Despite Vocal Opposition, Vote By Mail Arriving in King County

Despite the very vocal opposition of many citizens to the move to all Vote By Mail elections in King County, WA, the plan is in place to conduct the first forced all-mail election (well at least we are told there’s a plan). Just remember, it’s the King County Democrats that are leading the charge. It was also the King County Dems lead by Ron Sims that brought in Diebold machines in the first place. All four County Republicans have been continuously opposed. Here’s the article on the upcoming debacle in the Seattle Times.

Bob Ferguson, the only Democrat on the Council who has shown any concern at all, is once again cited as “concerned”. But my personal experience with Bob makes me feel like he’s just interested in Ron’s job, and will be challenging Larry Phillips for the position come 2009, so I have trouble believing he will do anything to stop this trainwreck from moving forward. Please Bob prove me wrong.

County Councilman Bob Ferguson, D-Seattle, wants the county to open more drop-off locations and he’s worried that there is not enough time to educate voters.

“People are receiving ballots who have never received absentee ballots,” he said at a council briefing Monday. “These are people who have been voting at polls 20, 30, 40, 50 years.”

Well Bob, you could have sided with the 4 votes against this follow last fall. But you didn’t. Too little, too late.

Idaho Looks to Vote By Mail

In what is an ongoing trend, lawmakers in Idaho are looking to Vote-By Mail schemes as a way to avoid the high cost of elections.

BOISE — Idahoans could be voting from their kitchen tables in the future, if a group of county clerks has its way.

The State Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives discussed two vote-by-mail proposals Thursday, and approved both to become formal bills for further discussion.

Of course, it has been shown in this blog, and elsewhere, that Vote-By Mail is neither cheaper, nor more secure. But that doesn’t stop anyone from repeating the lie:

Allowing voting by mail, and having fewer traditional polling places, would save taxpayers money, Mace said. Automark electronic voting machines, which are used throughout the state, cost about $6,000 to purchase, and $250 per year in maintenance fees. In her county, Mace said, she spends about $10,000 per election day on pollworkers.

This proposal has all the same worn over and discredited bullet points of ever other VBM proposal that has cometo light recently. From convenience, to cost, to the closing of polls. It is a shame that lawmakers simply regurgitate info, without any sign of critical thinking.