questionsdo you tell people who you voted for?

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Nope. I studiously avoided the exit poll on my way out this morning. I talk about who I'm voting for with my kids, but only when they ask, and I explain that I'm only telling them so we can talk about how the voting process works, and how I make my decisions, etc. I make a point of reminding them when you vote, it's totally up to you if you tell anyone, and absolutely no one can make you tell how you voted if you don't want to. (That really impresses them, for some reason.)

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Another advantage for the mail-in

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Well I guess I would have to say that on the radio knowing that John Doe from Where-ever-ville voted for Captain America is pretty useless and distant information. I have heard these people decline to say who they did vote for, but that is a rarity.

I have no problem telling people who has my vote. If I were to engage in an exit poll I would happily tell them. It isn't so much about it being secret information as much as I have the right for it to be secret. All the people with bumper stickers proclaiming their affiliation are pretty easy to see, right?

That being said - Vote Romney/Ryan!

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Nope, it's nobody's business. I don't talk politics, it's one of those things where you are entitled to your own opinion but everyone thinks your opinion is wrong if it doesn't match theirs, so it's easier to just zip it.

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I'm in the 'that's really no one's business but my own' camp.

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I don't really care. I will admit that I vote for a 3rd party since I believe in getting a 3rd voice included in US politics. I generally won't say who exactly I voted for though, just that I have never voted for a R or D in the presidential elections. In Chicago, we are pretty solid blue anyway, so I feel a R/D vote is wasted.

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I am not ashamed of my vote, so I don't really care who knows.

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Yes, but I don't generally discuss it further than that unless it is someone I know. My social group is about evenly split on the presidential election, and there are only a couple of us incapable of having a civil discussion about it (one R, one D, interestingly). So when they are not around the rest of us sometimes talk a bit about how we are voting and why. It's interesting to hear from people whose opinion I value why they are voting for a candidate i would not choose.

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My extended family's been divided enough over this. What's over is over, I hope. It's gotten between relationships and has people not speaking.

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I don't vote. I don't like the two party system. I don't like the fact that all our electorial votes go to one canidate based off majority vote. If you have 3 electorial votes and the state registered voters have a split why don't two electorial votes go towars the majority and one to the minority? The whole process is flawed and I feel my vote does not really count.

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I tell my wife who I vote for, that's about it. That said, we pretty well vote for the same people so it's rather redundant to say it.

I've never voted at a location that had exit polling being done, I guess I've never lived any place interesting enough for exit pollsters to take notice.

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I'm wearing my Woot Crab revolution shirt today. Strange looks from the workers at the church I voted at this morning.

Unfortunately the crab was not on the ballot.

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No exit polls here, so I don't have to worry about that. I doubt I'd go telling a radio station who I voted for when I called in, but my mom and I will talk about it, mainly because we vote the same anyway.

As for random strangers, or customers where I work, if they talk about who they voted for any why, I may be willing to share who I voted for and why. But, I still may not, I'm definitely not looking for a political 'war' so to speak with someone who is so sure their choice is the best/only choice.

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I wasn't planning on telling anyone, but we have a very politically interested person in our office who managed to get it out of me. Apparently my vote was a waste, according to him ;)

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I didn't get hit with an exit poll, but I did vote early last week, so maybe that's why? I live in a NM (not so much a swing state this year, but often is), and I've actually never seen exit pollers...

On the original question, I really don't care who knows how I vote. I wouldn't walk around wearing a t-shirt with it or anything, but I wouldn't be shy about saying it. I'm curious to those who have said they did/don't want to tell anyone, how old they are (another thing you aren't supposed to ask people!).

I only say this, because I know my parents are very secretive about that type of thing (along with money) and never really wanted to answer that question when I was growing up. So I just kind of wonder if it's an age thing. My wife and I are often split on candidates (though not the last 2 pres cycles) but we talk pretty freely about it with friends or other people who ask. If my sons were old enough, I would not be shy to explain elections or why I vote a certain way...

