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   106-year-old woman votes for the first time ever. Final popular count updated to reflect 59,621,436 votes for Obama, 56,989,709 for Romney, and one for William Howard Taft

08 Nov 2012 11:43 AM   |   2149 clicks   |   WSPA
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Lipo    [TotalFark]  
uh subby, if I remember from the report I heard on the radio correctly, she's voted in every one of the last 22 Presidential elections.

08 Nov 2012 11:40 AM
Theaetetus     

Lipo: uh subby, if I remember from the report I heard on the radio correctly, she's voted in every one of the last 22 Presidential elections.


Yes, but due to Alzheimer's, she thinks she's voting in her first one every time.

08 Nov 2012 11:46 AM
ghall3     

Lipo: uh subby, if I remember from the report I heard on the radio correctly, she's voted in every one of the last 22 Presidential elections.


And yet somehow Taft was only elected once.

08 Nov 2012 11:46 AM
factoryconnection    [TotalFark]  
All tolled, we'll end up with less than 120M people voting. I figure that's not even 50% of the eligible population. Sad.

/not a bad headline, though, Subby

08 Nov 2012 11:46 AM
blatz514    [TotalFark]  
106-year-old voter's first time

Did he at least wear a condom?

08 Nov 2012 11:47 AM
Arkanaut    [TotalFark]  
Taft: our jolliest president!

08 Nov 2012 11:48 AM
the_sidewinder    [TotalFark]  

factoryconnection: All tolled, we'll end up with less than 120M people voting. I figure that's not even 50% of the eligible population. Sad.

/not a bad headline, though, Subby


How does that compare to previous years?

08 Nov 2012 11:49 AM
Englebert Slaptyback     

and one for William Howard Taft


Congratulations - you used the joke from Bill Maher's interview last night with Chris Matthews.

08 Nov 2012 11:50 AM
grinding_journalist     

factoryconnection: All tolled, we'll end up with less than 120M people voting. I figure that's not even 50% of the eligible population. Sad.

/not a bad headline, though, Subby


I voted, but I only voted for issues and candidates I felt informed about, or could support. I did not cast a vote for president, since I didn't want to see either of them in the Oval Office. I wonder how many others feel this way.

/inb4 3rd party candidates

08 Nov 2012 11:50 AM
Decillion     

factoryconnection: All tolled, we'll end up with less than 120M people voting. I figure that's not even 50% of the eligible population. Sad.

/not a bad headline, though, Subby


There's a question I thought about yesterday that I'm almost scared to ask. How many eligible voters in the US don't even know that there is this thing called voting that you can do? There can't be any, can there?

08 Nov 2012 11:50 AM
Skyred     

factoryconnection: All tolled, we'll end up with less than 120M people voting. I figure that's not even 50% of the eligible population. Sad.

/not a bad headline, though, Subby


There's just over 200 million eligible voters, and the above numbers don't include third parties

08 Nov 2012 11:50 AM
Valiente     
Last time she was wet, everyone liked Ike.

/probably differently wet these days.
//jeez, that joke doesn't work if she went through the 'pause during the Truman administration.

08 Nov 2012 11:51 AM
Angry Buddha     

the_sidewinder: factoryconnection: All tolled, we'll end up with less than 120M people voting. I figure that's not even 50% of the eligible population. Sad.

/not a bad headline, though, Subby

How does that compare to previous years?


Voter Turnout

08 Nov 2012 11:52 AM
henryhill    [TotalFark]  
Did anybody else notice that Roseanne Barr got almost 50,000?

08 Nov 2012 11:54 AM
ertznay     
Taft, you old dog you.

08 Nov 2012 11:55 AM
p4p3rm4t3     
I remember watching Obama blah blahing on the John Stewart show.
The last thing he said was "people have no excuse not to vote".
Made me wanna move to america and vote for him twice.

08 Nov 2012 11:56 AM
htimsxela     

Decillion:

There's a question I thought about yesterday that I'm almost scared to ask. How many eligible voters in the US don't even know that there is this thing called voting that you can do? There can't be any, can there?


