Sunday, March 30, 2014

I'm Sure We Can Rely On The Courts To Protect Us

Dig this.
LA MESA, Calif. - A local couple called 10News concerned after they received an envelope from the state's Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an "x" in the box next to Democratic Party.
Not to worry. I'm sure our judicial branch will prevent this from happening again.

Oh, wait, didn't they just rule that a clearly-written, legally-enacted constitutional amendment, Proposition 8, was unconstitutional?

Uh oh.


Ilíon said...

A couple of years ago, I received three (or four) notifications of the move of the polling place addressed to people who I am sure have never lived here (or, if they did, it was 35 years ago).

The people at the Board of Elections seemed to be concerned only to convince me that it wasn't a problem, rather than to do anything about correcting it.

Similarly, when I went to vote in the primaries a couple of years ago, they had me registered as a Democrat, when I have *never* voted in the Democratic primaries (and have never voted for any Democrat except the first time I voted at age 18).

Ilíon said...

... and I wasn't supposed to wonder how something like that happens; it's just a "clerical error".

Well, damn!, but if you can't keep voter registrations straight, why should I trust that you can count/report the votes correctly?

K T Cat said...

Oh, believe me, your votes were counted "correctly."

tim eisele said...

What's all this about listing your party affiliation on your voter registration? I don't remember that being on the form, and I just checked the Michigan registration application and don't see anything about it.

So other states ask for this? Why is it even there? What business is it of theirs whether a given person is affiliated with a particular party, anyway? And if it has to do with voting in closed party primaries, then shouldn't it be the problem of the parties to keep it straight, and not of the state?

Ilíon said...

Ohio is not an open primary state (thank goodness). Thus, if one wants to vote in a particular party's primary election, one has to request that party's primary ballot ... which entails that one becomes recorded/registered at the BoE with that party affiliation.

Since I would never vote for *any* member of the Party of Death, for any office, I have never requested a Democratic Party Primary Ballot.