Archived webcast

American Ideas: The Will of the People

September 20, 2012

Host Cathy Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and professors Rebecca Green and Henry Chambers discuss voting rights, voter ID laws, and how voting has changed since the founding of our nation.

Chatroom Archive text

Sep 14 2012, 1:24 PM

Guest451 (guest): What is considered the most negative presidential election in our history?

Sep 14 2012, 7:08 PM

Guest39 (guest): The last one!!!

Sep 16 2012, 3:12 PM

Guest856 (guest): President Jefferson, did you envision presidential elections in which issues and a man's character were less important than his political party?

Sep 18 2012, 8:36 PM

Tami (guest): What are your thoughts on a President who "rules" AGAINST the will of the people once he is elected, by issuing executive orders to circumvent the Congress?

Sep 19 2012, 5:20 PM

Guest360 (guest): President Jefferson: Did you think that the Constitution would last as long as it has?

Sep 19 2012, 9:46 PM

Margaret Strolle: Do you think that the fact that a citizen's voting rights are dependent on their state, with some states in the early years of of the Republic enfranchising just propertied white males, others including free, propertied blacks, and in the case of New Jersey, enfranchising single, propertied women as well, is problematic? Would you prefer to have the federal government set up uniform requirements for voting, applicable to all states or is the current variance among them acceptable?

Sep 20 2012, 12:59 PM

Cathy Neal: How was the Supreme Court able to determine the outcome of the 2000 presidential race by interfering with a decision that should have been decided by the Florida Supreme Court?

Sep 20 2012, 1:41 PM

jackneal: Does the Electoral College fit the needs of today's elections as it did in the days of our forefathers?

Sep 20 2012, 3:42 PM

Guest101 (guest): In a participatory democracy, how do you avoid politicians manufacturing consent?

Sep 20 2012, 3:47 PM

Guest654 (guest): It seems the question of big government vs. small is still very much prevalent today! What can history tell us about this debate?

Sep 20 2012, 3:48 PM

Guest1 (guest): How has the voting changed since the beginning.

Sep 20 2012, 3:54 PM

Guest101 (guest): Given a world where it is possible that each person can cast a single vote, on a single day, and be counted that same day, isn't it more democratic that a direct vote be instigated rather than an electoral college?

Sep 20 2012, 3:55 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): My dad says that his presidential vote doesn't count because of the electoral college and not being in an

Sep 20 2012, 3:55 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): important state. True? False? Why should he vote

Sep 20 2012, 3:58 PM

Guest297 (guest): Please tell us why it is so important to vote? It seems that so many young people do not believe that their vote counts?

Sep 20 2012, 3:59 PM

Guest253 (guest): why do some states' votes seem more important in the election that others? Doesn't every vote count?

Sep 20 2012, 3:59 PM

Guest101 (guest): How do the disenfranchised avoid the rich and influential packing Congress and controlling the direction of government?

Sep 20 2012, 4:00 PM

Otis (guest): I'm interested to hear the opinions of the panel, including Mr. Jefferson on whether or not the Electoral College is still a necessary part of our election system.

Sep 20 2012, 4:02 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Hi all, and welcome to Connect. I am a Colonial Williamsburg Employee and am here to prod discussion and provoke debate. If you have questions for the panel, write them here. If you have other questions, I will be happy to try to answer. Enjoy!

Sep 20 2012, 4:03 PM

Guest966 (guest): How prevalent were accusations of or confirmed episodes of voter fraud in the early republic? What opinion would our founders have or requiring registered voters display government-issued identification cards in order to be permitted to cast a ballot?

Sep 20 2012, 4:05 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): I didn't know that!

Sep 20 2012, 4:06 PM

Tim Harten: I'm getting no video or audio feed

Sep 20 2012, 4:07 PM

Guest798 (guest): hi

Sep 20 2012, 4:07 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Try refreshing your browser

Sep 20 2012, 4:08 PM

Tim Harten: Didn't work

Sep 20 2012, 4:08 PM

Otis (guest): I just lost the audio and video as well.

Sep 20 2012, 4:08 PM

JohnMDemers: Great program! Should we make sure that those who vote are truly citizens and how if you think we should know someone is an american citizen do you think we should have them identify themselves. Should they show some form of identification?

Sep 20 2012, 4:08 PM

Guest266 (guest): Feed is working for me. This is great.

Sep 20 2012, 4:08 PM

Guest579 (guest): Not working at all here

Sep 20 2012, 4:09 PM

Guest101 (guest): Why should an individual need to be a citizen in order to vote? If I am taxed by the government surely I should have a say in who taxes me?

