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  •  Congressman, I can print out my plane tickets (13+ / 0-)

    at home.  Maybe we should be able to fill out and print our ballots too.  

    Many people hold up the line when they go into the "booth" and stare at their ballots for several minutes to go through all of the choices that include a growing number of text-heavy, and often confusing, initiatives.  What if they could do this at home, and show up at the polling place to verifiy their identity & cast/submit their printed ballot with a unique scanable barcode?  

    This also creates that paper trail a lot of us are demanding, that would make hand recounts possible.

    Time to think outside of the (ballot) box.

    •  There are still some people not into technology (6+ / 0-)

      I still know people who don't have a computer at all, never mind a reliable way to print a barcode. Any law passed has to make sure not to dis-include some voters.

      In Massachusetts, each household recieves a booklet a few weeks before election detailing all ballot initiatives. This greatly reduces voting time, as everyone who wants to read it before hand already knows what they will see in the booth.

      "The less time you have, the more you need to use it wisely." - Cpt. Avatar, Starblazers

      by DeathDlr73 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:54:30 AM PST

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    •  Agree, it's long since time that we considered (2+ / 0-)
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      internet voting.  Just like some people have smart cards to pay for the bus or train, it still remains possible to pay the old, slow way as well.

      In fact, I wonder why places like Oregon don't allow a hybrid of this yet.  You could vote your ballot on the internet, print it, and then sign/mail it in.  That way, Oregon could get a provisional count almost instantaneously on election night and then formally settle the paperwork as the snail mail rolls in.

    •  Or everyone is mailed their ballot (3+ / 0-)
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      In WA and OR we only have vote by mail now. OR has lots of drop boxes (I hear). WA has some, but let's you mail on election day. A twist is everyone gets their ballots by mail, so you can fill out on your own, and then you simply drop it off at a polling location (or mail it in, perhaps a day before election day).

      Daves Redistricting: 50 states + DC & PR w/ 2010 data. 46 states + DC w/ election data.

      by dgb on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:49:19 AM PST

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    •  They CAN do this (0+ / 0-)

      through mail-in early voting. And all the ballots, at least in Ohio, already have unique scannable barcodes. I've scanned many in the last seven weeks!

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:06:51 PM PST

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