Voter Suppression

It’s looking more and more as if I’m not going to be able to vote this year. I requested my ballot in plenty of time, back in September, but nothing has arrived. I have been trying, via e-mail, to get somebody to resolve this situation, but am not having any luck. I got directed to a website, and there was a link there saying ‘check the status of your ballot.’ So, I clicked on that. The language was kind of ambiguous, my ballot has been ‘received and processed’ which does not exactly have the identical meaning to ‘sent.’ In fact, it kind of looked like they were telling me I’d already voted, which would be impossible, because I haven’t received a ballot.
To add insult to injury, I got a packet in the mail today, from the Los Angeles Board of Elections, with ‘ballot information.’ A handy, dandy little booklet, about 30 pages, explaining all the local initiatives and whatnot, but it won’t do much good – because I haven’t received a ballot.
I’m still hoping something will arrive in the next few days but, much longer than that and it will be beyond the ability of the Czech and American postal services, neither one of which is particularly noted for speed and reliability, to get it there in time.
Am I being singled out? I don’t know. On the one hand, I don’t really think so, because, despite the fact that I’ve been outspoken in my support of Jill Stein, I am just one voter, and I doubt the board of elections is stalking my facebook page, and it’s very unlikely they read my blog, because I have about 20 readers, on a good day. On the other hand, I got a ballot in the mail without all the complicated foofaraw in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012 with no problems.
This year is different. I don’t think anybody can deny that. This year is definitely different.


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  1. DW

    I got my ballot about a month ago and sent it in about a week ago. The info package on local initiatives came after, but I don’t think I can vote on those anyway.

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