[conspire] (offtopic:) Obligatory Election Day reminder
rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Nov 7 16:55:23 PST 2006
A CABAL attendee actually telephoned me and suggested I send out this
gentle reminder. ("I'm Rick Moen, and I approve this message.")
In case y'all have been living in a cave -- and I'm addressing, here,
the majority of the mailing list's membership who're in the USA -- today
is the day of midterm elections. Locally, that means a huge slate of
state propositions, all major state offices, one US Senator, your local
congresscritter, and quite a lot of local and regional issues.
Polls are open until 8 PM! If you're registered to vote, you have until
then to drag yourself down to your local precinct. Yes, many counties
are offering some form of electronic voting. (San Mateo County is offering
a PDA-like thing called an "eSlate".) No, you're not forced to use
them; the magic words are "Paper ballot, please."
You don't have to vote (unless you're in Austrlia); but then, you're
leaving the important decisions entirely up to people like me, and
that _obviously_ isn't good for you, right?
So, take your pick:
o Vote, or
o Trust Me.
ObLinux: There are electronic voting machines based entirely on
Linux and open source. I'm hoping Ed Cherlin will tell us more.
BTW: If you get cable television or can guilt-trip someone who does,
see tonight's "The Daily Show and The Colbert Report's Midterm
Midtacular" on Comedy Central.
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