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Voting with poles, not polls
Need a little extra incentive to do your patriotic duty and go vote? Well, two businesses want to help you out.
Roll Call reports that a gentlemen’s club in Janesville, Wisconsin, (hometown of Paul Ryan) is trying to strip away any reason their patrons might have to not vote. A sign outside “Diamond Jim’s” promises a free lap dance to anyone who registers to vote at the club.
And a gun store owner near Atlanta is offering anyone who brings in their “I Voted” sticker a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free rifle or handgun. But according to WXIA, there’s one problem with promotion: It’s a felony. It turns out it’s against the law in Georgia to offer any kind of prize to a voter. The owner, who is promoting the offer on billboards, has since changed it to allow anyone legally eligible to own a gun to enter the drawing.
Which candidate would you want to babysit your kids?
Beyond the standard question of who you plan to vote for, pollsters also ask other questions key to predicting the election. Questions like “Who would do the better job handling the economy” or “Who is more trustworthy” are standard fare. But a recent ABC poll takes it a few steps further, asking registered voters:
-- Who would you rather have as your employee? (46% said Obama, 46% said Romney)
-- Who would you rather have as the captain of a ship in a storm (48% said Obama, 46% said Romney).
-- Who would you rather have babysit your child? (49% said Obama, 36% said Romney)
-- Who would be more likely to go bungee jumping (60% said Obama, 21% said Romney)
Obama makes history by voting early
Don’t look for that classic image of at least one of the presidential candidates walking out of a voting booth on November 6: President Obama has already voted. He made a brief stop in Chicago yesterday evening to cast his ballot for president (no word, though, on who he voted for). It’s the first time a sitting president has voted early in the election and the practice is part of a huge political trend.
He didn’t receive any special treatment, though. The poll worker asked for his photo ID and then took several minutes to actually find him on the voter rolls. The worker also held up Obama’s ID to make sure it was actually him. “It’s a lot of pressure,” Obama told the workers, gesturing to the cameras photographing him.
In 2004, 22% of Americans voted early and 30% voted early in 2008, Reed College Professor Paul Gronke told CNN. He estimates as many as 40% of eligible voters might vote early this year. By mid-October, more than two million had already cast their ballots, which presents a challenge to campaigns who seek to reach voters in the critical days before Election Day. Thirty-five states across the country allow early voting.
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