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irwin, I don't know her record well as a prosecutor, but wasn't one of the biggest knocks on her that she had a particularly tough stance on relatively minor drug offences (including marijuana), that disproportionately affected Black people?  That was the criticism I heard most often post-debates especially from the Democrats.  I don't hear it as much anymore though. 

@csm posted:

irwin, I don't know her record well as a prosecutor, but wasn't one of the biggest knocks on her that she had a particularly tough stance on relatively minor drug offences (including marijuana), that disproportionately affected Black people?  That was the criticism I heard most often post-debates especially from the Democrats.  I don't hear it as much anymore though. 

A very detailed, very long and unfortunately pop-up laden, article reviewing her stance on marijuana over many years.

Where Vice Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris Stands On Marijuana

It's a mixed record, of which I believe she came to the correct side some time ago. Regardless, I think I kind of like her more than Mike Pence.

@The Old Man posted:

 

It's a mixed record, of which I believe she came to the correct side some time ago. Regardless, I think I kind of like her more than Mike Pence.

Not saying much there is it....?

Thanks for sharing the article.  I still find this a peculiar choice, for a lot of reasons.  I just don't see her moving the needle for Biden enough to get him into the White House.  Hope I'm wrong, but I have my doubts. 

@Rothko posted:

Didn't you hear?   Florida's mail-in voting is OK.  Because the Governor is Republican and lots of elderly Republicans vote by mail-in ballot.

It's just bad in other states.  Democratic states run by those far left liberal progressive communist pinkos.

Honestly, based upon current polling, I would breathe a huge sigh of relief if I was confident Florida would get mail-in voting correct. 

I did do mail-in for the August 18th election.  Quite simple and easy; first time I've voted by mail rather than in person.

I am torn about the November election.  Should I do another mail-in ballot (mail it as early as I can) or vote in person?  That's the dilemma.  Usually there's not a line at my polling place; when I voted in March right after all Covid stuff started there was almost no one there and no line at all.  Not sure what November will be like.

@Rothko posted:

I did do mail-in for the August 18th election.  Quite simple and easy; first time I've voted by mail rather than in person.

I am torn about the November election.  Should I do another mail-in ballot (mail it as early as I can) or vote in person?  That's the dilemma.  Usually there's not a line at my polling place; when I voted in March right after all Covid stuff started there was almost no one there and no line at all.  Not sure what November will be like.

Voting here by mail for at least 20 years.

@Rothko posted:

I did do mail-in for the August 18th election.  Quite simple and easy; first time I've voted by mail rather than in person.

I am torn about the November election.  Should I do another mail-in ballot (mail it as early as I can) or vote in person?  That's the dilemma.  Usually there's not a line at my polling place; when I voted in March right after all Covid stuff started there was almost no one there and no line at all.  Not sure what November will be like.

I will vote by mail, but will drop off at the Election Office.  Do not trust the system that trump has set up

@napacat posted:

Is anyone making a distinction between absentee and mail in voting?  There is a significant difference.  I have voted absentee many times prior...but feel you loose the feeling / privilege  of what voting actually means doing it that way. I want to go in person.  Early voting is completely fine.  

Can you explain the significant difference between absentee and mail-in voting?  They seem exactly the same to me, unless you meant early voting when you said absentee voting.  

@bman posted:

Can you explain the significant difference between absentee and mail-in voting?  They seem exactly the same to me, unless you meant early voting when you said absentee voting.  

I believe in absentee voting you have to sign up and request it.  Keep your signature on file and you can track it electronically through the process.  Verse just getting a ballot mailed to you.

I do miss in-person voting. Seeing your friends and neighbors at the polls, you really felt like you were part of democracy in action. Plus, free sticker!

We've had mail-in voting in WA for some time. However, it's not a huge burden to simply drive a few blocks and deposit my ballot into an official county ballot box, rather than take my chances with the USPS. 

@napacat posted:

I believe in absentee voting you have to sign up and request it.  Keep your signature on file and you can track it electronically through the process.  Verse just getting a ballot mailed to you.

Quick question napacat.  Are your foreign born?  Not that there's anything wrong with that, as I am an American born overseas.  It's just that your English appears to be written by a non-English speaker.

PH

Speaking of the mail, 18 U.S. Code § 1701 says: “Whoever knowingly and willfully obstructs or retards the passage of the mail, or any carrier or conveyance carrying the mail, shall be fined ....... or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.”

The President's hand picked head of the USPS (a large contributor to his prior campaign) has been removing mailboxes and mail sorting machines in anticipation of the upcoming election which will have more votes cast by mail than ever before.
Of course, the criminal statute set forth above does not require that there be any particular motivation. 

Hmmm.  Sounds like Congress could find another issue upon which to waste a bunch of time on an investigation.

@bman posted:

Can you explain the significant difference between absentee and mail-in voting?  They seem exactly the same to me, unless you meant early voting when you said absentee voting.  

Don’t quote me on this but I believe absentee voting is for Americans living abroad, whereas voting by mail is for Americans residing in the country that don’t wish to go to the polls.  My wife, is casting an Absentee ballot from Toronto. Her parents are voting by mail from Florida. 

It used to be that to vote by mail, the only way was "absentee voting" where you had to be out of the state on Election day in order to do this.  It had the name "absentee ballot" because the voter was away, and the mechanism to vote was by mail.  The lines have blurred overtime. In Maryland, for example, the law was changed about a dozen years ago to permit any Marylander to vote by mail, even if he were not going to be "absent".  That's the way I've voted for years, because it is so much more convenient for me.

 

@irwin posted:

It used to be that to vote by mail, the only way was "absentee voting" where you had to be out of the state on Election day in order to do this.  It had the name "absentee ballot" because the voter was away, and the mechanism to vote was by mail.  The lines have blurred overtime. In Maryland, for example, the law was changed about a dozen years ago to permit any Marylander to vote by mail, even if he were not going to be "absent".  That's the way I've voted for years, because it is so much more convenient for me.

 

So it seems that Trump's love of absentee voting, in Florida and Republican-run states at least, and hate for mail-in voting, is a distinction without a difference.  In other words, his usual BS.  The irony of course is that according to much reporting, scaring people off mail-in voting will hurt him and Republicans more than Biden and the Dems.

Responding to ProSys about the viability of Gavin Newsom:

TOM, "As for this little bit of foresight I'll gladly bookmark this and remind you in 4 years that I was right."

From today's LA Times, With Kamala Harris as VP pick, Gavin Newsom’s White House hopes have stalled

"Maybe you’ve noticed: Gov. Gavin Newsom no longer looks like a promising future presidential prospect. He has been leaped over and left behind by a California ally, Sen. Kamala Harris."

Well, at least I noticed.

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