Absentee ballots go out — minus pos...

Absentee ballots go out — minus postage instructions

There are 17 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jan 12, 2008, titled Absentee ballots go out — minus postage instructions. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Since Florida changed its election law in 2002 to allow anyone to vote absentee without having to provide a reason, hundreds of thousands of voters have used it to avoid long Election Day lines at the polls.

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citrus bob

Redmond, WA

#1 Jan 12, 2008
How come Miami-Dade County has an agreement with, and assurances from, the Post Office that it will forward these Absentee Ballots with just a 41 cent stamp?

I thought we voted out these incompitents at the Election Office out a few year ago???? Now we have them manipulating the law, screwing the Post Office, and misinforming the People --- causing uncertainity on how to procede or wasting their time.

Not Surprised

Boynton Beach, FL

#2 Jan 12, 2008
A classic example of why we need a new supervisor of elections!

How much does the SOE have to pay in costs to have someone show up at the polls to vote? Something tells me it is much more per voter than the 97 cents it costs to pay for the return of an absentee ballot!

Typical government beaurocrat - doesn't think in terms of the BIG PICTURE.

And why does the ballot have to be the size of a laundry towel anyway?


Boynton Beach, FL

#3 Jan 12, 2008
"We took a gamble"....

Just the words I want to hear from my Supervisor of Elections.

Does Brenda Snipes not realize the importance of voting?

Take a gamble? Give me a break!

Boynton Beach, FL

#4 Jan 12, 2008
I'm surprised Brenda Snipes doesn't print her picture and name in big letters on the absenttee ballot too, making it even bigger!

Her main concern seems to be getting herself re-elected, not providing world class service in the most efficient, cost effective manner.

Almost makes you long for the old days? Well, not really, but it's not much better.

Boynton Beach, FL

#5 Jan 12, 2008
I had to do the same thing - go stand in line at the post office (about the only office that makes the supervisor of elections look efficient - but I digress) to figure out how much postage to put on my envelope.

And surprise - my ballot was 97 cents, but my wife's ballot was only 80 cents because she didn't use the "privacy envelope". What the hell is the "privacy" envelope anyway?

And who designed that thing? Making me contrstruct it by finding the adhesive strip - what a laugh! Like that's going to keep them from taking my ballot out and looking to see how I voted anyway!

I'd love to see the cost breakdown on that mess that was sent out by Brenda Snipes!

Boynton Beach, FL

#6 Jan 12, 2008
Cost breakdown? What a laugh! It's not their money!

Be thankful it's not Lori Parrish in charge of the elections office - then the costs would have doubled since taking office!

Miami, FL

#7 Jan 12, 2008
Time for a change.

Bradenton, FL

#8 Jan 12, 2008
....on the other hand if it is that difficult for someone to figure out how to "put it together" and find out how much it is to mail maybe that person should not be helping to decide who might be running our country?

United States

#9 Jan 12, 2008
For a new Supervisor of Elections, vote for Adriane Reesey!

Fort Pierce, FL

#10 Jan 12, 2008
For a new Supervisor of Elections, vote for Adriane Reesey!


Fort Pierce, FL

#11 Jan 12, 2008
English Speaker

Great Falls, VA

#12 Jan 12, 2008
The ballot and enveope has to be so big because the County prints it the ballot in Spanish and Creole.

According to thi INS: "Applicants for naturalization must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language."

I'm not sure why the ballot can't be just in English...unless we are encouraging the illegals to illegally vote... I guess Brenda figures Hillary needs all the help she can get.
Kenneth Ringwood

Orlando, FL

#13 Jan 12, 2008
I too recieved an absentee ballot,common sense told me to put the correct postage on it,I dont understand why someone would put just 1 stamp on an envelope that size. This is a wonderful convenience to be able to sit at home and go over the ballot,so what if some went to the post office to get the correct postage,look at the gas and time they saved by getting the ballot at home. All you would have to do is look at how much ot cost to send it,this would tell you how much it cost to send it back. This isnt news,its nonsense.Go on to the next page,your talking about nonsense. A buck to mail a ballot back after youve had the convenience of sitting at home and reading it over,this is an important ballot.Give me news,not nonsense.
Kenneth Ringwood

Orlando, FL

#14 Jan 12, 2008
To the writer from Fairfax Virginia,The ballot is bi-lingual to allow our foriegn friends the opportunity to Vote as well as any other american,Please dont quote what the INS says,there nothing "Ordinary" about this ballot,it contains a big decision for us homesteaders,dont like the Spanish or Creole? Stay in Fairfax Virginia,who needs your voice here in South Florida or any where else in Florida,ever hear od Ponce DeLeon?
Al Sharpton

New Orleans, LA

#15 Jan 12, 2008
Bring back Oliphant!
ItWillNeverHappe n

Boca Raton, FL

#16 Jan 12, 2008
The Democratic Ballot had on it the names of 8 candidates and the property tax amendment...i do not understand why it had to be so large a piece of cardboard requiring so much postage...
Roger Ft Lauderdale

United States

#17 Jan 18, 2008
Saw the line at the post office and will hand in absentee ballot and vote early. After all the previous foul ups with the absentee ballots Snipes did not advise the proper amount of postage. A continuance of the Oliphant regime.

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