Sep 20 2012, 4:11 PM

Margaret Strolle: Glad to see a William and Mary professor on the panel.

Sep 20 2012, 4:11 PM

Guest798 (guest): why can't kids vote

Sep 20 2012, 4:12 PM

Guest137 (guest): Because they would be influenced by their parents.

Sep 20 2012, 4:12 PM

Guest798 (guest): no

Sep 20 2012, 4:12 PM

Otis (guest): that was the same argument to keep the poor from voting... that they'd be influenced by their landlords or creditors.

Sep 20 2012, 4:12 PM

o_so_gentlee: why does the electoral college exist in current elections?

Sep 20 2012, 4:12 PM

Guest101 (guest): Exactly, why not children? If a declining majority of people are unwilling to vote, surely if you are interested in voting that in itself should allow you to vote?

Sep 20 2012, 4:13 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): just lost audio and video

Sep 20 2012, 4:13 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Some information- 11 states require photo ID to vote, 19 require some form of ID.http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/voter-id.aspx



Sep 20 2012, 4:13 PM

Guest798 (guest): I would vote for who would be the best to what i belive in

Sep 20 2012, 4:13 PM

Guest137 (guest): good point.

Sep 20 2012, 4:13 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): Help

Sep 20 2012, 4:14 PM

CIII (guest): If you lose audio or video refresh your browser

Sep 20 2012, 4:14 PM

Aaron Wolfe: we are working on the technical issues. Please check to see that you have the latest Flash player software.

Sep 20 2012, 4:14 PM

cwconnect: If you are having trouble with your audio and visual try exiting out of your browser and restarting the program. Thank you

Sep 20 2012, 4:14 PM

Guest601 (guest): hi

Sep 20 2012, 4:14 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): okay it worked! thank you!

Sep 20 2012, 4:15 PM

guest996 (guest): why cant females vote

Sep 20 2012, 4:15 PM

JohnMDemers: The tax question is only of recent history. We as a people left Great Britan over tax issues. So just because you pay tax is not a measure of voting status. We need to cut back out tax liablities.

Sep 20 2012, 4:15 PM

Margaret Strolle: children don't have full legal rights until they are adults that's likely why they don't have voting rights

Sep 20 2012, 4:15 PM

Guest798 (guest): do you have to be 18 to vote what if you are all most 18

Sep 20 2012, 4:15 PM

Margaret Strolle: I think you have to at least turn 18 by the time of the election, but might be able to register at 17.

Sep 20 2012, 4:15 PM

ER1 (guest): Why would a person in Mass. be able to vote without land when other states wouldn't let them vote?

Sep 20 2012, 4:16 PM

Aaron Wolfe: You are correct, Margaret.

Sep 20 2012, 4:16 PM

Otis (guest): many states allow 17 year olds to vote in primary elections if they will turn 18 by the time of the general election

Sep 20 2012, 4:16 PM

guest996 (guest): why cant females vote

Sep 20 2012, 4:16 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): i can vote right after my birthday!

Sep 20 2012, 4:16 PM

Guest883 (guest): 18 is the arbitrary age set for voting. If it were 17, then why not 16 and a half? The level must be set somewhere...

Sep 20 2012, 4:17 PM

ER1 (guest): How long did it take for you to become President Mr. Jefferson?

Sep 20 2012, 4:17 PM

Margaret Strolle: States set up their own rules for voting. For example, propertied single women could vote in NJ until 1807 but no women in other states could vote.

Sep 20 2012, 4:17 PM

guest996 (guest): ok thank you

Sep 20 2012, 4:17 PM

SCAPA111 (guest): About what percentage of people were excluded from voting in your time, Mr. Jefferson?

Sep 20 2012, 4:17 PM

Guest101 (guest): Voting on based on birth date and location is arbitrary, based only on historical precedent.

Sep 20 2012, 4:18 PM

Guest713 (guest): I agree 101. Maybe we should have to pass a test.

Sep 20 2012, 4:18 PM

Guest798 (guest): how did they count the vote back then

Sep 20 2012, 4:18 PM

ER1 (guest): Mr. Jefferson, what would you change about the way people vote?

Sep 20 2012, 4:18 PM

Margaret Strolle: 18 is the voting age, because you become a legal adult at 18. It used to be 21 but it was lowered through the 26th amendment.

Sep 20 2012, 4:18 PM

guest996 (guest): can u vote on your birthday if u turn 18

Sep 20 2012, 4:19 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Guest713- tests for voting rights are unconstitutional.

Sep 20 2012, 4:19 PM

SCAPA111 (guest): Mr. Jefferson... what values were most important to you in an election?

Sep 20 2012, 4:19 PM

Guest601 (guest): Who is Rebecca Green and Henry Chambers?

