And ride your bike to the polling site.
at an electronic voting booth? whats the point?
I just voted on a paper ballot handed to me by a blue-haired grandmother. Yesterday I read that in the last off-year election 64% of Minnesotans voted. We turn out. How could so many be so wrong?
I notice that there is little traffic on the bike lists today. I wonder if this is because a lot of people are thinking about the elections or watching political blogs instead. There are some reports of very high voter turn out.
I got myself, flu and all, on my bike and out to vote. Living in a town of 1300 [occasionally] has it's advantages. No lines. I very happily voted with a marker on paper.
64% turnout is awesome! Personally, I'd trust an electronic ballot over paper. I spent enough years investigating financial fraud to know that the more paper you have, the more opportunities there are for fraud. At my polling station I could easily have vooted under a different name since they leave the voter rolls sitting out in the open and don't ask to see ID! Yeah, that's a secure system!!!
The lack of voter verification bugs me also. I could walk in and claim to be anybody and vote. I don't know that there is a good solution to this issue as I also want voting to be as easy as possible. Likely unreconcilable problems. In any event, we Minnesotans do turn out and that is a good thing.
I was an election judge this year, for the first time. MD uses E-books instead of paper tomes; the voter can't come around and see the screen. Voter verification meant asking the person's name and having him recite his address and day/month of birth. If there was an address discrepancy, the voter had to come to me and fill out a provisional application and ballot, one that may or may not eventually be counted, based on if the voter's application info checks out. I believe these measures were fully enough. If the board of elections has conscienciously done its job, voters are "cleared" in advance, by verifying drivers liscenses or other gov't ID as listed on the person's voter registration or change of address forms. I was one of the lucky ones: my poor neice, also judging for the first time, had a horrible experience in CO and will never do it again. And since neither of us ended up working in our own precincts - and had to be on the job at 5:45am - we couldn't ride our bikes there. Sorry, Chris, but it also would have been difficult balancing a potluck dish for 10 people....
In Oregon we have vote-by-mail, statewide. The week the ballots were mailed out (about 2 weeks before Election Day), a bunch of us had a Voting Party. We brought our ballots, and all the campaign junk mail we'd gotten over the lat two months, and we discussed each of the issues one by one. We didn't have to tell each other how we'd vote, but open and honest discussion was key to helping us all clarify the issues so we could make an informed choice. There was not always room-wide agreement on an issue or candidate and that was refreshing. We'll definitely do it again.
Beth:That sounds so reasonable and wonderful. Unfortunately my opinions have hardened so much as I've aged that I find myself unable to rationally discuss issues with anyone of the opposite view. This means an unpalatable impending Thanksgiving with certain relatives....
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