I was going to break into your house and vote there.
At my hotel, on the beach, in the Spanish Canary Islands - I posted it with lots of stamps and good kharma for Alec Fisken and Gael Tarleton
In a church basement, with whiffs of incense from upstairs and voices of school children echoing from their classrooms next door.
Milloy -- Are you bucking for the Last Ballot Counted prize?
Me? Somewhere near a Starbucks!
Now, who's got a report on election-watch and "victory" parties? Where can we catch the best hot live drunk-on-drunk public official action?
Hey, what say we all meet at Milloy's cabana?
Who are you, Ross Reynolds? "Have you ever voted? Do you know anyone who's ever voted? Where was the craziest place you ever voted?"
Is that picture showing a yes vote for RTID?
I think Savage is attempting to draw attention to his ballot, tree, not your preferred voting location. See that "Yes" down there?
why does this state think the answer to everything is raising property taxes?
with the steeply escalating valuation curve, tax revenue on our house has TRIPLED in the last 10 years.
what the fuck are they doing with all that money?
Victrola is snooty.
Last week. Permanent absentee ballot. Polling places can be mildly inconvenient. One year it was at The Church of Scientology on 3rd (no kidding - but I think someone might have complained because by the following election the county had changed the location). Now my polling place is somewhere in the confines of Yesler Terrace. Who chooses these sites? Anyway, no place is as convenient as home.
The only drag about absentee voting is that my vote may not be recorded for days. Wasn't there a time when absentee ballots were counted first?
I think you guys should publish individual endorsements, at least on the Slog.
Those ballots that arrived in time for signatures to be verified will be counted when the polls close and we get the first report about 8:15 - 8:30. The rest of them will be counted as they come and are verified.
Gregoire meeting with WSDOT head over the weekend to discuss what to do if P1 fails probably means their polling looks pretty bad.
JD @6: Is that picture showing a yes vote for RTID?
That's a yes for ST2+RTID, and Dan's tactful way of indicating his minority opinion in the Stranger Election Control Junta, or whatever they call that.
P.S. Lawrence Molloy! Spanish Canary Islands! I guess there's life after getting voted out as port commissioner. Or maybe he's planning a move.
Source, please? The polling I'm aware of has been looking pretty favorable.
You mean you haven't already sent your ballot in? You already decided weeks ago what you were voting for and we know you or anyone who writes for you never changes your fucking mind. Ever.
Why do I suddenly have to vote at some local megachurch instead of my kids' neighborhood school where I've always voted?
Oh, Gomez -- that's not true, and you know it.
Well, at least one SECB member is voting for Prop. 1 (fuck those baby mice!). I guess I can also feel ever so slightly absolved of my guilt for voting for Tim Burgess.
I'm just thrilled that you're voting for a drunk driver for city council... and shooting down this city's only real chance at light rail for the next 50 years.
I keep forgetting that my absentee status has run out, so I have to vote in person tonight after work. And now I'm wavering on RTID. I was for it, then I was against it, then I was for it again less strongly, and then I was against it more strongly, and now after reading Joel Connelly's admittedly scattershot column about the implications of its failing, I'm leaning towards voting for it again. I keep thinking about Warren Magnuson and the political realities of getting what you want: you have to get some things you don't want at the same time.
And if I'd voted by absentee three weeks ago as I'd planned, I would have voted for Bruce Harrell. I was mad at Venus for making a bad decision in terms of drinking and driving before the election. But now I'm going to vote for Venus after all, which was my original thought before she got her DUI.
So I guess the Sierra Club and Bruce Harrell are not happy that I'm voting on Election Day as opposed to voting early by mail!
For the next 50, you say? Applesauce!!
You voted yes! My man...
Addendum: Not you, but your staff in general.
Sorry. Bad morning.
Slog missed this
Cressona I know you're so pumped up steam is clouding your vision but I didn't say I had any inside polling info. What I said was, the fact that the Gov met with her highway director over the weekend to talk about what to do if it failed is not a sign of confidence and could well mean their polling wasn't looking good.
Cressona why do you think she had the meeting before the vote?
St. George Parish basement on South Beacon Hill. With the friendliest old folks ever.
Last night, over dinner. And I ticked 'yes' for RTID/ST2 as well. Maybe it's because my wife used to work for PSRC and I have some idea how long they've been working to get that thing cobbled together, or maybe I just like trains? I don't know, but it did ache a bit to go against the Sierra Club like that.
This has got to be one of the most difficult elections ever. I can't decide. I'm really only sure about voting against Eyman again.
I've gone absentee for a couple of years but I miss going to my polling place...
Okay, can anyone tell me why I should vote for Steve Sundquist instead of Maria Ramirez?
I'm voting at home, last minute with my absentee ballot. It's my Miller time since I work night shift so I'm at my desk surrounded by Tecate's while voting pretty much with the Strangers suggestions except for transit and trying to decide on Ramirez and Initiative 25.
Anyone have any opinions on Initiative 25?
I'm temtpted to leave all the uncontesteds blank, this won't invalidate my ballot will it?
Okay, random bitching aside... I voted over the weekend and dropped the ballot in the mail on Monday.
