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Chilly, rainy forecast could affect voting (Wisconsin)
jsonline ^ | 11/6/2012 | meg jones

Posted on 11/06/2012 3:49:44 AM PST by barryobi

On election day in Wisconsin the political winds will be blowing from the south at 5 to 15 mph.

The forecast calls for a wintry mix of rain and snow in the south with an inch or more of snow in northern Wisconsin, leading to perhaps the chilliest election day in the Milwaukee area in more than three decades.

If surveys and recent historical data of presidential election turnouts are correct, the crummy weather may make Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates smile.

Surveys of voters show weather is often a factor in their decision to head to the polls. Republicans apparently are more hearty and willing to vote no matter the weather, while Democrats apparently are a bit wimpy when it comes to rain, cold and snow.

A poll by the Weather Channel in August indicated that 35% of undecided voters across the nation said bad weather would affect their ability to vote while 27% of registered Democrats and 20% of registered Republicans felt that way.

"If I was the Obama campaign I would be leasing every taxi tomorrow," said Mordecai Lee, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor of governmental affairs who served in the state Assembly and Senate as a Democrat.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; romeny; ryan
Hope all FReepers vote like their future depends on it, because it does! Wisconsin polls open at 7, I will be in line by 6:30.
1 posted on 11/06/2012 3:49:54 AM PST by barryobi
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To: barryobi

“Republicans apparently are more hearty and willing to vote no matter the weather, while Democrats apparently are a bit wimpy when it comes to rain, cold and snow.”

If I knew how to do so, I’d post a picture of Gomer Pyle here saying, “surprise, surprise, surprise!”


2 posted on 11/06/2012 3:52:10 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: barryobi

Here’s a thought. It is hard enough for Obama to get a stadium or arena filled nowdays - even when his audience is PAID in some form or another.

NOW - today..in the rain...how many of these fine upstanding supporters are going to hitch up their pants and get out in the weather to vote for him when there isn’t an immediate government check put in their hands - today.

Weather is the Democrats’ enemy...


3 posted on 11/06/2012 3:54:38 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: barryobi

Snowing here in northern Wis.


4 posted on 11/06/2012 3:57:11 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: barryobi

Weather is meaningless in early voting states.


5 posted on 11/06/2012 3:58:43 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: barryobi
If surveys and recent historical data of presidential election turnouts are correct, the crummy weather may make Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates smile.

Sounds like a motivation issue.

On the other hand, If I pulled for Obama and the day is nice and summer-like, I sure wouldn't want to waste it in a dingy polling place.

Indeed, sounds like a motivation issue.

6 posted on 11/06/2012 4:10:09 AM PST by stevem
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To: cripplecreek

Did you know that everyone did not vote early? Yes, its true.


7 posted on 11/06/2012 4:15:57 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: cripplecreek
Not really. Early voting in most cases is half or less of the total vote.

The RATS could easily lose 5-7% of their vote to bad weather.

8 posted on 11/06/2012 4:17:36 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: stevem

Weather and Romney conspire to disenfranchise voters in Wisconsin.

Women, children, the working poor, minorities, the elderly and the working class hardest hit.


9 posted on 11/06/2012 4:17:42 AM PST by sbMKE
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To: stevem
I would crawl through glass, walk on coals and even swim through slop to vote today! All I am facing is a little frost on the windows... but it's first time this year really, so hopefully the blind voters are curling up in their blankets thinking all is ok. Let's take this country back!
10 posted on 11/06/2012 4:20:14 AM PST by GizzyGirl
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To: Beagle8U

Early voting is also a wonderful incentive for democrats to cheat.


11 posted on 11/06/2012 4:22:13 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: AmericaUnited

And how many democrats took advantage of progressive early voting and voted multiple times?


12 posted on 11/06/2012 4:24:25 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: barryobi

Only "swing" area with inclement weather I see. Shame a winter storm isn't hitting eastern Pa.

