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| August 24, 2010

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In politics, an absurdity is not an impediment, Napoleon would say. He'd know.

Turnout in off-year elections is the pits. In primaries, it’s a circle of hell. In the 2008 primary, just 24.2 percent of Flagler County’s registered voters cast a ballot. In the 2006 primary, 23 percent did. That’s registered voters. The proportion falls in the 10 percent range if you go by eligible voters. So don’t be a dweeb. Don’t be an offense to democracy or to the 3 billion people on this planet who never get a chance to cast a ballot. Don’t even sit there reading FlaglerLive. Go vote, even if you think that a dead politician is the noblest work of god.

Editor’s Blog

Not voting has its merits. It’s a right in itself for that matter, and an entirely defensible right. But unless you can articulate your reasons for not voting the same way you can articulate your reasons for choosing particular candidates, you have no excuse. Not feeling like voting doesn’t count. Nor does claiming you don’t have time: if you had time to switch on your TV today, you have time to vote. And yes, some of those candidates have no business running. No need to name names (Bob Abbott, Nate McLaughlin). But even when you’re faced with choices that aren’t choices at all, use your write-in pen. Vote for none of the above. That choice doesn’t appear on our ballots, as it should, as it does in Nevada (the only state that takes its prostitutes seriously). But you can make it count by writing it in.

And if you haven’t made up your mind yet, you can get some ideas here.

The county’s 40-odd precincts are open until 7 p.m. Two lists follow below: a list of the changed precinct locations, and a full list of current precincts. If you run into issues at polling stations, feel free to send us your observations by email.

Meanwhile, I’ll agree with Ibsen: “It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.” Voting is as close to experimenting by and on political animals as it gets.

–Pierre Tristam

Polling Precincts That Have Changed

Old LocationNew Location
Precinct 6 - Daytona State CollegePrecinct 7 - VFW Post 8696, 47 Old Kings Road, Palm Coast

Precinct 32 - Flagler County Schools 5400 E. Highway 100, Bunnell
Precinct 11 - Beverly Beach Town HallPrecinct 11 - Surfside Estates, 2847 Oceanview Blvd., Beverly Beach
Precinct 17 - RBC Bank Cypress PointPrecinct 16 - Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club, 73 Patricia Drive, Palm Coast
Precinct 24 - Flagler County Chamber of CommercePrecinct 32 - Flagler County Schools, 5400 E. Highway 100, Bunnell

Precinct 35 - Central Baptist Church, 5830 E. Highway 100, Palm Coast
Precinct 32 - Flagler Palm Coast High SchoolPrecinct 32 - Flagler County Schools, 5400 E. Highway 100, Bunnell

Where You Vote: Flagler County Precinct Locations

1Bunnell City Hall201 S. Church StreetBunnell, FL 32110
2Flagler Beach City Commission Room 105 S. 2nd StreetFlagler Beach, FL 32136
3Haw Creek Community Center9257 County Road 304Bunnell, FL 32110
4St. Johns Park Fire Station89 County Road 2006 EastBunnell, FL 32110
5Espanola Community Center3570 County Road 205Espanola, FL 32110
6Changed to precinct 7 and 32
7VFW Post 869647 N. Old Kings RoadPalm Coast, FL 32137
8Palm Coast Yacht Club1 Yacht Club DrivePalm Coast, FL 32137
9Temple Beth Shalom40 Wellington DrivePalm Coast, FL 32164
10Hammock Community Building69 Malacompra RoadPalm Coast, FL 32137
11Surfside Estates2847 Oceanview Blvd.Beverly Beach, FL 32136
12Flagler Beach Methodist Church1526 S. Daytona Ave.Flagler Beach, FL 32136
13Palm Coast Community Building305 Palm Coast ParkwayPalm Coast, FL 32137
14Parkview Baptist Church5435 N. Belle Terre ParkwayPalm Coast, FL 32137
15St. Mary's Catholic Church5821 US Highway 1 SouthBunnell, FL 32110
16Belle Terre Swim and Racquet Club73 Patricia DrivePalm Coast, FL 32137
17Changed to precinct 16
18Rima Ridge Fire Station500 Rodeo RoadOrmond Beach, FL 32174
19St. Thomas Episcopal Church5400 N. Belle Terre ParkwayPalm Coast, FL 32137
20Flagler Beach Fire Station320 S. Flagler Ave.Flagler Beach, FLl 32136
21First A.M.E. Church of Palm Coast91 N. Old Kings RadPalm Coast, FL 32137
22Shepherd of Coast Lutheran Church101 Pine Lakes ParkwayPalm Coast, FL 32137
23Hancock Bank300 Palm Coast ParkwayPalm Coast, FL 32137
24Changed to precinct 32 and 35
25Flagler County Public Library2500 Palm Coast Parkway NWPalm Coast, FL 32137
26Palm Coast Bible Church94 White View ParkwayPalm Coast, FL 32164
27Hammock First Baptist Church5328 N. Oceanshore Blvd.Palm Coast, FL 32137
28African American Cultural Society4422 US Highway 1 NorthPalm Coast, FL 32164
29Indian Trails Middle School5505 N. Belle Terre ParkwayPalm Coast, FL 32137
30Old Kings Elementary School301 Old Kings Road SouthFlagler Beach, FL 32136
31Grand Haven Village Center2000 Waterside ParkwayPalm Coast, FL 32137
32Flagler County Schools5400 E. Highway 100Bunnell, FL 32110
33Wadsworth Elementary School 4550 Belle Terre ParkwayPalm Coast, FL 32137
34Portuguese American Cultural Center1200 Palm Harbor ParkwayPalm Coast, FL 32137
35Central Baptist Church 5830 E. Highway 100Palm Coast, FL 32164
36Belle Terre Elementary School 5545 N. Belle Terre ParkwayPalm Coast, FL 32164
37Buddy Taylor Middle School 4500 Belle Terre ParkwayPalm Coast, FL 32164
38Rymfire Elementary School 1425 Rymfire DrivePalm Coast, FL 32164

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2 Responses for “Quit Surfing. Quit Working. Go Vote.”

  1. Billy says:

    Speaking Bob Abbott and Nate McLaughlin are there any eligible write-in candidates as alternative to these two? I don’t want to waste my vote on any of these guys, but I would hate to miss an opportunity to write a potential candidate’s name down.

  2. A parent says:

    I’m sure the turnout would be higher just a bit if they didn’t change the location all the time. We vote at every opportunity and have had 4 polling places in 6 years. And we haven’t moved in those 6 years. My time is valuable. I hate spending it trying to find the newest location.

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