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Mark Atwood
Ballots and Elections "Security"
The King County Elections folks have sent me a form to update my signature on my voter file, because the Seattle March special election is going to be entirely by postal mail. And they want to make sure that my signature is up to date, in order to verify my ballot.

Let's see. They postal mail me a form to this address, ask me to make a template signature, that I am to postal back to them, so that they can postal mail me a ballot, that I can fill out, and sign the wrapper, and post back to them. And to verify that I am really me, the registered voter, they will compare the signatures. Which they got via postal mail from the same address they sent the ballot to.

Are they really that stupid, or do they think that we are? Are we?

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dcseain From: dcseain Date: February 14th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's not well thought out on someone's part.
mauser From: mauser Date: February 15th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
It's much more effective for those who get their ballots in Bulk.
zsero From: zsero Date: February 15th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
This is King County we're talking about, after all. Their object isn't to actually prevent fraud; on the contrary, it's to maximise the vote, while giving the appearance that all the votes are legitimate. Have you still got the same county executive who was responsible for the conduct of the 2004 election and recounts? The one who found 10,000 extra votes hiding in a cupboard, just when they were most needed?
From: samildanach Date: February 16th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Data point: when I registered for permanent absentee status a few years ago, I had to do so in person, at the county elections office downtown, with multiple forms of ID.

I would guess this is a recent change for the upcoming Seattle municipal ballot, which the City Council requested the county perform on a 100% absentee basis. That's forcing a much higher absentee registration rate than usual -- which is no excuse for bad security.
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