Sep 20 2012, 4:19 PM

Guest101 (guest): 713, like I said, if you want to vote why not, most people don't want to?

Sep 20 2012, 4:19 PM

MLD (guest): You could cheat on a test 798.

Sep 20 2012, 4:19 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): why dosent the whole US have voting laws instead of every state?

Sep 20 2012, 4:19 PM

Guest101 (guest): aaron, just change the constitution?

Sep 20 2012, 4:19 PM

Guest883 (guest): Tests can be rigged to exclude minorities, etc'

Sep 20 2012, 4:20 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Guest883 is right on.

Sep 20 2012, 4:20 PM

Guest713 (guest): interesting

Sep 20 2012, 4:20 PM

MLD (guest): exactly 883

Sep 20 2012, 4:20 PM

guest996 (guest): why could only white males vote

Sep 20 2012, 4:20 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: How prevalent were accusations of, or actual incidences of, voter fraud in the early republic? What opinion would the founders have of legislation requiring registered voters to present government-issued identification cards in order to be permitted to cast a ballot?

Sep 20 2012, 4:20 PM

Guest883 (guest): good question!

Sep 20 2012, 4:20 PM

ER1 (guest): Why couldn't women couldn't vote during this time period?

Sep 20 2012, 4:20 PM

guest996 (guest): why cant females run

Sep 20 2012, 4:21 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): They can

Sep 20 2012, 4:21 PM

MLD (guest): they can

Sep 20 2012, 4:21 PM

Guest759 (guest): If we use the Electoral College, why is the Popular Vote important? Laura, 5th grader from Greenville, SC

Sep 20 2012, 4:21 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): they just dont

Sep 20 2012, 4:21 PM

Guest601 (guest): Why is it that a president's term in office is four years? Why not three or five?

Sep 20 2012, 4:21 PM

SCAPA111 (guest): How do you become a member of the electoral college?

Sep 20 2012, 4:21 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): i would vote for her if she ran

Sep 20 2012, 4:21 PM

ER1 (guest): When was it what all people were finally allowed to vote?

Sep 20 2012, 4:21 PM

Guest883 (guest): Most people would have actually known and recognized each other in the early republic, so photo ID would not have been as important.

Sep 20 2012, 4:21 PM

guest996 (guest): no why could they in like the 1800's

Sep 20 2012, 4:21 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Deborah- the panel discussed that question earlier. Mr Jefferson pointed out that votes were cast in the open and in front of people who knew you. No fraud.

Sep 20 2012, 4:22 PM

guest996 (guest): i mean why could they not

Sep 20 2012, 4:22 PM

o_so_gentlee: i love the diversity on the panel today.

Sep 20 2012, 4:22 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: sorry, i was having trouble logging in.

Sep 20 2012, 4:22 PM

Guest883 (guest): The issue with public voting is pressure. Do you vote differently than your boss or landlord? Will there be repercussions?

Sep 20 2012, 4:22 PM

Guest798 (guest): how did they count the votes back then

Sep 20 2012, 4:22 PM

Aaron Wolfe: exactly, 883.

Sep 20 2012, 4:22 PM

MLD (guest): on paper 798

Sep 20 2012, 4:22 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): you have to count big!

Sep 20 2012, 4:23 PM

MLD (guest): well yeah...

Sep 20 2012, 4:23 PM

Guest101 (guest): 883, surely this is addressed by a secret ballot?

Sep 20 2012, 4:23 PM

AntiochSchool (guest):

Sep 20 2012, 4:23 PM

Guest798 (guest): what if they messed up

Sep 20 2012, 4:23 PM

Guest601 (guest): Why is it that a president's term in office is 4 years? Why not 3 or 4?

Sep 20 2012, 4:23 PM

Guest883 (guest): Yes, secret ballot does away with voting pressure.

Sep 20 2012, 4:23 PM

Guest601 (guest): 3 or 5?

Sep 20 2012, 4:23 PM

Guest883 (guest): But in a public vote, this was a problem.

Sep 20 2012, 4:24 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Do you think that a consensus could be reached on national voting standards?

Sep 20 2012, 4:24 PM

Guest798 (guest): ?

Sep 20 2012, 4:24 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): Guest601: Maybe because more people turn age for voting every 4 years.

Sep 20 2012, 4:24 PM

Guest82 (guest): this is a great program

Sep 20 2012, 4:24 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): yes

Sep 20 2012, 4:24 PM

Guest883 (guest): We probably should be able to, but I doubt we could!

Sep 20 2012, 4:24 PM

Guest101 (guest): We could have a vote on it ha..ha..

