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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Absentee ballots win elections

I received a manila envelope in the mail which said something on the outside about being an absentee ballot. When I opened it, it was an application for the absentee ballot and there was an ad for one of the District 2 candidates along with the form attached. 

Anyway, I loved the whole mailing concept about the absentee ballot. This was a very clever thing because the absentee ballots, right or wrong, are what wins elections these days. 

It would have been better if an actual absentee ballot was attached to this candidate's ad as people would vote right on the spot I'm assuming, but having the middle step of having to send away for it will probably lose votes that would have been gained by people actually voting on the spot at that time.

It's a shame that absentee voting is the way to win the election, and I think it's important for all the candidates to understand this. I know of one already who has made the old age homes rounds, you know, visiting the retirement and assisted living facilities. It doesn't sit right with me that this is done, hitting a lonely captive audience who will give you an absentee vote for a friendly smile. But this is the way it's done today. Nothing really fair or relevant about the whole thing.

This weekend, I received another candidate's ad in the mail with the absentee ballot application form attached, they obviously stole the idea from the first candidate who sent it out. But that's the way to go. Absentee.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

After standing in line for NINE hours in 2008, I have been a committed absentee voter. When my ballot arrives, I spend at least a week researching each and every line of the ballot, filling in my choices, and mailing it off, leaving enough time for it to arrive well in advance of election day. I track the ballot on line to make sure it has been received and logged, and comb through the data afterwards to see the results.

Voting is more like writing a term paper than showing up on the day and multiple-guessing the answers to a pop quiz you haven't studied for!! Do your homework in a nice quiet place, (preferably in your pajamas), and hand it in early! There is NO excuse for not voting!!! It's so easy!

Your future depends on it!!

October 06, 2015 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about the long lines this time... only one choice on the ballot:

NOT SARNOFF

October 06, 2015 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with the absentee ballots is not discussed here. It's absentee ballot fraud and it occurs in every election in miami by the thousands. Nearly every elected official in this city and many at the statewide level pay for these votes every election. Until we demand it's fixed - you might as well not vote - because the lobbyists - those developers you dont' like - they are buying votes by the thousand.

America - $ talks and everyone else stands in line to get F'd.

October 06, 2015 3:06 PM  
Blogger Melissa Dynan said...

If you are not comfortable voting absentee, we are fortunate here to have early voter registration from 10/24-11/1. I relocated here from Boston- where I had one day to vote. ONE day. Period. To vote absentee something must prevent one from voting on election day - as in one had moved, has a physical disability or religious belief. Those are the only conditions. I was so dismayed to learn how low voter turnout is here, especially in local elections- given all of the opportunities. Truly, there is NO EXCUSE for not voting- in any election. Not work, not because one is a business owner, not because one has a family to raise, not because one has to take out the garbage, etc, etc. NO EXCUSE. Well, if one is in a coma - perhaps. Your vote, or non-vote, counts....one way or the other. #BeTheChange

October 06, 2015 4:20 PM  
Blogger anonymous said...

Your comment about voters in old age homes does a disservice to our older generation. You imply that the elderly are easily influenced and lack discretion. They are no more nor less so than any other group of voters.

October 06, 2015 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@4:55 pm. I don't mean to insult you, but that's ridiculous. There are laws at both the state and federal level that were desiged to protect old people specifically, because they are "vulnerable".

Yes, old people get confused easily, mis-remember, and can be more easily tricked than people more in their prime. It's a reality of life we will all face, unless something worse happens.

October 07, 2015 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Early voting the way to go. can you imagine the fraud if these mailings enclosed an actual absentee ballot!

The one mailing did say on outside envelope that it was an application for a ballot which is OK, but would never want to see an actual ballot.

October 10, 2015 11:29 AM  

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