There's a thought. Is it better for the uninformed to vote and randomly choose a candidate or not vote and thus not participate? If they don't know they can vote, what does that mean for their understanding of the candidates?

Also: Isn't getting the uninformed to vote in 2008 how Obama won the first time?

08 Nov 2012 11:57 AM
iheartscotch    [TotalFark]  
Taft? She voted for FDR; like 8 times as is the fashion with old people.

/ an old person's vote counts more than anyone else's

08 Nov 2012 11:57 AM
Jon iz teh kewl     
44 like a race car
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08 Nov 2012 11:57 AM
RatOmeter     
I wonder who she voted for. My 103 (or 104, I forget) year old grandmother voted Republican all the way.

08 Nov 2012 11:57 AM
htimsxela     

htimsxela:

Also: Isn't getting the uninformed to vote in 2008 how Obama won the first time?



Hmm, apparently troll comment tags don't work here.

08 Nov 2012 11:58 AM
factoryconnection    [TotalFark]  

Skyred: There's just over 200 million eligible voters, and the above numbers don't include third parties


Damn, our population must be skewed younger than I figured, given our relatively low birth rates over the past few decades. Still, that's around 80 million that don't vote. That's a whole lot of IDGAF.

the_sidewinder: How does that compare to previous years?


No doubt consistent, which is also sad.

08 Nov 2012 12:00 PM
Anastacya    [TotalFark]  

Decillion: factoryconnection: All tolled, we'll end up with less than 120M people voting. I figure that's not even 50% of the eligible population. Sad.

/not a bad headline, though, Subby

There's a question I thought about yesterday that I'm almost scared to ask. How many eligible voters in the US don't even know that there is this thing called voting that you can do? There can't be any, can there?


It is sad how bad our voter turnout is. I know that it tends to be higher in Presidential/Congressional election years, but the fact that so many people ignore doing something that is so simple, generally doesn't take a great deal of time, and is quintessential to our freedoms, is sad. Americans fought so hard to get everyone "the vote" and now people are too apathetic to even get off their butts and contribute to our society. I suppose that I could drag out the cliche that it is always the people who don't vote who complain the loudest, but even that trope is horrible. Heck, even checking the "None of the above" box is better than doing nothing.

/sad, especially since many states have worked to make having access to voting facilities and methods much easier/better
//whargarbll about electronic voting fraud/I don't care about the issues
///funny headline, even if "borrowed" from another person (I don't have cable so I wouldn't know what kind of commentary was made)

08 Nov 2012 12:01 PM
Decillion     

factoryconnection: Skyred:
the_sidewinder: How does that compare to previous years?

No doubt consistent, which is also sad.


It may never get above 60% again. You'd need a major motivating factor to even get close. Like trying to oust someone as bad as Bush, or electing the first Latino president. Or both at the same time.

08 Nov 2012 12:05 PM
factoryconnection    [TotalFark]  

htimsxela: Also: Isn't getting the uninformed to vote in 2008 how Obama won the first time?


Ha ha, but really: considering how many times I've heard "my vote doesn't count" because of the presidential election setup, completely ignoring town/county/state/Congress races in which direct democracy is in play, I'd say that "uninformed" is pretty popular.

Angry Buddha: Voter Turnout


Man... what the hell, Roaring 20's? Does Prohibition of alcohol make people give up on citizenship?

Wait. Yes.

08 Nov 2012 12:05 PM
Rattlehead     

08 Nov 2012 12:06 PM
The Third Man     

factoryconnection: Skyred: There's just over 200 million eligible voters, and the above numbers don't include third parties

Damn, our population must be skewed younger than I figured, given our relatively low birth rates over the past few decades. Still, that's around 80 million that don't vote. That's a whole lot of IDGAF.

the_sidewinder: How does that compare to previous years?

No doubt consistent, which is also sad.


