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What is going on this year with petition signatures?? If nothing else, I hope these publicized problems will result in future campaigns doing a much better job of collecting many more signatures than needed, collecting them early, and skimming for obvious problems before turning them in.
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Obviously the pollworkers need to know their job and do it right, and people who really need the oath should be able to use it without difficulty. And I fought this law as hard as anyone. But: If you have your license in your pocket and refuse to get it out, or if you accidentally on purpose leave it at home, and demand the oath as a protest, which it sounds like several of the commenters did - you're being a jerk. You may have the right to be a jerk - but it doesn't make you any less of a jerk. You're slowing things down for the person in line behind you - maybe incrementally, but it adds up. YOU may have time to "make your point" to a pollworker who does NOT decide what the law is - but the person behind you may not. The voting line is the wrong point of protest. The best way to fight this is to get IN the booth and take it out on the people who passed the law, not on the pollworkers who are stuck dealing with it. Grit your teeth, get the damn license out, and save the oath process for people who actually need it. Or: If you REALLY don't want to show your license, vote early. You still have to write down the license number (or PIN if you're in that category) but you don't have to SHOW it.
I find it annoying that people in the Democratic party continue to ignore the real causes for our losses the past few years: 1. The ACA in 2010, when we didn't fight back hard enough against the right wing demonizing. 2. The gerrymandering, voter suppression tactics, plus Russian and FBI involvement in our 2016 presidential election. I don't know what Ms. Hubka expects without dealing with those issues first, but let me say another issue for us last year were the Sanders supporters who fell for the Russian propaganda and helped the right wing demonize Hillary Clinton and voted for Stein or Trump.
that any policy position taken in 2001 had a significant impact on the Democratic losses among rural voters. I think there is a strong cultural component to the shift in voting patterns. We have been facing a relentless campaign in conservative talk radio (dominant in small towns/rural markets) and on Fox News to brand the GOP as the party of "normal" Americans, while portraying the Democrats as representing special interests, lazy people, religious minorities or LGBT, immigrants, people with dark skin.
Someone from the IDP contacted Stevens, but that was after he had already mailed the packet late Thursday. If it needed to be mailed Wednesday, someone should have checked in with him on Wednesday night. There would have been plenty of time to find a volunteer to drive the papers to Des Moines.
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