Sep 20 2012, 4:24 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): indeed

Sep 20 2012, 4:25 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): where are u guys?

Sep 20 2012, 4:25 PM

Guest720 (guest): I, too, have no video or audio. Reading all the comments, though!

Sep 20 2012, 4:25 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Would such a standard violate the 10th Amendment?

Sep 20 2012, 4:25 PM

Guest883 (guest): Try refreshing the video, it's very interesting!

Sep 20 2012, 4:25 PM

Guest1 (guest): got no sound

Sep 20 2012, 4:25 PM

Aaron Wolfe: 720- you can refresh your browser, or close it and reopen to reset the video.

Sep 20 2012, 4:26 PM

MLD (guest): I am in the united states of america.

Sep 20 2012, 4:26 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: is there supposed to be a video compnent to this webcast? All I am seeing is the chat.

Sep 20 2012, 4:26 PM

Guest883 (guest): The 10th Amendment has been violated so many times I doubt it makes much difference with one more!

Sep 20 2012, 4:26 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): HaHA US

Sep 20 2012, 4:26 PM

Guest601 (guest): What is suffrage?

Sep 20 2012, 4:26 PM

Guest1 (guest): click the play button

Sep 20 2012, 4:26 PM

ER1 (guest): What amendment allowed women the right to vote?

Sep 20 2012, 4:26 PM

MLD (guest): the 19th

Sep 20 2012, 4:27 PM

Guest798 (guest): when women could not vote

Sep 20 2012, 4:27 PM

Guest82 (guest): Shughart ES/MS good question

Sep 20 2012, 4:27 PM

Margaret Strolle: Some propertied women could vote in NJ from about 1776-1807.

Sep 20 2012, 4:27 PM

guest996 (guest): oh cool

Sep 20 2012, 4:27 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: I did click play. It opened up the chat but nothing else.

Sep 20 2012, 4:28 PM

MLD (guest): reload the page

Sep 20 2012, 4:28 PM

Guest601 (guest): click play

Sep 20 2012, 4:28 PM

Guest720 (guest): TY Aaron. So new at this, I bet I don't have Flash Player. : /

Sep 20 2012, 4:28 PM

Guest798 (guest): are these people that lived in the days when woman could not vote

Sep 20 2012, 4:29 PM

Guest348 (guest): Deborah, Do you see the flag?

Sep 20 2012, 4:29 PM

Margaret Strolle: What are Mr. Jefferson's thoughts on the fact that women now have voting rights? It was not something that he was supportive of in his time.

Sep 20 2012, 4:29 PM

Guest82 (guest): were there any women killed while protesting? Shughart ES/MS

Sep 20 2012, 4:29 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): why isn't the amendment that says people can vote the same as the amendment that says everybody should be treated by the same law?

Sep 20 2012, 4:29 PM

ER1 (guest): What women played an important role in guaranteeing women the right to vote?

Sep 20 2012, 4:29 PM

Otis (guest): it was just women in New Jersey during that period from 1776 to 1807 that could vote, any citizen who satisfied the requirement of property could vote.

Sep 20 2012, 4:29 PM

Guest713 (guest): such good questions!

Sep 20 2012, 4:29 PM

guest996 (guest): 798 they counted the votes like this 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 like that ok

Sep 20 2012, 4:30 PM

Guest798 (guest): are these people that lived in the days when woman could not vote

Sep 20 2012, 4:30 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: I've seen the flg. I've reloaded ands clicxked the flag three times. I get nothing but chat.

Sep 20 2012, 4:30 PM

guest996 (guest): yep

Sep 20 2012, 4:30 PM

o_so_gentlee: why are voting rights such a tense issue in american history? #connectcw

Sep 20 2012, 4:30 PM

CIII (guest): Deborah, do you see a spinning loading circle?

Sep 20 2012, 4:30 PM

ER1 (guest): How did the government change after women received the right to vote?

Sep 20 2012, 4:30 PM

guest996 (guest): well i think guest 798

Sep 20 2012, 4:30 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): ask aaron wolfe

Sep 20 2012, 4:31 PM

Guest348 (guest): Deborah, what are you using to watch?

Sep 20 2012, 4:31 PM

Guest713 (guest): Deborah, are you behind some sort of firewall?

Sep 20 2012, 4:31 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): To Seborah

Sep 20 2012, 4:31 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): Deborah. wrong key

Sep 20 2012, 4:31 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: all I see is a black blank screen above the chat.

Sep 20 2012, 4:31 PM

Guest82 (guest): can felons ever get the right to vote back?

Sep 20 2012, 4:32 PM

Guest348 (guest): Do you have a PC or Mac?

