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  •  A little late, don't you think? (0+ / 0-)

    We have four absentee ballots, one for each of the adults in our house.  We are planning to fill them out after researching the myriad of awful amendments on our Florida ballots.

    If we don't send them in, we will have no vote at all now since we already have the ballots.  While you might be right, this only discourages me, and even more so, my young adult kids.

    This info should have come out months ago, not today, not now.  Besides, as a Florida resident, I know there are no guarantees.  I will be mailing mine in and will carefully read the directions.

    I actually wonder how many people get absentee ballots, often after receiving calls from well intentioned activists and the just don't bother to send them in.  That might account for many of the discrepancies between requests and receipt.

    •  Since the article from the NYT came out (0+ / 0-)

      yesterday and I only saw it this morning, I could not have written this before since I personally had no idea it was a problem.

      I do not mean to discourage you; I do want to alert you to the fact that you have to really make sure all i's are dotted and all t's crossed.

      Yes, the article notes that you cannot determine how many of the 2.9 million ballots that reached recipients but did not get back to the election commission were simply people who changed their minds. That still leaves 3.9 million people who did not receive requested ballots and 800,000 whose ballots were rejected.

      Would you rather not have seen an alert to make sure you are very careful in following all the instructions and trying to remember how you signed the signature they have on file?

      You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

      by sewaneepat on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 10:04:41 AM PDT

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    •  Who was the female politician (0+ / 0-)

      who made a big show of turning up in her home precinct to vote, but was turned away because she had previously requested an absentee ballot?

    •  Why mail them? (0+ / 0-)

      Now you are relying on the post office to deliver them on time. I walk mine down to the polling place on election day and put it in the  lockbox myself.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

      by GustavMahler on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 12:33:26 PM PDT

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