Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Welcome to the 21st century...

As a resident of a state that has joined the Vote-By-Mail revolution, the sight of people waiting for hours outside rainy polling stations seems antique. I received my ballot and all of the candidate/issue information a few weeks ago, which afforded me the luxury of spending a good amount of time filling it out at home in my pajamas with research/information at hand, then posting it the next day. Why isn't every state using this method? The upside:

* No waiting for hours in line

* No polling place intimidation

* No confusion about where to go to vote

* No need to make arrangements for childcare or time off

* No malfunctioning voting equipment

* No need to hire and train poll workers

* Increased election process integrity through signature verification

* Lower election administration costs

* Increased voter turnout

Seriously, people, this polling station stuff is absurd! For more information about increasing the number of Vote-By-Mail states, visit: http www.votebymailproject.org.

1 comment:

Hardygirl said...

Yes! I was filling in my ballot and got to a race with two candidates about whom I knew NOTHING. I just had to randomly pick one, and I thought I was going in there prepared.

I'd love to be able to sit and hit Google while doodling on my ballot and sipping a latte in my bunny slippers. Then I could have figured out who these random, party-less candidates were who were running today, and I could have voted with a bit of intelligence.