Not quite. But that one was funny as shit! Total lie. On national too.
Looks like Colorado has closely mirrored Oregon. Not sure whether or not they are linking the DMV signature to the ballot though. Seems like they are requiring one for registration, and that one gets compared.
Guess we will see how they do.
Oregon is highly rated according to International Standards, which we helped define BTW, and then promptly ignored. If it were not such a PITA and important thing, it would be funny!
I really like avoiding the chaos of the polls. I started voting before VBM, and it's got a kind of cool feel to it. There is the buzz of the election happening we sort of miss now, unless one goes looking. Plenty of people still drop off, and there is that activity. And people can volunteer. I have, and it was fun. I helped a few people vote, read a ballot to one person, and couriered a few ballots for people who could not somehow get that all done. Most of those needed one, which the elections office generated, flagged in the system as being handled directly, etc... So I took it out there and returned it when they were done.
One thing I do think is true is most people do take the voting very seriously. At least here they do.
And there are constructive and productive ways to be involved too.
Back to those polls. Waiting so many hours is nuts! And it's disenfranchising, which every one of us should be concerned about. Back when we had polls, I remember having to bust my ass to get a vote in, due to work, distance traveled, etc... Had an hour commute at the time, and getting back to get the vote in was a hassle.
I really do think the impact of the polls, set aside the machines and that madness for a bit, very seriously impacts a lot of people. It's not like election day is on a weekend, or is a designated holiday. Tons of people can't go and vote just because the people they work for are asses. I personally experienced that.
Just did it anyway. But I could take the hit too. I wouldn't have otherwise. Just like most people right on the edge.
VBM has very serious advantages there.
Then we get into all the fun 'n games. Telling people to go to the wrong station, poor bastards stand in line only to find out they are in the wrong one! Challenges! That's a crock. Should be done in court, and ideally, should be done with the qualification happening well before the election, again like Oregon does.
Not enough machines or polling places in some regions and a ton of them in others...
No wonder absentee voting, which is essentially vote by mail anyway, is going up. Who really wants that hassle?
So good luck Colorado! It's a great way to go once the whole thing gets sorted out.
Posted on October 31, 2014 - 03:10 AM