Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Missing the Polls

Mail in Ballots 

No, I didn’t forget to go vote.

Now, where I live in Washington State voting is 100% by mail in ballot, and I don’t like it.

Absentee and mail in ballots were at the root of the problem in many close elections of the past. It makes it too easy for votes from certain precincts to be ‘lost’, and you never are quite sure your vote is counted.

Not only do I think we should stick with the polling places, I think absentee ballots should be limited to those who are certified homebound, not just for those who like the convenience of not going to the polls.

And while I’m at it, we SHOULD have to show picture ID and proof of citizenship (not to mention I would be delighted to have to stick my finger in purple ink!).

I think those who oppose those safeguards are those who are secretly hoping to cheat somehow.

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  1. Well done!
    I'm with you. Bring on the inkwells.

  2. I could not agree with you more -- hate the mail-in only ballots now in WA. In 2008, when I was making calls for Dino, I guy on the phone said, "Yeah, I voted -- for the last time! I'm disenfranchising myself now that all the ballots go to mail-in next election cycle." While he still ought to vote -- especially since he's Dino-inclined -- he is so right that mail-in only is a crock. Like you said, so much easier to "lose" ballots or "find" ballots when it's all through the mail. Jerks. Absentee ought to be only for military and shut-ins -- not for vacationers or lazy people. Voting should be at least as inconvenient as stopping by Starbucks for a latte. And purple fingers all the way!