Just 7 percent of voters go to polls in central Ohio

Full story: The Columbus Dispatch

In Franklin County, voter turnout totaled 4.5 percent, by far the lowest in more than a decade and among the tiniest turnouts ever.
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I have an idea to increase turnout

Let the people who pay municipal income tax to Columbus, but don't live in Columbus city limits, vote.

Can you say, GOP Mayor and City Council
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-The-Artist- wrote:
I have an idea to increase turnout
Let the people who pay municipal income tax to Columbus, but don't live in Columbus city limits, vote.
Can you say, GOP Mayor and City Council
That might do it.

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-The-Artist- wrote:
I have an idea to increase turnout
Let the people who pay municipal income tax to Columbus, but don't live in Columbus city limits, vote.
Can you say, GOP Mayor and City Council
Reader and her ilk would sue for civil rights violations...they think white suburbanites should fund their whole corrupt operation.

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The ongoing problem with this idea is the conflict of the Supreme Court "one-man one vote" decisions, which the astute observer would note is not actually found in the Constitution.

I understand that people in some states are allowed to vote on property taxes if they own property in another jurisdiction where they don't live.

I've never seen it with income taxes, though I believe that increases in the city income tax must go before a vote of the people. At the very least all income taxpayers should get to vote on that, and to petition to lower the tax (a little known option) by putting it on the ballot.

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The Dispatch's math skills are as bad as Reality Speaks'. I sent them a message to this effect: It is not right to include in the number of eligible voters those voters who had nothing on the ballot. Neither Grove City or Jackson Township had anything on the ballot, so the precincts weren't even open. I suspect other burbs and townships had the same situation. They should only count those voters in precints that actually had contests or issues. It would still be a low percentage, but not 4.5%
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-The-Artist- wrote:
I have an idea to increase turnout
Let the people who pay municipal income tax to Columbus, but don't live in Columbus city limits, vote.
Can you say, GOP Mayor and City Council
Brilliant idea! What about all those professional athletes who have paychecks taxed in multiple cities; should they be allowed to vote in all of them?

And what about sales tax? I want to vote everywhere I have paid a sales tax. No taxation without representation!

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Big Johnson wrote:
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Brilliant idea! What about all those professional athletes who have paychecks taxed in multiple cities; should they be allowed to vote in all of them?
And what about sales tax? I want to vote everywhere I have paid a sales tax. No taxation without representation!
http://books.google.com/books...

The jock tax isn't considered an efficient tax.

I will be honest, that if states want to continue to collect that tax, they better hand over suffrage in exchange.

Sales tax is variable, and one has a high degree of choice where to shop, so I see no way that suffrage could be demanded.

But your trolling is noted, statist.

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Big Johnson wrote:
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Brilliant idea! What about all those professional athletes who have paychecks taxed in multiple cities; should they be allowed to vote in all of them?
And what about sales tax? I want to vote everywhere I have paid a sales tax. No taxation without representation!
But when those athletes play a game on the road, they don't pay in their hometown. And only around a dozen cities actually screw them on the first place. The major league cities in Ohio and Pennsylvania are five of them.
The rest of us don't have that option.

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-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>But when those athletes play a game on the road, they don't pay in their hometown. And only around a dozen cities actually screw them on the first place. The major league cities in Ohio and Pennsylvania are five of them.
The rest of us don't have that option.
There appears to be another tax that hits bands on tour.

Now of course, Hollywood always gets tax REBATES when it shows up here.

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There appears to be another tax that hits bands on tour.
Now of course, Hollywood always gets tax REBATES when it shows up here.
It's all "entertainers," including athletes. Even guest speakers, so they hit guys like Clinton and Colin Powell. Not sure if movie tax credits are covered in an actor's contract.

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-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>It's all "entertainers," including athletes. Even guest speakers, so they hit guys like Clinton and Colin Powell. Not sure if movie tax credits are covered in an actor's contract.
If your home state has income tax, it covers that as a credit.

If it doesn't, you get hosed.

