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Old 11-06-2012, 05:36 PM
 
Location: The Other California
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I haven't studied this much, but for as long as I can remember the assumption has been that Republicans will naturally turn out in greater numbers than Democrats .... unless there is a big, all-out push to get out the Democratic vote.

For instance, it's the Democrats who are desperate to keep voters from bailing after waiting in line for two hours. (The Democratic Underground was "brainstorming" today on ways to keep voters in line.) It's the Democrats who want extended voting hours, who want to remove every slight inconvenience to the act of voting. They must believe that the more warm bodies they can drag to the polls, the better they will do.

Question: Is it really true that the lazier you are, the more easily deterred, and the less you care about elections, the more likely you are to vote Democrat when you bother to vote at all?
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:41 PM
 
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I haven't studied this much... blah blah blah
You lost me at "I haven't studied this much".
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:43 PM
 
Location: The Other California
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You lost me at "I haven't studied this much".
This is C-D, not Political Science Quarterly.

If you can spout your own quarter-educated half-assed opinions around here, so can I.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:50 PM
 
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For instance, it's the Democrats who are desperate to keep voters from bailing after waiting in line for two hours.
Probably because Democrats are the ones who are forced to stand in line for hours.

This country has a long, long history of elections officials sending lots of voting machines to the suburbs, while leaving the heavily-Democratic inner cities with few machines, resulting in long waits. People who have to work can't really afford to leave their low wage hourly job just so they can stand in line for hours and hours to cast a ballot.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Out West
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Probably because Democrats are the ones who are forced to stand in line for hours.

This country has a long, long history of elections officials sending lots of voting machines to the suburbs, while leaving the heavily-Democratic inner cities with few machines, resulting in long waits. People who have to work can't really afford to leave their low wage hourly job just so they can stand in line for hours and hours to cast a ballot.
Wow, you almost made that sound like a valid argument. Too bad it's all horse puckey.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:21 PM
Status: "Elect a clown? Expect a circus!" (set 29 days ago)
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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This is C-D, not Political Science Quarterly.

If you can spout your own quarter-educated half-assed opinions around here, so can I.
And you do a damn fine job of it!
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Most of the liberal Democrats I know voted early this morning -- before heading off to work.
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