January 29, 2008

Chasing My Right to Vote

I didn’t vote absentee ballot because I knew Palm Beach County would somehow botch them up. They did, by initially not indicating the correct postage on the ballot, but cutting a deal with the postal service, they ensured it would all get delivered.

Who knows what else will get botched up in the absentee ballot process? Our newspaper even put something out saying if you wanted your vote to count, SHOW UP to vote.

I didn’t vote EARLY because I knew Palm Beach County would somehow botch it up. It hasn’t been proven… yet… but an article in our local newspaper did say that all the early voting definitely upped the chances of mistakes.

If a mistake in early voting can be made, Palm Beach County will find it.

So I decided… I will show up to vote, IN PERSON, kids in tow, to make sure my vote counted. Or rather to ensure as best that *I* could.

Last night I went through my wallet to get my voter registration card and unfortunately, I found two. They were both dateless. My neighborhood has been bounced around to various precincts so many times, I couldn’t remember where we were supposed to vote.

So I called a friend of mine in the neighborhood and she said she was unsure as well. My husband couldn’t find his card. My girlfriend and I decided that I would go to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections website and figure out where we go.

I did.

It said I was to go to a building down the street that is very close and readily apparent. It’s easy to find.

Today I picked up the boys from school and took them with me to vote. I walked into the precinct that was listed on the website and the ladies there said to me, ‘Oh you don’t vote here. You vote at XYZ Middle School…”

That was one of the two choices I had in my wallet… it is one of the places we have been bounced from. It is out of the way, difficult to find, and I pass two other precincts on the way.

They then informed me that they had turned away many from my neighborhood already. A large number in my neighborhood thought this was where they were supposed to vote because we were all confused, and given we are all connected via technology, we decided to look it up on the Supervisor of Elections website… which was WRONG.

Please tell me what these folks do in between elections? How is it that it was wrong? How is it that it was wrong given that… the frickin’ Supervisor of Elections LIVES in MY neighborhood?! I saw an article on-line today saying how he voted and was a satisfied customer. I wanted to scream when I saw his quote. Sure, we get bounced around all over and HE is able to keep track of where we’re supposed to vote because HE’S IN THE KNOW! His site is WRONG, but hell, what does it matter to him? He frickin’ WORKS there!

Let me make this a bit plainer as to how horrible it is to vote where we do. It’s a lovely area, don’t get me wrong, but its two lane roads, some dirt, some paved, and the streets aren’t labeled properly.

To get to this new precinct, I had to get directions! It went like this, turn left on WestPond, turn left on Rum, turn right on Tangerine, turn left on Guava, turn right on 50th, turn left on 139th… and make sure you get the right school as there are TWO located there.

I go on these roads once every four years… once every two years at best. By the time people get off of work, it is dark in addition to being poorly marked. There is no sign on the right side of the road for 50th.

I don’t know how many votes were lost today because of this. I know a friend of mine’s husband, coming from work said, “NO WAY”. The traffic is too difficult, the road’s too dark, and you can’t find where to turn.

Could they have POSSIBLY made it any more difficult for the people in my neighborhood to vote?

I think not.

I made sure my boys saw how persistent I was. I told them, “Voting is your RIGHT as an American. NEVER let anyone take that from you… not even if the people in charge are incompetent pinheads.”

The entire situation pisses me off to no end…
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Posted by Boudicca at January 29, 2008 08:13 PM | TrackBack

Butterfly ballots and hanging chads ... Something about Florida and voting that is ... well ... screwed up.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at January 29, 2008 10:01 PM

Ummm... that was my county too. I need to move.

Posted by: Bou at January 29, 2008 10:07 PM

I'm lucky. My polling place is the synagogue down the street. Sidewalk all the way. I can roll down in my wheelchair.

Posted by: Denny at January 30, 2008 12:05 AM

I hate that our primaries are so far after everything has been decided. Do we get a chance to vote our choice? No ... because they've damned well dropped out long before that ever could happen! My first, second, and third picks have all hung it up. Now I guess I'll just hold my nose and vote. And I started out with such high hopes!

Posted by: Peggy U at January 30, 2008 01:04 AM

I have 2 voter cards as well ... NOT dated. Sigh. Went to vote and they didn't care if I had a voters card, only my driver's license. I let Tot push the next button. He was telling everyone he voted. ;-)

Posted by: vw bug at January 30, 2008 06:15 AM

I live in Pinellas County and I have 2 voter registration cards too...both wrong. At least my precinct stayed the same. They let me vote anyways.

Posted by: Cindy at January 30, 2008 09:00 AM

I vote up the street from my house, it's easy to find. The only change is when I moved.

As for your situation. That's just local government... nay any government in action for you.

Posted by: Contagion at January 30, 2008 09:18 AM

I had an adventure like that when I lived in Orlando. Although, come to think of it, most of THAT was because I was lost.....


Posted by: Tammi at January 30, 2008 11:40 AM

So, we can hope the results for Florida were wrong? (no offense meant if you voted McCain)

Posted by: Jody at January 30, 2008 02:07 PM

Have you considered picketing the Supervisor of Elections at his home? Just to let him know how you feel about the whole process?

The only benefit I can see is that since that is primarily a Democratic area maybe we can lose some more ballots.

Posted by: dick at January 30, 2008 04:50 PM

Post a sign for the SofE's address at the 'wrong' polling place, so that they can all show up on his doorstep to ask for directions.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at January 30, 2008 06:59 PM

"Please tell me what these folks do in between elections?"

I'm not sure but...."Want to biggie size that????"

Posted by: Poker Player at January 31, 2008 06:44 PM