October 01, 2004

VOTING

I received two absentee ballots from the state of Missouri. One is a federal write-in ballot, which I received two months ago, and one has the actual bubbles you fill in, which I received this week. I don't understand why I got both of them. I wonder what would happen if I were a bad person and filled out both of them. Would Missouri catch the mistake? Would my vote count twice? Are there more people out there who received two ballots, people who don't have the "voting integrity" I have? Just wondering...

Posted by: Sarah at 05:32 AM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 When I lived in Missouri I believe you were allow three votes--but only if you were registered Democrat.

Posted by: Mike at October 01, 2004 07:20 AM (MqNKC)

2 If it's a St. Louis area ballot, just give one to a dog. They love dog votes here.

Posted by: fad at October 01, 2004 10:54 AM (R+jlL)

3 Sarah, I'm in Iowa with a husband in Afganistan. I don't know if the laws are the same in MO or not, but I asked this same question of our county elections office. I was told that if they received both ballots back in time for the election, that only the printed ballot would be counted. The write in ballot can be sent out much earlier than the actual printed ballot. Since our state ballots were only mailed out last week..and it's taking a full 3-4 weeks for mail to be received at my husbands firebase..he's already sent the write in..and when he receives the state ballot he'll send that so his vote will also count in our local elections..but it's highly doubtful that he'll receive it in a timely manner. Since the declaration envelopes are numbered by the county and signed by the voter, I have no doubt that it will be caught by my very small county. Who knows if it would be caught in a larger county.

Posted by: Tink at October 01, 2004 02:19 PM (S6VXg)

4 Tink, thank you for the information. I hope that it doesn't lead to multiple votes for people!

Posted by: Sarah at October 01, 2004 06:05 PM (/KC96)

5 I've forwarded this information to the Federal Election Commission and to the DNC as well. I don't know that it will do any good but we all have to keep our eyes peeled for another Republican attempt to steal the election. Thanks for the heads up Sara.

Posted by: dc at October 02, 2004 01:28 AM (s6c4t)

6 Hey, it's no problem, dc. Since the Democrats don't generally like counting military absentee ballots, I'm sure it will all even out in the end. [/sarcasm] Asshole.

Posted by: Sarah at October 02, 2004 02:21 AM (7bK6S)

7 Sarah, No problem..I understand your concern, I had the same concern, which is why I contacted the elections board. The official hadn't run into this issue before (like I said, small county, and 2 hours from the nearest base)so she literally read the information to me, and then called back later and verified that she had given me the correct info. Since the declarations envelope is numbered by the county (and each ballot has to be accounted for), then addressed, signed, and if it's your first time voting absentee, a copy of either an ID, utility bill, or one of several other specific pieces of identification, they are able to verify that only one ballot is counted, and they insure that members of the military are able to be heard in an election. With so many deployed, and with it taking mail so long to reach remote bases, it could really be an issue in this election. (and maybe next time I comment, I won't typo Afghanistan) dc said: "I've forwarded this information to the Federal Election Commission and to the DNC as well. I don't know that it will do any good but we all have to keep our eyes peeled for another Republican attempt to steal the election. " dc, A) My husband and I are both Independents. B) It wasn't the Republicans who tried to have military absentee ballots thrown out in the last election.

Posted by: Tink at October 02, 2004 02:39 AM (S6VXg)

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