Sep 20 2012, 4:32 PM

Otis (guest): felon voting privileges vary from state to state.

Sep 20 2012, 4:32 PM

MLD (guest): close your browser and re open it Deborah

Sep 20 2012, 4:32 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: I'm on AOL. I'll try Firefox

Sep 20 2012, 4:32 PM

Guest101 (guest): It seems to me that the constitution stands in the way of any significant change? It was written in an 18th century context. Today it needs to be re-written, rather than amended.

Sep 20 2012, 4:32 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Do you have the latest Flash Player?http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/



Sep 20 2012, 4:32 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Why do you think that, 101?

Sep 20 2012, 4:33 PM

Lisa Stein-Cohen: Our 8th grade social studies class has all joined in for the discussion.

Sep 20 2012, 4:33 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Welcome!

Sep 20 2012, 4:33 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: I just updated Flash like two days ago.

Sep 20 2012, 4:33 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): Welcome

Sep 20 2012, 4:33 PM

MLD (guest): But that would change the way the country was run, 101

Sep 20 2012, 4:33 PM

Guest101 (guest): Because it is broken? All these questions how that.

Sep 20 2012, 4:33 PM

Guest883 (guest): It takes statesmen to compromise on a new Constitution. All we have are politicians!

Sep 20 2012, 4:33 PM

Guest101 (guest): 883 true

Sep 20 2012, 4:33 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): Welcome Lisa's Class!

Sep 20 2012, 4:33 PM

Guest977 (guest): Did he just say voter fraud is NOT an issue???

Sep 20 2012, 4:34 PM

Guest601 (guest): How is it possible for someone to vote twice under different names?

Sep 20 2012, 4:34 PM

o_so_gentlee: how are absentee votes counted in national elections? #connectcw

Sep 20 2012, 4:34 PM

cwconnect: I stand corrected, the live video will not work without flash. The archived version of the video, however, will.

Sep 20 2012, 4:34 PM

LBB (guest): Do you think you should let students choose the school menu or schedule of the school classes?

Sep 20 2012, 4:34 PM

Guest977 (guest): Wish some people only voted twice under a different name...like that it is many more times than 2.

Sep 20 2012, 4:35 PM

Lisa Stein-Cohen: Lisa's class: Yes! We should have an input into what we eat...with some nutrition expert's help.

Sep 20 2012, 4:36 PM

Guest883 (guest): Mr. Jefferson, do you think that a corporation should have the same political rights as an individual?

Sep 20 2012, 4:36 PM

Guest713 (guest): educated input

Sep 20 2012, 4:36 PM

Guest720 (guest): Guest 720 has an iPad. I'll try loading the Flash Player. The flag is beautiful!

Sep 20 2012, 4:36 PM

LBB (guest): Do you think uninformed voters should choose the direction of our future?

Sep 20 2012, 4:36 PM

Guest101 (guest): LBB who decides they are "uninformed"?

Sep 20 2012, 4:36 PM

Guest977 (guest): Students parents should choose what their children eat. That is a parents responsibility and NO ONE elses.

Sep 20 2012, 4:36 PM

Guest883 (guest): Gues we'll have to start actually educating our populace again!

Sep 20 2012, 4:37 PM

MLD (guest): @llb no, they shoulden't. they might just vote for the better looking candadate.

Sep 20 2012, 4:37 PM

Guest601 (guest): what is voter id?

Sep 20 2012, 4:37 PM

LBB (guest): Well, perhaps when people only now the president's name and not who the running mate is.

Sep 20 2012, 4:37 PM

Guest798 (guest): Mr. president do you like the way we vote now are back then

Sep 20 2012, 4:37 PM

LBB (guest): Should be an indicator.

Sep 20 2012, 4:37 PM

Guest713 (guest): 601: something that proves someone is who they say they are so that they are allowed to vote.

Sep 20 2012, 4:38 PM

Aaron Wolfe: What are some ways to make sure that the most people can vote and they are properly informed?

Sep 20 2012, 4:38 PM

Guest101 (guest): LBB so test the voter before they are allowed to vote?

Sep 20 2012, 4:38 PM

Guest601 (guest): thank you

Sep 20 2012, 4:38 PM

Guest883 (guest): Voting tests are illegal.

Sep 20 2012, 4:38 PM

LBB (guest): Perhaps.

Sep 20 2012, 4:38 PM

Guest601 (guest): What are voting tests?

Sep 20 2012, 4:38 PM

LBB (guest): A little responsibility, would be nice

Sep 20 2012, 4:38 PM

MLD (guest): 713: Like maybe a social security number?

