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  • Home Rule | | Lancaster PA Blog
    to the Board of Elections The polling venue had started the day with 1 120 paper ballots They had 565 left over That at least added up 35 voters had voted via the eSlate 1 voter Sarah had her paper ballot scanned but did not have her name recorded on the list of voters 21 absentee ballots had been received 20 of those had been scanned 1 was unable to be scanned None of them had been checked against the list of people who voted to double check that no one cast an absentee ballot and then wound up attempting to vote in person 548 ballots had been counted by the scanning machine 17 provisional ballots had been properly cast and were waiting in green envelopes to be sent to the Board of Elections Here then is the problem 565 voters had come through the door and had their names written down on the list of people who voted 1 voter s ballot was counted but her name did not appear on that list 21 voters absentee ballots had submitted 587 voters Compare that to this 548 ballots were counted by the scanning machine 1 ballot absentee would not scan 35 ballots were cast electronically via the eSlate 584 ballots counted Oops Our polling place records showed 587 legitimate voters they appeared in the signature book and thus were allowed to vote at this precinct Our polling place records showed 584 ballots had been counted Oops This concerned the judge of elections when I was able to spell it out clearly and simply She asked to keep the piece of paper on which I had written the above simple arithmetic with notes and she included those in her report But she said that always happens every time There are possible explanations Someone could have come through the door signed the signature page had his or her name written on the list of voters and then decided it wasn t worth waiting in line any more and left without actually casting a ballot That s unlikely though because they would likely have made that decision after having been handed a paper ballot and all the paper ballots were accounted for No one walked out the door with a ballot in other words With only 35 people using the eSlate there was never a line for people who weren t using paper ballots An election worker could have written down someone s name on the list of voters only to discover that oops that person wasn t in the signature book and needed to cast a provisional ballot instead And then didn t do anything about the mistake This too is unlikely One of the election workers remaining at the end of the day had been at the registration table all day where they check voters names against the signature book and write down their names on the list She had no recollection of any mishap like the one I suggest was possible Also for much of the day a poll watcher from the Democratic Committee was there checking names against her own list serving as a sort of watchdog Further the person writing down people s names refers to the signature book for the proper spelling of the name If it s not there in the signature book it s unlikely it would be written down on the list What happened to those three voters their three ballots I registered my concern and the judge of elections duly noted it even as she said that such abnormalities are the norm I had no desire to make a stink only to do what I considered my duty as a poll watcher Instant runoff ballots are surprisingly straightforward We live in a democracy the world s first and longest standing If there is one thing we should get all but perfect it is voting We obviously don t The means of voting we use are grossly inconsistent between locales We use electronic machines that can be tampered with and that leave no paper trail verifiable or otherwise State representative Mike Sturla told me and my fellow poll workers of a reported tampering method At the beginning of the day the machines are checked to make sure that they have zero votes McCain having 10 votes and Obama having 10 votes equals zero and counts as zero Diebold has claimed that they have corrected the error that allows that to happen but even if that is true what have they not caught or accounted for Perhaps worst of all we staff the polling places with honorable and noble citizens who unfortunately are under trained and unable to stay a full day to ensure consistency They are responsible for making calculations and following strict but often obscure procedures at the end of a tiring 14 or 15 hour shift We have yet to adopt worthwhile advances in modern day voting such as instant runoff voting which would allow people to vote based on their conscience rather than based on political strategy I am troubled by all of this but at the moment not all that deeply and I have no plans to take any real action on these problems any time soon Should I be more troubled Should we be doing something more P S Be sure to check out the detailed initial returns from Tuesday for Lancaster County Daniel Klotz November 6 2008 Why I am voting YES for Home Rule Tomorrow Lancaster County voters will decide whether or not to break out from under Harrisburg s total control of our county government structure Everyone will have the opportunity to vote either yes or no to a referendum question on the back of the ballot Here s a sample ballot I will be voting yes I encourage you to vote yes but most of all I encourage you to think and decide for yourself Here are the reasons I will be voting YES for

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  • Tell me how you feel | Lancaster PA Blog
    of Propostition 8 in California and similar measures elsewhere in the country But I really believe that this country is headed towards a new path of respect for civil and human rights and that belief buoys me Wendy Edsall Kerwin says November 6 2008 at 4 13 pm Aren t you loving that new poll add in In general I m used to who I vote for not winning I do vote 3rd party a lot after all But I m upset that the PA Green party didn t even let me know that they wouldn t be on the PA ballot They didn t even try to get people to sign petitions or volunteer or anything Maybe they just didn t ask me With lack of media coverage for 3rd paries it s frustrating trying to find anything out I only found out they weren t on the ballot when you posted it Of course the Home Rule Smack Down sucks also Now what you going to focus on Comments are closed arrow back Newer Older arrow forward Lancaster County and the Cultural Creatives This is Lancaster city resident Daniel Klotz s blog about Lancaster County and what makes

