Vote By Mail Disenfranchises 10,993 Voters in King County Alone… No One Notices

The Seattle Weekly reports:

Here’s the final voter breakdown – right word – from the Obama election: the ballots of 10,993 King County voters could not be counted. That’s a record, total-wise, but lower, percentage-wise, than the August primary election failure rate.

Out of 774,580 registered county voters who were sent general election mail ballots, 656,565 returned them. But only 645,572 could be verified.

Among the disqualified were 1,611 voters who sent their ballots in too late. Others sent empty envelopes. Fourteen were found to have died (their ballots not processed).

The majority were “signature issues,” says King County Elections spokesperson Bobbie Egan (this is her last week; she’s moving on to PR for Alaska Airlines). That included 4,130 votes tossed for poor penmanship – their signatures, for varied reasons, could not be matched to the ones on file. Another 823 forgot to sign the ballot envelope.

Of course, Washington State’s Secretary of State, Sam Reed, wants to now force everyone to Vote-By Mail, so everyone can be equally likely to be disenfranchised by this stupid Vote-By Mail system. And with only Pierce County holding out, and most voters being left outta the discussion as the media asks no questions and just repeats the totally innacurate mantra that Vote-By Mail increases turnout, I bet Sam will get his wish…

But as if that’s not bad enough, Mr. Reed is once again proposing Internet Voting, as the Olympian reports:

Let military and overseas voters cast ballots online, picking up on an experiment that the Department of Defense began in 2004 and then let lapse. Hunt wants to consider Reed’s concept; money could be a sticking point, Ammons said.

First they came for the vote counting machines, then they came for the vote counters themselves (by closing the polls), and now they want to open voting up to all kinds of problems by putting it online. These people are either nuts, dumb as stumps, or totally corrupt. Your choice.

The Department of Defense abandoned that program on Internet Voting years ago as the chorus of computer scientists grew ever louder against the use of the Internet. But while activists grow tired fighting without pay to perserve election integrity, it seems election officials never grow tired of working to undermine and destroy the system America built to make sure every vote was counted accurately, fairly, and without bias.

But here’s a new study on the situation with “e-Voting,” just in case you are interested.

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6 Responses

  1. Would be good to post the entire Seattle Weekly blog post, with a correct link. Here’s the missing paragraph:

    “The good news is that the news isn’t too bad. Vote disqualifications have soared in recent years, rising to 9,400 votes not counted in the county’s 2008 primary. That’s near the general election toss total. But twice as many people voted in November.”

  2. Quoting the entire article would be in affect copyright infringement. The spin at the end of the article is just that… spin. It’s not good that Vote-By Mail has caused these problems to soar.

  3. Ok, corrected the link too.

    As to the spin, the reality is, if you want to think about it a bit, that Vote-By Mail is causing thousands of thousands of votes to be miscounted, lost, stolen, and compromised in many ways. You can act like this is “good news” all you want. But the reality is that poll place voting has a lot of safeguards inherent in the system that eliminate these problems, up-front, before they happen. But thanks Linda for mildly impugning my honesty, as if I was the one spinning the loss of thousands of votes in King County alone… prior to going ALL FORCED MAIL VOTING.

    Good luck in the next election.

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