Sep 20 2012, 4:38 PM

Guest101 (guest): Testing will automatically guarantee discrimination

Sep 20 2012, 4:38 PM

Guest883 (guest): The ones we outlawed decaeds ago.

Sep 20 2012, 4:39 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): lost audio and video. refreshing

Sep 20 2012, 4:39 PM

guest996 (guest): mr. pres are you hot in those clothing

Sep 20 2012, 4:39 PM

LBB (guest): not to suppress, but to make certain that it is a thinking public...not just influenced, and told to vote by Meddia

Sep 20 2012, 4:39 PM

Guest101 (guest): But who decides what "thinking" is?

Sep 20 2012, 4:40 PM

Margaret Strolle: Non-Partisan or Bi-Partisan Public Service Announcements providing info on how to vote and how to research the candidates running.

Sep 20 2012, 4:40 PM

Guest713 (guest): MLD: I don't think that counts because it doesn't have a picture. Not sure though.

Sep 20 2012, 4:40 PM

Guest883 (guest): Tests are always rigged to disenfranchise.

Sep 20 2012, 4:40 PM

MLD (guest): 656: well his face is kind of red...

Sep 20 2012, 4:40 PM

Guest977 (guest): Good lord really...let people vote at the wrong precinct...if you don't know where to vote, should have the right...can you say Fraud

Sep 20 2012, 4:40 PM

Aaron Wolfe: 713- it depends on the state

Sep 20 2012, 4:40 PM

LBB (guest): Exactly- Guest977

Sep 20 2012, 4:40 PM

o_so_gentlee: is there any significance in being a "swing state"? #connectcw

Sep 20 2012, 4:40 PM

Guest713 (guest): oh, good to know. thanks.

Sep 20 2012, 4:40 PM

MLD (guest): 713: SS number and ID?

Sep 20 2012, 4:40 PM

Guest798 (guest): Mr. president do you like the way we vote now are back then

Sep 20 2012, 4:40 PM

Guest713 (guest): MLD: according to Aaron, it depends on the state

Sep 20 2012, 4:41 PM

LBB (guest): People, who seem to not listen are choosing the direction of our future

Sep 20 2012, 4:41 PM

Guest883 (guest): each state has differnet requirenments for ID

Sep 20 2012, 4:41 PM

Aaron Wolfe: http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/voter-id.aspx



Sep 20 2012, 4:41 PM

Margaret Strolle: @656, That's his natural complexion. He's been wearing clothes like that for years. I'm sure he's fine.

Sep 20 2012, 4:41 PM

Guest101 (guest): precincts are a red herring. You should be able to vote anywhere, one perso none vote

Sep 20 2012, 4:41 PM

Lisa Stein-Cohen: o-so: of course being in a swing state subjects you to a great deal of political campaigning.

Sep 20 2012, 4:41 PM

Dolphins (guest): Mr. Jefferson, why do you feel that women did not have the right to vote during your time?

Sep 20 2012, 4:41 PM

Guest798 (guest): Mr. president do you like the way we vote now are back then

Sep 20 2012, 4:41 PM

Guest977 (guest): Red herring or not, how to you prevent multiple voting with the current technology around voting.

Sep 20 2012, 4:42 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): back in the 1800 why did someone write down someone else's vote? they could write down the person 's wrong vote.

Sep 20 2012, 4:42 PM

LBB (guest): This organization is trying to rectify this issue by explaining the system.

Sep 20 2012, 4:42 PM

Guest101 (guest): Use modern technology?

Sep 20 2012, 4:42 PM

Guest82 (guest): if you live outside the United States how do you still have the opportunity to vote? Shughart

Sep 20 2012, 4:42 PM

Otis (guest): If we got rid of the electoral college and went to a popular election, would that get rid of swing states?

Sep 20 2012, 4:42 PM

Margaret Strolle: I think precincts are used so votes can be counted in small number as opposed to a whole state keeping track of all its votes.

Sep 20 2012, 4:42 PM

Guest883 (guest): aBSENTEE BALLOT, 82.

Sep 20 2012, 4:42 PM

Guest798 (guest): Mr. president do you like the way we vote now are back then

Sep 20 2012, 4:42 PM

Lisa Stein-Cohen: Otis: No, it would not change swing states.

Sep 20 2012, 4:42 PM

Guest977 (guest): Modern technology would be great, but wait for the cries of how to ID the person when they walk up to the poll

Sep 20 2012, 4:43 PM

Guest101 (guest): Why divide the vote by state for the president? One vote should equal one vote?

Sep 20 2012, 4:43 PM

Guest601 (guest): Can you believe a 269-year-old-man is talking!!!!!

