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Allie
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We received “absentee” ballots in the mail. It already had our name, address, DOB filled in. I believe I have voted absentee once in my life and I know my husband has a couple of times. Real absentee is a request by the voter for a ballot. You provide proof of ID, etc. 

Lately many news outlets have been conflating mail-in with absentee. They are NOT the same thing. 

 

ABSENTEE VOTING IS NOT MAIL-IN VOTING. The people who use those interchangeably are ignorant or willfully normalizing that the two are the same.

That said, it was probably some state law they made to be able to send out these China Virus Absentee ballots to every citizen in my state.

I may just rip it up into tiny pieces and send it back. Because 🖕 I’m going to vote in person. 

If one knows they are at higher risk for going outside in public, they should request the ballot. I mean, I can see people like my mother doing it. 

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Anyone who uses one of those unrequested ballots should examine the envelopes carefully to note any color or marking that indicates the political party of the individual voter.  In at least one state the envelopes are color coded. We know some people would like nothing better than to intercept a certain variety.

It's vital to bring the Absentee or generic ballot directly to the ballot box at your County Board of Elections Office rather than trust the postal service for this.

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I’m voting in person. There is no reason for me not to go vote in person. Fuck this mail-in shit.

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A north Georgia town not far from me cancelled it's fall festival, after a lot of prayer and trying every scenario possible to follow local guidelines for social distancing, etc. (good luck).

Many people are thanking officials for making the call to cancel it, while many others are saying "well, xyz town over here is having their moonshine festival, so what's the problem?" Umm...the town holding the moonshine festival is a low Covid area. They're not the town that was just featured on the national news because all the college kids decided to hold a kegger!!

I mean, I kind of see their point. Helen is crowded all the time with tourists now, like before  (so I stay the hell away from there, lol). But local officials do have the right to make the call if they don't see a way to keep people safe. The town that cancelled their festival is also a retiree town, meaning lots of old folk. 

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I can’t believe the moonshine festival is still on. They may not be low-covid afterwards. 
My DH and I rode through Helen several times (didn’t walk the streets).... we were headed to Bras-town Bald just for the ride. Then over to Blue - Ridge. And other beautiful areas just to be out in nature - 
We were shocked at the ppl at all The places, no masks. We have a secret place on the river for some floating and picnic. So we were alone - 
Our Walmarts and Walgreens are both allowing ppl inside with no masks. 
Many restaurants - no mask. 
Gas stations - no mask. 

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@redbird I think they postponed the festival until they could get safety measures in place. Masks are not being required, but it's outside. Based on what I see around here, the only place you'll see anyone wear one is inside places like Kroger or CVS.

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Front page paper was the sad news of the cancelled GoldRush- 

This will be the first year my husband and I and our kids haven’t been; ever.  I believe it said Their last cancellation was in  1968- 

I looked up Blairsville and it’s famous Sorghum Festival  (we were at Reeds Parks not too long ago floating the river). They also canceled. It was a very sad announcement; online,  Both counties really depend on these revenues. Apple festivals canceled. Not sure what the pumpkin farms will do. Sunflower festival? We live smack in the middle of these beautiful festivals. The wineries are still going. lol- 

True about Kroger- there is never a soul inside there without a mask. 

 

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The walmart and aldi both allow you don't wear a mask, if you have a medical reason. I think this us because if they don't get people back in the stores by Christmas, it will be disastrous for their bottom line.

 

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@elsa A lot of places also backed off from their mask mandates because employees were being threatened and harassed for enforcing them. 

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I've heard that as well. In these cases, the actual corporate signs have been changed out.

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You can't go anywhere without a mask in NJ, its mandated by our despotic governor who is drunk with his emergency powers.   Plus, the legislature is working on a new bill  to fine you from $50 - $500 if you enter a store that has posted a sign that a mask is required.  It must cover your mouth and nose.  At least they took the 30 day jail time out of the bill.  How kind of them.   

Sulky  

If the government doesn't get you, you can count on your fellow Jerseyans to make sure you follow the rules.  I went to the supermarket yesterday and there weren't many people there, but one customer called me out for going down an up aisle.  It was an old man "Karen".  I didn't realize what he was talking about at the time so I said "oh, that's great".  There were no crowds at all in the store, but this is how effed up some people in NJ can be.

Every festival or the like you can think of is canceled in NJ.  

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@jofrance I live in California and feel like our governor will never lift restrictions. Enough is enough.

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@occhineri, I think your state is probably worse than mine.

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In France Covid cases have suddenly and largely multiplied in several areas, so some security measures that had been removed have been re-applied. Masks were mandatory in stores and on the street. Big gatherings were limited to a certain number of people, but now they're closing down restaurants again. They've mapped the country with zones ranked according to "dangerosity" where restrictions are applied accordingly.

Mosk people get used to masks, & you get used to seeing people with masks. (To quote a friend in Florida, he says to him wearing a mask is now as normal as putting on your underwear...).

Well, dunno how long this will go on. masks is one thing, the economy going down the drain is another - pretty scary.

 

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Restaurant was pretty full. No one had a mask on, including staff. It was total pre-covid in there.

My friend said all the arrows are gone in Walmart and you don't have to wear a mask... or no one was wearing one? Not sure but they were mostly wearing them two days ago.

Once the masks come off, they come off.

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