• No Vote For Me

    It’s official, my vote was not counted.

    I registered to vote within 30 days of the election.  If I had gone to early voting, then I could have registered and voted at the same time.  But I filled out the form online when I changed the address on my driver’s license… therefore, my vote didn’t count.

    As the guy in charge said, “I won’t tell you can’t vote, but most likely it won’t be counted.”

    Reflecting on this for almost 30 seconds.  I really don’t understand how any of these voter registration laws are supposed to make fraud more difficult.  First, I wasn’t required to provide proof of ID to register to vote.  Just to vote.  Since the ID must match the registration card, how difficult is it to fill out a new voters card with the correct name (or any name for that matter).

    Why do we need voter registration cards in the first place?  The polling place workers scanned the code on my driver’s license. And then they compared (or would have in my case) to a piece of paper that was completed with no ID required.  How much simpler would it be to just have a link to the list of registered drivers (and other state issued ID cards)?  When someone votes, then a box is checked in the DMV database and that ID can’t be used to vote anymore.  The data on the ID card can be easily compared to the DMV data (it should be the same) and the picture is checked by a poll worker.

    Since the ID card has the correct address, the appropriate voting form is automatically applied to the voting machines (which I absolutely loathe… I’d rather vote on the internet across an unsecure link than a voting machine), and you vote.  Done.

    I’m sure there are some reasons why this process wouldn’t be perfect, but I also suspect that 3-4 reasonably intelligent people could think about it for longer than 30 seconds and come up with a really good process that is both relatively easy AND secure.  Having been a reviewer for an election, I have no faith in the voting machines.

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    Article by: Smilodon's Retreat

    • Søren Kongstad

      Here in Denmark you do not register to vote, and unlike the US everyone over the age of 18 are allowed to vote.
      Shortly before any election, a letter is send to every citizen over 18 years of age, showing the address of your polling place.
      You show up on election day, preferably with the voting letter, but that is optional.

      You state your name and address to the official, who checks you of against the roll.
      Then you vote. By putting an X on a piece of paper with a pencil.

      All votes are counted twice in the polling place, once to tally votes along party line, then the following days agai, personal votes. Then the ballots are send to the ministry of the interior where they are counted again.
      It’s slow and labour intensive, but it works and have done so for decades

      • SmilodonsRetreat

        It’s also transparent, which the US is not.

        When I watched the vote count, I asked the guys how the files from each voting machine where secured. The company reps couldn’t tell me. As far as I know (as fr as anyone knows), anyone with a laptop could load the excel file (yes, the voting machine data was stored as an excel file) could change the votes on the way from the voting location to the vote counting location. And no one could ever prove otherwise.

    • im-skeptical

      “3-4 reasonably intelligent people could think about it for longer than 30
      seconds and come up with a really good process that is both relatively
      easy AND secure”

      Of course you know that in Texas, like many Republican-controlled states, the objective is to prevent you from voting. It seems to be working.