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ChrisMI
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I have found myself caring about the upcoming election in the USVI 10x more than I ever cared about elections and candidates when I lived in the states. I think it's just a matter of size. It feels like my vote counts 100x more here, as there were 100x more voters in the state I came from.

Each senator is 7% of the votes in the Senate, and if you really like a candidate, you can contribute to his or her campaign and have it actually matter, as opposed to in the states where I never gave to a candidate because frankly it didn't matter, the national or state party's support of them mattered 1000x more than what I'd ever be willing to fork over.

It was nice to see the voter guide in the paper on Monday, really helpful. I don't give a rip about signs or soundbite radio commercials, and am not going to sit through 3-4 hours of debates, so seeing their backgrounds and answers to specific things they would do if elected was great.

I also learned some things from that "One Voice" ad in the voter guide which will affect my voting, just not in the manner they had intended 😉

What times of the day are the polls here generally less crowded?

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Topic starter Posted : October 30, 2014 11:23 am
Alana33
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You are assigned a location where you vote when you registered to vote. Some locations have larger populations voting. Hard to say when they'll be less crossed.

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Posted : October 30, 2014 12:09 pm
ms411
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They will be crowded at opening and after 5, so best to go mid day, IMO. You avoid most of the pure and post work crowd.

Thanks for your participation.

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Posted : October 30, 2014 12:32 pm
CruzanIron
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I prefer to go after 5:00.
The lines are short and the harassing poll 'workers' outside the gate are worn out and not as pushy and irritating.

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Posted : October 30, 2014 1:13 pm
IslandHops
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I learn far more about the candidates in person by their responses and actions in the public forums than I could ever learn from reading campaign literature or canned written responses. The debates are wonderfully entertaining too!

Continually impressed by Coffelt/Canegata ticket. I just hope more people vote their conscience, and not just for whom they think will win. This is not about picking a winner in the 3rd race at Randell Doc James, It's about selecting the best person for the job.

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Posted : October 30, 2014 2:47 pm
speee1dy
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i believe work is required to allow you 2 hours paid time to go vote

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Posted : October 30, 2014 5:22 pm
CruzanIron
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i believe work is required to allow you 2 hours paid time to go vote

Yes, an employer is required to give an employee 2 hours paid time off to go to vote.

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Posted : October 30, 2014 5:53 pm
MissJustice
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Do we have to be able to prove that we actually went to vote.

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Posted : November 3, 2014 9:10 am
Alana33
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No.

Maybe we could request the poll sites stamps your hand as proof.
(Only kidding.)

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Posted : November 3, 2014 11:53 am
ChrisMI
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I thought when most all the people I talked to about voting and the election just before had an "eye roll" reaction and was generally met with cynicism that for some reason I was only encountering particularly jaded people.

Now that a week after the election we still don't have official results, and are basically getting no communication (directly or to the media) about what's going on I guess I kind of get it now. Really too bad.

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Topic starter Posted : November 12, 2014 12:44 am
STXBob
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There are news articles published every day about the VI vote counting. There are also updated tallies posted frequently at http://www.vivote.gov/content/2014-general-election-results .

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Posted : November 12, 2014 12:53 am
Alana33
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Welcome to life in paradise/paradox.

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Posted : November 12, 2014 1:18 am
ChrisMI
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There are news articles published every day about the VI vote counting. There are also updated tallies posted frequently at http://www.vivote.gov/content/2014-general-election-results .

When I went on to that site (vivote) yesterday morning the last update they had was from back on Wednesday. Yesterday's Daily News 48-font headline was "Silence", referring of course to the lack of in their mind as a newspaper of communication at all from the election commission. Maybe I should be checking the Avis instead of the Daily News, I hear more progress is being made on STX then in the STT/STJ district.

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Topic starter Posted : November 12, 2014 1:24 am
ms411
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I thought when most all the people I talked to about voting and the election just before had an "eye roll" reaction and was generally met with cynicism that for some reason I was only encountering particularly jaded people.

Now that a week after the election we still don't have official results, and are basically getting no communication (directly or to the media) about what's going on I guess I kind of get it now. Really too bad.

I am not going to let the crazies deter me from voting. I think most of the chaos and confusion is deliberate so as to discourage sane, rational voters from participating.

The Elections Board is having a press conference today. No matter what they say it won't instill voter confidence. The ecstasy of not having Chucky and Celestino White in the Senate gives me the hope that we will have at least calmer, more literate representation.

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Posted : November 12, 2014 8:07 am
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