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Long lines to vote early (Colorado Springs, CO)
koaa ^ | October 31st 2008 | David Tauchen

Posted on 10/31/2008 8:25:51 PM PDT by Red Steel

Big turnout meant big lines on the last day of early voting in Colorado. Thousands of people lined up at the three voting locations in Colorado Springs. Wait times exceeded 3 hours.

"I'm shocked," said Lisa Schmick as she joined the line at Centennial Hall where the line stretched out the door. "I thought everybody voted on the 4th. I thought ...'we're going to beat the lines coming early'".

The line there was so long some got frustrated and just gave up.

"It's pretty discouraging," said Louis Spicciati, who decided to leave and come back on November 4th. "You've got to wait for at least an hour in the hot sunshine before you can even get inside."

Election officials say the numbers were unprecedented. More than 37,000 people voted early in El Paso County, roughly 5,000 more than the 2004 election.

"It's a good thing for Election Day. It'll help ease the lines at the poll places," said Liz Olson, El Paso County Election Manager.

Olson said the county also issued a record number of mail-in ballots. "We've issued over 150,000 mail in ballots and have close to 100,000 of those back already."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: co2008; coloradosprings; earlyvoting; electionpresident; redcounty; swingstates
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El Paso County has about 374,000 registered voters.
1 posted on 10/31/2008 8:25:51 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel
Its the most Republican county in the nation. The El Paso turnout is ginormous!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 10/31/2008 8:27:10 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Red Steel

Can someone post a picture of the people in line? If the people in line are poor but have gold teeth, we are in real trouble...

If they look like they have jobs, Obama is toast!


3 posted on 10/31/2008 8:30:03 PM PDT by exist
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To: goldstategop

“Election officials say the numbers were unprecedented. More than 37,000 people voted early in El Paso County, roughly 5,000 more than the 2004 election.

“It’s a good thing for Election Day. It’ll help ease the lines at the poll places,” said Liz Olson, El Paso County Election Manager.

Olson said the county also issued a record number of mail-in ballots. “We’ve issued over 150,000 mail in ballots and have close to 100,000 of those back already.”

So 100k ballots are in already, with some 50,000 either to be mailed in, or about to be mailed in add in the 4th, and yeah, El Paso County is really stirred up.

I wonder what caused it?


4 posted on 10/31/2008 8:30:50 PM PDT by padre35 (Sarah Palin is the one we've been waiting for..Rom 10.10..)
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To: Red Steel
If they look like these people we're screwed.
5 posted on 10/31/2008 8:31:27 PM PDT by exist
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To: Red Steel
"Vote early, vote often" - "The View" Oct/2008

It may take a couple days for ACORN operatives to travel around to all the different wards with that bundle of fake photo ID's to match all the dead people brought back to life to vote for Obama.

6 posted on 10/31/2008 8:32:26 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: exist
Don't worry about El Paso. I'd be more worried if that happened in CO's liberal armpit - Boulder.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

7 posted on 10/31/2008 8:32:55 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Red Steel
This is very goods news. It looks like the turnout in “flyover” country is big. That for the most part is McCain/Palin territory.
8 posted on 10/31/2008 8:35:02 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Red Steel

Colorado mail in ballot the way to go - recieved it three weeks ago, voted two weeks ago, dropped it off in the ballot box in person last week (did not trust the USPS) and checked the Colorado Secretary of State website this week to ensure the ballot was received. Easy-Peasy....

For Colorado Springs McCain supporters, a convenient drop off point is in the DMV office Southeast of of Powers and Airport.

For Colorado Springs 0Bama supporters, a convenient drop off point for both of you is the landfill North of Space Village Road....


9 posted on 10/31/2008 8:35:23 PM PDT by redlegplanner
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To: exist
You mean people like this? -

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10 posted on 10/31/2008 8:36:24 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: exist

Colorado Springs, one of the most conservative cities in the US. Very few poor people to start with, probably only a dozen poor with gold teeth in the entire city.


