August 26, 2006
Public Service Announcement for King County Permanent Absentee Voters

KIRO: "Mail Stolen From Seattle Post Office"

The U.S. Postal Service said it will investigate security at a post office on Capitol Hill following a KIRO 7 Eyewitness News report that transients stole mail from unattended bins on a loading dock.

Veteran postal employees said mail containing names, addresses and other personal information is frequently stolen and their requests to increase security have been ignored.

If you are still registered in King County as a "permanent absentee mail theft voter", you can change your registration to go back to voting at your neighborhood polling place, where you can feel confident that your vote will be counted correctly and your ballot won't be stolen or tampered with. Fill out this form and mail fax or hand deliver it to King County Elections.

hat tip: sgmmac

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at August 26, 2006 09:15 AM | Email This
1. Dammit!

I guess I'm gonna have to take your advice Shark. I've been a PAV for several years. I signed on because of work schedules and convenience. I took to delivering my ballot to my assigned voting location because of the revelations of massive vote fraud perpetuated by the sims machine.

Now it's time to make a statement - one that sims will surely ignore (he's in his own world after all) but perhaps the citizenry won't ignore; Elections in King County are screwed up! I do not trust the sims machine to do anything other than deliver the goods for the Dhimmicrat party. They don't even bother to put a pretty face on it any longer. If you read the loose-bowel movement screed of self-described Dhimmicrat operatives like iban it is clear; the Dhimmicrat party will do anything in order to perpetuate their scams.

Consider it done Shark...

Posted by: alphabet soup on August 26, 2006 09:33 AM
2. "A trash bin outside the loading dock contained credit card applications, mileage plan statements and other letters. Postal employees said it was undeliverable mail that was discarded."

I thought undeliverable first class mail had to be returned to the sender?

Posted by: Richard Pope on August 26, 2006 09:53 AM
3. A. Soup:
yessir, this is the kind of intelligent discussion that'll make a difference. certainly seems to be having an impact so far.

US mail is vulnerable--always has been, always will be. When was the last time you mailed cash? Until they make paper ballots negotiable I'd rather trust them to the US mail than to the $14/hour self-nominated temps we entrust them to on election day. who knows where their priorities lie?

VBM could be as safe and secure as any method of voting if KCE was well run by people we can trust to handle our ballots. And that isn't going to happen until Mr. Sims MAKES it happen.

What makes Sims so teflon anyway? How come every time things go wrong, whether it's in Elections, policing, land use, transportation--any department, its always the fault of some other person or system in or outside King County? Nearly every part of King County government is inefficient, wasteful and can't be trusted. He's the top boss responsible for every one of them, the buck stops with HIM!

Mr Sims wants the power to make the decisions, but until we as taxpayers learn to hold him and his mindless supporters on the County Council accountable for the outcomes, we deserve what we have.

Posted by: iyq2 on August 26, 2006 10:25 AM
4. I have been a registered voter whereever I have lived since 1974. It was only from 2002 to 2004 that I tried the mail-in "absentee" route, mainly because my polling station in Issaquah was across town and difficult to reach.

I learned my lesson in 2004 and changed my status to being a poll voter in December 2004.

I would support an initiative to bring back accountability, but I don't see any movement in that direction. I suspect too many like the present system.

Posted by: deadwood on August 26, 2006 10:28 AM
5. But what about people in Kitsap County?

Posted by: pbj on August 26, 2006 11:33 AM
6. What makes Sims so teflon anyway?
this recipe:
2 words--political correctness
1 concept--(author Shelby Steele's) "white guilt"
1 apathetic voter base
0 forceful opposition with a dash of gonads

Posted by: Jimmie-howya-doin on August 26, 2006 12:26 PM
7. The sky is falling, the sky is falling!

Please, y'all, grow up. The alarmist rantings have grown old. There were no WMD and there are no terrorists in the trunk of my car. The mail is stolen everyday. WooHoo. I am sure there are bands of Democrats running around stealing mail and marking ballots "their" way. Lets not forget about the signature that needs to match. No mention of that.

November is coming!!!!!! Get ready for the rapture!

Posted by: Sam on August 26, 2006 12:28 PM
8. "Sam": Nobody is saying that there are bands of Democrats stealing ballots from the mail, but its hard to dispute the ease with which rogue individuals (of any affiliation) could monkey with mail ballots.

And no, the signature matching is not a safeguard. Just search for the phrase "signature verification" and you'll see what I mean.

Especially note the gaping loophole of "witnessed ballots".

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on August 26, 2006 12:41 PM
9. alpha at 1--i've voted both ways; frankly, after nearly missing some votes due to late work hours & business travel, i went VBM; however, i assumed the mail wasn't as 'tamperable' or weak in its chain of custody; i was wrong; there are 'i givvashyt' workers everywhere; why isn't that mail shredded?

i usually rally for in-person voting for security and i.d. reasons (esp. after reading John Fund's book); problem is, we have poor-to-none i.d. checking, loose handling chain of custody and indifferent citizens; add that to the lack of deterrent convictions and elections prosecutions, and you have the 'perfect storm'

Posted by: Jimmie-howya-doin on August 26, 2006 12:46 PM
10. Sam at 7 tells us to grow up; ok--what's more 'grown up' than voting and having tons of pinheads control and micromanage your life, property and taxes? shouldn't they be watched? should we throw our teens a car key with a booze bottle?

as for promoting being a perpetual victim (mail stolen every day) ok--let's just sit & wait for trouble to come to us; be reactive--not proactive; and the tweak about WMD or terrorists is REALLY on point here, eh?

new name?--"Sit Back & Take It Sam" or "WTF Sam"--yea--a really effective attitude; keep bussing tables;

Posted by: Jimmie-howya-doin on August 26, 2006 01:06 PM
11. Richard @ here is how the thrown out mail works.When the carriers are cassing there mail all mail that is bulk mail that is not able to be delivered is left on there case normally a clerk will go thru this bulk mail and ensure that there is no first or second class mail in the bulk mail,if any is found it is usually given to the supervisor who will talk to the carrier upon his return to the office.this practice is done every day to ensure that only bulk mail is thrown into the dumpster.this bulk mail is called (UBUM)UNDELIVERABLE BULK MAIL.FIRST AND SECOND CLASS MAIL IS NEVER THROWN AWAY.If it is the postmaster or the supervisor will more than likely be looking for a new job. hope that helps you understand how that works.

Posted by: YO on August 26, 2006 06:43 PM
12. Just one more thing.You would be surprised at the lenth the post office goes thru to ensure the security of political mail,it is loged in and who it is is never left on the docks and usualy comes in sealed sacks.It is also loged out with the date when it is delivered.and when VBM comes in it is suppose to go out that same day,a sample is taken of the mailing and that paper work is kept on if you wanted to know when VBM went out there should be a record of when it came in and when it went out.

Posted by: YO on August 26, 2006 06:56 PM
13. Incredible!


Posted by: Deborah on August 28, 2006 10:22 PM
14. Всем привет!

Posted by: Andry on September 5, 2006 08:03 PM
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