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(The Indy Channel)   Problem: Absentee voters are voting for Obama. Solution: Raise postage on Absentee ballots and not tell anyone. Fark: USPS sends them anyways   (theindychannel.com ) divider line
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2012-10-22 11:45:02 AM  
21 votes:
Why the fark are ballots not postage-paid?
2012-10-22 12:26:15 PM  
6 votes:

Bloody William: Why the fark are ballots not postage-paid?


for the same reason election day isn't a national holiday (or moved to a sunday). republicans want fewer people to vote.
2012-10-22 03:28:00 PM  
5 votes:
I'm sure this will be presented as a reason why we need to privatize the Postal Service, because UPS or FedEx really want to have to staff an office in Moose Pass, Alaska and will happily take a letter mailed from there to Pharr, Texas for fifty cents or so.
2012-10-22 11:56:49 AM  
4 votes:
GOP donation premium since 2000 (at least).
i50.tinypic.com
2012-10-22 11:56:19 AM  
4 votes:
Yeah, I could see how a group busy saving 70(?) years of pensions right now might not want Mitt Romney running the show.
2012-10-22 11:54:18 AM  
4 votes:

Bloody William: Why the fark are ballots not postage-paid?


We're trying to make it harder for people to vote, not easier. Get with the program.
2012-10-22 05:31:42 PM  
3 votes:
The USPS needs a farking hero tag. Sure, they're probably only doing this because it would be a PITA to send the mail back, but even accidentally, they're helping the democratic process.
2012-10-22 05:30:59 PM  
3 votes:

markie_farkie: FlashHarry: republicans want fewer people to vote.

As more and more of the GOP base die off, and the party slides inevitably toward increasing irrelevance, and impotence in their party's ability to gerrymander and disenfranchise in order to win, their tactics will only become more outlandish until at some point the entire thing blows up spectacularly in their faces.



It's not an age thing. I could rattle off the names of quite a few of friends my age who vote straight Republican.

Education is the only way to defeat the malicious and stupid.

Public education and teachers are being constantly attacked, college tuition is going through the roof, misinformation is running rampant in American news and mankind's greatest tool (the Internet) is coming under fire more and more. This is a coordinated attack on education in this country.
2012-10-22 01:04:54 PM  
3 votes:

FlashHarry: republicans want fewer people to vote.


As more and more of the GOP base die off, and the party slides inevitably toward increasing irrelevance, and impotence in their party's ability to gerrymander and disenfranchise in order to win, their tactics will only become more outlandish until at some point the entire thing blows up spectacularly in their faces.
2012-10-22 12:03:29 PM  
3 votes:
History will not look kindly on this election season. But, a blah man has overstepped what some have determined his station to be so... you know ... it's okay.

/ffs
2012-10-22 05:45:08 PM  
2 votes:

HellRaisingHoosier: markie_farkie: FlashHarry: republicans want fewer people to vote.

As more and more of the GOP base die off, and the party slides inevitably toward increasing irrelevance, and impotence in their party's ability to gerrymander and disenfranchise in order to win, their tactics will only become more outlandish until at some point the entire thing blows up spectacularly in their faces.


It's not an age thing. I could rattle off the names of quite a few of friends my age who vote straight Republican.

Education is the only way to defeat the malicious and stupid.

Public education and teachers are being constantly attacked, college tuition is going through the roof, misinformation is running rampant in American news and mankind's greatest tool (the Internet) is coming under fire more and more. This is a coordinated attack on education in this country.


CSB: I have a friend, 28 years old and a rabid conservative. He really wants to start his own business, but he has Crohn's disease and is afraid of quitting his job and losing his benefits. I piped up that Obamacare was, in part, written with his situation in mind. He completely ignored me, and rattled off some derp about socialism and Obama's takeover of healthcare.

Democracy cannot survive when such a large percentage of the population is willfully ignorant.
2012-10-22 04:36:52 PM  
2 votes:
Subby, put down the tinfoil hat. There's nothing here to suggest a nefarious plot to disenfranchise voters. The post office is merely charging more because the mailer is larger than a standard letter.

Yes, the GOP has done a ton of sh*t to screw with the vote, but this isn't one of them.
2012-10-22 02:10:43 PM  
2 votes:
People in Ohio vote by mail to stand in line? How antiquated? They might as well send smoke signals.

Here in Texas we have early voting. You get a whole week to just show up whenever's convenient to you. I'll be heading out on Wednesday to support my favorite of two evils and let my opinion that doesn't matter anyhow be heard.
2012-10-22 01:48:46 PM  
2 votes:
The assclown who designed it not to fit into a standard size ten envelope should be shiatecanned.
2012-10-22 12:06:40 PM  
2 votes:

Bloody William: Why the fark are ballots not postage-paid?


You'd think that the 14th amendment would require it.
2012-10-22 08:13:00 PM  
1 vote:
You shouldn't have to mail your absentee ballot.

There are things called "collection stations" outside City Halls'n'sh*t. Hm. I wonder what they do?
2012-10-22 06:57:38 PM  
1 vote:

Nadie_AZ: serial_crusher: People in Ohio vote by mail to stand in line? How antiquated? They might as well send smoke signals.

Here in Texas we have early voting. You get a whole week to just show up whenever's convenient to you. I'll be heading out on Wednesday to support my favorite of two evils and let my opinion that doesn't matter anyhow be heard.

I voted by mail. The ballot came with an envelope with prepaid postage. Been that way for every election I've voted by mail, here. It is nice to sit down and think things over, do some homework, then stick it in the mail and be done with it. Easy.


