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stpalmer Donating Member (111 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-18-08 03:02 PM
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9. Does this match your experience?
Okay, the absentee ballot was long and confusing... It took about 40 minutes to fill out, trying to go through one issue at a time. The ballot had an obvious tear-off stub at the top, like a receipt stub, only the ballot was vague about whether the voter needed to tear it off, or if it needed to stay intact. I left it intact, in case my vote would be invalidated if it were missing. On any other document, I would be sure it needed to be torn at the perforated line, and kept as proof of my voting. I know lots of voters here in colorado will conclude they need to tear it off, and may not have their vote counted as a result. (Or maybe my vote won't count?)

Also, after I put the ballot in the envelope, there was a place to sign and a perforated flap over that which seemed to beg to be detached. I didn't detach it, but am worried that I was suppose to! If I had detached it, my name and signature would have been exposed on the outside of the envelope.

It seems to me, that if the ballot confused me--a person with a graduate-level education who has been voting for twenty years--it would confuse a lot of other people too!
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