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PSA: Vote Early! October 20, 2008

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I voted in the November 4 election today.  No, I don’t have a time machine.  I wasn’t even voting absentee (though that is another legitimate way to vote early).

Not many people know this, but you can vote early in Alaska.  Starting today, the polls are open from 9 AM to 5 PM on weekdays.  The catch is that there’s only one place you can go to vote, but don’t worry, you still get to vote in all of the races.

The place to vote if you want to vote early (And this time around, who wouldn’t?  It’s going to be a madhouse at every precinct on election day…) is the state Division of Elections office, which is at 7th and Barnette between the Sadler’s building and City Hall.

If you should vote early, which I highly recommend, remember that you can’t vote in any other fashion.  This means you can’t send in an absentee ballot or go vote on election day.  I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but if I weren’t going to be really busy on election day, I could definitely see myself forgetting and going to vote per usual.  Voting twice is a class C felony, in case you were curious.

So if you live in Alaska, go vote!  You’ll look smart on election day when all the other suckers are standing in block-long lines, you get the satisfaction of knowing your vote is already counted two weeks before election day, and best of all, you get that “I Voted Today!” sticker with the Big Dipper on it way before anyone else does.

Oh, and did I mention that when you vote early, the political campaigns are notified that you’ve already voted and will usually stop calling you?  That’s a little bonus for you.


Stevens Trial Will Proceed, Palin Investigation Under Fire September 17, 2008

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The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner is reporting that Ted Stevens’ lawyers have failed in their final attempt to get Stevens’ corruption charges dismissed without a trial.  Stevens is still hoping that the trial, now scheduled to start on the 22nd of September, will be over before the general election on November 4th.  Stevens must be well-convinced of his chances of not being convicted, as were he to be convicted prior to the election, the ramifications would reach beyond his own political career.  If Stevens is indeed convicted before November 4th, the Republicans will not be able to replace him on the ballot, and Mark Begich (the Democratic nominee) will win the race for Stevens’ seat in a walk.  Stevens may be convinced he’ll be found not guilty, but I’d bet there are some folks in his party getting ulcers about now.


In other scandal-related news, Sarah Palin has now completed her reversal of stance towards the State Legislature’s “Troopergate” investigation, as Palin’s allies in the Legislature have sued to block the investigation led by State Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage).  The investigation was initially given unanimous bipartisan support and the blessing of Palin herself, but after Palin’s nomination as John McCain’s running mate, both Palin and Republicans in the Legislature have complained that the probe has become partisan and even suggested that supporters of Barack Obama have “hijacked” the investigation.

CNN has the full story.