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Old 03-11-2020, 05:42 PM
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Should I bother voting in the Presidential Primary next Tuesday? (R-FL)


Only the President and former Gov. Weld are on the ballot. I would be voting Weld. All the other elections hold primaries in August. Is it worth my time? I would probably lose a lunch break over this.

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Old 03-11-2020, 05:55 PM
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Old 03-11-2020, 06:28 PM
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What's the former governor running for, and what's his party?
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Old 03-11-2020, 06:28 PM
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I think everything that shows a lack of support for trump is important. Here in Colorado Trump only got 92% of the vote which if nothing else shows the Republicans aren't completely behind him.
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Old 03-11-2020, 06:31 PM
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OP, are both of those options Republican candidates? If so, you should have just titled your thread: "Should I vote for Republicans and not Democrats, or should I stay home and not vote for Democrats".
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What's the former governor running for, and what's his party?
President, Republican.

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Old 03-11-2020, 06:33 PM
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OP, are both of those options Republican candidates? If so, you should have just titled your thread: "Should I vote for Republicans and not Democrats, or should I stay home and not vote for Democrats".
I'm talking about the primary vote. We have closed primaries in Florida. Democrats aren't on my ballot yet. If I had registered Democrat, I wouldn't have any say whatsoever in any of the local elections.

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Old 03-11-2020, 06:35 PM
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You should vote for Weld in the primary. Aside from the fact he is one of those rare Republicans who is actually a decent person, every vote that goes to Weld will irritate the shit out of DJT.
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Well yeah, you should go vote against Trump. You should also tie your shoes, and look both ways before crossing the street.
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Old 03-11-2020, 06:40 PM
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And vote for Democrats- they don't want you to have to give up a lunch break to vote.
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I would consider sending a message to Trump (and to the rest of the Republican Party) to be a worthwhile goal.
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What's the former governor running for, and what's his party?
Not sure if you're aware of it, but Weld is running against Trump in the primary.
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Not sure if you're aware of it, but Weld is running against Trump in the primary.
Considering that hes running for president on a Republican ticket I think readers of this thread are aware.
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Old 03-11-2020, 07:57 PM
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Yeah, I'm aware now, and puzzled by the indecision. Against Trump, in any situation, safe call. Wait for the fallout in case you fucked it up, but you probably didn't.

Unless you stayed home, enabling Trump.

Seems simple enough to me, OP.
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Does the ballot allow for a write-in? I don't recall, and my primary ballot was pretty empty (registered Independent).
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I kind of put voting up there with exercise, trying to eat right, being kind to old people - it's the sort of thing you should just do because you should just do it. I've voted in many elections where there was 0% chance of my vote counting - and at least one local election where every candidate I voted for was unopposed - but it's just a good habit to have, so I keep doing it every time I can.
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I kind of put voting up there with exercise, trying to eat right, being kind to old people - it's the sort of thing you should just do because you should just do it. I've voted in many elections where there was 0% chance of my vote counting - and at least one local election where every candidate I voted for was unopposed - but it's just a good habit to have, so I keep doing it every time I can.
This.
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Definitely this.
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Yes! It may very well be the most critical right that we have as a free people.
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You've got to vote to get he "I Voted" sticker.
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Interestingly before I clicked on the thread I assumed this had to do with COVID-19. I was wondering yesterday how responsible it was to ask people to stand in line to vote, especially in states with aging populations like Florida.
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Not just the voters, but also the election volunteers.... who tend to be elderly... as well as the counters, auditors, and certifiers (who also tend to be up there in years)... will be at risk as well.
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I’d vote, the higher the turnout, the more likely they’ll keep your polling place open.
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Old 03-12-2020, 10:25 AM
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Early Voting times and schedules, per FL County (PDF):

https://dos.myflorida.com/media/7027...r-20200302.pdf
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I've voted in many elections where there was 0% chance of my vote counting
Don't believe the myth that a vote only matters if it changes who wins an election. Unless there's election fraud, your vote does count.

Every vote is an exercise of political power. Each vote is very little power, but it's more than nothing. A lot of nothing is still nothing; a lot of a little becomes something. And it's those somethings that determine what happens.

I voted for Weld in the California primary. If nothing else, it recorded the exercise of my political power.
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Old 03-12-2020, 10:45 AM
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I think avoiding public gatherings at the moment is probably a bigger civic duty than registering a meaningless vote. YMMV.
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Old 03-12-2020, 11:37 AM
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My preferred D candidate wasn't going to win on Super Tuesday, so I voted in the R primary. I voted against Trump, against a senator who voted for no impeachment witnesses, against a disgusting sheriff who is running for state senate, and against that sheriff's son who is running to be the new sheriff. Of course they all won, but at least I took a tiny bit away from their landslides. And there were some other state offices that were pretty much tied, so my vote certainly mattered there.

My kid: "Who'd you vote for?"
My wife: "Warren."
My kid: "What about you?"
Me: "I voted against Trump."
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Old 03-17-2020, 05:47 PM
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So, I ended up voting. No sticker, though.

I was a little concerned about whether there would be a large crowd, what with the governor coming out and saying "don't gather in groups of ten or more people", but the precinct was empty.

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I was darned well going to vote today... but it turns out that the governor apparently has the power to cancel elections. Or maybe one of the governor's political appointees; it's unclear. Nobody's sure yet just exactly what that means.
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