Responsive Election Board February 12, 2008Posted by gordonwatts in politics.
I got a bit of a surprise yesterday. Because I’m in France I need to vote absentee in the Washington’s primaries. Washington allows you to request an absentee ballot online, which is very cool. Unfortunately, the web site wasn’t clear about what date they would send it out. As a result I asked for it to be sent to my parents home, where I was when I ordered the ballot. At the end of the process there was an explicit date they would send it — ops! I’d be in Seattle right then (next week). There was no way to cancel the request, so I just tried submitting it again with my home address hoping they would take the newest request.
My surprise: an email from the King county Voter Services office! I don’t think there was anyway I was expecting that! I usually tend to think of election services being so understaffed that they don’t have time to consider mistakes that voters like me make.
Does anyone have reoccurring nightmares of 2004 or 2000 in this election? Sometimes the thought “this country is still divided 50-50!” springs, unbidden, into my head. About 15 seconds later I remember – wait, that is just the Democrats! So, at least that split will be ok. 🙂 Of course, I expect the election to be rather bitter no matter who gets elected; swift boating has been shown to work, so I can’t see either party giving that up. 😦