11 posted on 10/31/2008 8:36:40 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed the Republicans with stupid political enemies.)
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To: redlegplanner

LOL!


12 posted on 10/31/2008 8:37:34 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed the Republicans with stupid political enemies.)
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To: Nathan Zachary

We ain’t dun got none of them ones ‘round heah.

they drove down from Boulder just after Iraqi Freedom started and tried to have a protest. The Colorado Springs PD helped them clear their sinuses with a little tear gas, and they haven’t been back since....


13 posted on 10/31/2008 8:38:56 PM PDT by redlegplanner
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To: Nathan Zachary

Hmm I wonder who they’re voting for. They’re probably undecided McCain or Barr.


14 posted on 10/31/2008 8:38:58 PM PDT by exist
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To: exist

You are too funny!!!


15 posted on 10/31/2008 8:39:24 PM PDT by tuffie1
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To: redlegplanner
Voted two weeks ago and dropped in my absentee mail-in ballot in the mailbox in downtown Salida. Its part of history now and however the election turns out, I have no regrets.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

16 posted on 10/31/2008 8:40:00 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Red Steel

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/276994.php

October 31, 2008

Are You Going to Help?

There’s still time to help elect John McCain and Sarah Palin. This past weekend, I made phone calls through the volunteer online phone bank. I admit, I was uncomfortable cold-calling complete strangers on a Sunday afternoon. But it was ultimately a rewarding experience. There were people who still claimed to be undecided. There were also several Republicans who sounded like they needed a little encouragement to go to the polls. I like to think I made a difference.

In the middle of the afternoon, I blegged for advice because I was having a hard time talking to answering machines. As I expected, the wisdom of crowds made things much easier.

Please consider making phone calls on behalf of McCain/Palin 2008 in the next few days. The process is very easy. Sign up at the top link above (I’m fairly certain you don’t even have to use a real email addy if you don’t want to get GOP emails) and within minutes the website will provide you with names, locations, phone numbers and scripts. (I think the hours are from 9am to 9pm Eastern.)

You generally get to choose the state you’d like to make calls to, so if you have free long distance like me, you can help out with some of the battleground states. My suggestions are Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

I’m tucking some advice from last weekend under the fold. Read it first and then get calling. I challenge each of you to make at least twenty phone calls. It won’t take that long and it may make a difference on Tuesday. I’m going to be calling again this weekend too.

Later: I want to emphasize that you can make calls from the comfort of your own home. This is so easy to do, there’s just no excuse for not helping.

Get the names and numbers from the McCain/Palin website. Call in between loads of laundry. Call while you’re waiting for dinner to be done. Call after you put the tot down for her afternoon nap. Do what I did and call while you’re blogging. I know you guys spend countless hours just sitting in front of your computer. You could use a little of that time to call voters.

(more....)


17 posted on 10/31/2008 8:40:40 PM PDT by roses of sharon (When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will put him to flight (Isaiah 59:19)
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To: exist

Early voting sets records The crowds were big
and lines long early Friday at Centennial Hall
Carol Lawrence, the Gazette
18 posted on 10/31/2008 8:40:55 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: goldstategop

you can confirm that the Sec State has recored your ballot on their website. If not, I think you can fill out a provisional ballot.


19 posted on 10/31/2008 8:42:08 PM PDT by redlegplanner
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To: redlegplanner
How? I think its anonymous and all the ballots are counted next week.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

20 posted on 10/31/2008 8:43:26 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Red Steel

Lookin’ good...


21 posted on 10/31/2008 8:47:10 PM PDT by exist
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To: goldstategop

That’s what I heard as well. Mail in votes aren’t counted election night.

They probably will never be counted if a state is declared won on election night and isn’t contested.


22 posted on 10/31/2008 8:47:42 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: goldstategop

https://www.sos.state.co.us/Voter/secuVoterHome.do;jsessionid=0000ZYoVbsKOCfTwBawwVrY54tA:1397to15i

put in your info and you can see that your ballot was “recieved”.


