Posted in To Do | music on November 4, 2008

Daft The Vote

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Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 2:38 PM

i sure voted and not for that bitch


Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 2:52 PM

8 years of bush, finally [almost] over.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 2:59 PM

woods!

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 3:14 PM

hard bop!

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 3:28 PM

Anybody know what time The Black Crowes started last night? I assume there is no opener.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 3:39 PM

If Obama was painted like that and posted on a music site such as this...the ignorant sheep here would cry racism, evil conservatism, etc.

That poor woman.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 3:46 PM

"That poor woman."

WHAT. EVER!

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 3:50 PM

Why is this woman so hated? Is it because it's trendy to hate her?

OK, she may think the earth is 6000 years old and that the morning after pill is abortion, but show me a politician that doesn't?

Politically, (which is what we should be focusing on), what's everyone pissed about? She seems pretty focused and well grounded on political issues.

Posted by Glenn | November 4, 2008 4:05 PM

"Politically, (which is what we should be focusing on), what's everyone pissed about? She seems pretty focused and well grounded on political issues."

Anyone who tries to ruin someone by calling them a socialist is not grounded.

Anyone who tries and make people think Obama is a terrorist is not grounded.

Will Josephy McCarthy be working in the McCain cabinet too?

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 4:13 PM

listen, at the end of the day Obama may just be a politician working within the system too, but he is lightyears ahead of that Republican ticket, and ESPECIALLY Sarah Palin.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 4:14 PM

I voted. It felt great.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 4:18 PM

"Anybody know what time The Black Crowes started last night? I assume there is no opener."

No opener. They came on around 8:15-8:20 and played for about 2 hours, maybe a little more. It was amazing, I am so psyched for tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 4:23 PM

What a clusterfuck!

You've got to understand, I live in the People's Republic of Santa Monica. We vote down the street, usually within our own block! At someone's house, where the septuagenarians with Parkinson's log your name as their compatriots chew donuts. Once, during the last Presidential election, we voted three blocks away at the elementary school. And I had to wait... Two minutes? Certainly not three.

But today we had a new location. Down by the golf course. In a nondescript building I'd never even noticed before. I had to Mapquest it before I journeyed down.

I ran into my landlady on my way to the garage. She asked me what color I was. What, was this summer camp? Were we preparing for tribal war? She said I was in trouble if I was yellow. She was orange. She caught a break. She only waited fifteen minutes. But if I was yellow...

I hurried on down. I've got plans! I didn't want to blow the whole day!

There was no flag, none of the usual artifacts denoting a polling place. But there were a lot of cars in this location that was normally akin to a desert. But when I walked around back, sample ballot in my hand, I was confronted by an endless line. Like the kind we used to stand in when we queued up to buy concert tickets in the seventies.

And there was a barker/interpreter. Please lord, give me a pass here. And I got one. I was lucky. You see they were dividing up the populace by precinct! And I was lucky, I wasn't rich!

If you were rich, you were fucked. Those were the yellow people. I never did see the end of their line. Women with designer sunglasses. Babies in strollers. Movie business denizens wearing shorts.

You see, even here in Santa Monica there was a class divide.

If you were green, you could walk right in. There was a line over an hour at 7 a.m., those people had to go to work! They probably live in the ghetto between Pico and the freeway. But now if you were green, you could walk right in. If you were orange, like me...

There was only one guy in front of me. But we had to wait outside in the blazing sun. I was worried about cancer, my chrome dome unadorned. But in about ten minutes we were let into the inner sanctum. We slightly above working class people.

They were organized and disorganized at the same time. They had a system, but it was not fully thought out. Because in the middle of the floor the tribes mixed, colors mashing in a poorly designed freeway cloverleaf. And the traffic cop, he was not up to the gig, this was a once a year event, normally he was at the VFW drinking with his buddies, he was way past retirement age.

Eventually they found my name in the book. Two books, in fact. No voter fraud here. Then again, they required no I.D. But they did take my name from my sample ballot. Then there was a sample voting machine, where a young 'un, one of only two, was willing to give instructions. But I told him I was up to speed.

But then I wondered if I'd blown my chance. Was this a chad-based system or an ink one? Each had its flaws. Oh, I yearn for Connecticut and its mechanical voting machines. Where you can just flip a switch and vote for the Democratic slate.

Then I got in another line. Behind a twentysomething woman. And then another twentysomething female cut in front of us! This is Un-American! We play by the rules on election day!

But she was pregnant. So I fumed silently.

Then it was finally my turn. The machine was wedged against the metal wall, the chain for the stylus was far too short. This was going to be hell. Then I realized I could lift the entire apparatus, making myself comfortable.

But the chain was still too short.

But, engraved in the machine was the legend "InkaVote". Better than chads, but there's an issue of whether a dark mark is left.

I decided to cut right to the chase. I opened the book and there his name was. After all these many months. I was nervous, excited. I picked up the stylus and put a big black mark right by Barack Obama's name.

Yes, they'd worked out the kinks. The inker worked splendidly. I'm flying through the ballot, having predetermined who and what I was going to vote for and marked my sample. I was out of the booth in minutes. If only the masses had taken my lead, queues would be reduced!

Then I went back to the table where they ripped off my ballot stub and had me insert the remaining slip in a machine unlike any I'd ever seen previously. We had to wait for the red button to shine green. As the worker affixed the "I Voted" sticker to my shirt, I asked what this contraption was doing. "Checking for overvotes!" If you contradict yourself, mark too many winners, the ballot is spit out and you start all over.

Gave me confidence. As did the whole experience.

The California paper voting system has always seemed antiquated to me. But there were checks in place. Voter ineptitude was being countered. But what truly inspired me was the sheer quantity of people who showed up. They say we're lazy. Uneducated and unmotivated. But it turns out we care. We want a hand in the process. We want our say regarding the future direction of this great country of ours. I possess an inner glow I haven't had since the sixties. I've got hope.

Posted by Bob Lefsetz | November 4, 2008 4:49 PM

MORE HATE IN '08

Posted by MORH8 | November 4, 2008 5:06 PM

Thank you for The Black Crowes info!

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 6:10 PM

free pbr with an i voted sticker @ sound fix fm 8-10pm...then drink specials all night long + comedy and election coverage.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 6:56 PM

the poster is in williamsburg

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 7:04 PM

AF @ LPR

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 7:08 PM

OBAMA JUST WON. THAT"S WHAT"S GOING ON.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 10:47 PM

^^
FUCK YES

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 10:58 PM

YO OBAMA - WHERE MY CHECK AT???

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 11:11 PM

palin is coming over i dont have any condoms

Posted by harrison | November 4, 2008 11:11 PM

WHERE MY FUCKIN CHEESE AT OBAMA??????????

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2008 11:13 PM

Yo GWB- hurry up and send me my $700 billion welfare check!

Posted by wall street | November 5, 2008 11:05 AM

hey, who else is psyched that Palin is gone for at least the next six months or so?

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2008 11:34 AM

"free pbr with an i voted sticker @ sound fix fm 8-10pm..."

I didn't get an "I VOTED" sticker at my polling place in NYC! Did anyone?

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2008 8:26 PM

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