Elections

Jun 21, 2012 by

Californian’s voted two weeks ago. I received my sample ballot, but my wife did not receive hers. We were not concerned about hers not being delivered. My wife and I went to our precinct to vote, and to our surprise she was dropped from the voting eligibility roll. She had to cast a provisional ballot. We went to the Riverside County Voter Registrar’s Office to find out why she was dropped. We found out some very disturbing information. She was dropped because her sample ballot was returned by the Post Office marked undeliverable. How could that happen? We have both resided at the same address for the past twelve years. The Registrar assumed that she was no longer living at that address. How could this occur when she and I have not missed an election since we were eligible to vote at eighteen? Did they not have any means of verification?

According to http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_faq.htm, “[i]n general, you are registered to vote for as long as you remain at the same address. However, if you have not voted in the last several elections, you may be sent a request to confirm that you have not moved”. But, if you have voted continuously at the same address and they think you might have moved they do not bother to verify. Does that sound strange?

The woman at the office said that there were approximately seven thousand provisional ballots cast, and not to worry because my wife’s vote would be counted. I was very suspicious, so I asked for printouts of our voting attendance record. The printout shows when you cast your ballot, and in what form, but does not give any information about how you voted. There were several discrepancies on both printouts. I will not go into detail, but they were significant enough to make me wonder about the accuracy of our election methods. The last defense against a tyrant, before revolution, is the accessibility and validity of the electoral process. Be Vigilant!

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