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Fri, Oct. 31st, 2008 10:00 pm
[PUBLIC] Voting... d'oh!

So I just realized as I was visiting my mother tonight that I'm leaving Sunday, and I won't be back until Thursday, meaning I'll be out of town for Election Day. Sadly, I would've had to register at City Hall to absentee this year, but they will not be open before my flight. Damnation. On the downside, I won't get to vote on the ballot questions, on the other hand, I don't much have to fear my lack of a vote unduly impacting the Presidential Election. I imagine that if McCain carries Massachusetts, there would be something of a befuddlement among the citizenry, perhaps followed by an Inquiry. Or an Inquisition.

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Current Location: Worcester, MA
Current Mood: stressed stupid

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petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Sat, Nov. 1st, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)

The entire absentee process can be done by mail... You may be able to mail the absentee request form to them today (It's on the Elections Division web site.) I don't know if the process can be done via fax or express mail or something to where you'll be staying on Monday, but it can't hurt to call the City Clerk's office on Monday to see. If it gets to them by Tuesday it's fine.

One year, I got the absentee ballot the day before the election and I gave it to my parents to give to the elections people when they went to vote in person.


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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Sat, Nov. 1st, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)

Alas, Massachusetts does not allow your absentee ballot to be fax, and even if I initiated the process first thing Monday morning, could somehow get them to Overnight my ballot to me, it wouldn't arrive until Tuesday, and if I Overnighted it back, it would get there around 1000 Wednesday morning. I'm afraid I'm just out of luck here.


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sirroxton
sirroxton
Adam Augusta
Sat, Nov. 1st, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)

The ballot doesn't have to arrive on election day, does it?


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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Sat, Nov. 1st, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)

You bet your ass it does. By 8PM on Tuesday. For the Federal election, it only needs to be postmarked by 4 November, but for everything else, it needs to be signed, sealed, and delivered on Election Day. And like I said, I ain't voting because of the Presidential Election.


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petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Sun, Nov. 2nd, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)

I was thinking of them faxing it to you on Monday, and you express mailing it back that day to arrive on Tuesday.

I would have thought that Worcester City Hall would be open a bit more on the weekends, especially around an election. I wouldn't expect Charlton to be, but I'd think Worcester would be big enough that they'd do something like that.


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petercooperjr
petercooperjr
Peter Cooper Jr.
Tue, Nov. 4th, 2008 11:24 am (UTC)

Another option that random occurred to me, was that if your current location allows same-day registration, and you in some sense are living there this week, it may be legal (and/or moral) to register and vote there.


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bronzite
bronzite
Robert Bronzite
Tue, Nov. 4th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)

Dear god, I hope not. And from a moral perspective, I would be overwhelmingly against doing so even if I could. Cross-border campaign financing makes me twitchy enough as it is, but crossing borders and voting in swing states? It was wrong in 1854, and its wrong today.


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