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Mon Jan 14, 2019, 02:33 AM

Governor Cuomo: It's time to reform New York's antiquated election laws.


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Reply Governor Cuomo: It's time to reform New York's antiquated election laws. (Original post)
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2019 OP
AlexSFCA Jan 2019 #1
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2019 #2
AlexSFCA Jan 2019 #3
WePurrsevere Jan 2019 #4
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2019 #6
WePurrsevere Jan 2019 #8
WePurrsevere Jan 2019 #5
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2019 #7

Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 02:41 AM

1. I really like this governor

and the way he directly communicates what he wants. Election day state holiday should become a movement. California has no excuse not to do it with Gavin as governor and dem supermajority in legislature.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 02:53 AM

2. I think that's an excellent idea, too

There are additional reasons for low turnout, but I've long supported making it a national holiday, think that could make a significant difference.

And during the last election, I was amazed when I read that so many DUers had already voted well ahead of time. Here in New York, we have to show up at the polling place on election day. It's also tough for elderly voters. I went door-to-door for my congressman, had a lot of senior citizens on my "turf" and was surprised at how many had already voted absentee. Those are the only two options...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 03:09 AM

3. California is now automatic voter registration state

and voting is by mail and early is ridiculously easy. Still, the holiday on top of that would remove all excuses and signify the importance of voting. All dem control states should do it to spark the movement and put red states on the defensive as antidemocratic. We know this much: if everybody voted in each and every election; our country would be in a much better place today.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 05:50 AM

4. We have absentee voting too and...

until voting from home becomes the norm, I'd highly recommend it for seniors and the disabled who can't always get out to vote in person.

Because of my MS being a PITB at times I finally signed up and used it this Fall. It lacks the 'voting experience' aspect that I actually enjoy but at least I know I'll never miss voting and that's always been extremely important to me.

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Response to WePurrsevere (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 07:10 AM

6. Seniors are reliable voters and I was impressed with those who had thought to vote absentee

I had one big senior citizens building on my "turf" and those I spoke with asked about rides to the polls so I told them that Scott Murphy would be happy to do that and we went back there on election day and took anyone who wanted a ride. I was pleased to find a group who were that enthusiastic about it. I ran across one 97-year-old lady who had already voted absentee, but insisted I accompany her out back so I could see how much campaign literature that she'd had to throw in her trash...

And I've always voted, too, I tend to be shocked when I run into someone who says they don't vote - because I do tend to ask, LOL. I have one friend who voted for the first time in 2016 at age 41 and another who's over 70 who doesn't follow politics, so I was more than pleased when they asked my advice.

When I was really little, I remember going into the voting booth with my Dad. He'd lift me up and let me pull the levers, so I had early voting experience, though of course he told me which levers to choose - I have no idea who I voted for, but it was fun...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 11:33 AM

8. I'm always surprised at non-voters...

My, now late, dad was a WWII vet and felt very strongly about voting so I was brought up that it was a right and a 'sacred duty'. He, like your dad, took me along and let me watch... I don't think he let me touch but even watching was a big deal to me back then. He was an old style Republican (I came to think of him as a RINO with the party's shift into crazytown) who HATED what 'his' party became, voted mostly for Democrats after Ford, and absolutely couldn't stand Trump and never missed a chance to let me know when we talked.

I have a friend (in her late 50s) that I've been bugging for years to register. Seeing Trump running she was so disgusted that she finally registered, voted and is even now somewhat active and very outspoken against him and the GOP. Her husband is retired Navy so she's especially outspoken on those issues. She gone from zero to 150mph and I'm loving it.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 05:59 AM

5. I absolutely love his wish list! I haven't...

always been a big fan of Andrew Cuomo but I like that he's open to changing his opinion (and not just 'talking the talk' but 'walking the walk') so he's definitely growing on me.

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Response to WePurrsevere (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 14, 2019, 07:28 AM

7. So do I! I remember that in the last election he didn't do well here Upstate.

Before the election, I read a lot of statements from him that I really agreed with, but I figured he was speaking out because he was up for reelection - so I'm especially glad to hear that he's still speaking out.

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