Tag Archive | 2012 election

Socializing the vote

One of the most basic tenants of the American voting process is the secret ballot. No one but you and the machine has to know who you voted for – unless you tell other people, that is.

And with social media, it’s easier than ever to share that information.

Facebook had an “I voted” feature, where you could share that you voted, and even who you voted for if you so choose.Votes were registered in real time by location.

Here’s a snapshot of Pennsylvania’s graphic:

Foursquare also had a tracking feature for voters to participate in:

Did you broadcast your vote?

I tend to err on the side of not telling, just because I can’t, really. I can’t be perceived as favoring one side or the other.
Also, I don’t feel like explaining myself. I have my own reasons for the way I vote, and that’s that, in my opinion.

What do you think?


Don’t forget today is election day!

Make sure you get out to vote – and if you’re voting in the Susquehanna Valley, I may see you in my travels out to the polls.

And don’t forget, PA voters: the voter ID law is NOT in effect this election. You don’t have to show ID, but you will be asked for it.

What do you think about the voter ID law? Good idea or bad idea?

The PA Supreme Court seems to think it’s OK, just not for this election.

But if things hold up, it will be in effect soon and you will be required to show a photo ID.

Email your thoughts or comment below!

Tired of the election?

By now, you’ve probably seen the video that’s become my latest obsession – the one with the little girl crying because she’s “tired of hearing Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney.”

If not, allow me to make your day:

But I think there’s something very interesting here. Have elections just become too much?

In the three months I’ve been at the Daily Item, I’ve written a bunch of political articles – we all have. On Saturday, I followed people canvassing neighborhoods and making phone calls. It’s crunch time for them.

But without a doubt it gets tiring to turn on the TV every day and see another ad. Or read another horse-race article or see another poll result.

Should we stop covering it?

And when is it inappropriate to start thinking about the next election? Without a doubt, some people already are.

How do you tell people to stop it? There’s no law saying you can’t put up  political signs until a certain date. Or that you can’t speculate “who going to run in 2016” until at least 2015.

What do you think? Is it too much campaigning? What should we do about it?