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  • TactiKill J.
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    Based on the list of options, I want the most conservative candidate. For me, conservatism is supposed to mean small government, lower taxes, strict adherence to the constitution, staying out of social matters unless they're a national concern, free market, etc.

    Unfortunately, conservatism has morphed into something entirely different. In my lifetime, I feel we've yet to have a conservative President.

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  • Urban hermit
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    The candidate that unwaveringly supports the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution.

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  • G David Bock
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    In the 2018 elections, there were two races for State Legislature seats from my county that were to close in tallies to qualify per State laws/regs. Before doing a recount, we had to first deal with @500 ballots that had been unsigned or where the signature didn't match records.

    Both Democrats and Republicans gathered volunteers to go out and contact these voters, to either get their signatures or affidavits for the change in how they do their signature. IIRC, only had a week or two to do this in and while most of those were contacted, the net tally was still too close to qualify, so a recount had to be done.

    Along with being one of those whom went out to get the invalid ballots validated, I also sat as an observer for the recounts. Between both activities it was amusing to see that some ballots were back and forth party wise, the "coin toss" sort of voting. Some were all one gender-female, party didn't factor. Some were write in, usually of the "my dog Spot" or "Alfred E. Newman" sort. None of these amounted to more than about 1%, if that; but were illustrative of how some don't take their voting very seriously.

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  • wolfhnd
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    It depends on the office, I may vote differently in local elections than for national offices. I'm more likely to consider my personal interests local than at the federal level.

    I will answer for national elections.

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  • G David Bock
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    Originally posted by Massena View Post

    And you would be wrong.
    Considering it's our children and grandchildren whom will be paying for the Deficit and Debt shown here;
    https://www.usdebtclock.org/
    ... they might disagree and think you wrong.

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  • G David Bock
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    Originally posted by Massena View Post
    The most important category was left off the list-to vote for what's best for the country.
    That is a rather broad category, and history shows it often defined in opposite ways by the opposing factions/parties.

    Germany in 1930-40s a classic example. What the Nazis thought as "best for Germany" was opposite of what the Jews thought as "best for Germany".

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  • Massena
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    Originally posted by Nichols View Post

    I read that is being what is best for my children and grandchildren.
    And you would be wrong.

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  • Nichols
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    Originally posted by Massena View Post
    The most important category was left off the list-to vote for what's best for the country.
    I read that is being what is best for my children and grandchildren.

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  • Massena
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    The most important category was left off the list-to vote for what's best for the country.

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  • lakechampainer
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    Originally posted by the ace View Post
    Of course, I live in Scotland, where there is only one real issue - I always vote for the candidate who supports independence.

    After independence, I will give my support to a democratic socialist party like Labour should be, but hasn't been for years.
    Thanks for the vote and answer! I should have included the answer "I am generally a one-issue voter"; just in terms of the US, which is all I really know something about, I think it is fair to say there are a number of one-issue abortion voters, and I say that respectfully.

    Edit 1:

    I should also have added the choice - I often cast "blank ballots" (I would have voted yes), and for consistency purposes added a choice "I sometimes vote based on religion".

    Edit 2:

    Thinking about further, voting for a third-party candidate, at least for me, is in many ways similar to casting a blank ballot. There are at least two types of blank ballots in my view: One where there is an uncontested election (often in primaries), and one where I can't or won't vote for either/any candidate.

    One thing I won't do is blank ballot President/Governor/ US Senator/US Representative. I have had people make the reasonable argument to me that voting for a third-party candidate makes no sense, it is like not voting. Part of me feels that way also, but overall I think it is better to not vote for someone you don't want in office.

    In fact, right now, I think would hold my nose and vote for Biden rather than a 3rd party candidate like I did Jill Stein in 2016- but I am not sure.
    Last edited by lakechampainer; 05 Jul 20, 11:14.

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  • the ace
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    Of course, I live in Scotland, where there is only one real issue - I always vote for the candidate who supports independence.

    After independence, I will give my support to a democratic socialist party like Labour should be, but hasn't been for years.

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  • When you vote, which of the following themes generally help decide your vote?

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    I generally vote for members of my party.
    12.50%
    1
    I generally vote for the more conservative candidate.
    25.00%
    2
    I generally vote for the more centrist candidate.
    25.00%
    2
    I generally vote for the more liberal candidate.
    0%
    0
    I generally vote for the incumbent.
    0%
    0
    I generally vote for the non-incumbent.
    0%
    0
    I like to send "message votes".-i.e. vote rep when the dem will win
    12.50%
    1
    I sometimes vote based on race.
    0%
    0
    I sometime vote based on last names.
    0%
    0
    I generally will force myself to vote for major party candidates.
    12.50%
    1
    I generally take military service into account.
    25.00%
    2
    I generally take sex into account.
    0%
    0
    I generally don't vote for candidates from political families.
    50.00%
    4
    I will sometimes vote differently in a primary than a general election (more liberal or conservative, etc.)
    12.50%
    1
    I often vote based upon recommendations of friends and family.
    0%
    0
    I always try to vote, including in local elections.
    37.50%
    3
    I will vote strictly on what I perceive as my own self-interest.
    0%
    0
    I will vote based on what I think is best for my children and grandchildren.
    37.50%
    3
    When you vote, which of the following themes help you decide whom to vote for?
    Last edited by lakechampainer; 05 Jul 20, 09:43.

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