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  • ballot | | Lancaster PA Blog
    city resident Daniel Klotz s blog about Lancaster County and what makes it an interesting place Primary topics are the arts civic life and news analysis Follow danielklotz Get Updates By Email Subscribe to LancasterPABlog com Enter your email address FourSquare Checkins Klotzy Hizzy YDOP Annie Bailey s Irish Pub Klotzy Hizzy SHEETZ Popular Posts Population Density and Geography in PA Mental Parity was the Bailout Bill s Silver Lining

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  • November 4 | | Lancaster PA Blog
    Lancaster city resident Daniel Klotz s blog about Lancaster County and what makes it an interesting place Primary topics are the arts civic life and news analysis Follow danielklotz Get Updates By Email Subscribe to LancasterPABlog com Enter your email address FourSquare Checkins Klotzy Hizzy YDOP Annie Bailey s Irish Pub Klotzy Hizzy SHEETZ Popular Posts Population Density and Geography in PA Mental Parity was the Bailout Bill s Silver

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  • President | | Lancaster PA Blog
    speak in 2009 does not lead to actually speaking when it comes to our relationships with our neighbors We are working hard repairing rather than consuming That intense look at the present stirs up a more contemplative look at the past The verbs tense shifts from present progressive ing to simple present and the perspective briefly shifts from first person to third person Put another way we are walking becomes they wait The action itself changes in nature too the very specific and tangible darning a hole in a uniform becomes general and figurative cross dirt roads and highways The flow slowly builds momentum out of the deep contemplative pool as it builds urgency and hope fixating on the prospect that there s something better down the road The poet snaps herself and us out of the daydreaming with a sharp command Say it plain that many have died for this day The appropriate action is to remember to sing the names of our ancestors on this continent and all they accomplished and suffered After dwelling for a brief moment on figures from the past we return to the present with the wonderfully perplexing words praise song Is this another command asking us to lift praise to song Or since we are in a poem are these just sentences without action sentences about songs of praise No time to dwell on that though the poem is ready to get on to what does matter which is the question of how we live Options are described with one theme rising to the top love The thought of love launches us into a jarring realization of just where we are we are here in this winter air and it s today Anything can happen Possibility has piled up With that hopeful dreaming in our heads the poem closes with an upbeat epilogue praise song for walking forward in that light Untangling some trouble spots in the meaning It is only at this point that I can begin to feel comfortable going line by line We ve established context given ourselves a good sense of the poem as a whole Even after this critical reading almost an exegesis there will be so much that I have left out I hope you chime in with comments on what you see and experience that I have missed or simply left out Each day we go about our business walking past each other catching each other s eyes or not about to speak or speaking Two things to note on the sound the half buried alliteration of a b out with b usiness and the repetition of the long e sound in each and speak On the rhythm the poem begins with two stressed syllables which gives it a strong and methodical feel from the beginning We know we are about to pause and shift These lines concisely capture the greatest hardships of our current condition not the alienation of the modern era but rather something like alienation a more postmodern problem In 2009 we are not truly isolated all we have to do is make eye contact with anyone around us and speak but yet we feel isolated we lack the will we lack the sense that we live in community as neighbors It s important that this present difficulty is said plain right away so that we read of our predecessors with empathy rather than pity All about us is noise All about us is noise and bramble thorn and din each one of our ancestors on our tongues There is a flipped parallelism in noise and bramble thorn and din In the past Western expectations would have been considered bad form parallelism expects noise and bramble din and thorn Today we can say Whatever this way sounds better We should be really astonished at what Elizabeth Alexander is saying here We speak of our ancestors and are noise makers That s almost impossible to catch on first reading that our ancestors on our tongues is not in any sense reverential We are not honoring our forefathers note that she inconspicuously avoids any such gender specific words instead we are using their names as the raw material for the making of noise We blather of the past Someone is stitching up a hem darning a hole in a uniform patching a tire repairing the things in need of repair There s alliteration again here at the beginning in s omeone is s titching We continue to see more and more repetition of words each and speak in stanza one all about us is noise in stanza two and repair in this stanza Word repetition gets a bad rap in many writing courses based on the false premise that word repetition and word choice cannot live together In fact repetition of a word is itself a word choice and many times a good one Wallace Stevens one of the great twentieth century American poets could hardly repeat words frequently enough The choice of darning is interesting and I don t know what to make of it It feels quaint and old timey but we re talking about the present That s something to wonder about There are definitely bigger issues involved here The uniform brings up our military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan patching a tire our continued reliance on automobiles stitching a hem perhaps an indication of hard economic times when not everyone can simply buy new pants At any rate the things in need of repair are hardly so concrete The economy our culture the whole world are all in need of repair Someone is trying to make music somewhere with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum with cello boom box harmonica voice Alliteration in m ake m usic I love lists like this in poems they give detail and almost always contain a surprise This list is all surprises in its diversity Harmonica is held up with boom box

