Vote Early And Often

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  1. Greg Goodknight says:

    I didn’t want an absentee ballot, but Greg Diaz’ office decided to make my entire precinct a vote by mail ONLY designation. The vote by mail ballot was automatically sent. No choice to opt to go to another polling place.

    The Kentucky Flat Schoolhouse will not be a polling place tomorrow. For the first time since ’94, I won’t be hoofing it over there for an election, major or minor.

    This stinks. Going to the polling place on election day is both a right and a civic duty. Or at least it used to be.

    • Michael Anderson says:

      Agreed. Budget cuts, however. You get the gov’t you are willing to pay for…tax reform is the only avenue to make sure you are paying for the right things. Polling places, for example.

      I’m in the same boat. Hate the new ballots. But I will fill in my mail-in ballot and hoof it on down to some precinct to get the feel of being there. I would never put something so precious in the hands of the USPS!

    • gregoryzaller says:

      Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe you can drop off your mail in ballet at the polling place of your choice. They might even let you fill it out in one of those boxes
      ; >)

      • Greg Goodknight says:

        More tripe. Yes, a mail in ballot can be filled out anywhere. Like a party’s campaign office, for instance.

        It’s not the same as signing in, taking your ballot, voting, then depositing it into the ballot box, safe in the knowledge that your vote has been confidential and will be handled appropriately.

        • Sharon Heinz says:

          I think you can even deposit your ballot “into the ballot box, safe in the knowledge that your vote has been confidential and will be handled appropriately.”

          Or, looks like you can simply vote provisionally at the precinct:

          if I request an absentee ballot, can I change my mind and still vote at my polling place? …top

          Yes, but please take your absentee ballot to the polling place and surrender it to the pollworkers before voting a regular precinct ballot. If you do not have your absentee ballot to surrender, you will be allowed to cast a “provisional” ballot at the polling place. Your provisional ballot will be counted after the elections official confirms that you did not previously vote using an absentee ballot for that election.”

          • Greg Goodknight says:

            Sharon Heinz, I don’t have a precinct to vote provisionally in. It’s mail only.

            However, the polling place I’ve used the past 18 years, the Kentucky Flat Schoolhouse is open and is a polling place. It’s about a quarter mile from my house, and I did stop in to ask.

            Blame it on the County and the Nevada Joint Union High School District. It was a redrawing of the school district lines which forced the creation of new precincts. some very small. And I’m not the only one who is pissed… one guy from North San Juan drove to the KFlat Schoolhouse (you can stand at my mailbox and spit onto that property) so he could vote.

            News from Florida is that something like 7000 mail in ballots were tossed out because the voter didn’t sign their name where required; in the Nevada County mail balloting, you sign the envelope in a particulat spot, and an election official tears the paper flat covering the signature.

            I didn’t mail it; I put it in the box set up for the purpose at the Rude Center.

          • Michael Anderson says:

            I would like to better understand why there are now so many tiny precincts. I like granular, but not too much granular. I like efficiency better.

            My ballot didn’t look all that unusual: Pres., Senate, House, state Assembly and Leg., Sierra College, Nevada City School District, NevCoConsolidated Fire, and state props. Why the tiny precincts?

            I dropped my mail ballot off at the Nevada City Vets Hall, just so I could get my sticker.

  2. rlcrabb says:

    The results from Dixville Notch…Romney – 5, Obama – 5 …A tie. Could be a looong night.

  3. Be glad you don’t live in Oregon, where all of the voting is by mail.

    I too used to vote in person, until a series of screw-ups one election day caused me to put my life on the line as I raced to my polling place before it closed. After that, I vowed to vote by mail.

    I’ve continued the practice since retiring because any day’s a good day when I don’t have to be someplace or do something I don’t want to do.

  4. Steve Enos says:

    I’m off to vote in person, in the “box”. You can’t replace the voting experience and feeling of voting in person on election day. Do it before an Iphone App replaces all voting in the future.

  5. petek says:

    The only problem is “the box” was made in China…go figure.

  6. TD Pittsford says:

    The automation of the voting process as well as the mail-in mandate in this county opens the door to yet more fraud. Despite claims that there is no fraud I know for a fact (from precinct captains who for obvious reasons shall remain only known as “reliable sources” that there are dead people on Nevada County rolls. Our government has become more and more corrupt as time goes by; fraud at the polls is but the tip of the iceberg. I’m glad to see that I’m not alone in my concern about mail-in ballots. For one thing a supposedly anonymous vote has my name and address all over the outside envelope. Secondly I don’t see how it saves the county any money when the polls are run by volunteers and voting in person saves an awful lot of postage. And while I’m at it this re-districting crap is just that: crap. It’s just another way to manipulate the numbers. Let’s face it, we need to think seriously how we handle the voting process. Of course our votes may mean nothing anyway when BIG MONEY is what puts candidates in office. Our biggest enemy isn’t Al Quaeda or the Taliban but the corruption within our own government…corruption that has brought down nearly every major civilization in history. I guess we’ll never learn from history especially when we ignore its’ lessons.

  7. Greg Goodknight says:

    If you were either stuck with a mail vote or chose it, you can check if they got it and counted it here:

    Mine doesn’t show up despite being put in the Rude Center bin yesterday morning.

    • Michael Anderson says:

      Me neither. I’ll keep checking throughout the day.

      • Greg Goodknight says:

        It may be that they only scanned envelopes that were received by US Mail.

        I wonder how many Nevada County vote by mail ballots were tossed out?

        • Greg Goodknight says:

          I got a reply from my email query to the elections orifice.

          My ballot was received and accepted yesterday. In addition, “Prior to Election day, all vote by mail ballots that are received in our office without a signature on the envelope, we contact the voter either by phone or letter informing the voter about the envelope not signed, and that they will need to come into our office no later than 8 PM on 11/06/2012. I will have the total number of ballots that are not counted due to a voter not signing the envelope when we have our final results.”

          So, if you drop the ballot off the day of the election, and didn’t sign, you lose your vote. Sorry, Charlie.

  8. Steve Enos says:

    Looks like 14,000 or so VBM’s still to be counted in Nevada County as they were dropped off at polling places on election day.

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