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I voted!
Posted by: PeterB
Date: October 16, 2020 02:03PM
My ballot is off. I ended up going USPS Priority with signature confirmation. Way overkill, I know, but... that's just the way I roll, and...

... there are people posting on my local Nextdoor app, photos like this:



(not a mailbox in my own area, but very similar to this photo)

... my local PO was already kind of mess before the most recent shenanigans. Hopefully sending it well in advance, and with priority shipping/tracking and requiring a signature, will make sure it gets to the right place on time.

The ballot for my state/parish/city actually had a ton of local judgeships up for election, along with district attorneys and ballot initiatives -- including that odious initiative #1 on writing anti-abortion language into the state constitution. I'm glad I voted and was happy to give some money to the USPS, I want them around for a long time to come.




Freya says, 'Hello from NOLA, baby!' (Laissez bon temps rouler!)
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Re: I voted!
Posted by: rgG
Date: October 16, 2020 02:13PM
Good job!





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Re: I voted!
Posted by: hal
Date: October 16, 2020 02:17PM
I saw LOTS of mailboxes that looks just like that on monday when I had packages to ship. I went to my local PO at 2PM and they were CLOSED! In these horrible days I've come to expect to see them closing at 3PM instead of the posted 5PM, but this was REALLY early. There was a dozen of people milling about confused and confounded.

So I went to the central PO a few miles away to see 100 people milling about looking confused. The lobby was open, but the actual PO was CLOSED and by the looks of the mailboxes outside (they looked just like the pic above) it sure looked like even the CENTRAL PO was closed ALL DAY.

I went home and started writing about it right here when it suddenly dawned on me: It's Columbus Day.

hahahahahaha! I even made a 'only bankers and PO workers have the day off' joke just the day before.

I would bet everything I own that that pic was taken on monday - It might even be one of the POs I went to on monday.
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Re: I voted!
Posted by: PeterB
Date: October 16, 2020 02:22PM
Yes, I noticed when I looked for a good photo to post, that there were a bunch of them I could have used...

And I *am* concerned about this, from the balloting perspective, anyone could come along and grab whatever they wanted. I can't understand why anyone mailing anything would be so foolish as to do what you're seeing in the photo ... it's practically begging someone to steal your mail, open stuff up, and do a bit of identity theft and/or regular theft with things like checks, etc.




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Re: I voted!
Posted by: hal
Date: October 16, 2020 02:33PM
Those drive through boxes are often filled by office workers dropping a whole box of envelopes on the way home - they don't care about the security of that mail.
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Re: I voted!
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 16, 2020 02:33PM
yay!
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Re: I voted!
Posted by: PeterB
Date: October 16, 2020 02:39PM
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hal
Those drive through boxes are often filled by office workers dropping a whole box of envelopes on the way home - they don't care about the security of that mail.

? That makes no sense ... if they're headed home, why not just leave the mail at their office and send it out the next day in the normal way? It's obviously not going to get delivered any faster by doing this, and might even not get delivered at all this way.




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Re: I voted!
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: October 16, 2020 03:41PM
It’s about 6 weeks since I applied for an absentee ballot, and one week since I contacted the voting office that I hadn’t received it yet.

What recourse does a registered Democrat in Lindsay Graham’s constituency have, when suspicious voting exclusion like this happens?

If I have to, I’ll risk catching the Trump virus to vote in person. Hopefully, applying for an absentee ballot does not disqualify me from voting, when ballot was not received.
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Re: I voted!
Posted by: deckeda
Date: October 16, 2020 04:06PM
S. Pupp,
If you vote in person and your absentee ballot never gets cast I doubt anyone would care. The question is, would your name be on the local list, or flagged as being sent a ballot?

I don’t think so, despite it maybe being a good idea in some cases. Go for the provisional ballot if all else fails, or just vote for Graham like you know you should so that nothing goes wrong. Sometimes I type stuff at the end to see if things are read.
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Re: I voted!
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: October 16, 2020 04:34PM
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deckeda
S. Pupp,
If you vote in person and your absentee ballot never gets cast I doubt anyone would care. The question is, would your name be on the local list, or flagged as being sent a ballot?

I don’t think so, despite it maybe being a good idea in some cases. Go for the provisional ballot if all else fails, or just vote for Graham like you know you should so that nothing goes wrong. Sometimes I type stuff at the end to see if things are read.

Thanks - good advice (except for the voting for Graham recommendation: LOL!)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/16/2020 04:34PM by S. Pupp.
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Re: I voted!
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: October 16, 2020 05:22PM
Congrats Peter B!
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Re: I voted!
Posted by: PeterB
Date: October 16, 2020 06:18PM
Thanks everyone, and S. Pupp, if I were in your shoes -- I would directly and immediately contact your local Registrar of Voters (document, document, document everything!). Mine was VERY responsive when I asked questions about what my various options were, and I also checked with them when I hadn't received the ballot, to find out what was going on. (Turned out they were doing -- not surprisingly -- a massive mailout.)




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Re: I voted!
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: October 16, 2020 08:41PM
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S. Pupp
It’s about 6 weeks since I applied for an absentee ballot, and one week since I contacted the voting office that I hadn’t received it yet.

What recourse does a registered Democrat in Lindsay Graham’s constituency have, when suspicious voting exclusion like this happens?

If I have to, I’ll risk catching the Trump virus to vote in person. Hopefully, applying for an absentee ballot does not disqualify me from voting, when ballot was not received.

Sorry to hear this!

Not sure if this will help, but have you checked the status of your application online?
[info.scvotes.sc.gov]

You can also call the SC Dem Party's voter protection hotline:
855-785-0222

more info about voter protection in South Carolina:
[scdp.org]
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Re: I voted!
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: October 17, 2020 11:37AM
Thanks PeterB and Lemon Drop!
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Re: I voted!
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: October 18, 2020 02:28PM
woot smiley



rj
AKA
Vreemac, Moth of the Future
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Re: I voted!
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: October 20, 2020 11:20AM
Turns out that the ballots were being mailed to an address with a different house number and similar street name.
We were able to correct the matter and cast our votes without standing in the half-mile line.
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