Thursday, October 27, 2022

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): On Our WOrld w/BAD NEWS ? | 100 years in a music video

Friday, October 21, 2022

Notations From the Grid (Special Friday Edition): #RandomThoughts On Our World


To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedom of others.
- Nelson Mandela

When the rights of any group, no matter how small, no matter how marginal,
are violated, your liberty, your freedom is put at risk.
Let there never be a day when we cast about in horror
and have to ask the question, "How did it ever come to this?"
- Thomas Childers

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble
and beautiful end of a human being.
- Khalil Gibran

The end does NOT justify the means.
Freedom cannot be gained by sacrificing the freedom of others.
Free speech cannot be gained by limiting the free speech of others.
Human rights cannot be secured by trampling the human rights of others.
Viciousness in others cannot be fought by becoming vicious oneself.
Neither individual nor nation can long survive by meeting hatred with hatred,
injustice with injustice, prejudice with prejudice.

Freedom Demands Freedom for All
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Monday, October 10, 2022

As The US Mid-Terms Looms: On Registering to Vote and How Votes are Counted


How are votes counted? 

The process of counting votes and certifying election results differs from state to state. Official vote counts can last anywhere from one day to one month after Election Day, depending on state law. Each state also decides how and when to count its in-person and mail-in ballots. This patchwork of state policies can potentially lead to some confusing days if an election is particularly close. 

USAFacts sorted voting procedures into several maps so you can make sense of how your state counts votes ahead of the midterm elections. 

  • Ten states and Washington, DC, do not allow officials to process mail-in ballots until Election Day. In some states, early voting ballots are counted before Election Day. In others, they’re counted with Election Day ballots.
  • Election officials can start counting in-person ballots after polls close on Election Day. Paper ballots are sealed and delivered to a vote-counting center. If ballots are on digital voting machines, election officials send the data to the counting center electronically or by hand. Then officials can start processing the results.
  • Twenty-eight states use signature matching to confirm a voter’s identity. To do this, election officials compare the voter’s ballot signature to the signature on their voter registration form. Ballots without matching signatures are set aside until voters can prove their identity.
  • Voters cast more than 1.3 million provisional ballots in 2020. About 78% of provisional ballots were accepted. The primary reason for being rejected? The voter was not registered in the state.

How do provisional ballots work? Get the explanation in this article.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

On Our Virtual Route 66 As a New Quarter Dawns

 A new quarter has dawned.  Our team chose the following which we hope is uplifting as we look forward to the continued privilege to serve:

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