Tuesday, November 04, 2008 By Aaron Brown
I've been asking for stories from the front lines of voting and GOTV. If you've got a story e-mail me or leave a comment here at the blog.
I got a report from Itasca County from my friend John who lives in one of the many rural mail-in ballot precincts in that area. He was late in mailing his, so he brought it down to the Itasca County Courthouse. Here goes:
I had my ballot and giant mustard-colored envelope. They asked, "who was your witness when you voted?" I said "my dog," since I filled it out early this morning. "I'm sorry, sir. "You have to have a witness, so this ballot is no good." They also asked me where my mail-in envelope was. I said I tossed it in the garbage because I wasn't mailing it in.
"Oh ... you can't vote without your mailing envelope either."
"But I'm not mailing it!"
"We understand but you're going to have to go downstairs to get a new ballot."I was escorted downstairs by a friend of mine. She said we need to have your existing ballot put in a Spoiled Ballot Envelope. However, they didn't have a Spoiled Ballot Envelope on hand. So either this is an unbelievably rare occurrence or the staff wasn't properly prepared. I received my new ballot, voted, and started to leave the premises when the ballot lady yelled out, "Did you turn in your ballot?" I said yes. She said, "Then what's that in your back pocket?" I responded, "Those are a few bills I have to pay!" To which they said, "Just checking to make sure."I Voted
It's not always easy, but John did the right thing and kept pushing to get his ballot recorded.
You should too! There's still time!