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I have the great and dubious honor of living in a swing state this… 
29th-Oct-2008 04:12 pm
I have the great and dubious honor of living in a swing state this year. Great, because North Carolina, while sometimes close, hasn't been a swing state in my lifetime. Dubious, because I'm a registered "unaffiliated" voter (I've been unaffiliated or independent, whatever the designation was in the state that I was living in, my whole life.) Because of that, I'm getting mail from both parties this year. The mail from the Dems? Clean, positive. No attacks. Information on how to vote early, how you can register during the early voting period if you aren't registered, and yea, we'd prefer it if you voted Dem, here's how to fill out your ballot.

The mail from the Republicans? It's all vicious, angry, and attacking. For the presidential race, the mailings don't even have McCain/Palin on them, just pictures of Obama and the Lists of His Transgressions. The one today was overtly racial, with a listing of how Obama is Going to Screw you on Your Taxes, with pictures of smiling white families. All of the people pictured (well, except for Obama) were white.

The mailing for lieutenant governor helpfully had a list of issues "you care most about", including "traditional marriage". Just in case I needed help on figuring out who to vote for if I were voting on that issue...1

Anyhow. I dropped a bunch of it in the mail today with "return to sender on it", which at least made me feel better, if nothing else. I'm changing my voter registration as soon as I can next week after the election. I am not wading through piles of hate mail in my mailbox in future elections.

1. I am not a one issue voter, but were I, that would be the issue.
29th-Oct-2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
I am registered Democrat (have always been), and I still get those hateful things from the Republicans in the mail. It's as if they think that by telling me that he is not pro-life, I will gasp in horror and vote for McCain/Palin. Protect our families!!!! Right. Um. No. You're helping to cement my decision, not changing it.
29th-Oct-2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Well, dammit. Oh well, I'm still going to change, because really, who am I kidding anyhow? :)
29th-Oct-2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
i think we're still receiving bipartisan mail, which is interesting since we're both registered democrats.
29th-Oct-2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Another gap in my US Electoral knowledge: what does it mean to be a registered voter?

We don't have anything analagous here, as far as I can tell.
29th-Oct-2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Precisely that - if you're not registered to vote, you can't vote.
29th-Oct-2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Referring to the party affiliation aspect, I mean.
29th-Oct-2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
Ah! A lot of states (Washington not being one of them) requires you to declare a party affiliation when you register, but I think it's just for nose-counting how many of each party live in a given area. You're not required to vote a straight party ticket or anything.

That said, I don't think I've ever had to put down a party affiliation in either of the states I've registered to vote in over the last almost ten years. I KNOW I didn't when I re-registered here in Washington a couple of months back.
29th-Oct-2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
It's not just nose counting - in many states, you can only vote in the primary for the party that you're registered with. In NC, you can vote in either primary if you're unaffiliated - though you have to pick one, you can't do both.
29th-Oct-2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
I got one from the republicans talking about how Kay Hagan supports Gay Marriage. I read it over three or four times wondering why the republicans were sending me a sweet little flyer with two guys getting married on it, showing two male hands with wedding rings, and the works. Then I realized, I was supposed to not want those two happy gay guys to get married, and Elizabeth Dole was trying to say indirectly that she would stop them.

Thanks Elizabeth. I'm sure Kay will be happy to know that you reinforced my decision to vote for her.
29th-Oct-2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
I'm just getting all the "Obama is a terrorist" mail. It only makes me mad because there are so many people who may believe that.

I, too, live in a swing state (Colorado), and it's amazing how much angry garbage the republicans are sending out. And it's the same thing here--"here's where and how to vote, and please for Obama."
30th-Oct-2008 12:52 am (UTC)
The boy, who is not a registered voter and can't vote here anyway, keeps on getting mail from the Republicans. The most entertaining was a survey about "moral issues" and asking him for a donation when he returned his survey to cover the costs of recording his answers.

The only guess that we have as to why he's getting all of this is from our home purchase. Clearly if you can afford to buy a house in Silicon Valley, you must be a Republican.
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