Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

A friend of mine shared this song with me a few days ago and I thought it was so lovely, I wanted to share with you all.

Can you believe we’re down to 11 days before Election Day?! Do you have a voting plan? Have you already voted? Early voting starts in New York this weekend and I’ll be in line first thing (or maybe Drew will be – we’re going to take turns, so one of us can stay home with the kids). Here’s how to find a polling place near you. And here’s where you can find info for text banking, phone banking and canvassing in these final crucial days of the campaign cycle. If you have other suggestions to help get out of the vote, please share!

In addition to voting, I’ll be watching the new Borat movie this weekend and expect it will be the highlight of the week (well, second to voting against Trump, of course). Hope you all have a good weekend! xox

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    Fyodor October 23, 2020, 9:31 am

    Is there an election coming up? I haven’t seen any advertisements or news coverage. Who is on the ballot?

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      Fyodor October 23, 2020, 9:32 am

      I live in Pennsylvania. Is it worth it for me to investigate the election and vote?

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    ktfran October 23, 2020, 9:35 am

    I filled out my ballot this morning. And as soon as it stops raining, I’ll walk it to the dropbox.

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    Copa October 23, 2020, 9:46 am

    I voted in-person on Wednesday! Woke up early to get to my polling place about 15 minutes before they opened in case a line was already forming, and it was. I was 16th in line. Took me about 45 minutes total to get through, including the wait for them to open. I checked my ballot like four times just to make sure I hadn’t somehow accidentally voted for Trump. Like a lot of people, I’m sure, I’m incredibly anxious about everything going on in our nation. I’m debating taking November 4th off.

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    Kate October 23, 2020, 10:02 am

    Voted in person already.

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    Miss MJ October 23, 2020, 10:24 am

    My husband and I dropped our ballots off Monday and confirmed that they were counted on Wednesday. Two votes for Biden in Florida!

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    Helen October 23, 2020, 10:25 am

    Voted in person last week. Turning GA blue would be a miracle but we’re due for one

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      Betty October 23, 2020, 11:40 am

      It’s weird but I had a dream last night that Georgia voted blue! In my dream it was due to support of Harris and backlash against Senator Perdue.

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        Helen October 23, 2020, 12:05 pm

        Fingers crossed that was a prophetic dream!! Fuck Perdue

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    MaterialsGirl October 23, 2020, 10:30 am

    Waiting for my new registration card at the new location. Checking IL website states my correct polling place, but that my status is ‘undetermined.” Hopefully it comes through in time, but if not, I can still register in person that day

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      Copa October 23, 2020, 12:05 pm

      I also changed my registration when I moved and even though that was last month, I was nervous it wouldn’t go through in time. It took maybe 1-2 weeks for my status to be updated online, and a few days after that I got my new registration card.

      As an aside, I’m always shocked they never ask to see my ID or voter registration card when I vote in Chicago, and it’s been so long since I voted anywhere else that I can’t remember if it always felt that lax.

      Anyway, hope yours comes through in time!

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        MaterialsGirl October 23, 2020, 12:13 pm

        gosh i know. I mean they have a list or something they check but….

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      ktfran October 23, 2020, 1:15 pm

      An ID isn’t required to vote in IL and people at the polls aren’t supposed to ask. Actually, if they ask, I believe you can report it.

      It’s only required for some first time voters.

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        Copa October 23, 2020, 1:26 pm

        I didn’t know that, but now feel dumb that I didn’t because… it does make sense cause otherwise we’d basically be Alabama. I’m assuming they verify my identity with my signature.

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        ktfran October 23, 2020, 1:36 pm

        I didn’t know either until the husband told me!! And you’re right, they are supposed to check your signature.

        I actually have two signatures. My legal document signature, where I sign my entire last name and my ugh, I hate writing out my entire name so here’s a scribble.

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        ktfran October 23, 2020, 1:38 pm

        Fun fact, the husband’s full name, including middle, is only two letters longer than my last. I guess I could have changed, but nah.

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      Sara October 23, 2020, 6:11 pm

      If you encounter any form of voter suppression or witness anyone else experiencing the same please report it through https://seesay2020.com/

      A bit of background
      The Lincoln Project and Democracy Labs joined together to form See Something, Say Something 2020 Initiative. This platform will help voters report instances of voter suppression in real time. This system is designed to supplement other existing voter suppression protection systems by using the Lincoln Project Army as witnesses to voter intimidation tactics. When someone uses #SeeSay2020, Democracy Labs has the coordinates and timestamp of when/where it was posted online and can verify it’s legitimacy.

      If you have witnessed an act of voter suppression:
      1. Report: Head to SeeSay2020.com
      2. Upload: Document any instances of voter suppression that you encounter: take photos, note timestamps and locations, add descriptions.
      3. Submit: Reported incidents will go through a screening process to remove spam and false positives.
      4. Expose: Use the hashtag #SeeSay2020 on your social media platforms to ensure that Donald Trump knows what will happen #WhenWeAllVote.

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    Betty October 23, 2020, 11:38 am

    So glad Oregon has mail-in voting (no polling places since 1998). Didn’t want to take my chances with the postal service so put it in the ballot box next to my library on Monday! As of yesterday 36% of Oregon Democrats had voted (and 25% of Republicans).

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      kriskros October 23, 2020, 1:47 pm

      Yes! I dropped mine off the day I got my ballot. I don’t understand why everywhere doesn’t have mail ballots, it’s so much easier. No waiting in line, plenty of time to turn it in and easy to track.

