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FRIENDLY CHITCHAT:  —-How are you dealing with the weather?  —- It’s been nice outside, but I’ve been a bit under the weather myself.  First time out in a couple of days.  —-I was so happy to see the new commercial center locating in town.  —-Yes, but I hated seeing the Thrift store move.   —- You look great; I love your haircut. 

WHAT YOU DON’T SAY:   —-Seems like I know that man.  Maybe he works at the tractor store. —-Don’t tell me you’re dumb enough to vote for Biden/Harris.  —- Hope that’s not a Trump voter.  —-  Wow, she sure is looking peaked.

THE LINE BEGINS TO DWINDLE:  —- We should get in pretty soon, now. —- It was SOMETHING ELSE about an hour ago.  —-  Getting chilly now with the sun going down.  —- Honey, you sure you have your ID card?


Yes, I have spent my time waiting in the voter’s line.  I have always found it pleasant.  Felt pleased with the process.  Proud to be a citizen.  All that nice civic duty and honor was nice.


I’ve been thinking of asking Sammy if he thinks I should make some calls and find out where we can go vote early.  We are old.  What if we are not able to stand in that line this year?  It is not something I want to give up.  I don’t want to ever refer to “the year we were afraid to wait in line.” 


President Trump has been accused of lying about mail in fraud.  I checked it out.  https://www.heritage.org/election-integrity/commentary/database-swells-1285-proven-cases-voter-fraud-america   That doesn’t seem terribly high to me, but it is the number of convictions.  I imagine convictions are small compared to the numbers that are not found.  Those who say there is no fraud must be lying; there is fraud. How much? That is in question. But even one cancels my vote! I don’t like it!



1. Caring enough to go vote on election day with all the hoopla that goes with it is by far the best choice. ‘

2. Covid19 is a poor excuse for anyone who ever leaves their homes for any purpose. Those who know they cannot go out (or choose not to go out) can request a mail-in ballot BEFORE Election Day.

3. Election Day should be day of the electionDUH! If people need to mail in ballots, ask for them early, and mail them soon enough to get them in the precincts before Election Day so they can be counted on Election Day. 

4.  Giving a week or ten day for mail ins to be received after Election Day is insane.    And unnecessary!  And by corrupt design. It just gives the losing party time to “find” more ballots.

5. I know there cannot be an absolute count before midnight on Election Day, but there should not be any ballots received after Election Day. When the polls are closed, no more ballots received. We all know what TOO LATE means.


SOMEONE ELSE OPINED:   If the post office is efficient enough to take safe care of your vote in a timely manner, then you should not hesitate to  send in your winning lottery ticket with its matching numbers and let them mail your money to you. 

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    I don’t like voting by mail, but I will be in Illinois this November and so I requested an absentee ballot, my first. That was sent out and I monitored it online until the Miami-Dade election officials recorded it as counted. The process took 14 days not counting the time to apply for such a ballot and verify that the application was received and accepted. It is best to vote in person. I would also vote early (if in Florida) to make sure my vote was in.

    People need to vote and given the current information about Hunter Biden released by the New York Post I can’t see how any one with a clear conscience can vote for Biden.

    People also need to pray. Perhaps primarily people need to pray. Then make sure they vote. May the Spirit of the Lord be on this nation. May justice return to our country.

  2. We went Tuesday and did early voting— it was pretty smooth— we tried to go Monday but saw the line around the building and with it being Columbus Day, we decided so many folks would take advantage of not having to go to work or school (yes our schools are up and running in person)
    Tuesday there were a good many in line, but it was manageable.
    I think this mail-in crap is for the birds— unless you are physically unable or serving in the military…and then I think the military should have a system for their folks to vote other than mail-in.
    So much fraud and scamming that I don’t trust it— and as far as the post office is concerned— some days we get our mail, some days we don’t and somedays we get mail belonging to the other side of town— so no, no to mail-in ballots

  3. Dawn Marie says:

    I agree with all 5 points you so eloquently made, Oneta! Tally-ho and upward bound I say. Hugs to you for the time to jot it all down and hopefully inspire others to go out and do the same!! VOTE!! VOTE!! VOTE!!

  4. judyjourneys says:

    I always enjoyed the exciting of voting on Election Day. But because my husband is now legally blind, we use the absentee ballot. But we still vote; so that is the main thing.

  5. atimetoshare.me says:

    I don’t feel right about all the early voting and Mail in ballots as well. I am hoping that those who pre vote will be counted on Election Day and not prior to or after. I vote in person already to avoid the crowds, but it felt weird.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Can’t vote early here until Oct. 29, 30, 31, and only at the Courthouse. That will be a madhouse for sure since it will be for everybody in the county. My precinct will be better. My husband will probably load up my walker with a seat. That will be helpful. Thanks for your response.

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