Some Democrats Reject Forced Vote-By Mail

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Other Interesting Vote-by Mail Videos….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTTQai7yN2M
This video is a first person narrative account of voting in Oregon’s Vote-by Mail system. I really liked the narrator’s term “paper trace” in the place of what voting activists would usually call a “paper ballot”. It is a nice Freudian slip because an absentee ballot is basically just that… a paper trace. Almost like a paper trail, but not quite as substantial, and never once referred to as a “ballot”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHMvyR39AcA
This video a promotional video for Oregon’s system. Talk about a chain of custody nightmare, this video shows just how bad it is. Their John and Jane couple exemplifies the silliness of the secrecy envelope as well. The whole system is just ridiculous. How I love Youtube. I’ve been arguing about this stuff for months but this video is like nothing I had ever imagined. It takes a 7 minute video just to get through the slick explanation of the new Vote-by Mail system in one County. The best part is the damaged ballot reference and the open admission that Optical Scan computers are still used during the counting. It’s like the borg controlling the whole process… just try and count the number of computers or chain-of-custody hand-offs that take place during the video. I tried… uh??? The video ends with an upbeat message about how popular voting by mail is! Nothing in the whole video discusses accuracy, security, or secrecy… oh, except those secrecy/security envelopes.

Vote by mail increases turnout?

From Arizona, the State that rejected Vote-by Mail when the people voted on it last year:

http://www.azcentral.com/community/westvalley/articles/0828gl-nwvvote0829.html
On Aug. 9, the Maricopa County Elections Department mailed nearly 40,000 ballots to Surprise’s registered voters. As of Friday, the department had received almost 8,000 of them, or roughly 20 percent.

According to the article:

During the last mayoral election, in March 2003, about 34 percent of eligible voters turned out. The City Clerk’s Office has anticipated this year would have a greater yield because it is the first mayoral election using the vote-by-mail system, adopted by the City Council in 2004.

Hmm, a 14% decrease?

Vote Counting 2 Weeks Later… The Election is in the mail day 14

The official election calendar shows the following interruption in vote counting totals:

http://www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/calendar_list.aspx?y=2007

8/21/2007

STATE PRIMARY

9/3/2007

LEGAL HOLIDAY – LABOR DAY
9/5/2007
County Canvassing Boards to certify the primary returns

So it looks like Tuesday, day 14, or Wednesday, day 15 of vote counting, will be the last day of counting in King County, how many people will have votes come in after September 5th? We will never know. Obviously, if I can get my real estate certification first-class mail from Bellevue over 1 year late, then there’s bound to be numerous ballots just mysteriously lost in the mail. But the post office doesn’t seem to want to release those statistics. So it’s very hard to know just how many people voted in King County, have a valid postmark by election day, and on Wednesday will be disenfranchised when the official certification of the primary takes place.

Ballot counting wraps up 9th day

http://www.metrokc.gov/elections/news/2007_08_31.asp

Pretty much speaks for itself.