Sep 20 2012, 4:43 PM

guest996 (guest): i know 601

Sep 20 2012, 4:43 PM

Otis (guest): but if we weren't counting the electoral college vote by state then what would be the reason to campaign more in any one state than another?

Sep 20 2012, 4:43 PM

Logan (guest): Anything can haqppen now-a-days.

Sep 20 2012, 4:43 PM

Guest977 (guest): We don't divide the vote...one vote is one vote...but there is the College of Delegates that really elects the President

Sep 20 2012, 4:43 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Otis- population centers would then become more important

Sep 20 2012, 4:44 PM

Lisa Stein-Cohen: Thanks Aaron

Sep 20 2012, 4:45 PM

jackneal: Mr. President...we currently find it most effective to campaign negatively against the opposing candidate. How does that compare to the earlier elections?

Sep 20 2012, 4:47 PM

MLD (guest): what is that weird animal they keep showing?!

Sep 20 2012, 4:47 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Here is a pretty good article on negative campaigning http://www.journalreview.com/opinion/article_3881722e-f135-11e1-b055-0019bb2963f4.html



Sep 20 2012, 4:47 PM

Lisa Stein-Cohen: Lisa's class: How many voting polls are there in the US? Anyone know?

Sep 20 2012, 4:48 PM

Aaron Wolfe: How many of you are planning on voting?

Sep 20 2012, 4:48 PM

Margaret Strolle: @ Mr. Jefferson, Are you truly confident that the populace will ever reach the level of education and political wisdom that will keep them from being swayed easily by their respective factions or parties?- Margaret, A female College of William and Mary Student

Sep 20 2012, 4:48 PM

Lisa Stein-Cohen: Yes. Gerrymandering absolutely unfairly affects the process.

Sep 20 2012, 4:48 PM

LBB (guest): Please let's stay away from the endorsements...this is to inform and let people understand this voting system.

Sep 20 2012, 4:49 PM

Lisa Stein-Cohen: Aaron: I certainly am voting. It is too important not to do so.

Sep 20 2012, 4:49 PM

Margaret Strolle: I am planning on voting, It will be my first time voting in a presidential election,

Sep 20 2012, 4:49 PM

Guest101 (guest): Aaron. I am disenfranchised! I cannot vote.

Sep 20 2012, 4:49 PM

Lisa Stein-Cohen: congrats, Margaret.

Sep 20 2012, 4:50 PM

Guest461 (guest): Anactacia asks:Why are vice presidents elected together with the president today? It seems back in the day that whoever had the second highest amount of votes simply became the vice president.

Sep 20 2012, 4:50 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): what is disfranchised?

Sep 20 2012, 4:50 PM

Guest601 (guest): Probably because they do not agree on the same things 461

Sep 20 2012, 4:50 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: I am planning on voting. I was at the President's rally in Columbus on Monday.

Sep 20 2012, 4:51 PM

Guest798 (guest): Mr president, how did they get the elephant and the donkey

Sep 20 2012, 4:51 PM

Margaret Strolle: Disenfranchised in terms of voting means not having the right to vote or losing those rights.

Sep 20 2012, 4:51 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Anactacia- the 12th Amendment changed the rules.

Sep 20 2012, 4:51 PM

Guest101 (guest): Disfranchised means that the government declares it as unlawful if you vote, for various arbitrary reasons.

Sep 20 2012, 4:51 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): Thank you

Sep 20 2012, 4:52 PM

Guest720 (guest): At 720's house, all 18 & older registered voters will vote AFTER learning/researching each item/candidate and then praying before sending in ballot or going to precinct.

Sep 20 2012, 4:52 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: Internet explorer still gives me no video, BTW. Can't get Firefox to even load. Should have gone to the public library instead of relying on this hobbled home PC.

Sep 20 2012, 4:52 PM

Aaron Wolfe: 798- Thomas Nast, a cartoonist, created the donkey and elephant.

Sep 20 2012, 4:52 PM

Guest798 (guest): Mr president, how did they get the elephant and the donkey

Sep 20 2012, 4:53 PM

MLD (guest): it was tom nash 798

Sep 20 2012, 4:53 PM

kriss (guest): how many votes are cast per season

Sep 20 2012, 4:53 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: 798, the parties we know today did not exist in President Jefferson's time.

Sep 20 2012, 4:53 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: There were other symbols for the early political parties.

Sep 20 2012, 4:54 PM

Otis (guest): I'm very much opposed to electronic voting. How would you do a recount when there is nothing to recount?

Sep 20 2012, 4:54 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Well, Nast created the elephant and popularized the donkey.

Sep 20 2012, 4:54 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: Roosters, Raccoons and Bill-Moose being some of them.

