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  •  Well, in 2000 almost no states had (7+ / 0-)

    in-person absentee voting that did not require an excuse. So what we have now is an improvement.

    But as I said above, we need to make it easier. Mail in ballots work in Oregon and Washington:

    In 1998, voters in Oregon passed an initiative requiring that all elections be conducted by mail. Voters may also drop their ballots off at a county designated official drop site. Oregon has since reduced the cost of elections, and the time available to tally votes has increased.

    In 2011, the Washington legislature passed a law requiring all counties to conduct vote-by-mail elections. Local governments in Washington had the option to do so since 1987, and statewide elections had permitted it since 1993. By 2009, 38 of the state's 39 counties (all except Pierce County) had conducted all elections by mail. In the Washington system, ballots must be postmarked by election day, so complete results are delayed by several days.

    I suspect a lot of this has to do with needing "instant gratification" and needing the poll results by 10pm Eastern. I don't mind waiting a few days to get the results.

    Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

    by JanF on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 04:00:44 AM PST

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