I voted yes on the RTID Prop 1. I abstained from the KC Prosecutors race, but did write in a vote for Zombie Norm Maleng. I voted down the initiatives, as usual. I abstained from the Della/Burgess race. I voted for Sally Clark and Joe Szwaja (for his stance on housing development). I voted, with great nausea but with purpose that should be somewhat clear to Sloggers by now, for Bruce Harrell. I was pretty much with the Stranger on the Port and School Board positions... except for siding with Maria Ramirez over Steve Sundquist, as Ramirez's credentials are more practical.
I'm gonna vote this afternoon at my son's school while I'm there to pick him up. It's so convenient that I'd be mighty pissed if they moved it to a church.
The fact that Dan was a dissenting vote on the SECB prop 1 position should be no surprise to Slog regulars. What's a little surprising is the vote for Burgess.
electing a director of elections seems weird to me
and no, you don't have to vote for anything you don't want to
#5: That made me laugh out loud.
And yes, I voted. Love the mail-in ballots.
KX: IMO, no on 25, because the irony should be obvious in electing an elections director, and no on Sundquist. The guy is a career tool and a glorified soccer dad. Ramirez has active experience in helping improve education for minorities, the WASL and other practical matters... all from the outside looking in.
The Stranger disagrees on Sundquist, though.
Yesterday. Down the line on all Stranger recommends... except for Prop 1, of course.
Can a Stranger intern or someone find out where all the local election parties are tonight and post them on the slog? Picking up drunk staffers is always enjoyable.
My sealed ballot has been sitting on my car seat for two weeks. I'll get it in today.
We vote right after I get home from work, at a local church. I never go to church otherwise, but I always say "Thank You" to the poll workers, because I can be polite even if I am an atheist!
So glad to se people voting Yes for Roads & Transit.
I will be seriously bummed out to see anti density, anti gay, anti choice, pointy headed anal retentive Tim Burgess get elected to the Seattle City Council. Tim does not represent my urban values -- which he has made abundantly clear in so many ways. Even if you can get past his work with CWfA and his insulting 2005 Op-Ed, he is still closely aligned with (people like Jeannie Hale from Montlake and other) uptight anti-density, anti-renter folk. That sucks and Tim sucks!
Help! I'm too drunk to tell the difference between voting booths and portapotties!
@41 - You forgot this part:
"This message brought to you by Friends of David Della 2007."
In my living room. Love the absentee ballot. I need to remember to stick that baby in the mail, pronto.
Well, given the city council races and the toilet both smell like shit, i can't blame you, Tony.
Voted last night at about 1am, dropped the ballot off at TT Minor on my way to work. Funny how elementary school still smell like concrete, linoleum, construction paper, and paste.
I voted for Venus, Maria Ramirez, Szwaja, Sherman, No on Eyman...I really went back and forth about the Roads/Transit one. I think I said No - but was so close to voting Yes that I may have done it. I could see big potential for regret either way.
Burgess/Della was a lose/lose race. I couldn't get beyond Burgess' anti-lots of things important to me past and reluctantly voted for Della.
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I voted on October 11th. When you get your ballot in Chinese, it comes out waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay early. :-P
I voted yes on Prop. 1.
Rick Santorum-loving Fremont Mayor Suzie Burke endorses Bruce Harrell. Deal breaker. I'm voting Venus. At a church, unfortunately.
I voted last night during Jeopardy and this morning while waiting for my shower to heat up. Voted "no" on Prop 1, which made me sad, even though it's probably the best vote.
At the risk of sounding like a bad person is it unreasonable to assume that anyone voting has a decent command of the english language? I mean they had to pass the citizenship test right? I'm not interested in disenfranchising anyone, I'm just scratching my head.
@30: Vote No on I-25. The only reason it's on the ballot is because all the right-wing wack jobs are convinced that Ron Sims's appointed election director stole the 2004 gubernatorial election from Dino Rossi. So, if for no other reason, vote No on I-25 to demoralize those right wing wackos. A defeat will have them self-immolating in the fuel of their own conspiracy theories for months to come.
What 11 said!
Not in the paper, but on Slog, at the Slogger's descretion, I think it would be great to hear individual takes on voting preferences from Dan, Erica, Josh, Eli, Dominic, etc. and just leave it at that.
Too many people assume The Stranger is just this one-voice thing. Sure, that's the end product, but internally that's obviously not the case. Why not show a little of that variety?
A week ago, simultaneously at my keyboard slogging. Voted for RTID because I don't believe "Option B" exists. Voted in the Issaquah city counsel races but I won't bore you with those details as you all would spontaneously combust.
Voted two weeks ago, on my bed, with my two minpins sitting at my side, while watching countdown with keith olberman.
1. Lioght rail failed the first time then they came back one year later and it passed. It can come back again..
2. France just announced a policy of no new roads. All money to go to rail.
3. In England they are going to weigh garbage to reduce waste in landfills.
4. In NYC the mayor is pushing for congestion pricing. They already have it in London. It works.
5. For Seattle to vote yes on prop. 1 including billions and billions of new roads is backward and harmful and not environmental.
It is so very 1950's.
MSNBC is spending all week on the environment.