For people living in CA, they might actually be getting less taxed from jock tax than if they got all the checks in CA.
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The Dispatch's math skills are as bad as Reality Speaks'. I sent them a message to this effect: It is not right to include in the number of eligible voters those voters who had nothing on the ballot. Neither Grove City or Jackson Township had anything on the ballot, so the precincts weren't even open. I suspect other burbs and townships had the same situation. They should only count those voters in precints that actually had contests or issues. It would still be a low percentage, but not 4.5%
In Lancaster where there was city wide levy on the turn out was just a hair over 12 percent. And in some wards there were council candidates for two partys besides a republican council at large race.
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<quoted text>But when those athletes play a game on the road, they don't pay in their hometown. And only around a dozen cities actually screw them on the first place. The major league cities in Ohio and Pennsylvania are five of them.
The rest of us don't have that option.
This reminds me of the battle of taxes my employer had to go through. Our company is in the suburb of Brookpark which is by the Cleveland Hopkins airport. The city of Cleveland demanded that we employees pay city tax to Cleveland because we make deliveries and pickups there. My employer fought with them for years.

Finally Cleveland placed a phone call to my employer threatening him with court action if we didn't pay city taxes there. My employer responded: That's fine with me, but one of the first things I will ask in court is if trucking companies in Cleveland that make deliveries to Brookpark have their employees pay taxes here, or anywhere they make a delivery? Do you really want to open up that can of worms???? The phone on the other end went silent.

Long story short, I now have to pay taxes in both cities Brookpark and Cleveland, yet I don't get to vote in either of those cities. Taxation without representation. But who cares about the Constitution anyway these days?

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This reminds me of the battle of taxes my employer had to go through. Our company is in the suburb of Brookpark which is by the Cleveland Hopkins airport. The city of Cleveland demanded that we employees pay city tax to Cleveland because we make deliveries and pickups there. My employer fought with them for years.
Finally Cleveland placed a phone call to my employer threatening him with court action if we didn't pay city taxes there. My employer responded: That's fine with me, but one of the first things I will ask in court is if trucking companies in Cleveland that make deliveries to Brookpark have their employees pay taxes here, or anywhere they make a delivery? Do you really want to open up that can of worms???? The phone on the other end went silent.
Long story short, I now have to pay taxes in both cities Brookpark and Cleveland, yet I don't get to vote in either of those cities. Taxation without representation. But who cares about the Constitution anyway these days?
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xxxrayted wrote:
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This reminds me of the battle of taxes my employer had to go through. Our company is in the suburb of Brookpark which is by the Cleveland Hopkins airport. The city of Cleveland demanded that we employees pay city tax to Cleveland because we make deliveries and pickups there. My employer fought with them for years.
Finally Cleveland placed a phone call to my employer threatening him with court action if we didn't pay city taxes there. My employer responded: That's fine with me, but one of the first things I will ask in court is if trucking companies in Cleveland that make deliveries to Brookpark have their employees pay taxes here, or anywhere they make a delivery? Do you really want to open up that can of worms???? The phone on the other end went silent.
Long story short, I now have to pay taxes in both cities Brookpark and Cleveland, yet I don't get to vote in either of those cities. Taxation without representation. But who cares about the Constitution anyway these days?
You do get a credit for your hometown, but that's cold comfort when you're still paying twice with no vote.
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-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>You do get a credit for your hometown, but that's cold comfort when you're still paying twice with no vote.
Actions have consequences, Junior. Americans are free to choose where they live and where they work. You whiny suburban leeches hate freedom and hate America.

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Actions have consequences, Junior. Americans are free to choose where they live and where they work. You whiny suburban leeches hate freedom and hate America.
We pay all the freight, wee man. And we love America...we just hate scum bags like you and your kind. If not for us, you'd starve.

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Actions have consequences, Junior. Americans are free to choose where they live and where they work. You whiny suburban leeches hate freedom and hate America.
When freedom becomes irresponsibility and immorality, and America becomes the Third World, yes I hate it.

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And without our incomes taxes funding the

-WIC
-SNAP
-TANF
-EITC

Your "progressive" cites would burn.

Ever heard of Malaysia?
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-Clayton Bigsby wrote:
<quoted text>You do get a credit for your hometown, but that's cold comfort when you're still paying twice with no vote.
Problem is that I don't live in either Cleveland or Brookpark. I live in another suburb where we have our own taxes to deal with. All in all, I am paying taxes in three cities, yet I only get to vote in one; the suburb I live in.

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