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      Clover October 24, 2020, 1:36 pm

      Right? It’s so lovely to sit down at your kitchen table with your voters’ guides and your phone and your favorite pen and take the time to learn about the candidates you haven’t heard of and read the text of the initiatives you aren’t sure about. I do not miss the days of standing in the voting booth thinking, “I think I saw a yard sign for this guy, but I don’t really know much about him.”

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    LisforLeslie October 23, 2020, 11:59 am

    I am back in NYC. I have been appropriately quarantining. I have not seen a pair of lips yet. I am not going this weekend but I will likely sneak out next Friday and head over.

    One nice thing about being in NYC – I can count the number of political ads on one hand. I’ve seen exactly one for Trump. In Florida it was literally 2 minute break, 4 commercials, Trump, Biden, Trump Biden – (actual campaign and PAC ads).

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    Bittergaymark October 23, 2020, 12:57 pm

    I think I posted this somewhere on this site, but this week is a bit of a blur. And there is now a bit of update…

    Okay… I came back to LA a little over a week ago… Worked one tiny shoot and was thus promptly and swiftly exposed to Covid19. I learned this via email on Monday. Exposure was last Friday. So Joy! I have to quarantine for another while week. But… I did test negative yesterday. Whew… So that is good news.

    I dunno. It’s all rather darkly hilarious as here I was beginning to think all my fears of returning to work were nothing but over-the-top, baseless paranoia.

    But no.

    Oh well. Whatever. I was masked the entire shoot. More — I feel physically fine. So that is also good news. At any rate it made for a rather shitty milestone of a birthday — what with me sitting all alone in my utter wreck of an apartment.
    Hah! Once upon a time I was supposed to turn 50 among the ruins of Machu Picchu. Instead it was just me surrounded by the ruins of my life.

    🤷‍♂️

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      bloodymediocrity October 23, 2020, 4:40 pm

      For what it’s worth – I had a moment of worry when I realized I couldn’t remember seeing any comments by you recently, so I’m glad to see this post here, even if it is full of not-great news.

      Anyways, even though it wasn’t a happy birthday, I hope this next year is better than the last for you. Cheers.

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        Bittergaymark October 23, 2020, 7:01 pm

        Thanks! I am missing the lake and Minnesota!

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    bloodymediocrity October 23, 2020, 4:37 pm

    Voting is ridiculously easy here in Minnesota. My wife and I were in and out in about 10 minutes. I dropped my parents ballots off into the drop box box without issue.

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      MaterialsGirl October 23, 2020, 4:44 pm

      hooray!

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    Kate October 23, 2020, 6:19 pm

    The Borat movie is fucking funny. I just watched it in bed where I literally spend 12 hours a day.

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    Howdywiley October 23, 2020, 7:51 pm

    My kids school has been full time distance learning since March. The school allowed all the students onto campus for the first time for class pictures earlier this week. Lots of kids went, lots stayed home. We stayed home. Well surprise surprise an email sent out to all parents last night that a group of kids that were there have now tested positive for Covid and everyone that went needs to be tested as well. Hundreds of students, parents, staff, ect.
    Glad we stayed home.

    Turned in my mail in ballot the first day I could.

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    d2 October 23, 2020, 8:23 pm

    I dropped off my ballot a couple of weeks ago. The absentee thing was so easy that I may regularly do that in the future.

    This weekend will be indoor projects. We got 8 inches of snow this week, and it looks like it won’t get above freezing until the end of next week. I am hoping for a warm streak (well, seasonal fall temperatures) so I can do a couple of small outdoor projects yet this year.

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    anonymousse October 24, 2020, 7:55 am

    I applied for a mail in ballot a long time ago, like two or three months ago. At the time I thought I was being ridiculous for being ready to vote so early when the election was so far away.

    I got an email saying it was in the mail. It never arrived. So I contacted the county voting office and they sent out a new one, which also hasn’t come. I just requested another one, but I’m sure it won’t come in time at this point. I will just try to go to vote early at the county office, which is about a 30 minute drive away. It’s not a big deal at all, but I do think it’s disturbing how complicated and difficult voting can be made. What if I didn’t have a car? Or worked during the 8-4 they are open?

    I miss voting in WA where voting by mail is really easy and I never had any issues getting my ballot. They send them out if you’re registered. There are drop boxes all over the place to turn them in. There are convenient places to drop my ballot here, if it ever arrives.

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      Kate October 24, 2020, 9:41 am

      Yikes, that is concerning, especially with it being a major swing state that the winner would have to win.

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        anonymousse October 24, 2020, 10:41 am

        Yeah, I’m pretty weirded out by it all. I’m in a traditionally blue county so it all strikes me as very strange. I’ve had no issues voting in previous elections here.

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    Akeath October 24, 2020, 11:57 am

    My husband and

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    Akeath October 24, 2020, 12:04 pm

    My husband and I got our ballots mailed in a while ago. Mail in ballots are only accepted through the usps mail, they don’t accept drop offs. You can do absentee votes in person, but only if you have a condition that puts you at high risk for coronavirus (since my husband isn’t high risk we went ahead and both did mail-in ballots at the same time). There isn’t general early in person voting in our state. They were very clear about all that when we requested the ballots. Luckily, we haven’t really had slow down in mail here. We also had to get the envelopes notarized, which wasn’t difficult. Notary seemed quite busy, there were people getting ballots notarized before us and then as we left more people coming in for the notary as well.

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      Akeath October 24, 2020, 12:06 pm

      This all applies only to our state (Missouri), of course. I’m kind of jealous about all the other people who get to drop their ballots off in person.

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