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Mon Oct 22, 2018, 11:37 AM

I was FIRST to vote! But what a mess.

I voted at the little library named after Tip O'Neill. It was supposed to start at noon. The room was 14' x 20' and it held a conference table, eight voting booths, a desk, seven chairs, a printer, scanners, ballot box, supplies, and five people who were just setting up and figuring out what to do.

As the line grew behind me, everybody was calm and jovial, but at 12:15 some people left. After much discussion, they handed me a ballot and I filled it in. But I couldn't put it in the box without an envelope that wasn't there. A police officer arrived with two boxes of 500 envelopes each. I got one and was told I had to stand there and fill out the info on it by hand, but there was no place to stand and the pens weren't working on the envelopes. Then I had to place a sticker across it to seal it. I finally put it in the box!

It was all worth it. I'm going to assume my ballot was properly handled and my straight D ticket will count. Yay!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 11:43 AM

1. Did you get a receipt?

Something to prove you voted might come in handy just to prove you should be counted.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 11:57 AM

6. No, they called the sticker a receipt, but

I had to put it on the envelope to seal it. It had identifying info on it. I've never been offered a receipt when voting. I don't know how it could be used.

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Response to Croney (Reply #6)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 01:33 PM

8. There's usually a part of the ballot you can tear off and keep

Itís also on the absentee ballots.

Years ago when the first electronic votes were used I was stunned that I didnít get a printout when I was finished voting. I was very uncomfortable with the knowledge that my vote seemed to go into the etheric void. Did it count? Did it get changed? Was it ever even seen?

I always made sure to vote absentee after that. I donít trust the integrity of the people running the computers.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 11:44 AM

2. I sure hope Mass. gets IT's act together!

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 11:45 AM

3. Voting starts at noon? Until what time?

Wow

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Response to Autumn (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 11:55 AM

5. It varies by day at each location.

I think it opens at 9 tomorrow.

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Response to Croney (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 11:58 AM

7. Ours always opened at 7 before we started voting by mail. I much prefer mail in ballots.

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Response to Autumn (Reply #7)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 06:53 PM

18. Ours too. 7am to 7pm. nt

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 11:47 AM

4. That is why I vote by mail

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon Oct 22, 2018, 01:43 PM

9. FYI if you are mailing in your ballot

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Response to tavernier (Reply #9)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 05:34 PM

13. The spoilage rate of absentee or in-person ballots is much higher than in-person voting.

I'd prefer to vote in person, but our state no longer has it.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #13)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 06:25 PM

15. The return of mail in ballots is 30% higher than voting person

According to our local organizers

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Response to grantcart (Reply #15)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 06:51 PM

17. I think it depends. Washington got better over the primary because they added postage.

But we had an election not too long ago with the worst percentage turnout since the depression.

At least they have the added postage again. I think that makes a huge difference.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 10:01 AM

10. Walks

...and talks like voter suppression to me under a veil of "normalcy".

????????????

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Response to zentrum (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 10:10 AM

11. Interesting thought! Other places, maybe,

but it's Cambridge, Mass., so I doubt if there was a Republican in the room. Just first-day bumbling; they were probably experts by the next day.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 05:29 PM

12. I would relay your account to both the election board and your local Democratic Party.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 05:38 PM

14. Hopefully, the people who left will come back another day.

They may have tried to vote on their lunch hour and ran out of time. It is better that they can open early and get out the kinks before Election Day.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 06:36 PM

16. I voted in Albuquerque. Very well organized.

Took 15 minutes mostly reading the ballot.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 07:52 PM

19. When ever I read these comments, I first want to know: where? where? is this happening.

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