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It's pretty much one of those "don't ask, don't tell" type of rules that people typically abide by...
If someone asks, I'll let them know. I'm also interested in politics and can hold my own in a conversation and can actually back up WHY I voted for a person.
I'm voting after work today.

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I don't volunteer it, but will share if asked. I've always voted my conscience, so I have no problem with doing so or explaining why.
@triplebud- How's the view from the cheap seats? I've never understood the 'everything happens to me' attitude, with a complete refusal to take any responsibility for your own destiny. If you claim to hate the system- which is a copout- change it. Your voice & your vote count at all levels of government, but if you don't take an active role you'll never see that.
Do something.

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@triplebud: I agree with you on the electoral college. My city votes contrary to the rest of the state, so even though we are a very large city, our votes count for nothing in the final analysis (I always vote anyway). I think the electoral college was a great idea back when communication was slow. But now that we have essentially instantaneous communication, I feel we should use the popular vote. My best friend disagrees, as he feels that would allow very populous states to trample over less populous states, which is the other benefit of the electoral college. I understand that concern, but I am not sure it's democratically sound to give the votes of those in less populated areas more weight than those of more populated areas. One vote in Alaska is worth three votes in California at the electoral college. Is that a true democracy? It's a very interesting subject for discussion.
http://www.learnnc.org/lp/media/lessons/davidwalbert7232004-02/electoralcollege.html

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I can care less either way. Who you vote for will not influence who I vote for.

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@kbsig106: I avoided wearing mine after the looks I got during our Primary elections. Sometimes the old ladies who volunteer aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer and look askance at any thing that can cause an upset to order. Bless their old Southern Belle League of Women Voters hearts.

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The exit pollers ask for a couple minutes and I just say sure but I'm not telling you who I voted for. That ends it. It's no one else's business either, that why it's a private ballot.

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i voted the kang/kodos ticket!

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@moondrake: The US isn't a true democracy. It's a representative republic for precisely that reason: to avoid tyranny of the majority.

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@moondrake: I agree, I won't outright say who I'm voting for in this thread, but I'm sure you can guess... My friend is voting Romney this year. Even though I disagree with a large part of her reasoning (like his economic plan which she THINKS he's set up, but since she refuses to watch debates, she doesn't realize that Romney doesn't actually have a working plan out in the open) But I very much value her opinion. I'm in my early 20's, and she's in her late 30's. I want to know HOW she decides to vote because I'd like to see if I agree with her REASONING and then apply it to my own voting decisions. In my household, it's by party, that's it. But I disagree. Granted, I do typically lean D, BUT I'm willing to listen to the other side. My biggest complaint about the debates were that they were WAY too short. I want to know all their plans, not how well they distract the opponent from the topic before time is up. Obama has screwed up, but as a not so healthy woman, I'm afraid of R/R...

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@stryker4526: I do understand that. I always laugh when I hear people say that we are fighting to bring democracy to other countries, since we aren't actually a democracy ourselves. But why a hybrid? Why not just let the governors elect the President, or Congress? If we are not going to have a true democracy, why have half of one? We pretend that every vote has a value, but in the Presidential election it really doesn't. My vote is worth about half what a vote from the guy a few miles away over the state line's is worth, and it isn't going to matter at all because my state's electors are going to vote contrary to how I voted. I vote because I feel it is my civic duty and a great privilege, but it would be a whole lot more of a privilege if it wasn't an exercise in futility.

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Absolutely! I voted Romney-Ryan so we can recover from the abysmal Obama economy through middle class tax cuts, a balanced budget & fewer regulations. These policies will bring back more jobs. I want to repeal Obamacare, lower gas prices by approving more permits & the Keystone pipeline, and end crony capitalism for corporations like Solyndra, A123 & Abound. Vote Republican with me to reclaim the American dream!

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I won't tell people who I vote for unless she wins since it's a little embarassing. I just wish she and Tom Arnold were still together. Talk about a crazy Whitehouse...