Now is the time for Seattle to reject global warming, and be leaders on the environement, and vote no on Prop. 1.
There is a better way.
Or, you could pass prop. 1 and be known around the world as auto-loving dinosaurs who are living in the 1960s and who don't care.
Kind of like Pat Buchanan who is on tv laughing about climate change.
Milloy (aka Molloy) here. Don't recommend my beach cabana as the internet highway was more like a dirt track in West Virginia. Last vote counted is fine as long it is counted (don't want no Larry Phillips to happen to me)
Polar Bears @ 56: But, after light rail failed the first time, the RTA board came back with a substantially smaller package. In fact, ST2 is mostly all the stuff from the '95 vote that got cut in the '96 package. Here we are 12 years later trying to make up for it.
Oh wait, the polar bears are gonna die anyway.
Still haven't decided on Prop. 1 because I've only half completed door-belling the entire populace to ascertain what each of you wants, needs, will or will not utilize, are happy/sad about, and how you have been (dis)enfranchised. Certain votes: for Sherman (19 years in one job equals cement) - for Velasquez (I was once DUI in El Paso!) - for Burgess (because we all can change and his resume is superior) and Joe Btfsplk* (because Seattle needs a nicey-nice gossip columnist). I too vote in a church - but remember it's only an assemblage of bricks and wood and truly cannot harm you or yours. GOY
*thanks Al Capp
Voted two weeks ago. Two friends who are voting today said they had just decided to vote No on RTID/ST2 since they realized the Sierra Club was endorsing a No vote.
Looking forward to the ST2.1 vote in Feb 2008 and the Critical Bridges and Highways ballot issue next fall. When the massive pro-Dem turnout happens.
#43 (Levislade) - Just because I think Tim Burgess sucks beyond belief does not mean I am working for David Della's campaign.
Listen, I already did not like the tight ass before the horrid Op-Ed came to light. At least with Venus you get what you get. Burgess is a slippery little fucker.
I realize that people hate Della for his stance on the Viaduct, but the Stranger's favorite son Nick Licata was urging him on so what up with that?
Burgess is horrible. I'd rather have an ineffective pro gay, pro choice dude than a really slimy and effective PR guy who can spin his bullshit. I don't like the guy and I don't trust the guy.
Burgess sucks! That leaves Della who I voted for. Della is also usually a pretty good vote for labor issues which matters to me.
I voted this morning at St Joseph's. I won't say how I voted on RTID, but I can say that I recorded the name of every candidate I got a *&$*&@ robo-call from, and didn't vote for any of them.
61. Wow, you are hopelessly deluded. I think you've lost your fucking mind.
Will in Seattle - There is no way that Christine Gregoire is going to let ST2 on the ballot with her re-election run against Rossi. If this does not pass today 2009 will be the earliest (but don't count on that either).
A No vote today will definitely mean going back to the drawing board to work with the over 50 jurisdictions that are a part of the regional planning process for ST. It won't be a simple pairing down process, there are just way too many interests at the table. But if Chris Gregorie and Joni Earl can pull that off, then they should be appointed for life because that would nothing less than a minor miracle.
My bad, Lawrence.
And BTW, I support your pro-embeachment position.
65. And then, even if they get it on the ballot, try coming back to the same citizens who shot Prop 1 down and asking them AGAIN to fund billions of dollars in light rail. They're gonna remember voting it down and why they voted it down (for most of them, it's the taxes and the construction and the amount of time it will take to actualize; not within many voters' lifetiems), and regardless of the differences in package, it's gonna get voted down again, especially if any of it is funded with MVET fees.
I voted weeks ago, when the ballots came out. Yes on Prop. 1, but you knew that already.
Voted two weeks ago. Voted for Prop. 1, because I think waiting for the Perfect Package is asinine. T'ain't gonna happen. Sometimes you gotta take the best you can get, compromise a little, and try to get some more rapid transit infrastructure built however you can do it.
I'll basically vote for anything that lays even one more mile of track anywhere. Once it's there, it's there, and it'll get used eventually. But waiting for the perfect proposition that makes everyone happy? In Seattle? Ha ha!
I voted last night with my boyfriend.We voted like fags.
I voted days ago. Yes on Prop 1. I wrote in Heidi Wills in the Della/Burgess race.
the so called alternative media is gutless
the night Venus got whacked for drunk driving, Burgess was at the same party
did he drive home drunk? too?
ah, but Dan now likes him, hence no story
I voted for Della, there is a new rumor Burgess is CIA as well as all the rest
I also voted for Venus, Maria Ramirez, Sherman, No on Eyman, Yes on 4204 (50 percent school levies), No on Electing Elections Supervisors (but Yes on Banning Eyman From Public Roads And Buildings).
In addition to my No on RTID/ST2.
I should point out, since no one else mentioned it, that we made the Wall Street Journal coverage today with an entire article just on our RTID/ST2 vote - even if they got the criticisms wrong.
I left my copy at Essential Bakery or the page reference would be here, but it was there.
Yes on Prop 1.
I'm voting from the Sushi Kingdom (a.k.a. Japan). Thousands of miles of Bush-free bliss. Join Me!
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