Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Vote Early, vote often - Updates

No, not really but voting early is much better than waiting for election day. If something is wrong you can correct it and it is easier to find where to vote. Here is where you can vote early (PDF).

Early voting schedule for Harris County locations is:

Monday-Friday, October 22-26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 27, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 28, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday-Friday, October 29-November 2, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Texas League of Women Voters Guide For the Amendments is here (PDF). Print it out and take it with you if you want. Study the Amendments, there will be a test.

A guide with more bond issues and candidates is here (PDF) but it doesn't cover the amendments as well.

Election day locations and other info is here.

The long analysis of the proposed Texas Constitutional amendments is here (PDF) including the full text of the bills. A condensed analysis without the full text prepared by the Republican leadership is here (Word format).

My thoughts and recommendations on the bonds, amendments and propositions are here.

Updates -- Laws: Still no photo ID required because some old people don't have birth certificates and would have a problem getting a photo ID. If you requested a vote-by-mail ballot and did not return it you don't have to bring the mail-in ballot to vote, but should. Now if you don't you can vote provisionally and later the provisional ballot will count if you had not voted and everything else is correct. No wireless communications allowed within 100 feet of the voting machines, not the voting location. No phoning a friend for help or ordering pizza or answering your phone unless you are 100 feet away. Voting judges, clerks, and other people are not allowed to tell you anything about the ballot measures except what is on the ballot. You can bring voter guides in but there will not be any kept at the polling location. No election apparel items or candidate names, like t-shirts or buttons, allowed within 100 feet. Someone should tell the county clerk who last year gave small buttons for election workers that violated this.

Updates on Amendments: Scott Hochberg has a Democratic state representative view of the pros and cons of the amendments.

Independents against Perry recommendations on the Amendments.

My Dad has cancer and does not recommend allowing the governor to appoint people to decide what places get billions from public state loans for cancer research.

Harris County AFL-CIO: Vote Yes on Texas amendments #2, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15. They also support the local bonds.

Charles Kuffner has his recommendations. I am leaning toward voting against all the bond funding despite the good projects included because Texas had way more than enough money to finance them without bonds which raises the price. Republicans have an agenda of "borrow and spend" government and privatization for their cronies because they are richly rewarded for it. Liberal blogger Vince at Capital Annex recommendations.

Libertarian Recommendations.

Campaign Updates: Manlove campaigns in Fort Bend County for GOP nomination. Mikal Watts withdraws from Senate race. Rick Noriega supporters wish Mikal well.

P.S., totally unrelated but I don't want to push this post down - Riverbend is safe. Her family has fled to Syria to get out of Baghdad.

From PBS Frontline: Showdown With Iran. Seems like fundamentalists are headed for war.

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