Father Tony

A Florida Vote by Absentee Ballot

Filed By Father Tony | October 24, 2008 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Amendment 2, Barack Obama, broward county, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, presidential election, vote, vote by mail

My Florida absentee ballot has arrived via the post office.

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It cost Broward County $1.34 in postage to send it to me, and according to the instructions, I will need to affix $1.17 in postage to the return package.

The instructions are extensive and there seem to be several ways to nix the validity of the ballot, in addition to insufficient postage.

Using a red or blue pen or a pencil is verboten. (It takes black to turn this state blue or red.) If you erase something, you'll need to request a new ballot. Since there is not enough time for that, I simply must read the instructions carefully and get it right the first time.

Not using the "secrecy envelope" would be bad. (Although I can't figure out how this folded paper with glue on only one edge can possibly be called "secrecy" anything.)

The whole schmeer must be placed in the mailing envelope, the back of which is printed with something called the "Voter's Certificate" which, if not properly completed and signed, will scuttle your vote.

DSC02201.JPGAnd then there are those things beyond the voter's control, such as, the US Post Office's tendency to deliver things lately.

Although my pen momentarily hovered over the Libertarian line, and also briefly wanted to show some love to Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader, you will see that I soon came to my senses.

This, accessed through Bilerico-Florida, was certainly helpful in the selection of names I might not recognize.

There were many paragraphs describing proposed constitutional amendments (including the obviously odious "prop 2"). I don't think most folks will be able to read these and make a sensible yes/no choice. They are wordy and hazy trains that seem to bury the basic question somewhere beyond sight. Many of them seem to want to give more power to the county or to certain elected individuals. Some proposed new entities to deal with housing or transportation. This is because the people currently in government cannot deal with those basic issues. Why on earth would I assume that the newly created boards will be any more successful?

I have discharged my responsibilities, and have done my part to help turn Florida blue.

(Crossposted at Farmboyz)


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I vote as an overseas voter in Canada, I agree it is so frustrating and unfair that the slightest mismark will void your voice! In the last election my ballot was never even sent to me, when I requested another one, it was sent late enough that it would be impossible to get my vote in on time.
This year I had all kinds of problems, first it wasn't sent, so I printed the form from overseasvotefoundation.com, and had it emergency FedExed, it was supposed to be overnight delivery, but of course it took weeks of arguing, being held up in customs, excuses excuses. It's finally been delivered, now I can only hope it gets counted.
Good luck to yours as well, let's hope we can help pain Florida blue finally!