23 posted on 10/31/2008 8:48:00 PM PDT by redlegplanner
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To: Nathan Zachary

If Blizzard would have just released the new World of Warcraft expansion earlier these people would’ve stayed home.


24 posted on 10/31/2008 8:48:26 PM PDT by CommieCutter ("Why DON'Y you just let PEOOPLEP make up their own MINES who listen?“ (-Candor7)
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To: Nathan Zachary

If Blizzard would have just released the new World of Warcraft expansion earlier these people would’ve stayed home.


25 posted on 10/31/2008 8:48:49 PM PDT by CommieCutter ("Why DON'Y you just let PEOOPLEP make up their own MINES who listen?“ (-Candor7)
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To: CommieCutter

Is it out? Still have all weekend to get the word out... :o)


26 posted on 10/31/2008 8:49:44 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: goldstategop; Norman Bates; TitansAFC

“Its the most Republican county in the nation. The El Paso turnout is ginormous!”

Woo hoo!


27 posted on 10/31/2008 8:51:27 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: redlegplanner
You mean like this :-)

# Election Election Date Sent Date Stage
1 General Election  11/04/2008  09/11/2008  Received 


28 posted on 10/31/2008 8:53:28 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: redlegplanner
I appreciate the link. I input my info and it stated my absentee mail in ballot was recorded as "received."

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

29 posted on 10/31/2008 8:55:30 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Red Steel
That's right. That's what it said about my ballot status.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

30 posted on 10/31/2008 8:56:19 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Red Steel

yup.


31 posted on 10/31/2008 9:02:38 PM PDT by redlegplanner
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To: goldstategop; Red Steel

This is great news!! Rich Lowry is very sad,
;)


32 posted on 10/31/2008 9:04:22 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: Red Steel

Dittos for Cobb County, Georgia. Our advance voting places have been lined up with thousands all week long. There were few Obots in the crowd.

Colorado Springs is a great place. I spent a great summer there years ago. Wouldn’t mind going back.


33 posted on 10/31/2008 9:04:23 PM PDT by VRWCRick
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To: exist

Long lines observed in NC in 3 voting places. While I waited in line I saw a truck go by several times with huge NOBAMA signs with larger than life pictures including the Muslim garb picture and the picture with a cigarette hanging from his mouth.


34 posted on 10/31/2008 9:12:19 PM PDT by Notasoccermom (.)
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To: Nathan Zachary

Make up a fake article that it will come out early on election day! Then instruct them to stand in line at their local video game store early in the AM, that way they’ll be very tired when they find out they’ve been duped.


35 posted on 10/31/2008 9:23:49 PM PDT by CommieCutter ("Why DON'Y you just let PEOOPLEP make up their own MINES who listen?“ (-Candor7)
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To: Red Steel

Those people look like racists to me.


36 posted on 10/31/2008 9:49:47 PM PDT by exist
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To: Red Steel

Yes, 374K... the breakdown.

Republican 165,592
Unaffiliated 120,824
Democrat 85,028
Other 1,911

Bush received 67% of the vote in El Paso County in 2004 and 69% in 2000. GOP Cong Doug Lamborn CO-5TH, got 60% in 2006, after a tough primary battle. Lamborn’s predecessor, 10 term GOP Cong Joel Hefley usually garnered 70% of the vote.

McCain has to get around 65% in El Paso County to keep Colorado in the GOP column. The only time El Paso County voted for a Democrat was for FDR in 1932 and 1936, and LBJ`s rout of Goldwater in 1964.


37 posted on 10/31/2008 10:05:09 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: exist

I’m guessing that, on November 4, Bob Barr actually gets more total votes from conservative voters than from Libertarian voters, and this would be the first time that such a situation happens with a Libertarian candidate for POTUS. There are still many Libertarians who don’t like Bob Barr and see him as really being a conservative pretending to be a big “L” Libertarian. I just hope that the majority of voters really do vote for McCain/Palin and really do prevent third world socialism from taking over the entire U.S., possibly forever!


