November 1st, 2004

deshinfo

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Just over 24 hours before I vote, and I'm still undecided about who I'm going to cast my vote for in the election.

Clearly, I'm talking about the Senate race between Specter and Hoeffel in Pennsylvania.

Specter used to be my favorite Republican, for a long time. He never used to blindly vote with his party. He thought for himself on many issues, even highly politicized ones. For example, he voted "not proven" on the Clinton articles of impeachment. So not only was his vote recorded as "not guilty", thus setting him against his party, but he drew attention to himself while doing so. But in the past few years, he's gotten worse and worse at this, and is now almost a down-the-line Republican. So I'd be inclined to vote against him.

Thing is, though, he's still staunchly pro-choice. And if the Republicans retain control of the Senate, which is looking more and more likely, then he'll be the chair of the Judiciary Committee. In other words, he'll be the second most important person in the country when it comes to appointing judges. I like Hoeffel more than Specter in general, but my worst nightmare is Bush winning the White House, the Republicans keeping the Senate, and someone other than Specter running Senate Judiciary.

So what to do?
deshinfo

VOTE

To find out your polling place, go to http://www.mypollingplace.com or call 1-866-MYVOTE1. (EDIT: http://www.mypollingsite.com/ seems to be helpful too, if necessary, but less good than the first one.) If that doesn't work for you, comment here or e-mail me and I'll find your polling place for you. Also, if you can't vote because you can't get off of work, get a ride, get a babysitter, or any other reason like that, comment here or e-mail me and I'll try to figure something out for you.

If you are registered to vote and get in line at the polling place before the polls close, you ARE allowed to vote, regardless of what you may be told. If you aren't allowed into the voting booth, ask for a provisional ballot. In some states, you can vote even if you're not yet registered. When in doubt, go to the polling place, and bring ID. (The best ID you have, even if it's just a utility bill.)

And if you are eligible to vote and don't, then as is my long-standing policy, I will not speak to you at all on Election Day. Perhaps longer. Voting in this election may be the most important thing you can ever do as a citizen of this country.

EDIT: If the above website does not work for you and you live in Pennsylvania, go to http://www.dos.state.pa.us/voting/cwp/view.asp?a=1195&q=443089&votingNav=| , click on your county, and contact them to find out where you're registered. Or in Philadelphia, call 215-686-1505 or 215-557-3600 or e-mail info@seventy.org. Again, I'll help you with this if you need me to.