Sun Oct 21, 2012, 03:08 PM
DreamGypsy (2,223 posts)
Voting at home is a wonderful experience.
A rainy Sunday morning on farm. My wife and I took the dogs for the obligatory walk around the fields, then back to the house for our required Sunday breakfast of blueberry pancakes and strong coffee. Our dining table conversation this morning was not about activities for the day or plans for the week. We had our our ballots, out voter's guides, some campaign flyers, and a copy of the Eugene Weekly with election endorsements beside us.
Some contests were easy. On others we checked out the language of the measures, talk about consequences, and search for additional information. The whole process took about an hour, two mugs of coffee. We slipped the ballots into our respective security envelopes, signed them, and put that in the mailing envelope. When that was completed, Lynn smiled at me and said "Voting at home is a wonderful experience.".
Later this afternoon we have some grocery shopping to do. We'll drive the extra mile or so down to the public library and put the envelopes in the special ballot collection box there.
4 replies, 1105 views
Voting at home is a wonderful experience. (Original post)
Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #2)
Sun Oct 21, 2012, 04:07 PM
Trajan (18,777 posts)
4. Envelope dumping ? .... How would this occur?
Oregon ballots are either mailed though US Mail, or dropped into 'big blue boxes' placed around town specifically to receive ballots.
Those who pilfer US Mail are in for severe consequences .... I cannot imagine someone breaking into street boxes on the off chance they might contain a few ballots ..... and doing it over and over again ? .... Absurd ....
Anybody who molests a big blue box would also be carting off republican ballots .....
Oregon is amongst the SAFEST states to vote ..... We love it .....
Response to DreamGypsy (Original post)
Sun Oct 21, 2012, 03:26 PM
Nostradammit (2,921 posts)
3. Good work, neighbor!
I really can't imagine a more civilized way to vote.
The only thing I'd change about our system is to enact a mandatory hand-count sampling to keep the electronic tabulators honest.
I don't worry about envelope dumping so much, as the ballot boxes are kept under camera surveillance and the majority of them get mailed directly to the county elections office.