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Kindle is always with me; so I don't have to worry.  I no longer mind long waits with Kindle by my side.  Always plenty to read.
 

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I voted with a mail in ballot. I don't really understand why anyone would go stand in a line when they could just mail it from the comfort of their home. Part of the experience? ???
 

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Kat, the absentee ballot requirements vary from state to state. Some states, like NH, require those who apply for absentee status to swear that they will be away on election day, or have a disability that prevents attendance at the polls. Others allow any registered voter to mail it in. And still other states allow voting to take place in advance of the mandated election day.

It's one of the quirks of our system that all elections, even those for federal office, are supervised and conducted by the several states, and not the federal government.
 

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Teninx- Hmm. My family has always had absentee ballots, probably because we're always absent from at least one of the other states we've lived in. Lol.
 

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I don't qualify for absentee voting but my mom, due to her age was able to vote by mail.  Here in Texas we had 2 weeks of early voting so I went a week ago and only waited in line maybe 20 minutes.  The kept saying you had to turn your cell phone off or put it on vibrate.  I wonder if they would say anything about having a Kindle since it has the whispernet like a cell phone (not that they would know it) but they were really admamant about turning off cell phones.  I wasn't really sure why.
 
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Here in Arkansas, early voting has mostly replaced absentee ballots which are only for those who will not be in their precinct on election day. Anyone can early vote and reports are that it has be crazy busy at those polls with up to 2 hr. waits. I decided that if I had to wait 2 hrs. in line it might as well be on election day.
 

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I voted on October 15th and didn't need my Kindle because there wasn't a line! For the past few years I've had what I call "my personal election day." Once I've decided on candidates and issues, I go and vote. I love early voting.

They estimate that one-quarter of the ballots cast this year will be by early voting.

As Teninx noted, the laws vary from state to state. Thirty-four states have early voting options of some sort.



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Great tip!  I haven't gotten used to carrying the Kindle with me everywhere, so I might not have taken it with me.  Thanks!!!  BTW, I realized I need to start carrying a slightly larger purse so I CAN take Eleanor with me everywhere.

The first full time job I had was at the Pentagon (many, many years ago).  (I actually worked in the exactly location where the plane hit the Pentagon.)  I used to walk the miles and miles of corriders delivering documents and would read as I walked.  It would have been so much easier with a Kindle!!!

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HappyPuppy:  I expect the cell phone rule was just because they didn't want to hear all the ringing.  If it was an interference problem, just putting it on vibrate wouldn't cut it.  I'm sure Kindle is fine, with or without Whispernet on.

Betsy, I work in the Pentagon!  Do income taxes for H&R Block at the office they have there every spring.  Every year it's up in the air as to whether they'll have us back, but our clients LOVE the convenience.  The building is very different now from when you worked there:  all the renovated sections are much brighter and airier than they used to be.  It's actually nice!

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I take Ruby everywhere I go. Hi Betsy, many of us have had to buy new purses to accomadate our Kindles.  ;)
There's an entire thread on Amazon about purses for Kindles. I got the Lightwedge cover and put my Kindle in the purse I'm using at the time. If you don't want to spend a lot of money I love browsing Thrift sotres, Goodwill and Salvation Army. Enjoy the thrill of the hunt and have found some great treasures in there.

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I'm thinking of making a larger purse...but right now I"m working on a Kindle Cover Cover (covering my stock cover with something more fun).

My mom worked at the Pentagon when it was being built--she was a government girl, came down here in 1943.  I'm sure she wouldn't recognize it!  I actually liked working there--the lighting didn't bother me; the corridors that would suddenly end with no way to go but backtrack did!  When you're walking miles in heels (vanity, thy name is woman), wasted steps are a killer.  (Walking the outermost ring of the Pentagon, E ring, is a mile loop, BTW).

Eleanor the Kindle would have been handy there...but she wouldn't have kept me from running into people!

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Pentagon Trivia: When the Pentagon was built, it was the world's largest office building. It also had twice the number of restrooms as would be standard for a building of that size and occupancy. Anyone know why?
 

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The coffee sure could be a contributing factor! But the disproportionate restroom facilities were caused by two factors: The military provides seperate latrines for officers and enlisted men. And, at the time the Pentagon was built, the military was segregated. White personnel and black personnel used seperate facilities.
 

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Teninx said:
The coffee sure could be a contributing factor! But the disproportionate restroom facilities were caused by two factors: The military provides seperate latrines for officers and enlisted men. And, at the time the Pentagon was built, the military was segregated. White personnel and black personnel used seperate facilities.
Wow, that is good trivia. Thanks, T! When was the Pentagon built, anyway?

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Interesting.
More trivia - did you know that mass transit via buses was significantly delayed in coming to Long Island because Robert Moses intentionally designed the thruway overpasses to be a certain height and which was several inches lower than the height of a bus which would keep the riff-raff from the inner city from coming out to the burbs on a weekend?
 

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Trivia contributors: very interesting.  I've always been intrigued by the pentagon, the oval office...etc.  I loved the famous photo of young JFK Jr playing under his father's desk.

Ethan:  I have to laugh; speaking of things being a certain height... We had a birthday party to attend last night.  There were people there that we haven't seen in quite a while.  They were all gushing about my son's height and how tall he's gotten. He kept muttering yeah I'm tall enough, and making different comments basically stating that he wants to stop growing. 

I thought he was 6'2" but there was another guy there who stood at 6' 3" and when the two stood back to back, it appeared that my son had a slight edge.

He kept replying yeah, I kinda want to stop growing now.  The other guy's wife said, Why?...don't you like being nice and tall?  He said yeah, I do, but one more inch and I'm booted off the Superman roller-coaster ride at Six Flags.  We all laughed. 

I looked it up this morning and sure enough:  Height requirement: Must be at least 54 inches and less than 76 inches tall.  Guess to a kid that's the end of the world... Ahh to be that young again and to have that be life's biggest problem...lol.
 
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