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Oregon is a vote by mail state, and judging from the group I saw at the County Elections office today - a lot of people didn't get their ballots.  

BUT - they are working cheerfully and quickly to make sure your vote counts.

Not only did they put me into the system properly (living on a boat and not being able to get mail there makes voting actually complicated in a mail ballot system) - CCA (where I get my mail) sometimes returns ballots to the Elections office as undeliverable despite being a mail drop for people who are homeless or alternately housed like myself.  It's all too easy to allow yourself to be disenfranchised - and I kind of have a problem with that.

In addition, once I had completed my ballot, one of the ladies took my photo for the DFTVA Nerdfighteria voting wall!  How cool is that!

So if you have issues with your ballot, be patient, be friendly and above all - be persistent.

I may be crazypants, but I can still vote my crazypants interests.  It's the American way.  PLEASE get out and vote.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

    by Mortifyd on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 12:56:05 PM PST

  •  So what does happen when people don't get (1+ / 0-)
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    Mortifyd

    their mail-in ballot?   Or if they do and say they didn't?  And what about if one mails it and it doesn't arrive?  Is there recourse?  

    Curious about the checks and balances designed for the mail-in system.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 01:01:42 PM PST

    •  well I didn't get mine (1+ / 0-)
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      so I went over to the Elections office a block away and they sorted me right out - but then I live in my county seat.  Got me entered properly, gave me my ballot and had several booths set up so we could fill them in and put them in the official drops.

      Oregon does not count post marks, so people who have not received their ballots need to contact their local county Elections officials for assistance.  Despite having verified my registration online - the system listed me as inactive and still in Portland.  

      My right wing boat neighbour is convinced that illegals vote in masses in Oregon because there is a motor votor law - he claims people have been bussed in, taken to get their DL and simply registered to vote - but then talks about the individuals being handed voting registration cards - which of course you can get at the post office, government offices and other public places anyway.  I don't consider touching a registration card as actually registering to vote, but I think he does.

      OTOH, I don't know what checks and balances there are in the system to verify those who do register and vote are citizens.  I think voting by mail is weird and much prefer to be able to GO somewhere and stand in line, but then, I'm kind of old school that way.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 01:17:17 PM PST

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  •  I luv OR vote by mail. (4+ / 0-)

    Should go nationwide. Largest participation. Fewest problems.

    •  it was actually a problem (2+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, Mrs M

      for me if I hadn't checked out what I could do - vote by mail makes it all too easy for people without a postal approved address to not be allowed to vote.  I'm still a citizen whether I live on a boat, in a house or under a bridge - and should be allowed to vote.

      Thankfully our elections people in Clatsop county are awesome and I did.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 01:19:39 PM PST

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