Am I Disenfranchised?

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    • #365404
      Spud Demon
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      I would vote for Biden (if you have a problem with that, please deal with it in a separate thread).  I’m having a voting problem — specifically my absentee ballot has been lost in the mail.  Here’s what I sent to my county election office:

      I applied online for an absentee ballot due to the risks of covid. According to ballotscout.org, it should have arrived on/about September 17. My wife applied after I did, and she already has hers.

      What can I do to ensure that I can vote and that whoever else might have stolen or found my ballot cannot use it?

      My voter registration is not new — same address since about 2003. I know I voted in 2004.

      No response yet to my e-mail from last week.

      My state Dem. party called me randomly, and they advised me to call the county elections office.  Now I’m on the phone waiting for assistance.

      If it’s just me, my state (VA) will probably still go to Biden.  But how many others?  If the USPS disenfranchises X% of absentees, and there are more blue absentees than red, it could change the outcome.

      At this point I’m willing to vote in person even with the risk, but I’m on their list as having received an absentee ballot.

      Is the GOP doing absentee ballot fraud to prove that absentee ballot fraud is a huge problem?  Also that disenfranchisement isn’t just for minorities?  Maybe I’m just paranoid.

      Still on hold, 24 minutes so far.

    • #365414
      salemcourt
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      It does not mean that they are not out to get you 🙂  On a more serious note, mail fraud is more likely if you are a Trump voter from several stories already out this cycle.  Hopefully, you will get your mail-in ballot soon.  I mailed in my ballot last week.  I did not choose either of the two evils.

    • #365427
      Spud Demon
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      Update:  After 45 minutes on hold, I reached a board of elections employee who agreed to send me a second absentee ballot. She was unable to address my concern about somebody else using the first ballot.

      In the meantime, I found a place on the county government website that tracks when my vote is received.  It has a list of elections I have voted in (but not my selections).  I’m going to encourage my wife to send her vote in today, and re-check to see if it changes when the vote is received and if mine changes before I send mine, I know there’s fraud.


      @salemcourt
      Such as this story?  https://www.azmirror.com/2020/10/06/voter-fraud-myth-persists-despite-constant-failure-to-prove-claims/

      I hope you’re not talking about the Project Veritas smear.  Even Fox News admits it’s bull:  https://www.fox9.com/news/subject-of-project-veritas-voter-fraud-story-says-he-was-offered-bribe

    • #365429
      jbnw
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      In Oregon, counties have until October 20th to send ballots – and the entire state is vote by mail.

    • #365442
      salemcourt
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      @spuddemon  I am not aware of project veritas.  My statement was based on a simple observation.  In 2016 and 2020, democratic primaries deviated quite a lot from exit polls (the gold standard around the world) while the GOP primaries in both were within the margin of error of exit polls.

    • #365470
      Ohio Barbarian
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      When the pandemic hit and Governor DeWine wanted everyone to vote by mail in the Democratic primary, I requested a mail-in ballot. I received it almost two weeks after the March primary, so I really was disenfranchised.

      I’m still registered to vote in the general, but I will vote in person or not at all. After that experience, I’ll never vote by mail again unless Ohio starts mailing out actual ballots. Now, you have to jump through all these bullshit hoops, like providing a copy of a photo ID and a utility bill just to confirm your address in order to get a ballot.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #365483
      Fasttense
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      I will be there the 1st day of early voting. And I will continue going until the crowd is small enough for me to feel safe enough to go in to vote. The GOP is doing everything it can to stop me from voting so there must be something to this voting thing. Besides if me voting bothers just one cheater, I’ll be happy. It means they will have to rig just one more vote to give the idiot in charge another 4 years to destroy democracy.

    • #366000
      Spud Demon
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      My status on the mailing tracking website has changed to “Your ballot is being prepared for mailing”, so it appears my phone call did have an effect.


      @fasttense
      @ohiobarbarian Lesson learned.  Now I’m avoiding the mail to the extent I can.

      My wife filled out her ballot today, and I took it to an early voting location, where they had a special non-USPS red mailbox which said “Absentee ballots only”.  The early voting was outdoors, imagine!

    • #369830
      Spud Demon
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      I received my replacement ballot last week, filled it out, and took it to the county government drop box (no mail).  It was marked received on the tracking site the same day.

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