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I live in Oregon. We vote by mail. I received my ballot in the mail around October 21st. They are mailed out to all registered voters. I also got the voter's pamphlet with economic summaries of all the measures and statements pro and con from the various groups and individuals.

I had a chance to consider all the candidates and measures. I had a chance to do some additional research if the voter's pamphlet didn't answer all my questions. I could call candidates up and ask them questions.

I voted on October 30th and went to Hawaii on November 1st. I'm sitting on the Big Island reflecting on how great mail in voting is.

We had an incident with a worker altering some ballots. He needs to be prosecuted.

In looking at our Secretary of State's web site it looks like we had 66.69% of the registered voters voted state wide. My county had over 80%.

We have all the paper ballots sitting around ready to be recounted if necessary.

As far as I know no one waited in any lines.

It seems like a very convenient and civilized way to run an election.


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  •  One correction, (1+ / 0-)
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    Jim H

    she needs to be prosecuted.  Now, I suspect her fellow workers spotted the fact that she was altering (filling in undervotes) ballots.   Glad they spoke up.

    •  thanks for the correction (0+ / 0-)

      I should have looked at the article again this morning. I go to our courthouse in Corvallis all the time and use the basement entrance. I see the election workers there getting the ballots out and then processing them. All tables have multiple people working together. Doesn't seem like very much room to be "fixing" ballots.

  •  What a great idea!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Jim H

    Using the mail to get the vote in!! I'll bet it saves ALOT of money - for the state - for the voters!! just wow!

    Yeah - I moved to Oregon 4 years ago and I cannot believe how efficiently this vote by mail works! I love it - I can't believe that more states won't adopt it too.

    You can even vote in your pjs!!

    Keep constant watch on your mind. - Dalai Lama

    by redstella on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:37:14 AM PST

  •  In California (0+ / 0-)

    there is permanent vote-by-mail status. With this, you can mail in or drop your ballot at any poling place. A little known issue with the system: If you fail to return your ballot in any election, you are automatically removed from the vote-by-mail list.

    "I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night..."

    by Killer on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:39:26 AM PST

  •  Same for WA State, We Loved It When We Were (0+ / 0-)


    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 08:40:00 AM PST

  •  Other benefits (0+ / 0-)

    No worry about voter intimidation at the polls. It also cost less than on-site voting.

  •  Huge problems elsewhere (0+ / 0-)

    As an election clerk yesterday, I noticed significant problems with people who registered by mail or at DMV and the registration never got clocked in, or at least not in time for them to vote yesterday.

    There have also been all sorts of anecdotes from all over the country about mail-in ballots that either didn't arrive, or "didn't arrive" (meaning: got delivered and then disappeared before being counted), or were discarded as no good for some stupid reason, or (as in Oregon) were doctored before being counted.

    I totally understand the desire to do something to make it easier for people to vote, but am far from convinced that mail-in is secure enough.

    There are also huge fraud potentials in mail-in, from someone else intercepting and voting your ballot, to people continuing to vote in places they used to live, voting multiple places, etc. etc.

    •  Can you give an example of (0+ / 0-)

      a system that is 100%?  I've voted with Oregon's VBM since it started.  I didn't like it at first because I enjoyed the interaction with other voters at the polls--but after a couple years of not having to go out in 50 MPH winds and sideways rain in the dark-we discovered a new and better way to interact-people sitting down discussing, debating and vetting issues and candidates alike-we found we are now much more informed and can make fully informed votes.
      I wouldn't trade it for the world.
      There will Always be a percentage of people in our communities that find lying, cheating and stealing an easy way out-its a given.  
      When I checked with OR SoS office a couple weeks ago to find out how many convictions there have been, related to either Election Fraud and/or Voter Fraud since the inception of our VBM system--there have been none.  Only the one from US Cong Dist 5-a RWNJ Activist, who was caught.  I then checked with my local county clerks ofc to ask about the potential for a similar act--I am informed there are, in this county, a representative from every registered party in the state observing every step of the processing of out ballots. I am confident and satisfied with it.

      Now, a Heads UP! In the OR 2011 Session House GOP/ALEC members (19 ALEC Members) introduced HB 3506 that will, in fact Repeal Oregon's Vote By Mail System.

      It did not get out of committee before Sine Die--so it May make a come-back during the 2013 Legislative Session.

      •  HB 3506 (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks for the "heads-up" on this.  I will be watching and springing into action if I see it come up again.  I personally love VBM....I used to live in a really red state (Alaska) and  we didn't have the time to really go over the information like you do here.  My ballot was rec'd on 10-26 according to the state elections website.  And I was able to check to make sure I was registered....I was also able to follow all the results and knew who my representative were by 9:45 pm.  I'm happy to report that my county remained solidly blue!  
        I think this is probably one of the better ways to vote and I hope that Obama was serious when he mentioned last night in the acceptance speech that "we need to fix that" when referring to the long lines at the polls in other states.
        Today I am groggily celebrating....tomorrow, I'm back in the trenches.  Change only comes slowly and with great is not the time to quit!
        Rock on.

    •  fewer problems in Oregon (0+ / 0-)

      I really believe that we have fewer problems here in Oregon.  Everyone knows when the ballots are mailed out.  it is really easy to go on the Secretary of State's website and check to make sure you are registered, if your ballot was mailed to the correct address, and if you mail it back the website tells when it was received by the clerk's office.  It there are problems, there is time to go to the clerk's office to correct them prior to election day.

      There is no voter intimidation, and the only line is if you wait to drop off your ballot till election day, you sit in your car in line to drop off at drop site.  There is plenty of time to read information on ballot issues and make an informed decision.  

      I would never trade our system for the old way.  I was born and raised in Washington, and now live in Oregon and have been voting by mail since the early 80's.  I really think that the rest of the country could follow our successful example and improve voting for everyone.

  •  In AZ, 1.16 million ballots were sent out in (0+ / 0-)

    Maricopa County (Phoenix area) and 400,000 were not returned. I'm not so sure about mail voting any more.

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