Sep 20 2012, 4:54 PM

Guest682 (guest): How did they keep track of their votes in the 1800s?

Sep 20 2012, 4:54 PM

Guest101 (guest): otis the voting machines record the votes

Sep 20 2012, 4:54 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: oops! Bull Moose.

Sep 20 2012, 4:55 PM

Otis (guest): Someone called Andrew Jackson a Jackass and he liked the image so much he made the donkey the symbol of his party.

Sep 20 2012, 4:55 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: Freudian slip?

Sep 20 2012, 4:55 PM

Guest713 (guest): i agree with Otis. I don't trust the electronic voting.

Sep 20 2012, 4:55 PM

Guest461 (guest): What role did the Vp play in the election?

Sep 20 2012, 4:56 PM

MLD (guest): I am strongly an Otis's side.

Sep 20 2012, 4:56 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Otis- would paper records of electronic votes help?

Sep 20 2012, 4:57 PM

MLD (guest): Not much, you could create an online alias and the vote multiple times

Sep 20 2012, 4:57 PM

Guest101 (guest): Why is there a difference between paper and electronic votes?

Sep 20 2012, 4:57 PM

Otis (guest): I think it would depend on how the paper record would be generated.

Sep 20 2012, 4:57 PM

Margaret Strolle: Bil-Moose? Haha. I get the joke.

Sep 20 2012, 4:57 PM

MLD (guest): plus, who knows if the computers would transmit the correct numbers!

Sep 20 2012, 4:57 PM

Guest713 (guest): paper votes remain to be counted, electronic votes disappear the second you press the button.

Sep 20 2012, 4:58 PM

Guest101 (guest): Computer count better than humans!

Sep 20 2012, 4:58 PM

Guest713 (guest): disappear in a true counting sense

Sep 20 2012, 4:58 PM

Guest461 (guest): Mr. President: What role did the VP play?

Sep 20 2012, 4:58 PM

MLD (guest): Not if they have a virus

Sep 20 2012, 4:58 PM

AntiochSchool (guest): clap clap thank you!

Sep 20 2012, 4:58 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: purely unintentional, I assure you, Margaret. Fat-fingering is the culprit. Did not catch it until I viewed the screen.

Sep 20 2012, 4:58 PM

Guest601 (guest): that was good!

Sep 20 2012, 4:58 PM

Otis (guest): thank you very much

Sep 20 2012, 4:58 PM

Aaron Wolfe: In 2012, we buy all sorts of products, do our banking, and other activities. Why would voting be more subject to fraud?

Sep 20 2012, 4:58 PM

Lisa Stein-Cohen: thank you!

Sep 20 2012, 4:58 PM

Guest101 (guest): Thanks!

Sep 20 2012, 4:58 PM

Guest713 (guest): aaron - because so much more is at stake

Sep 20 2012, 4:59 PM

LBB (guest): Thank You.

Sep 20 2012, 4:59 PM

Guest266 (guest): Interesting show.

Sep 20 2012, 4:59 PM

Guest601 (guest): they did a great job at this!!

Sep 20 2012, 4:59 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: Sorry I couldn't see you, Mr President. Enjoyed the conversation nonetheless.

Sep 20 2012, 4:59 PM

MLD (guest): Good show

Sep 20 2012, 4:59 PM

LBB (guest): it was great

Sep 20 2012, 4:59 PM

Guest461 (guest): Bye all it was fun!

Sep 20 2012, 4:59 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: Couldn't hear either. \

Sep 20 2012, 5:00 PM

Guest193 (guest): Thank you Williamsburg. My wife and I will be there next week.

Sep 20 2012, 5:00 PM

Guest720 (guest): We enjoyed another learning event without full technology! Thanks for the opportunity! look forward to seeing it next week.

Sep 20 2012, 5:00 PM

Aaron Wolfe: The show will be archived an available to view next week.

Sep 20 2012, 5:01 PM

cwconnect: Thank you for participating in our webcast. Please join us Thursday, October 2nd at noon for our upcoming webchat, "Influence & Bargaining."

Sep 20 2012, 5:01 PM

Aaron Wolfe: Thanks to all of you for chatting with me.

Sep 20 2012, 5:03 PM

Guest720 (guest): Look forward to next month! Many thanks. We loved our visit last month. Bye.

Sep 20 2012, 5:04 PM

Deborah Ann Guy: Will it be available in a format that can be viewed on AOL?

Sep 20 2012, 5:04 PM

Guest720 (guest): Aaron .. do I close the screen to log out? TY

Sep 20 2012, 5:08 PM

Aaron Wolfe: 720- yes. Deborah- It should. If you can view video on YouTube, you will be able to view the show.