38 posted on 10/31/2008 10:14:45 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Vote for conservatives AT ALL POLITICAL LEVELS! Encourage all others to do the same on November 4!)
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To: Reagan Man

Palin has been there at least two times and spoke to huge crowds. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get more than Bush got in 2004 there.


39 posted on 10/31/2008 10:18:26 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Red Steel
Election officials say the numbers were unprecedented. More than 37,000 people voted early in El Paso County, roughly 5,000 more than the 2004 election. "It's a good thing for Election Day. It'll help ease the lines at the poll places," said Liz Olson, El Paso County Election Manager. Olson said the county also issued a record number of mail-in ballots. "We've issued over 150,000 mail in ballots and have close to 100,000 of those back already." This is all good news. Colo Spgs is really conservative.
40 posted on 10/31/2008 10:45:52 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: Arizona Carolyn

Twice. McCain and Palin came here together right after the GOP Convention before an overflow crowd of 10,000. On a cold Monday Oct 20th Palin returned with Hank Williams Jr. before a crowd of roughly 8,500 at Security Service Field.

I’d be surprised if McCain gets the level of votes that Bush garnered in 2000 and 2004.


41 posted on 10/31/2008 10:46:36 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Reagan Man

Not me, not with the crowds Palin drew there.


42 posted on 10/31/2008 10:49:17 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

I’ve lived here for 30+ years and I know the politics of El Paso County like the back of my hand. Palin has a big following, but many conservatives will simply not vote for John McCain, period. On Caucus Day, Republicans chose Romney overwhelmingly.


43 posted on 10/31/2008 10:59:48 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Reagan Man

No, they will vote for Palin. As to McCain, he has always been pro-life vs Romney who did it for expediency and was anything but conservative as governor of MA. Are you telling me Colorado Springs is heavily Mormon?


44 posted on 10/31/2008 11:09:51 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

I’m telling you that Colorado went for Romney in the state-wide caucus and he took El Paso County with overwhelming numbers, something like 75% of the vote. McCain and the others barely registered.

The McCain-Palin ticket will win El Paso County. But the difference between getting 65% and 60%, is the difference between winning or losing the state.

MIchelle Obama was here with Kevin Cosner this week and she drew a big crowd. Obama is in Pueblo, 30 miles south, tomorrow and they expect a huge crowd for a town of 95K, mostly Democrats. Romney will be here tomorrow in the Springs at some family center. I think McCain is coming back Monday.

This is by far, the toughest election season for a Republican ticket I’ve ever seen in all my years in Colorado.


45 posted on 10/31/2008 11:28:44 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Reagan Man

Because CO like AZ and NV and more have been infiltrated with damned Californian’s who are bringing their failed voting policies with them. I wish once they screw up a state they would STAY in that state and not screw up the good states.


46 posted on 11/01/2008 12:11:49 AM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Reagan Man

BTW when did Kevin Costner become a Democrat. He was a Republican for years and years. Was it after he moved to CO?


47 posted on 11/01/2008 12:12:47 AM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: goldstategop

True but illegal votes have been recently allowed to be counted (although under scrutiny). Do you remember what happened in the ‘04 election for WA Governor (Rossi vs Gregoire)? The same situation could happen in Colorado in November. You read here first.


48 posted on 11/01/2008 1:01:52 AM PDT by tomymind
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To: goldstategop

I agree. Any news from Boulder?

Colorado in on the way!


49 posted on 11/01/2008 1:16:52 AM PDT by tomymind
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

In Colorado ballots, you can find many other socialists and Nader to compete for the Presidency. Their votes could have a huge effect on the result.


50 posted on 11/01/2008 1:19:37 AM PDT by tomymind
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