The Christian Vote

Posted Monday, October 27, 2008, at 12:27 PM
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  • Well put.

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Oct 27, 2008, at 3:37 PM
  • I personally don't understand early voting. I'm just wondering what happens if you vote early and something tragic happens to your candidate before the election. If, God forbid, there was a plane crash and your candidate did not survive, then wouldn't you actually have voted for the VP nominee and whoever they decide to drag in at the last minute? The values and abilities of that team could be completely different than who you voted for at the time of early voting. I guess I'm just a paranoid traditionalist at heart and like the excitement at the polls on election day.

    -- Posted by kitkat on Tue, Oct 28, 2008, at 11:50 AM
  • Kitkat:

    Early voting is just to ease congestion at polls on that one day. It's sort of like absentee ballot at short distance. Many from military to college students have been doing it for a while now. Today over at Meadows in Terre Haute there was already a huge line I noticed. Imagine if all those people tried to vote on one day. Some can't take a break from work during the day on that Tuesday and may not get off work on time either.

    Not to worry about your candidate as in order for them to run, they would have to be registered by the time early voting started...If it were the presidential candidate, the chain of command I believe goes to the speaker [Currently Nancy Pelosi??]so the VP would be president and the speaker would be VP. There would then probably be a special appointment within congress to appoint a new speaker and a special election for speaker's replacement only. In this case since I believe Pelosi is from California, only those there would have to have a re-election...but let's hope that doesn't happen. Besides the person who wins doesn't become president until inaugurated in January so a good deal of time to take care of details.

    Of course there are also possibilities of health issues. Reagan I believe turned duties over temporarilly to his VP when he had some serious surgery.

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Oct 28, 2008, at 2:12 PM
  • Keep in mind that under the U.S. Constitution we do not vote for the President/Vice-President, but for "electors" whose votes are counted (I believe) on December 20th by the sitting Vice-President. Back in the 1960's the Supreme Court ruled these electors were under no legal obligation to vote for the candidate they were "pledged" to vote for. Thus, it is conceivable that circumstances could cause electors to elect someone other than who we elected (right?).

    -- Posted by LifeObserver on Tue, Oct 28, 2008, at 4:18 PM
  • LO:

    I'm not sure of the date either but if we voted directly for the president and not the delegates, we would have had another president [Al Gore?] a few years ago I believe as he won popular vote but the way the votes were distributed, he didn't get enough delegates...

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Oct 29, 2008, at 3:10 PM
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