August 29, 2006
Mail Ballot Horror Show (IX)
Mail ballots for the September Primary are supposed to be sent out by this Friday, September 1. Secretary of State Sam Reed estimates that 2 million mail ballots will be sent, of which fewer than half will be returned.
Never mind the phenomenal waste of environmental resources to produce and distribute more than 1 million unwanted ballots -- contemplate the implications for the integrity of the election itself. One can only assume that many of the voters who aren't sufficiently motivated to vote their ballots won't take the effort to secure and properly destroy their own unused ballots. One can only imagine how many of these abandoned ballots that are filling the state's mailboxes and unsecured recycling bins will manage to be voted anyway.
In any case, if you have a problem with mail ballots this election -- multiple ballots sent to the same person, ballots that don't arrive, ballots sent to the dearly departed, to the non-citizen, to long ago relocated former residents of your domicile, foreign language ballots sent to English speaking voters, etc. ... please e-mail us a report. Please include a photo of any weird ballots.
UPDATE: A reader who is familiar with mail ballot issues e-mailed to observe that this year's primary ballots will start showing up in people's mailboxes right around the Labor Day weekend. If you're going to be away for a long weekend, be sure to have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail.
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at August 29, 2006
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1. What will that number be when KC goes to all-mail voting?
2. I wonder if I can start a 'mail ballot recycling service'. You know to recycle those unused ballots and make sure they don't go to waste....
Great idea! I'll open the South Bellevue ballot recycling center. We may actully be able to win a KC election.
4. I can't believe how many people seem to think that elections matter in this state anymore. We will be told who our "leaders" are, and we will accept it or else. The sewer of coruption is full. It is too late to legally do anything about it, since the law in this state is corrupt too. My prediction; Mcgavick loses. Reichert loses. Only insignificant Republicans will win. Like mayors and stuff like that; just to make it look legit.
5. I shall do just that.
6. KC Elections: Vote early and often
7. Let's take up a collection, have a "voting party" like the unions do and give door prizes and free food to all that come and allow us to HELP fill out those ballots.
If ballots are tossed, they generally end up in the garbage and cause "global warming".
However, if those ballots are voted, counties must save them for X # of years...thus at least deferring our planets demise.
8. crazyfool and Jeffro--LOL!
Absolutely all credit goes to Crazy Fool. Funny guy. So is Dude. By the way dude, don't forget that it's also for the children.
I find it refreshing that the good SP posters can have fun and laugh. Keep it up, it is indeed the best medicine against the ultra-liberal Seattle folks.
10. my northern county took in 300 (African) Bantu villagers some time ago; the article gently stated they had to be taught 'little' things like how to flush a toilet; I wonder if they assimilated by now; and--did we publish the ballots in Bantu? hmmm...
11. In person elections have even more waste.....ballots for all registered voters (except for mail-in's) and duplicates in Chinese in all Seattle and Bellevue precincts. In the primary most of these sheets of paper will be wasted!
to all those mailbox centers: how about sharing video security tapes on patrons claiming their mail if elections again go sour? publish the photos of multi-registered 'residents'--oops--i think i just invited an ACLU backlash!
after all, isn't lying on your contract application with the mail place some kind of crime? or does privacy trump election & identity fraud?
13. Couldn't agree more. At least with polling place ballots, you can estimate how many will ne needed and only print that many. However, as to the rest, if the "signature verification team " at the Elections Center is doing its job, the rest of the issues would not become problems. Any falsely submitted ballot would be rejected.
14. yippee--just received my ballot yesterday; damn--even in English too! now--let's see; on my table is my ballot, a lotto ticket and an ATM deposit; which will be counted/processed the best? which stands a remote chance at winning? which is REALLY of any practical value to me in this blue state? time will tell...
15. Hey did you know that all those SAVE THE REDWOODS,SAVE THE RAINFORESTS,SAVE THE WHALE bumper stickers cant be recycled? what a mess they make and all those tree chopped down to make them as well