It's actually rising to near-record levels in states where mailed ballots are accepted. In Oregon, for example, voter turnout was 81%. I know this doesn't fit with the "woe-is-our-country" narrative, but, numbers.

08 Nov 2012 12:07 PM
Mega Steve     
Taft
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does not approve

08 Nov 2012 12:11 PM
kgf     
TAFT? He can't be President. I have proof that he was born in Abyssinia.

08 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
Kazaa     
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"Really? Taft?"

08 Nov 2012 12:23 PM
Sammichless     
66% of the eligible voters in this country cannot name even ONE judge on the Supreme court.

39% Have no idea who our CURRENT vice president is.

This country would be so much better off if everyone voted!!!

08 Nov 2012 12:24 PM
louiedog     

The Third Man: factoryconnection: Skyred: There's just over 200 million eligible voters, and the above numbers don't include third parties

Damn, our population must be skewed younger than I figured, given our relatively low birth rates over the past few decades. Still, that's around 80 million that don't vote. That's a whole lot of IDGAF.

the_sidewinder: How does that compare to previous years?

No doubt consistent, which is also sad.

It's actually rising to near-record levels in states where mailed ballots are accepted. In Oregon, for example, voter turnout was 81%. I know this doesn't fit with the "woe-is-our-country" narrative, but, numbers.


California allows permanent vote by mail for any who request it. You can either mail it in by the election or drop it off at any polling place or with the county clerk on election day. You can sit on the internet and research every local official and ballot measure to your satisfaction at your leisure and then just drop it off on election day without having to wait in line. It's the easiest way to vote. Unfortunately, the last time I looked, the numbers don't seem to be going up. although there was a spike in 2000. I can't understand why everyone doesn't do it that way. You still get the free sticker.

08 Nov 2012 12:26 PM
loki see loki do     
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Buttsecks?

08 Nov 2012 12:26 PM
NBSV     
If they updated how they count voter turnout the numbers would be much better. They're basically counting anybody 18 or over. Not removing felons, people unregistered to vote, or non citizens that can't vote. All that would raise the % voting a good bit. Then factor in how many young people actually care to vote and its not a bad turnout. The numbers took a pretty good hit when they allowed voting at 18, not that it was a bad thing. But, if they simply compared registered voters to ones that turned out I bet it's around 60% or higher.

08 Nov 2012 12:39 PM
Decillion     

Sammichless: 66% of the eligible voters in this country cannot name even ONE judge on the Supreme court.

39% Have no idea who our CURRENT vice president is.

This country would be so much better off if everyone voted!!!


The thing is, it's not rocket science. The least informed voter and the most informed voter could end up submitting identical ballots. There's no way to vote 'wrong'.

08 Nov 2012 12:40 PM
tillerman35     
Make that TWO for Taft.

/OK, actually not. But only because some 106 year old first-time voter thought of it first (shakes tiny little fist in rage)

08 Nov 2012 12:41 PM
OhioUGrad     

Lipo: uh subby, if I remember from the report I heard on the radio correctly, she's voted in every one of the last 22 Presidential elections.


Yeah that news station got it wrong, all the other stations that covered the story said she's voted in every election since 7 years after women got the right to vote.

08 Nov 2012 12:45 PM
onzmadi     

Arkanaut: Taft: our jolliest president!


Til President Christie

I might consider voting for him based on
1) How he handled Sandy
2) Being a Rotund-American.

/Naw Ill vote for what ever pinko we nominate.

08 Nov 2012 01:08 PM
factoryconnection    [TotalFark]  

The Third Man: It's actually rising to near-record levels in states where mailed ballots are accepted. In Oregon, for example, voter turnout was 81%. I know this doesn't fit with the "woe-is-our-country" narrative, but, numbers.


I'm all about finding workable solutions to make voting easy while verifiable. I don't want to be a "woe is us;" I'll take a "hell yes, America" over it any day.

louiedog: California allows permanent vote by mail for any who request it.


