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Monday, November 07, 2011

If You Didn't Receive a Ballot, You May Not Be Alone

From The Stranger Slog via the Washington Secretary of State:


We have become aware that about 21,000 voters/potential voters who used the Department of Licensing website may not have received ballots at their updated address or may not have been registered online. Anyone who has not received a ballot and believes himself or herself to be properly registered should go to the county elections office or voting center and will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot before close of business on Tuesday.

I wonder what this might mean to the elections.   If you had a close race, you might have to go to the State and King County and ask what proportion of ballots were for your race.  In School Board elections, every vote truly counts. 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

That very thing happened to me - moved, used the DOL address change form, checked the box to update my voter reg as well, and ... nothing came in the mail. Only noticed because my husband, who updated his address directly with Elections, received his. I called KC Elections last Monday, they sent a ballot on Tuesday and I received it on Weds.

Kate Martin said...

Any registered voter who finds themselves without a ballot on Election Day can vote old-school style down at Union Station all day today. Other locations include Bellevue City Hall and King County Elections down in Tukwila.

Patrick said...
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suep. said...

On a related topic, anyone notice that, on the ballot, and for the School Board race only, all the incumbents are listed first?

I thought the candidate order was meant to be randomized. What a coincidence that it "randomly" turned out this way.

(Or not...)

This of course is another advantage to the incumbents, because they are more likely to capture the votes of those less engaged voters who simply check off the first name on the list.

Anonymous said...

I hate vote by mail. I really miss going to the polling place and filling out my ballot.

This missing ballot issue wouldn't have happened with in-person voting.

Good luck to all the School Board challengers!

--no longer a SPS mom

Thank you, I'm not the only one said...

I hate vote by mail. I really miss going to the polling place and filling out my ballot.

This missing ballot issue wouldn't have happened with in-person voting.


Yes! Making it optional and keeping at least a few places to physically vote in each part of the city would have been reasonable. But forcing everyone to vote by mail is deplorable. No, three sites in the entire region is not reasonable.

- During the primary there were lots of reports of incorrect signature invalidation, which voting in person avoids.

- Now in the general election there are lost ballots/addresses, which doesn't happen when voting in person.

- When you mail in these ballots, they are only anonymous if the correct procedure is followed. I know they have a process in place, but it's a lot more likely to get screwed up than with traditional in-person voting.

- Why on earth do they require your legal signature to be on the outside of the outer envelope, public to anyone along the way. That should be illegal, let alone required.