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  • business opportunities | | Lancaster PA Blog
    is seen as bad as well as too expensive Asset Worthy mentees The word on the street is that membership at Lancaster s Hamilton Club which costs a few thousand dollars a year is tanking Downtown s upscale art galleries are complaining that they have lots of viewers but few buyers Private golf club memberships continue their slow decline In so many words expensive exclusivity is out and open mentoring is in The fewer people there are at the Hamilton Club when you go there the less worthwhile it will be What was once exclusive will appear instead to be dying So where are wealthy people supposed to get their kicks They get it by patronizing young and exciting artists by mentoring up and coming visionaries and by founding places where fresh ideas come to life If you re an entrepreneur the challenge in 2009 will not be to get past the velvet rope to hobnob with an exclusive crowd The challenge instead will be to find the people leaving those scenes and to engage them in your work When times are tough no one wants to rest on their laurels Seek out the elites who could and pique their interest in your projects Learn from them give them a real stake in things and satisfy their need to be involved in something new and exciting Share this post on Twitter Read Part I Construction Read Part II Journalism Read Part III Continuing Ed Read Part IV Lending Read Part V Telecommuting Daniel Klotz December 29 2008 Lancaster County and the Cultural Creatives This is Lancaster city resident Daniel Klotz s blog about Lancaster County and what makes it an interesting place Primary topics are the arts civic life and news analysis Follow danielklotz Get Updates By Email Subscribe to

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  • elite | | Lancaster PA Blog
    is seen as bad as well as too expensive Asset Worthy mentees The word on the street is that membership at Lancaster s Hamilton Club which costs a few thousand dollars a year is tanking Downtown s upscale art galleries are complaining that they have lots of viewers but few buyers Private golf club memberships continue their slow decline In so many words expensive exclusivity is out and open mentoring is in The fewer people there are at the Hamilton Club when you go there the less worthwhile it will be What was once exclusive will appear instead to be dying So where are wealthy people supposed to get their kicks They get it by patronizing young and exciting artists by mentoring up and coming visionaries and by founding places where fresh ideas come to life If you re an entrepreneur the challenge in 2009 will not be to get past the velvet rope to hobnob with an exclusive crowd The challenge instead will be to find the people leaving those scenes and to engage them in your work When times are tough no one wants to rest on their laurels Seek out the elites who could and pique their interest in your projects Learn from them give them a real stake in things and satisfy their need to be involved in something new and exciting Share this post on Twitter Read Part I Construction Read Part II Journalism Read Part III Continuing Ed Read Part IV Lending Read Part V Telecommuting Daniel Klotz December 29 2008 Lancaster County and the Cultural Creatives This is Lancaster city resident Daniel Klotz s blog about Lancaster County and what makes it an interesting place Primary topics are the arts civic life and news analysis Follow danielklotz Get Updates By Email Subscribe to

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  • exclusivity | | Lancaster PA Blog
    is seen as bad as well as too expensive Asset Worthy mentees The word on the street is that membership at Lancaster s Hamilton Club which costs a few thousand dollars a year is tanking Downtown s upscale art galleries are complaining that they have lots of viewers but few buyers Private golf club memberships continue their slow decline In so many words expensive exclusivity is out and open mentoring is in The fewer people there are at the Hamilton Club when you go there the less worthwhile it will be What was once exclusive will appear instead to be dying So where are wealthy people supposed to get their kicks They get it by patronizing young and exciting artists by mentoring up and coming visionaries and by founding places where fresh ideas come to life If you re an entrepreneur the challenge in 2009 will not be to get past the velvet rope to hobnob with an exclusive crowd The challenge instead will be to find the people leaving those scenes and to engage them in your work When times are tough no one wants to rest on their laurels Seek out the elites who could and pique their interest in your projects Learn from them give them a real stake in things and satisfy their need to be involved in something new and exciting Share this post on Twitter Read Part I Construction Read Part II Journalism Read Part III Continuing Ed Read Part IV Lending Read Part V Telecommuting Daniel Klotz December 29 2008 Lancaster County and the Cultural Creatives This is Lancaster city resident Daniel Klotz s blog about Lancaster County and what makes it an interesting place Primary topics are the arts civic life and news analysis Follow danielklotz Get Updates By Email Subscribe to

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