Vote ’08: Vote by Mail and Registration Deadlines

california voter's guide with andre the giant obey stickerIsn’t it too late to register already? How do you vote by mail? I keep hearing this questions both directly and in passing and so I’m writing this brief post to address the answers, at least in specificity to the State of California (voting guide). You can also call for CA voting info: 1-800-345-VOTE. Find specific state-by-state info here

Is it too late to register to vote?
Not even close. October 20 is the last day to vote in California and most other states. Vote via the widget here.

How can I vote by mail?
In California, you can apply after October 6 via this form (PDF) or any of the other forms (in multiple languages) listed here. Currently, only 28 states allow no-excuse absentee voting. For information on your site, check The Vote by Mail Project.

Why the hell do we have to vote on Tuesday?
To answer this question, I urge everyone to explore the Why Tuesday? website. Fortunately, more and more states are allowing vote-by-mail, but it would be easiest to drop by a ballot box on a saturday or sunday, considering we’re not all farmers anymore.

There you go. Please leave any questions, thoughts, and comments below. You can also follow me on Twitter. No go and vote!

It’s All Palin, [Almost] All the Time

Here’s a disturbing chart from the Project for Excellence in Journalism detailing the top campaign stories filling the newshole for the first week of September. Who exactly is controlling the news-cycle these days? Will the media buy into any good story at the risk of endangering our democracy? Read the report.

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The Sociological Effects of Credible Threats

I wanted to throw up this morning after reading of a guns/drugs arrest outside of Denver and a “connection with a possible plot to kill Senator Barack Obama during his speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday night,” as the New York Times reported.

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Call me paranoid, call me a skeptic but my first reaction to such shocking headlines is concern. Not necessarily for the safety of Barack Obama — but for the way the fear factor is amplified among the throngs of people at the Convention and the proof that any derelict who gets pulled over can make headlines across the world by claiming to be involved in a plot against the first black candidate with a decent chance of becoming president.

In fact, the reporting in the CBS4 article with the uber-dramatic headline above is so very hasty and unprofessional, it is cringeworthy. And I’m not going to nitpick on the ridiculously misinformed and misspelled URL [OK, fine, it is after all: http://cbs4denver.com/investigates/assisination.plot.obama.2.802827.html]. Officials aren’t saying much, although Denver’s U.S. attorney is expected to make a statement this afternoon, but at least we have this ландшафтthorough exclusive interview by CBS4 reporter Brian Maass:

One of those suspects spoke exclusively to CBS4 investigative reporter Brian Maass from inside the Denver City Jail late Monday night and said his friends had discussed killing Obama.

“So your friends were saying threatening things about Obama?” Maass asked.

“Yeah,” Nathan Johnson replied.

“It sounded like they didn’t want him to be president?”

“Yeah,” Johnson said.

Below, the actual TV news clip from CBS4 Denver: