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eeyore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:27 PM
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Warning: If You Vote By Mail TAKE YOUR BALLOT TO A POST OFFICE!
I am in Oregon where we vote by mail, and I like the system on the whole. I have always, just as a precaution, taken my ballot to a post office. I don't trust putting any mail in my mailbox for my letter carrier to pick up as someone could so easily steal my outgoing mail right off of my porch.

So today I got mail mail in my mailbox, and my letter carrier had accidentally put in my mailbox my neighbor's ballot that she had just picked up from my neighbor's porch. I immediately took the ballot back to my neighbor, and told her to take the damn thing to a post office. Yikes! I don't care which way you vote, that just sucks. As an aside, she is a hardcore Dem.

Just a cautionary tale for the Halloween season...

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:30 PM
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1. I take all my outgoing mail to the post office.
There's been a lot of mail theft in my neighborhood. Mostly drug addicts I guess.

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eeyore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:33 PM
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3. Identity theft.
It's a very common tactic, especially with the credit card offers.
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Suich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:31 PM
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2. I just took mine to the Post Office today!
I put it in the slot inside instead of the box in front outside.

Paranoid???? Nah.....

:hi:
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Rainscents Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:43 PM
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7. I do the same!
I trust no one!
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badgerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:10 AM
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11. Me too...or me neither...
Saw a cable show a few years ago on check washing... the original payee and amount of the check can be 'washed' away, leaving only the signature...and then look out.

I take any checks I'm mailing to the post office. INSIDE.

Paranoid? You betcha! :tinfoilhat:
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meldroc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:38 PM
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4. Make sure you have enough postage!!!
In my county, the county clerk sent out absentee ballots that were big enough they required $0.63 of postage to mail, but left absolutely no indication that this is the case, meaning that most voters will simply stick a first class stamp on the envelope, drop it in the mailbox, and think they're good, when in reality, the ballot will be returned to sender for insufficient postage.
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satya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:39 PM
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5. I always drop mine at the polling place on Election Day. No postage required. nt
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:02 AM
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10. We do the same!
It ensures that our ballot arrives, plus the added bonus of feeling like we voted on election day. :)
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:42 PM
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6. Why don't you use one of the dropoff centers instead?
I drop my ballot off at my polling place. This also has the advantage of avoiding storing the ballot under unknown conditions of temperature and humidity and then running it through a cancelling machine. This can result in ink being transferred from your marks to a spot on the ballot not authorized for marking, and cause the machine to reject it. Duplicating it at a central vote tabulation site is an expensive and timeconsuming process.

BTW, anybody have any idea how many ballots in Oregon have to be duplicated?
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VPStoltz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:54 PM
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8. Here in Seattle
the ballot is so long that it costs 63 cents to mail. There is a message with the ballot in English and Chinese - huh? It will not be mailed without the proper postage. I wonder how many "others" will be disenfranchised by this little trick.

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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:56 PM
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9. Seattle paper (PI or Times) said precincts would pick up extra cost,
if ballots mailed with only 1 stamp since last time many were disenfranchised. Still best to put on enough postage though. Or drop them off at somewhere (courthouse here in rural WA county)
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:14 AM
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12. You sure it's Chinese?
Could be Japanese. After all, the island is just across the Pacific.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 01:35 AM
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13. It's just barely possible it could be both.
Assuming the kanji are the same. :shrug:
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 01:51 AM
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15. I have no idea
I would have to ask Blogslut Jr. - who is the expert in my house. While I've never been to Washington state, I have been to Portland Oregon and all the hotel literature and stuff had similar characters. The concierge told me it was a courtesy for Japanese customers.
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Pastiche423 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 01:44 AM
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14. I've always taken mine to the library
Certainly that's safe, right?
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eeyore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:16 AM
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16. Kick for the morning crowd....
n/t
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