I have a Cali-based friend that was bragging about this to me. Fortunately my polling lines were short but that's just luck; the adjacent polling zone (same location) had 2-3 hour waits.

NBSV: If they updated how they count voter turnout the numbers would be much better.


I read a USA Today article that parsed out the felons, aliens, et cetera and that gave a 207M "eligible" voter bloc out of 303M total residents. Even back in August they estimated 80M would sit this one out.

Decillion: The thing is, it's not rocket science. The least informed voter and the most informed voter could end up submitting identical ballots. There's no way to vote 'wrong'.


People of any political persuasion have to accept that absolute morons will vote for the same candidates that even PhDs do; there are only so many choices. Am I happy to be lumped in with the "Obamaphone" ladies and the PETA types? No, but I assume that my reasonable GOP friends don't identify with the abject racists and trailer trash that vote the other way.

Democracy: take it or leave it.

08 Nov 2012 01:13 PM
onzmadi     

ertznay: Taft, you old dog you.


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08 Nov 2012 01:16 PM
cryinoutloud     
That headline is a real knee-slapper, subby. I say, that's a real humdinger of a headline.

08 Nov 2012 01:20 PM
DrBear     
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Actual book that came out this year. She'll love it.

08 Nov 2012 01:23 PM
loki see loki do     

onzmadi: Well Done, Lad.


08 Nov 2012 01:32 PM
Zafler     

cryinoutloud: That headline is a real knee-slapper, subby. I say, that's a real humdinger of a headline.


Foghorn Leghorn's daughter?

08 Nov 2012 01:38 PM
Mr. Holmes     

Mega Steve: Taft
[nasen75.files.wordpress.com image 433x289]
does not approve


HAHAHAHA. Love that movie! You sir, have made my day.

08 Nov 2012 01:40 PM
DeathByGeekSquad     

factoryconnection: All tolled, we'll end up with less than 120M people voting. I figure that's not even 50% of the eligible population. Sad.

/not a bad headline, though, Subby


What's sad about that is the candidates don't pick up on the fact that less than 50% of the eligible population is not voting - primarily due to their platforms - and refuse to adjust them.

08 Nov 2012 01:43 PM
Gaseous Anomaly     

htimsxela: There's a thought. Is it better for the uninformed to vote and randomly choose a candidate or not vote and thus not participate? If they don't know they can vote, what does that mean for their understanding of the candidates?


I run a polling place, got a lot of first-timers Tuesday, like in any Presidential election year.

Out of the people who asked me questions about their ballots, nearly all of them seemed to think you HAD to vote in every race. The most common scenario:

Voter: "Do I have to mark something in these ones?" (typically the nonpartisan judicial section not covered by straight-party)
Me: "Only if you have an opinion on those races."
Voter: "Oh!" (chucks ballot into tabulator)

08 Nov 2012 01:50 PM
Zafler     

Gaseous Anomaly: htimsxela: There's a thought. Is it better for the uninformed to vote and randomly choose a candidate or not vote and thus not participate? If they don't know they can vote, what does that mean for their understanding of the candidates?

I run a polling place, got a lot of first-timers Tuesday, like in any Presidential election year.

Out of the people who asked me questions about their ballots, nearly all of them seemed to think you HAD to vote in every race. The most common scenario:

Voter: "Do I have to mark something in these ones?" (typically the nonpartisan judicial section not covered by straight-party)
Me: "Only if you have an opinion on those races."
Voter: "Oh!" (chucks ballot into tabulator)


For the ones I didn't have a good opinion on, I wrote in Vash The Stampede this year. Was my fark user name in 2010, and Ein in 2008.

08 Nov 2012 02:01 PM
SlowTimedRapid     
ertznay: Taft, you old dog you.

I prefer "Ooh, 'The Naughty Flapper'... Mmm, yeah, you know you want to. Go ahead and vote. Yeah, that's right, vote for Taft."

/paraphrase
//probably could find the clip on YouTube, but at once too busy and too lazy

08 Nov 2012 04:01 PM
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