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Pa extends absentee vote deadline

by Mac McMullen / October 29, 2004 1:23 PM PDT

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2004 ? Military and civilian Pennsylvania residents living overseas today received an eight-day extension on the deadline to get their absentee ballots counted.

The extension came about when a federal judge today settled a lawsuit between the governor of Pennsylvania and the parents of two servicemembers, according to news reports. So the state's absentee-voter deadline moved from Nov. 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 10.

http://www.dod.mil/news/Oct2004/n10292004_2004102907.html

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Re: Pa extends absentee vote deadline -- guaranteeing
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / October 29, 2004 1:35 PM PDT

a repeat of 2000's uncertainty if the election's as close as many believe. That would not be good news for the stock markets or the US dollar, but would probably be great news for gold. BTW, Del, this is an observation and prediction, not a criticism -- I'm in favor of counting every legal ballot, unlike those that try to put hurdles in the way...

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This went beyond the federal program.......
by Mac McMullen / October 29, 2004 2:59 PM PDT

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) that
provides for on-line balloting for citizens overseas
who have not received their absentee ballots, provides
that the electronic ballot must be received by the
closing of the polls in that state.

This ruling extends beyond that. Of course, we don't
know the particulars of the suit that resulted in this
ruling, so to draw any idea that this may set precedent
would be pre-mature.

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Re: This went beyond the federal program.......
by Roger NC / October 29, 2004 7:22 PM PDT

Assuming there was a real problem in getting the absentee votes in on time, as seem to be indicated by the courts decision, the ruling is a good thing.

But I wish that all states would get such settled long before Nov 1 in the future.

Four years after the last election problems and all that resulted were political speeches then and now regarding fixing things.

I wonder if it'll be any better 20 years from now? when we all have implanted ID's anyway.

RogerNC

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Yikes!
by Cindi Haynes / October 30, 2004 1:49 AM PDT

Hi Roger,

I've got a chip implanted in my dog, but there's no way I'd ever let them implant one in me! Shocked I hope that day never comes!

--Cindi
Speakeasy Moderator
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It's already here, voluntarily
by Roger NC / October 30, 2004 11:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Yikes!

There are a lot of ways to get good customer service in a club......
Or, if you're feeling particularly bold, you could get a RFID chip implanted in your arm, giving you VIP status, a debit account for your drinks and just a little bit of 1984-style sci-fi paranoia.


Or maybe this one, you'll have to scroll down to HUMAN TRACKING CHIP LAUNCHED

Applied Digital Solutions has launched Mexican sales of VeriChip, a microchip that can be implanted under a person's skin and used to confirm health history and identity.


RogerNC

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Re: It's already here, voluntarily
by Cindi Haynes / October 30, 2004 12:04 PM PDT
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Re: Pa extends absentee vote deadline -- guaranteeing
by Dan McC / November 1, 2004 12:55 AM PST

I'm in Canadian Dollars right now, so that's OK with me.

Dan

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(NT) (NT) but 'Ma' says "get home for supper on time"
by jonah jones / October 29, 2004 3:02 PM PDT
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Why not GIs if PA prisoners have them
by Steven Haninger / October 30, 2004 12:11 AM PDT

I have heard that an effort to register prisoners under some new voting rights has full endorsement of the PA governor who has been said to be pushing full compliance. Here is one link and their are more.

http://www.prisoners.com/prisvot.html#voting

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Somebody needs some math training ...
by Bill Osler / October 30, 2004 2:47 AM PDT

That article claiming that depriving prisoners of the right to vote is a way to enhance white conservative rule is a hoot. The author's mathematics and logic are seriously impaired, but that impairment is dwarfed by the author's paranoia. Not to mention impaired judgment.

Let's home that incarcerated felons don't get the right to vote any time soon. I can see some logic to the notion that felons should be re-enfranchised after they have completed all phases of their punishment, but voting while in prison? That's a scary thought.

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He needs to read Section 2 of the 14th Amendment
by C1ay / November 1, 2004 1:46 AM PST

It says,

"Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State."

It specifically allows for voters to be disenfranchised for participation in a rebellion or other crime. He should also look at the 15th Amendment which merely states that one shall not be disenfranchised based on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It has no exemptions for felons.

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