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“Too busy” to vote? Meet Galicia Malone.

For anyone who ever thought they were too busy to vote, meet 21-year-old Galicia Malone.

The south suburban Dolton mom-to-be was spotted at her polling place Tuesday morning on her way to give birth at a local hospital.

Cook County Clerk David Orr said Malone’s contractions were five minutes apart when she showed up around 8:30 a.m. at her precinct’s location named, yes, New Life Celebration Church.

The clerk’s office said Malone’s water had already broken when she made the stop to vote in her first presidential election.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Pregnant-Woman-Votes-En-Route-To-Hospital-177482731.html#ixzz2BTGe9jFl

  1. tra
    November 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Hope she didn’t vote on this touchscreen voting machine:

    If she did, she might as well have stayed home.

  2. November 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Yeah, tra, that video is everywhere. What’s important for people to understand is that most intentional fraud with electronic voting machines will NOT be visible to the voter. Anyone interested in intentional fraud would simply show the user a vote for A while recording a vote for B.

    I can’t for the life of me understand what the video is about — the most common suggestion is “miscalibration,” but the hot spot for Romney apparently extended all the way to the bottom of Obama, and everything else was in order.

    I suppose it could be the stupidest attempted vote theft ever.

  3. tra
    November 6, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Yeah, I assume it was an unintentional glitch, not an attempt to sway the vote. But it does raise the question “if a programming error this obvious can make it past the checkers and double-checkers, what other kind of less-obvious but more dangerous problems might be missed.”

  4. November 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    The list is endless, tra. That’s why it’s so important to have multiple independent counts of paper ballots, controlled by people with different, independent interests, regardless of whether you believe there are intentional conspiracies or not.

    That’s the ultimate reason that electronic voting or, worse, voting on your smartphone, are such terrible ideas. It’s not enough that things are on the up-and-up — it’s important that the vast majority (say 99.5%) of voters can be satisfied that their vote was properly counted. With electronic voting or email or smartphone voting, there will never be a way that people can feel informed confidence that their vote was properly counted.

  5. tra
    November 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I agree 100%.

    And thanks again for your important work in helping to ensure that our votes here in Humboldt County are counted completely and accurately. I can honestly say that I am very, very confident that my vote is counted, and counted accurately. Not sure how many Americans cans say that, and truly be justified in doing so.

  6. November 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Without the concerted application of Gerrymandering, Voter suppression and manipulated voting machines; none of these bozo’s would ever get elected outside of “Klan” counties.

  7. not a fan
    November 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    God, your are a fucking moron.

  8. Smart 5th Grader
    November 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Pot … Kettle … Black.

  9. God
    November 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Am not.

  10. November 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Then why, madame, are you hanging out here?

  11. Plain Jane
    November 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Democrats gain 2 in the senate, Donnellly in Indiana and Warren in Mass and McCaskill is leading in MO. NH elected Maggie Hassan, D, as governor.

  12. tra
    November 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    And Angus King in Maine, who is an Independent, but expected to caucus with the Dems, won Olympia Snowe’s seat. So that’s three seats the Republicans have lost.

  13. Plain Jane
    November 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    +4, McCaskill won in Missouri. And on the House side, Tammy Duckworth won in IL 8th against Joe Walsh.

  14. tra
    November 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    NBC just called Ohio for Obama. And that’s that.

  15. Plain Jane
    November 6, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Not quite, Romney still has a chance to win but it’s slim.

  16. tra
    November 6, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    To those commenters here on the Herald who were, over the last few days, so smugly and confidently predicting a big Romney win — as soon as you have managed to pull your feet out of your mouths and your heads out of your asses, there’s nice heaping dish of crow awaiting your dining pleasure. Bon appetit!

  17. Plain Jane
    November 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Wisconsin has turned blue. Now it doesn’t matter what happens in Florida.

  18. Plain Jane
    November 6, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    4 more years!

  19. anonymous
    November 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Makers vs the Takers today and the Takers have won. Congratulations. Now batten down the hatches for the coming recession. Get out of the stock market and prepare.

  20. tra
    November 6, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Guess that crow tastes kind of bitter.

  21. anonymous
    November 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    May you live long enough to rue this day.

  22. tra
    November 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Doom! Dooooooom, I say!

  23. Anonymous
    November 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Four of the worst years of our lives economically speaking at least and we have no hope of change. But Tra will continue with her Social Security checks so the rest of us can go to hell.

