Election Day

Anybody have first-hand reports from Election Central down at Montana Expo Park? Easy to navigate, helpful staff, tasty refreshments? Long lines, bewildered staff, stale coffee? Tell Great Falls about your voting experience!

UPDATE:
wow, what a great experience! I zipped over to the Expo Park during my lunch hour to vote, and the people were helpful, friendly, and professional. I think this single-location voting is a winner! Everybody that I talked to today seemed to agree that it was simple and fast, with no problems. Kudos to the Election staff and volunteers!

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Great Falls Election 2007

Tomorrow is the big day – Great Falls residents will elect a new mayor and two new city commissioners. If you’d like to take one last look at the candidates before you head to the polls tomorrow, check out some of this action:

Courtesy of GeeGuy, here are video clips of the candidates from the blogger-sponsored debate. And everything you ever wanted to know about the coal plant.

Aaron has information about the candidates positions on police staffing issues.

Results of an informal poll: what is the biggest factor in this election?

Candidate Susan Kahn’s website; candidate Ed McKnight’s website. If any of the other candidates have an election website that they would like to publicize, please let me know.

Remember: if you plan to vote in Great Falls, you have to head over to Exhibition Hall at Montana Expo Park, which is now the consolidated voting location. Cascade County Clerk Rina Moore wrote an article in today’s Trib explaining the why and how, and also has information about bus service and some treats to make the wait a bit more enjoyable:

If you have trouble getting to Exhibition Hall, Great Falls Transit will be providing a “Voter Bus.” The bus will leave every 30 minutes from the transfer station at 326 1st Ave S. The ride to the hall and back will be provided free of charge.
The concession stand will be open and will be providing candy, doughnuts, coffee and pop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for those of you concerned about parking, more than 2,000 parking places are available.
My staff and I look forward to seeing everyone on Election Day, so please, stop in, exercise your right to vote, have a cup of coffee and a roll.

OK, now it’s up to you! If you’d like to tell everyone who you voted for – and why – leave a comment here. Happy Voting!

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Something In The Air

So now it’s dark at 5:30 pm – I’m so cool with that! Setting the clocks back marks the unofficial transition from Spring/Summer to Fall/Winter, for me, and I’ve been ready for Winter for a while now. And what good timing: as I drove home from the grocery store a few minutes ago, there was something falling from the sky – not a lot of it, but it definitely wasn’t rain! Sleet or snow, perhaps? Anyone else spotted any non-rain falling from the sky this evening? Forecast looks semi-favorable – got my fingers crossed!

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GeeGuy On The Move

If you hadn’t already noticed, GeeGuy has made the switch (finally!) to his very own domain, so you can now visit him at Electric City Weblog! No more Blogspot* for him – hooray! And like all of the very best bloggers, he is now using WordPress on his own domain. Go say hi to GeeGuy, and congratulate him on making the move!

* not that Blogspot is horrible or anything…but among serious bloggers, it just doesn’t have the same level of “street cred” as owning and hosting your own domain.

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Are You A Rotten Neighbor?

Another new “mashup” site that incorporates Google maps: Rotten Neighbor. The premise is simple: rat out your neighbors if you think that they are rotten. Reasons can range from aesthetics to pets to trash to…well, probably anything. And yes, Great Falls does indeed have a few listings. Just type “Great Falls Montana” into the Search box, and the Rotten Neighbors of Great Falls will appear as small red houses – click on a red house to see why somebody posted it.

- Madera Drive: “They have three dogs that bark all day long none stop and they never tell them to stop. Then on top of that they move in there friends who just happend to have two dogs of there own and they bark which mean there is 5 dogs that bark…”
- 4600 4th Avenue North: “The managers will enter the apartment without your permission. They came in when I was taking a shower. What perverts.”
- Neard 2nd Avenue North and 45th Street: “The owner is not even allowed in the state. What does that say about him? Everything broke, leaked, smelled. It was even rumored that the neighbors had a meth lab and the swat team was hanging around one night for hours. Didn’t get a deposit back and I cleaned for hours.”

All three Great Falls entries were all posted by “anonymous,” which doesn’t exactly lend an air of credibility, but you can add Rotten Neighbor to your online toolbox (along with sites such as Zillow, Realtor.com, etc) that you can use to get a “feel” for a community.

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October Wrap

Wow! What a great month here at GreaterFalls.com – thanks to everyone who came by, left comments, watched a candidate video, participated in the iPod contest, attended the debate, paid it forward, voted in the poll, or otherwise helped push the site to over 4,500 visitors and 10,000 page views for the first time ever! You guys are great – thanks for making GreaterFalls.com so fun!

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