13 posted on 11/06/2012 4:24:50 AM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Gaffer

I don’t know if this holds true anymore; when you can convince 10% of your population that they will be enslaved by a Republican win, they might just suck it up and get cold/wet to avoid that.

Such is 1/2 of the Dem base; the other half work as the teachers, social workers, cops, etc. that “administer” the welfare reservations...


14 posted on 11/06/2012 4:26:18 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: cripplecreek
That I agree with.

They also need to ban ‘same day’ registrations. How the heck can they have time to check anything instantly?

15 posted on 11/06/2012 4:27:45 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: barryobi

Bring on the bad weather!


16 posted on 11/06/2012 4:36:06 AM PST by bgill (Evil doers are in every corner of our government. Have we passed the point of no return?)
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To: Beagle8U

Michigan now has some of the toughest voting laws in the country today and I think its why Michigan has moved so far to the right in just a few years. We even had a citizenship checkbox on our ballot application during the primaries but the democrats got a late injunction to have it removed a few weeks back.

I just think that voting should be strictly for the ambitious and slackers should be encouraged to go home and take a nap.


17 posted on 11/06/2012 4:36:54 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

No one wants to hear your sour, negative crap! Go puke somewhere else.

Bad weather on election day does help our side.


18 posted on 11/06/2012 4:37:41 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: cripplecreek
I hope the liberals know that the cops will be cruising the polling places for outstanding warrants.

Lets help get that info out to the liberals as a ‘public service’.

19 posted on 11/06/2012 4:47:21 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: barryobi

I always read that poor weather effects Dems more than the Pubs. Dems can’t get voter ID’s, they can’t figure out butter-fly ballots, they can’t vote in bad weather. What the hell?


20 posted on 11/06/2012 4:47:21 AM PST by Mustangman (The GOP)
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To: AmericaUnited
Did you know that everyone did not vote early? Yes, its true

I'm not even sure that my state (Illinois) has "early voting" that's how little it matters to me. I'm temporarily on crutches and just getting around, like in and out of a car, is a pain in the rear for me but I will manage to go vote today.

21 posted on 11/06/2012 4:51:21 AM PST by Holly_P
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To: Holly_P
Bless you. You have the spirit of the pioneer women!

I hope you recover nicely and quickly.

Westward Ho!

Leni

22 posted on 11/06/2012 5:04:46 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Holly_P
I'm not even sure that my state (Illinois) has "early voting" that's how little it matters to me. I'm temporarily on crutches and just getting around, like in and out of a car, is a pain in the rear for me but I will manage to go vote today.

Thank you for holding firm for voter integrity. (although, I do think people like yourself and the elderly should get bumped to the front of the line)
23 posted on 11/06/2012 5:08:24 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: barryobi

Sounds like Mordecai is very worried. Good. We have too many overpaid professors.


24 posted on 11/06/2012 5:09:34 AM PST by SC_Pete
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To: barryobi

You mean the buses bringing voters from Chicago might be delayed? If so, Obama will swing into action and have the Army provide transportation. They have an election to steal, you know.


25 posted on 11/06/2012 5:09:59 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: barryobi

Getting ready to go vote. It would take an act of the Almighty to prevent my wife and I from voting.


26 posted on 11/06/2012 5:27:00 AM PST by tom paine 2
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To: barryobi

Light snow in Adams County....and it looks like it’s sticking.


27 posted on 11/06/2012 5:40:44 AM PST by mouse1
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To: GizzyGirl

I would crawl through glass, walk on coals and even swim through slop to vote today.....

If we were told a year ago that today we would be all hyped up for Romney, who would have believed it. I was extremely hard on him. The pick of Ryan and Mitt’s obvious love of Country has earned my vote. Let that squatter in the White House know its O(ver).


28 posted on 11/06/2012 5:46:15 AM PST by mouse1
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To: barryobi

I hope it’s crappy weather everywhere. It won’t stop Republicans, but a slight drizzle will stop demwits in their tracks and they’ll stay bundled up in front of the fireplace at the Starbucks.


29 posted on 11/06/2012 5:53:51 AM PST by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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