Life is falling to pieces: an illustrated journal

Life tends to suck if you let it. An illustrated journal about the way I've totally screwed up my life and (hopefully) how I'm going to get myself out of it.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Entry #72: Red, White, and Blue

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Anonymous Confused said...

Jukebox? Vending machine? Wheel of Democracy? How does that thing work - You just pull the handle and hope for the best?

6:52 AM  
Blogger Serena said...

You've never seen the old school machincal lever-type voting machines? You don't know what you're missing!

Basically, you step into the voting booth and pull the lever. Pulling the lever closes the curtain around you so you can vote in private. (oooOOOOoooooo secrecy) Then, now that you're ready to vote, you pull the little levers on the board to pick your candidates. When you finish selecting everyone you want, you pull the lever back. This does two things: tally your votes on a counter and reset the voting machine for the next person to use. Reseting the machine also opens the curtain, so you can't vote twice. Fun, eh?

Apparently, as I've just learned while searching the interent trying to find a link for you, they no longer make these things so that might explain why you've never seen one. :/ They're not too bad though, since they're 100% accurate and prevent voter fraud. However they also, apparently, weigh like a million pounds and (since they're not made anymore) can't really be fixed if they break so they've just been replaced. Oh well.

(Of course I don't trust computerized electronic voting, so lets hope these things keep working for a long while, eh?)

8:08 AM  
Blogger Woozie said...

We use the computrized thing to vote, but I always wanted to do the lever thing.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous enlightened said...

There should be two switchable levers, one for voting and one that opens a trapdoor under the voter. More sporting that way. Thx for the link and the information

5:32 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I love all the little levers! If only voting really was that fun!



8:07 PM  
Blogger ET said...

Good for you for voting Democratic!
You made Bush and Rummy shift a little today.

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yah Dems!

I read on another blog (don't remember which) said that now that Dems are going to control at least one part of congress, Bush finally wants to play nice in the sandbox. Or something like that.


9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

::hangs down head in shame:: i didn't manage to get the absentee ballot so i did not vote this year...

however, i would've voted the same way as everyone else, seemedly, so i'm glad my vote wouldn't have been like, the one to throw it in the other direction, or something.

to all who DID vote...hooray! you did your duty as citizen and hopefully helped change our world a little bit. be proud!

and, i LOVE those machines! when i was really little, i'd go in w/ my mom and vote...i can't believe they let her take me...and i loved watching her tick the little thingys. when i got to do it on my own after 18, it was like going back to a cool childhood thing.

7:02 AM  
Blogger Woozie said...

::hangs down head in shame:: i didn't manage to get the absentee ballot so i did not vote this year...

The wouldn't have been counted anyway.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Woozie said...


3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YAY! What a great day for America! tee hee, love the drawing and I am glad I've gotten to experience the levers before they change it all to a computerized (and therefore hack-able) system)

12:44 PM  
Anonymous the Laughorist said...

We use those lever machines in upstate NY and I love them; hard to screw up. Nice drawing, nice blog. Instead of red, white, and blue, maybe we're red, white, and bluer -- and not blue about it!

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you! Yeaaa! I voted straight Dem, too, and we got 'um on the run. Maybe Americans will start to awake from this horrible dream we've been forced to live these past 6 years. Maybe they'll put up the slogans, peel off the stickers from their cars and take a serious look at what almost happened to this democracy.

I love your blog...great artwork and thought!

10:28 PM  
Blogger slaghammer said...

Sanity and reason are tentatively climbing back out of the hole they’ve been cowering in for the last six years. Hopefully there will be no loud noises or quick movements that might frighten them back into the dark.

5:00 AM  
Blogger Serena said...

My, how poetic!

7:25 AM  
Blogger Shan said...

By the way, Serena, I think the way you dress is really cool.

12:24 PM  
Blogger kuttychathan said...

cool blog... i just love your illustrations.... sometimes i feel the old system we had here was so much more fun (that of putting impressions on ballot papers and then putting those papers in a box)
the best part of that system was during the counting... they normally end up with more ballot papers than the total number of voters. Then the whole circus starts all over again.... i miss those elections now. everything being computerised has taken the fun out of life :-(

1:33 PM  
Blogger kuttychathan said...

hey... thanks for the post... and thanks a lot for the link... i am learning a lot many things about the chinese zodiac and about tigers... One thing i really liked...
"The monkey is the mortal enemy of the tiger".
could the chinese be right... or is it just one of those ancient cuse types.... something to think about...

3:18 AM  

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