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  •  That does not sound "leaky" at all (0+ / 0-)

    Those are typical problems encountered in any system. We encounter them here in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland, Ohio) every day, where ballots DO require 65 cents and it is clearly stated on the ballot envelope that they do. Way too many people do not follow directions. One problem I am concerned about, given the voided ballots I see during the in-person process, is voters who do things like vote for multiple candidates. Many people fill in the first oval they seen, then realize they have voted for Virgil Goode (real occurrence). If they are at the BoE, it's easy to come back to the desk and request another ballot. (You can get up to two more). If you are at home, you might not feel as compelled to do that and think, "Well, maybe if I cross it out and vote for Obama it will count." It won't.

    The most hilarious voided ballot I saw was one where the person voted for every single candidate on the front page including all seven presidential slates — except for U.S. Senate candidate Josh 'The Empty Suit" Mandel. That was the only blank oval and his name was crossed out. I understand the feeling, but that vote would not have counted and I can only assume the voter did things correctly on his new ballot.

    I did mentally cross out Joshie's name when I was voting though.

    Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

    by anastasia p on Sat Oct 20, 2012 at 10:33:15 AM PDT

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