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  •  our registrar didn't want us telling people this: (3+ / 0-)
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    DRo, edrie, Onomastic
    i was told i couldn't vote - but i COULD have voted in the presidential election, not just the local ones, i learned AFTER the election!
    this just happened in 2012-

    she came to one of hqs I volunteer at in late October to talk to us. thank god I wasn't there. i'd probably be in jail right now.

    she told the ones who made it to the meeting to keep it quiet that people could go down to city hall and vote just for the president. too much work for her.

    people focus on laws, polling places, secs of state, but a lot of what goes wrong happens at the registrar and town clerks offices.

    "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

    by thankgodforairamerica on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 09:18:39 AM PDT

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    •  i've never been so angry as when i found out (2+ / 0-)
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      that i COULD have voted AFTER the election was over!

      we need to make the public aware and we need to start now!

      if states block us from doing organized registration, then we can do organized education!  and drive folks to the election board and make sure they are registered!

      perhaps there is a way to push for the boards of elections send reps to nursing homes and senior centers to do registrations at least once prior to an election!

      there has to be a way - the "senior/non-driver" shuttle to the board of elections once a month?

      we need workable ideas how to get people registered and to the polls or ensure they get their absentee ballots.

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 11:54:56 AM PDT

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      •  mailing absentee ballots/applications for ABs... (2+ / 0-)
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        costs money. and you really only want to make sure you're mailing them to your voters, not your opponent's.

        lots of time, lots of work. we are careful who we mail our stuff to- we've already identified "our" voters before we mail anything out.

        also, lots can be challenged- an honest, but over eager volunteer can contaminate the process and invalidate an AB.

        I just looked for and couldn't find a story about a whole bunch of nursing home ABs which were thrown out- they were turned in by someone unapproved by the registrar. they were "our" votes. it was an innocent mistake made by someone w/ the best of intentions.

        I volunteer starting months and months before election day- there's a lot of work that goes into having things go ok.

        I think the best way to help is in a state rep or senator's office. you're still helping the rest of the ticket. at the lower level, your volunteer hours go much farther, when it comes to letting your candidate know what your issues are.

        my issue is voting rights. my guy knows I love him, but he will be dead to me if he helps republicans w/ their foolishness wrt voting obstacles. my us congresswoman and us senator might not be able to pick me out of a line up, but my state guy? he knows i'm the hardest worker he's got. he'd hate to see me work this hard for someone in a primary against him.

        also, towards election day, the us and state campaigns coordinate. the local volunteers are worth their weight in gold to the us candidates' field organizers.

        "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

        by thankgodforairamerica on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 12:11:56 PM PDT

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      •  forgot to say i'm so sorry!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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        I think I know how you felt- I was sick when I thought about how close I had come to not being able to vote for Obama.

        and I know how mad I am that people don't tell voters they can vote in the presidential just because they don't want to do a little extra work.

        I feel you- I really do.

        i'm glad it happened to me though- some people dismiss it when it happens to other people. they're too quick to assume the voter is flaky or lying. I can more effectively stand up for people when I can say it happened to me, too.

        you and I both know we did what we were supposed to do.

        xoxo

        "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

        by thankgodforairamerica on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 12:18:35 PM PDT

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        •  i'm still angry - that was the second clinton term (1+ / 0-)
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          i'm glad he won - but if he hadn't, i'd be out in front of that office with a friggin' pitchfork!

          now, i take NO chances - i vote early in the board of elections office and put my ballot in the box while there.

          i want a paper record of my vote. period.

          and, a side note as i'm about to sign off for most of the day.  i've been arguing with several people about the "ease" of getting a photo id and how it is "free" - i am totally gobsmacked by how unknowledgeable they are about the costs in time and money and difficulty in securing id.

          folks assume others just "have" all the documentation they need and they don't remember katrina or the victims of tornados, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and fires where ALL paperwork is lost.

          think identity theft - and how difficult it is to replicate a lifetime of records to prove who you are - and the expense and time.

          sure, it is easy for those of us who are computer savvy - but that 94 year old woman whose driver's license has expired (like my mom prior to her death) would be SOL when it comes to getting the paperwork needed for a voter id.

          i'm with you on holding our elected officials accountable if they allow these draconian laws shaped to suppress the vote go forward!  and we need to hold accountable those who post or comment until they are aware of how this entire process is designed to keep people from voting!  we can NOT simply accept the seductive "but it's EASY" line when it comes to voter id.

          the only fraud found has been against the american voter by those who wish to cheat to win elections!  (and by that, i mean the republicans!)

          EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

          by edrie on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 12:39:43 PM PDT

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