Michigan Pushes No-Excuse Absentee Voting

http://www.hometownlife.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080810/OPINION/808100324/1207/NEWS18

The above link takes you to a very wrongheaded editorial about no-excuse absentee voting.  Apparently an unsigned editorial.

Michigan voters, however, might want to read up on the facts about absentee voting problems, here. The bill you should be aware of is S.B. 12.

Earlier this month, state Sens. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor) and Hilda Z. Jacobs (D-Huntington Woods) announced a “No Excuses Voting Initiative” that supports the passage of Senate Bill 12, which would allow voters to vote by absentee ballot for any reason. 

More Granny Farming Accusations

This next clip pretty much speaks for itself. More grannyfarming allegations with absentee ballots:

http://www.courierpress.com/news/2008/aug/11/absentee-ballots-at-issue/

Under state law, two-person travel boards — one Republican and one Democrat appointed by the county election board on the recommendations of party chairmen — deliver absentee ballot applications to nursing home residents and leave with the completed applications. They return later with absentee ballots to be completed by the residents with their help, if necessary.

Owen says that process offers too much opportunity for partisan mischief.

“When you put a highly partisan Republican with a highly partisan Democrat, it’s no surprise when you have partisan accusations of misconduct,” he said. “We need to get party workers out of the process, and let it be run in a completely nonpartisan way.”

In May, Republican travel board member Jessica Kohtala accused Democratic counterpart Louise Williams of opening an unsealed envelope containing a nursing home resident’s absentee ballot and marking the blank presidential line for Sen. Barack Obama.

The alleged incident happened May 2, four days before the Indiana Democratic presidential primary pitting Obama against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Absentee Ballot Mistakes May Lead to Double Voting

According to this article, it appears that Florida is using barcodes on their absentee ballots, and this week due to typos, are sending out replacement ballots to Washington County residents:

“A second ballot was sent out to those voters with an explanation of why they got it, telling them there was a typographical error on the ballot, and that it was their option of ballot to return,” Griffin said.

But the second ballot has sparked some questions about the people voting twice or possibly passing a ballot on to a friend.

http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/26844574.html

And considering Washington County is largely ederly, how many voters might not remember filling out that first ballot?

Labor Pushes Vote-By Mail In New Mexico

http://blog.aflcio.org/2008/08/05/vote-by-mail-new-mexico