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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Election Reform Task Force feedback form

HannaUSA suggested sending written comments to the "Election Reform Task Force" in a comment at this entry.

I had earlier looked for a way to do so, but didn't find any indication that they were accepting written comments.

Trying again, I found this site. In the upper left corner of the web page is a menu that includes a link to their feedback form.

It's unwieldy for anything other than indicating a preference on their ideas for reform ("1" through "5" with "5" expressing the strongest feeling or agreement).

It does provide a couple of places to type in two ideas that they haven't included on the list.

So, I didn't even get down to my third suggestion: restricting absentee voting to people who are actually not able to go to the polling places; and thereby eliminating permanent absentee status and vote by mail ballots, since the voters cannot conceivably prove their identities when mailing ballots in -- signatures being impractical as a means of identification when election workers' eyes glaze over after verifying the first few hundred of them. Photo ID ought to be required of all voters at the polling places, and no one should be allowed to skip that requirement to prove identity by simply choosing to vote by mail.

But, for what it's worth, there is a way to provide limited written comments to the task force.


Blogger north clark county said...

The form you cite are the ones being distributed at the public meetings. An advantage we had at the meeting was the ability to submit written comments. I'd say that about 20% of the commenters had brought prepared written comment.

I had prepared written comments because I was not sure what kind of feedback they would have and to serve as a reminder of the items I wanted to stress. When we were limited to 2 minutes, I had to cut back considerably. I had 12 items and since 8 were on the feedback form, I concentrated on the other 4 (e.g., citizenship, limiting interpretation of voter intent, enforcing voter to ballot reconciliation). The written submittal allowed me to nuance some of the topics as well, like saying accuracy in counting was more important than speed.

In addition to submitting one copy to the task force, I gave my other copy to Toby Nixon after hearing him state that they needed to finish drafting bills on Monday. Since the task force won't be getting anything finished until the end of the month, I figured I'd mainline my comments.

February 12, 2005 10:22 PM  

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