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  •  Hope you find this at least a bit (6+ / 0-)

    reassuring.

    When I was sliding all over the state for the infamous Kloppenberg/Choker recount, one of the counties I observed had run out of ballots on election night. Although the clerk could/possibly should have called for more ballots, it was getting late.

    To assist people in continuing to vote, the local municipal clerk handed out 8.5 x 11 pieces of paper. People voted on them and put them in envelopes.

    When it came to the recount, all had been counted and included in the count, but we checked. GAB decree: perfectly legal. Nobody objected in the room, including the Prosser people who were there to object to anything and everything, including the people in the room. Voting and the intent to provide the means to vote were all accomplished.

    In short: the people voted. It didn't matter what they voted on. The votes counted.

    That does not make the absence of the current ballots ok, but it likely is not the clerks' fault. If someone were to speculate about a coordinated source of the problem, there would be no argument from moi.

    You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else. -- Sir Winston Churchill

    by bleeding heart on Mon May 21, 2012 at 11:09:13 AM PDT

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    •  That is somewhat reassuring, Bleeding... (3+ / 0-)
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      about the efficacy of the paper ballots.  Although the fact that the substitute paper ballot was NEVER EVEN OFFERED OR MENTIONED TO ME, is not quite as reassuring.

      •  Nor is the fact... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...that at least one person I know was told that she could vote on the substitute ballot "at her own risk" and she decided not to vote today.

        Hello, U.S. Dept. of Justice?

        "They are an entire cruise ship of evil clowns, these current Republicans"...concernedamerican

        by Giles Goat Boy on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:24:02 PM PDT

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      •  You are spot on about that. (3+ / 0-)
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        Here's one (of many) thing I don't know:

        At the polls on election night, the clerk may have been allowed more options than for an absentee ballot ... or the Middleton clerk didn't know about options.

        If they didn't have the ballots, they may not have had the absentee envelopes that hold the ballots and those are a critical component of the voting, storage and review of ballots should that come to pass. I don't know; this is sheer speculation, but there may have been nothing to give you. And I could be dead wrong.

        That we are having to dig into obscure rules for voting over these last few years -- and getting voter ID shoved at us eventually -- we can see where this is going. The next handful of years will not be easy.

        In any case, what happened to you was wrong, but I would say that it's not a local problem -- but the result puts the local municipal clerks in the hot seat to take the grief and blame.

        Making it difficult. A few more days of no absentee ballots, a few more students be gone ...

        Hang in there. You was robbed, but you'll get your vote.

        You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else. -- Sir Winston Churchill

        by bleeding heart on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:27:30 PM PDT

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