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Thursday, November 1, 2012

What To Do If Your Ballot Is AWOL

Posted by on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

This morning we got a call from slog tipper Janis Traven whose son is away at college on the East Coast. Unsurprisingly his ballot hasn't made it through Sandy's aftermath, so mom-of-the-year-Janis did some research. Turns out if you are a registered voter and haven't received a ballot but you still want to vote to approve Referendum 74, you have two options:

Print & Email
The King County Elections page will let you print out a ballot. Vote. Then scan the evidence of your democratic conscience and email it to return.ballot@kingcounty.gov

Print & Fax
If you're like me, you've probably faxed a total of 8 things in your entire life. But some people I guess don't appreciate the newer technologies for sending documents. If you are one of those people, print out your ballot and fax it to 206.296.4499

Wow that sounds so easy! Fucking do it.

 

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Matt the Engineer 1
I love that you can vote via email.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on November 1, 2012 at 12:39 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
Make bubbie Goldy happy and vote!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 1, 2012 at 12:43 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 3
If you don't own a fax machine, the blacksmith round the corner is sure to have one.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on November 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
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As a Seattleite temporarily living in Toronto I really appreciate the electronic/email voting option, and I found it easy to navigate. 19 y.o. daughter (also in Toronto) registered on-line and is voting in her first presidential election.

Go Obama!!
Posted by SteamDawn on November 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM · Report this
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Yes, thank you! SANDY YOU WON'T GET BETWEEN ME AND MY R74 VOTE.
Posted by jordan422 on November 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM · Report this
Andy_Squirrel 6
I love King County and Washington State. All you election workers are awesome. Well done
Posted by Andy_Squirrel on November 1, 2012 at 1:15 PM · Report this
Posted by beaugirl on November 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM · Report this
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Wow, that Janis Traven is one awesome mom!

Here's hoping the rest of her son's generation get the hint that voting is as cool and public-spirited as it is easy.
Posted by N in Seattle http://peacetreefarm.org on November 1, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this
LaPuerta 9
Anyone know if e-mail votes show up normally on the ballot tracker as received... signature verification etc? I e-mailed mine in last week and got a confirmation e-mail, but on the status it says they still haven't received it. Should I call?
Posted by LaPuerta on November 1, 2012 at 2:55 PM · Report this
rob! 10
Laugh if you wish, P'nm'nCR'Iw'nf @3, but land-lines often remain functional when cell-towers, wi-fi and wall outlets go dead (because they have backup power from batteries at 48V), so I keep a fax machine and a 12VDC-to-120VAC inverter hanging on the wall right next to my Northumbrian spoke-shaver's coracle.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on November 1, 2012 at 3:31 PM · Report this
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@9- According to the instructions you still need to mail in the filled-in ballot and signature sheet before November 26th in order for your vote to be counted. The email ballot is just to ensure your vote is received by election day. I would guess they won't show your ballot as verified until they receive it in the mail.

Here's what the instructions say: "If you are unable to get an Election Day postmark, you can email or fax your ballot packet no later than 8 p.m. (PT) on Election Day. The ballot will only be processed if the original printed ballot and signed declaration are received by mail or in-person no later than the day before election certification, November 26, 2012."
Posted by Bronco on November 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM · Report this
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@11 Wait, I'm in Costa Rica and can't mail this in. I was under the impression that the email is enough. It says nothing on my directions about also needing to mail it. Now I'm confused.
Posted by mellythepirate on November 2, 2012 at 1:21 AM · Report this
Occupy Seattle 13
Your ballot may very well go AWOL if you hand it over to a King County Republican black van. Take King County Elections' advice: don't trust shady strangers with your ballot. But don't hold your breath that our so-fucking honorable Republican Secretary of State Sam Reed shares our concerns about election integrity. He's too busy pulling out contributions to Heritage Center to fund negative campaigning by Republican Party and Kim Wyman to actually oversee our elections.
Posted by Occupy Seattle on November 5, 2012 at 12:09 AM · Report this

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