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  •  I think the point was ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... if you advertised the presence of a "fast track" line to voters ahead of time, it would result in more people filling out their sample ballots to take advantage of the express lane, and thus make for overall shorter, faster lines in practice.


    "The fundamental curse of the Republican party is its irrepressible disposition to meddle with other people's business, and impose its notions, and its will, on people who do not freely accept them." -- The New York Freeman's Journal, 1861

    by dzog on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 09:47:30 AM PST

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    •  Put it in the voters' guide (2+ / 0-)
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      jkusters, CaliSista

      Other states besides Washington have voters' guides, right? (Not snark, I figure they do but all of my experience is here in Seattle.) Advertise it prominently on its own page in the voters' guide and on the sample ballot itself.

      King County (Seattle area, where I live) usually takes out ads on the sides of busses to advertise when Election Day is and other important, quickly digested information (like when we switched to vote-by-mail a few years ago). They've done other initiatives as well - this year they had Rick Steaves do a PSA on how to cast your ballot.

      I could also see political parties or other groups sending out pre-filled sample ballots, although I'm not sure that wouldn't end up confusing a few people.

      It wouldn't take more than an election or two for even the least informed voter to catch on.

      The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains. – Paul Simon, "Train In The Distance."

      by Omir the Storyteller on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 11:00:01 AM PST

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