's always exciting to me lol. I feel like Leslie Knope

Anyone else given a coffee straw to use on the voting machine?

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #26 on: October 26, 2020, 07:28:45 AM »
Voted early in FL; gf and I dropped off our ballots at the elections office.

We voted DEM across the board along with my entire family and most all of my friends. Would be amazing if FL flipped, but the politics here are too dirty I think.

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #27 on: October 26, 2020, 11:08:42 AM »
I think many from outside the U.S. (and maybe some within the U.S.) donít know how the presidential election works because itís not as simple as one citizen, one vote.

The reason why some people think their vote ďdoesnít matterĒ is because when it comes down to it, someone can get elected who has received fewer votes from the public. This happened for example when Bush became president instead of Gore in the year 2000.

If you donít know about this and want to know how it works, research the Electoral College system.

It sucks but unless it gets abolished - which would require an amendment to the U.S. Constitution - every personís vote doesnít count how I believe it should. I hope someday this will happen.

With how polarized the U.S. is becoming, I think this needs to happen or else itís going to be even harder for people to accept the outcomes of close elections.

You're right on the money BUT I would say that the 2000 election wasn't necessarily what happened in 2016 with the electoral college.  It was completely rigged in Miami Dade county and over 10,000 ballots were not counted due to the supreme court ruling a 5-4 majority to essentially "install" Bush as president and end the Florida hand recount.  Justice Thomas, Jeb Bush, Armando Gutierrez, and the 2 judges (who were both consulted by Gutierrez in their run for office) on Florida's "non-partisan" voting commission COMPLETELY shit the bed on all of it and essentially rigged an election that came down to less than 600 votes, by halting the remaining 10,000 "pregnant chad" and "hanging chad" votes in Miami Dade County, which were the reason for the recount in the first place.  Even the fucking Secretary of State in Florida who is in CHARGE of the voting process was the Bush campaign chair in Florida. 

It's fairly hypothesized that those votes would have tipped Gore and he would've rightfully won the state.

It's hard to rig an actual election, but it's certainly easy to rig a county's vote count when it comes down to a margin so close.

If Gore had been elected, it could've changed the trajectory of this country forever. 

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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2020, 11:32:45 AM »
"vote November 2nd if it seems right to you

Or don't vote if you think it just holds us down

Just tell me what we're gonna do on November 3rd

To make sure there's no government left to elect two years from now"
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Re: Are you voting?
« Reply #29 on: October 26, 2020, 11:59:08 AM »
Voting for Biden begrudgingly. I think itís ridiculous that Americans are picking between two 70 year olds.

Trump has been an embarrassment, you literally have to be a hardcore conspiracy theorist to believe that he did a good job.

Remember 2008ish when political porn was a thing? Would love to see a modern version where someone who kinda looks like Biden fucks the shit outta someone who kinda looks like Harris and AOC, just for laughs.