Re: Why I am a Poll Worker

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Tue May 23 2006 - 11:13:38 CDT

On May 23, 2006, at 10:20 AM, David Jefferson wrote:

> In California, and most other
> jurisdictions across the country, an absentee ballot must *arrive*,
> i.e. be in the hands of election officials, by the close of polls on
> election day to be counted.

There are definitely states where it must be postmarked by
election day and must arrive no later than some date fairly
soon after election day. States enact this kind of thing
into law because postal delays are unpredictable. Ballots
from military and overseas voters are a particular problem.

(The problems with getting ballots to overseas voters was
one of the primary things that drove Geneva to introduce
Internet voting -- Geneva has an unusual fraction of its
total population living overseas because they are a the home
of so many international organizations.)

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu

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