  24. tra
    November 6, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Yeah, things were going so great under Bush, losing 750,000 jobs a month as he slunk out of office in disgrace. It’s such a tragedy that under Obama’s leadership we’ve had a net increase of more than 5.5 million more private-sector jobs since the trough of the recession, thanks to 32 consecutive months of private-sector job growth, a trend that continues steadily on. t

  25. 69er
    November 7, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Four more years of the downward spiral, enjoy, you Obamanites.

    PS I figured it would turn out this was, but voted with my heart and convictions.

  26. tra
    November 7, 2012 at 1:03 am

    In terms of jobs, “downward spiral” is a good description of the situation Bush left in his wake. Whereas it’s a matter of historical fact that we’ve been in an upward spiral since about 6 months after Obama’s stimulus plan passed. Coincidence? Perhaps. Or perhaps not.

    Now it’s true that Bush’s downward spiral was faster-moving than Obama’s upward spiral has been, so if your criteria is simply who can create the fastest-moving spiral, Bush wins, hands down. I mean, wow, that guy really knew how to crash an economy! On the other hand if you care about which direction that spiral is moving, up or down, then Obama’s presidency looks way, way better.

  27. Anonymous
    November 7, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Joe Walsh — plop!

    Todd Akin — splat!

    Richard Mourdock — phhhhhhht!

    Linda McMahon — pbthpbthpbth…sploosh!

    Allen West — schlop!

    Karl Rove, Michael Barone, Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Dick Morris —



  28. November 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Nothing is over. Those republicans who used their office to disenfranchise voters need to be criminally charged. Of course this is the whole problem with the democrats. Now they want to raise our taxes, while at the same time they are handing the money right over the same crowd that tried to put Romney/Ryan in the driver’s seat.
    It’s going to be worse next time around. We need complete public financing of all elections. this won’t happen, because our democracy is a sham. Just because the so-called progressive won, it doesn’t mean there will be any real improvement on progressive issues. We need to start the fight for 2016 yesterday.
    Congratulations to the democrats. But don’t get your hopes up.

  29. Plain Jane
    November 7, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Where are all the right wingers this morning? I expected they would be here bright and early with excuses. They must still be drunk or hungover.

  30. November 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Well, PJ, I for one am relieved and happy. And I don’t think this was as close as it may have looked.

    Considering the GOPs extensive vote suppression efforts, its 2-1 advantage in the unlimited campaign money, its wholly-owned propaganda broadcasting subsidiary at Fox, the behavior of its friends like Sinclair Broadcasting, and its built-in advantage due to those who would never vote for a non-lily-white President, it still couldn’t get to 50+1.

    That’s a relief, an inspiration, and a tribute to those who worked so hard to keep the GOP from rolling things back.

  31. Plain Jane
    November 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I agree Mitch. I expected it to be a lot closer and not settled for weeks. I too was genuinely concerned over voter suppression. Given their shock at this loss, they must have been really counting on it.

  32. November 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

    moviedad: “We need to start the fight for 2016 yesterday.” And do what? Repeat the folly. I’d think you could come up with something more practical than that seeing as you’ve got everything fairly well figured out. Maybe like enforcing the law for a change?

  33. Plain Jane
    November 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Absolutely, Moviedad. And we need to be vocal in expressing to Congress, the House in particular, that only President Obama has an agenda that was approved by the majority of the country and they are expected to negotiate in good faith and work with him to fulfill the mandate from the majority. Those dweebs who individually represent only a small portion of their states can’t be allowed to obstruct the will of the majority of the country, especially when one or more of their Senators (elected by the entire state) is in the president’s party.

    BTW, Tester (D) won re-election in Montana!

  34. November 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Jane I think they are allowed to obstruct any forward movement on public-centered bills and proposals. The democrats just whine about filibusters and how the republicans are not playing fair, but as Mr. Blow points out, they don’t try to enforce the laws, or the rules in the house and senate. I feel they do this because they (the Democrats) also belong to the party of the wealthy, regardless of their protestations about working for the “Common” people. It’s still: “Oligarchy-Lite.”

  35. November 7, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Glenn Greenwald explains in detail what everyone can expect from a newly reelected Barack Obama and his trenchant liberal supporters. What he explains is exactly as I’ve seen coming for five years. Actually, I expected more of this in his first term. Glenn details how the “fight will proceed” in six detailed steps. You can read the complete article here. He asks the question: “With fights over social security, Medicare, ongoing war, and other key progressive priorities looming, what will they do with their new power?”

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