I’m not just a person that votes in presidential elections and in a few short months it will be that time again. I just wanted to know why I have to vote in a church? My designated polling center is some baptist church. I just don’t understand why they can’t use a different venue. There are a ton of schools near by. I always remember every school I went to was used as a polling place. I didn’t even know this was allowed. I have always voted at community centers of some sort. It’s just not cool. Not to mention in Ohio they are trying to change that little “I voted” sticker to include “with god all things are possible”.

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Comment by Robert Karp on August 4, 2011 at 12:24pm

You're actually lucky! I have to vote in a boring fire station. I would have sooo much fun wearing my atheist gear in a church!

Comment by kris feenstra on August 4, 2011 at 12:28pm

The church almost certainly receives tax exemptions, so at the very least it should serve functions that have some common, civic value (such as serving as a voting station).

 

To be honest, I'd rather they used the church by my place instead of the school.  While I'm not paranoid about the issue, most elections seem to happen during the school year, and I think it's less than ideal to have a hoard of adults parading through an elementary school full of children all day. 

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on August 4, 2011 at 12:37pm

Like the idea about wearing a the logo.

Comment by Dale Headley on August 4, 2011 at 1:24pm

   I would vote in an outhouse, if necessary - same difference.  I would just ignore all the crap.

Comment by Heather Spoonheim on August 4, 2011 at 1:59pm

In Canada, if a Jew finds his/her poling station to be a Christian church it is possible for them to opt to vote at the early poling station which is always designated to be a secular building.  It would be quite easy for anyone finding the Church inappropriate to do so as well.  I think if enough people did this it would nix the use of churches for that purpose.  I actually voted at a church poling station several times and didn't care since my condo also rented that church for our general meetings.

Comment by Erin The Dub on August 4, 2011 at 4:40pm

The way I look at it, a church building being used for an all-inclusive civic public service is the LEAST they can do, given that they don't pay taxes and stuff people's heads with ridiculous nonsense on all other days.  In fact, the ONLY time a church has been useful to me is as a voting precinct!  (Whether or not voting itself is actually useful these days...  is another matter.)

Comment by Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) on August 4, 2011 at 7:19pm

I agree with other posters - I don't care if I have to vote in a church (which I do as well, here in the Deep South), as long as they don't make me participate in their rituals. In a weird way, it is kinda kewl - I get to vote against them every chance I get in their own building ;)

I also agree that the addition to the "I voted" sticker would be WAY WAY over the line - and I would be determined to voice my opposition loudly and publicly, repeatedly, until it was changed. Until it was changed I would bring a Sharpie pen with me and very obviously cross that part out, or change it - and I would try very hard to get extras and make that change as well, for others offended by it.

Comment by Rocky Oliver (LotusGeek) on August 4, 2011 at 7:20pm

Oh, and one other thing - this kinda fits in the "pick your battles" category, where there are much larger issues atheists and nontheists have than voting in a church. This just doesn't rise high enough to be a battle, at least for me.

Comment by Meghan McWilliams on August 4, 2011 at 8:06pm

@lotusgeek I agree with you. It's not really a battle I'm wanting to start. It's just an annoyance. I really never new people voted in churches. It's all new to me.

Comment by Rick on August 4, 2011 at 9:42pm

Atheists can be overly sensitive about the most mundane things. It’s just a place to vote. The stickers however are absurd.

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