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@maharaj4h: Why do you want to repeal "Obamacare" (which is officially known as the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010")? Mitt Romney's 2006 Massachusetts plan known as "Romneycare" or "Massachusetts health care insurance reform law" is remarkably similar to that plan, in that it specifies "nearly every resident of Massachusetts obtain a state-government-regulated minimum level of healthcare insurance coverage." But now, when it's politically savvy, Mitt has abandoned that plan to repeal Obamacare.

Silly, isn't it?

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People don't need to know who I voted for, I don't ask them who they voted for, and I don't really care. It's your choice who you vote for, not mine.

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Y'know, this is just a reminder that if we're going to talk actual direct politics to play nice.

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@inkycatz: Educating someone on the facts of a situation/ horrible irony isn't playing nice?

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I don't for 2 reasons:

1) I don't live in a swing state so it doesn't matter who I vote for. Obama will get my states' votes.
2) It only causes controversy. If you talk politics, somebody else has a difference of opinion and takes your opinion as a personal attack.

The only reason why I actually go vote is for local elections.

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I won't advertise it but will tell if asked. It's not like I'm embarrassed about it, it's just one of those things that can turn on you in a heartbeat if you are in the wrong setting.

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@maharaj4h: I'm always puzzled when I see those claims.

First, the Bush tax cuts - which are what Romney wants to extend further - were extended for the middle class. In other words, unless you make >$250k / year, Romney will not cut your taxes any further than what they have already been cut.

Second, the "Obamacare" legislation was based on what Romney signed into law as governor in MA. He has yet to say what he would want if it were repealed, but being as his record shows he signed something virtually identical, why would you expect something different from him - especially since the president didn't write "Obamacare" any ways?

Third, the only permits for drilling that have been ended under Obama are those that were not being used. None have been cancelled that were active. There also is no evidence to support the notion that domestic oil would reduce gas prices, if you actually read into the matter you'll find it is nowhere near that simple.

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Yes, I do tell. Doesn't bother me if people know.

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Overall, no. I am not afraid or embarrassed or even worried about it being a secret. I just dislike the attitudes and superiority complexes it brings out it so many people. If someone starts talking politics I tend to listen without adding or tune them out if they are just on a rant. Most people then assume I agree with them.

For example, I was at a dinner recently. When politics started, two people who had never met before decided that anyone who was registered in a different party was a complete idiot and discussed the topic for a good ten minutes. Umm, I do not think it is that simple and I chose not to share my opinion.

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I have talked about who I'm voting for nonstop for weeks. I will not however, volunteer or mention my vote on election day. It just seems wrong. If I'm asked on the way out - yes I would participate.

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I have no problem answering questions about who I voted for and why. In fact, when my political party (Republican) called me up to remind me to vote Republican on Monday night, I told them that not only had I already voted, I'd voted straight-ticket Democrat, voted to legalize Gay Marriage, and to legalize possession of Marijuana.

I'm neither gay, nor do I smoke marijuana. I just have a well formed opinion about both. I'm absolutely against bigotry and hatred. Some people think that's harsh language, I don't. It's what it is, and if using strong words to get the point across is what is necessary. So be it.

Have a great rest of the week folks!

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No, I don't talk about it and I really, really wish other people online (FB and Twitter) would stop broadcasting their choices or their either glee or sadness at the results. Just praying (?) people don't start on their religious views.

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@triplebud: i agree completely, If we had a popular vote system like it should be (don't worry the redcoats aren't gonna come outnumber us and vote parliament back in) i actually feel like more than just the
polit-i-tards would go out and vote. That being said I voted for Ron Paul, so when our chinese overlords come to collect the mountain of debt the US racked up, I can say i didn't vote for them...

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My spouse knows who I would vote as does my family.
I'd lie to an exit poll taker intentionally, just to mess up the exit polls.

I live in one of those all important SSSSCCCHHHWWWIIIIIINNNNGGGG states and yes it does suck during presidential election year.