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Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:30 PM

 

Which is safer? Absentee voting or voting at the machine?

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Reply Which is safer? Absentee voting or voting at the machine? (Original post)
Kajun Gal Oct 2018 OP
Blue_true Oct 2018 #1
AlexSFCA Oct 2018 #2
Blue_true Oct 2018 #7
still_one Oct 2018 #10
YOHABLO Oct 2018 #3
Gothmog Oct 2018 #4
roamer65 Oct 2018 #5
Basement Beat Oct 2018 #8
Jrsygrl96 Oct 2018 #6
WhiskeyGrinder Oct 2018 #9
LiberalFighter Oct 2018 #11
stopbush Oct 2018 #12

Response to Kajun Gal (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:40 PM

1. I am biased toward in person at the machine.

Ballots that are mailed in can be tossed by just one person. Machine totals get verified each day with people from all parties present.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:45 PM

2. I think if you drop the ballot at the county clerk/election office

it might be safet than mailing, no?
I would personally avoid voting in person on the election day itself, what if something comes up and canít make it.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:56 PM

7. I vote early and suggest that everyone do where early in person voting is available.

I never wait until Election Day to vote once early voting came into existence. Early voting gives me multiple days to vote, I try to vote as early as possible in person.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:26 PM

10. At least in California, you can check to see if your ballot has been received, and if it wasn't

counted, the reason it wasn't counted:


https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-status/

"Under California Elections Code sections 3017 (PDF) and 3019.5 (PDF), a voter who casts a vote-by-mail ballot can find out if the ballot arrived at his/her county elections office, if the ballot was counted, and, if not, the reason why it was not counted."







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Response to Kajun Gal (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:46 PM

3. Until we get real legislation to protect our vote, it's still pretty much a crap shoot.

 

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Response to Kajun Gal (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:48 PM

4. Voting at a machine

There is a one percent rejection rate for absentee ballots https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/09/19/study-mail-ballots-have-higher-rejection-rates-and-they-vary-widely-by-county/

A study of Florida's past two presidential elections finds that mail ballots were more likely to be rejected than votes cast at early voting sites or on election day.

The study also found that mail ballots cast by youngest voters, blacks and Hispanics were much more likely to be rejected than mail ballots cast by white voters, and that those voters are less likely to cure problems with their ballots when notified by election supervisors than other voters.

The study also shows that rejection rates vary widely across the state.

The report was produced by Daniel Smith, chairman of the political science department at the University of Florida, on behalf of the ACLU of Florida, whose director, Howard Simon, cited the state's "uncertain history in election administration" in a conference call with reporters.

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Response to Kajun Gal (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:49 PM

5. The safest is a paper ballot at the polling place, IMO.

In MI, we have paper ballots that are read into an optical scan tabulator. There are paper copies for recounts.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:58 PM

8. I agree.

Something about seeing the actual paper ballot being counted as it goes into the machine.

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Response to Kajun Gal (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:54 PM

6. Toss Up

Here in NJ, we have ES&S machines that do NOT have paper trails and have remote software. Very hackable. So my siser applied for absentee ballot as did my daughter who is away at college. They have yet to receive them. May have to complete provisionals which are never counted. My hubby and I are taking our chances with no paper trail machines.

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Response to Kajun Gal (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:07 PM

9. Depends on the state.

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Response to Kajun Gal (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 09:44 PM

11. It probably depends on where you live.

In some states you have to pay the postage to mail the ballot back. Other states you don't.

In some states you can track the status of your ballot.

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Response to Kajun Gal (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 10:47 PM

12. I always vote in person on election day. Our machines here in CA produce a paper

ballot that you approve before submitting. This gives me the best hope that my vote is being recorded and counted.

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