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Archive for November 3rd, 2008

US Citizens: Please Vote Tuesday

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

pumpkinvotebypriscilla.jpgUS citizens: do whatever you can to get out and vote, if you are eligible to do so. Your opinion matters.

Democracies such as ours depend on every person to speak out. We are to stand up and be counted!

If you do not know about a particular race/issue, you can skip over that item (better to skip than to guess what you might think, in that case). There surely is something you care about elsewhere on the ballot which begs your input.

If you do not know where your polling place is, or what might be on your ballot, the nonpartisan group League of Women Voters no doubt has the facts you need. Click on their Election Day 2008 page link here to proceed closer to that information.

In Lansing, you can visit Lansing City Clerk or East Lansing City Clerk‘s site if you live inside either city. Otherwise, go to your particular smaller city or township clerk (or the League link in previous paragraph) for more information.

It has never been more clear that one voice can make a difference. Polls do not mean a thing on election day… the proof is in the ballot count when polls close.

Sometimes the media will start reporting results when really it is too early to have proper information to report. They need news (I come from a newspaper-owning family, I know a little of this), and they do what they can to report something… again, it ain’t over till it’s over! Nothing is the same as a final count from each election department.

My friend Deborah Robson/The Independent Stitch is learning more about the voting process while being trained as a provisional ballot judge in Colorado. She wrote about the process in a fascinating post on her blog on October 29, if you are interested in such things. One thing that she said which I never knew before this year, is this (she votes absentee):

By the way, I can go online to make sure my mail-in ballot has been received by the county, and if it hasn’t I could vote a provisional ballot at the vote center next Tuesday that would be counted if my mail-in still hadn’t shown up.

There is a bit of talk these days about provisional ballots, which I had never heard about before. Apparently if you go to vote where you registered, and they can not find you on the registered voter list for that precinct, you can request a provisional ballot and vote. They will investigate your status and if all things are OK, your vote is counted. A large majority of provisional ballots are valid and counted in the end, but it may be that in some areas you have to know to ask for one. Deborah writes:

Rules governing provisional ballots were modified at the federal level for more consistency among the states after the 2000 presidential election, when people were turned away from the polls in some parts of the country. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 assures that ANYONE who shows up at a vote center can vote, on a regular ballot if their registration is in order and everything checks out, and on a provisional ballot if there are any questions.

She concludes:

I left the session last night . . . <snip> reassured that the voting process in this county will be orderly and as fair as is humanly possible. There are paper trails for all ballots, paper and electronic, and there have never been any chads here. pumpkinsbypriscilla.jpgThe system looks controlled, professional, and balanced.

Of course, on the selfish side, your vote is also a license to complain if things do not go as you had hoped. If you don’t vote, you need to keep your thoughts to yourself for 4 years. Please exercise your voice today in the voting booth.

My friend Doug Berch (who lives in Michigan now but ironically knows Deborah Robson from his years in Colorado) has a wonderful short post about how your vote counts, including a photo of Nelson Mandela voting. Wow. Read his post here.

The pumpkin photos are from Lansing-area knitting friend Priscilla. Her son carved the cat, his own design. She got the VOTE stencil from www.yeswecarve.com (disclaimer: this link points to a partisan site, unlike my above post). Didn’t they do a great job? Thanks for sharing, Priscilla!

It was wonderful.

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Wow. The “Meet the Artist” yarn sale I had at Rae’s Yarn Boutique on Sunday was a great success. It felt a bit like a party… Rae made brownies from scratch and brought some apple cider in, which made it festive. I saw so many people I really enjoy having in my life. The shop was hopping, with three of us working the shop we still sometimes had folks waiting for assistance.

The cashmere blend sockyarn I dyed, Lynn’s Luxe, sold very well. The eight remaining skeins are now in stock at Rae’s shop. I don’t know which colors remain, but all that I started with are pictured in the previous blog post. Email Rae if you want to buy some and have it mailed out to you.

I also offered a new feltable wool yarn. I’ve had a few skeins of it on my site but it has never been carried by a yarn shop before. I can’t really supply a store dependably, but Rae understands that I dye when I can and she gets what I can supply when I can supply it… so this is the only brick and mortar shop where you can get my yarns.

When I have other yarns besides those she purchases, I will put those few on my shop. Right now the shop is carrying my patterns, but not yarns until I can photo what stock I still have in my own stock. This will take another week, as I’m dealing with an incredibly full to-do list with deadlines that affect others, at this time.

Unfortunately, it was so busy that I didn’t get any photos of the table piled with yarn… or me with friends. I did get photos of a little 4 yr old friend in her flower fairy costume, and will have to share those at some point.

Right now I’m doing what I can to do the minimum necessary tasks before I go teach tonight.

But thank you to everyone who came, everyone who sent supportive notes, all of you who participated by purchasing or just coming by to say hello. I really appreciate the support.

On days like this, I remember why I have chosen this bumpy road (self-employed artist/teacher). It is because of you that I can make this happen. Thank you.