Here’s a little tidbit for the current voting haze of today.
The last election, my vote did not count. I know this because a month or two after the election, I received a letter stating as much. They rejected my vote, because my signature was not the same as the one I used when I first registered to vote. This was not news to me, as my signature is never the same due to having Cerebral Palsy[CP} Developing my own unique signature was never in my scope of functions.
I discussed this fact with the election’s officer upon registering. At that time, it was acceptable to make my mark, and then have someone sign witness by, followed with their name. i was never 100 percent certain if it had to be the same person who helped me register. I assumed it wasn’t the case, since I’m never with that person; and they have actually moved out of the state.
When I got the rejection letter, the first thing that crossed my mind was that I wasted a lot of time studying the measures. It takes detective work to decipher any hidden meanings. I think the writers of the measures quite often try to make them sound so convoluted to get us to vote one way, when in reality if the measure was written clearer, there’s no way people would ever vote for half of what’s on the ballot. Half the time I’m scared of voting for something I’d be opposed to, that I almost would rather skip voting.
Then I was mad they rejected my ballot. i started thinking what if the person tallying my ballot didn’t like the way I voted. What’s to stop them from looking for any loophole to discredit my vote. and found it in the discrepancies in my signatures. My imaginary conspiracy theory is working overtime here. I don’t know the rules for counting the ballots once they reach the elections office. However, I do think that over time people’s signatures do change from a list of different factors. In that vein, there should be an easy way to indicate rather or not someone is authentic, instead of rejecting ballots because there is a discrepancy. So what if it takes an extra month to get everything sorted out.
So, this election I am determined to make my ballot count. One of my PA’s suggested I take my ballot to the bank I use, and have a notarization done on my ballot. When we called to set up an appointment, they said they didn’t notarize ballots. They suggested calling the City Clerk; the City Clerk suggested calling the Elections Office.
We completely flustered the Elections worker by explaining that my last ballot wasn’t counted because of a problem reading my signature, and I wanted to make certain my ballot was counted. She said something rather snarky like I needed a signature stamp. She then hastily ended the phone call. [Maybe she just didn’t fully understand our question.] We called her right back, and asked if I could go to the Elections Office, and sign my envelope in front of some credible person there. She basically said I needed update my signature each voting period. So, I will do that with no complaints.
If you find any ballets in this post, rather then ballots, know that I would prefer being at the ballet than blogging about ballots!