Yup. Oregon is a vote-by-mail state, and I already voted. The envelope isn't pre-paid, but there are dropboxes everywhere. I just walked around the corner to the library to drop mine off.
2012-10-22 06:28:25 PM  
1 vote:

bluelime: Ok, so the ballot is bigger and therefore requires more postage. That stinks.
USPS is sending even if people don't put on the extra postage. Great, that's nice of them.


Giant Leap....


ZOMG Conservative conspiracy. Yeah, that's logical.


Welcome to Fark lol
2012-10-22 06:25:55 PM  
1 vote:

Bloody William: Why the fark are ballots not postage-paid?


Because a party (that shant be named) is losing in all the growing demographics, so their best route to victory is disenfranchisement.

/read my ballot instructions carefully
//enclosed copy of id outside of ballot secrecy envelope, inside green envelope
///two stamps
////four slashies.
2012-10-22 06:11:26 PM  
1 vote:

badaboom: Can someone point to anything in the article that supports submitards headline?


Problem: Absentee voters are voting for Obama
Absentee voters are, in fact, voting for Obama. Obama might even be winning so far, I don't really know. Doesn't matter - Absentee voters are voting for Obama and it's certainly a problem to someone.

I like it as an example of that "True but false" fact-check that conservatives love to gnash their teeth over when the English language proves to be untidy.

Welcome to Fark, where inflammatory headlines in the politics tab are half the fun.

Solution: Raise postage on Absentee ballots and not tell anyone
FTA: Requires More Postage This Year

Because of the size of the 2012 mailer,the Hamilton County Board of Elections in Ohio say you should put 65 cents worth of postage on most absentee ballots, about 20 cents more than the standard Forever Stamp.

Making it more confusing: each county has a different absentee ballot. In a few counties, including Warren County, the required postage can be even higher. In Clermont County, which has a thinner ballot, a single stamp may be fine.



Fark: USPS sends them anyways
FTA: The U.S. Postal Service reports that many voters are forgetting to put additional postage on their mailer.

It says it is still forwarding them to the local board of elections, as returning the envelope to the sender would take weeks.


/not subby
//can read at least at a sixth grade level
2012-10-22 05:59:40 PM  
1 vote:

The Green Manalishi: HellRaisingHoosier: markie_farkie: FlashHarry: republicans want fewer people to vote.

As more and more of the GOP base die off, and the party slides inevitably toward increasing irrelevance, and impotence in their party's ability to gerrymander and disenfranchise in order to win, their tactics will only become more outlandish until at some point the entire thing blows up spectacularly in their faces.


It's not an age thing. I could rattle off the names of quite a few of friends my age who vote straight Republican.

Education is the only way to defeat the malicious and stupid.

Public education and teachers are being constantly attacked, college tuition is going through the roof, misinformation is running rampant in American news and mankind's greatest tool (the Internet) is coming under fire more and more. This is a coordinated attack on education in this country.

CSB: I have a friend, 28 years old and a rabid conservative. He really wants to start his own business, but he has Crohn's disease and is afraid of quitting his job and losing his benefits. I piped up that Obamacare was, in part, written with his situation in mind. He completely ignored me, and rattled off some derp about socialism and Obama's takeover of healthcare.

Democracy cannot survive when such a large percentage of the population is willfully ignorant.


I served as the reverend for a marriage for two friends that got married in order to share the husband's health insurance. They'd been living together for years, but she has Crohn's disease, and lost her job, so she needed his.

So please tell your friend to EABOD. Actually, make it a bowl of sugar.
2012-10-22 05:55:26 PM  
1 vote:

serial_crusher: let my opinion that doesn't matter anyhow be heard.


Just remember folks- you might think that you are voting for a term for someone for 2 4 or 6 years, but , you are not. You are voting for people that appoint others for thier entire lifetimes. If you care about having the Supreme Court stacked on one side instead of balanced .....
2012-10-22 05:54:00 PM  
1 vote:

serial_crusher: People in Ohio vote by mail to stand in line? How antiquated? They might as well send smoke signals.

Here in Texas we have early voting. You get a whole week to just show up whenever's convenient to you. I'll be heading out on Wednesday to support my favorite of two evils and let my opinion that doesn't matter anyhow be heard.


We don't have to vote in Texas anymore; Tagg is doing that for us.
2012-10-22 05:47:51 PM  
1 vote:
I look forward to a day when mial in ballots ae so common that various party shills will create ballot, and send them out a few weeks before the real ballots with a prepaid envelope that routes the fake ballots to a POBox number. And then when people get the real ballot, they'll throw it away thinking "Hey, I voted already."

My future as a republican election offical will be fulfilled.
2012-10-22 05:23:37 PM  
1 vote:

hillbillypharmacist: Bloody William: Why the fark are ballots not postage-paid?

We're trying to make it harder for people to vote, not easier. Get with the program.


I am constantly trying to convince myself that this is all just a figment of my imagination, that republicans aren't actually trying to suppress votes. Then I look at the Fark ad for Mitt Romney--I immediately think about what this guy would do to get elected. He's slimy, but he's far from the slimiest within the party.

So I believe it now.
2012-10-22 05:20:49 PM  
1 vote:

dickfreckle: Subby, put down the tinfoil hat. There's nothing here to suggest a nefarious plot to disenfranchise voters. The post office is merely charging more because the mailer is larger than a standard letter.

Yes, the GOP has done a ton of sh*t to screw with the vote, but this isn't one of them.


If everything else was done to screw with the vote, why is this suddenly not also the same?
2012-10-22 04:40:58 PM  
1 vote:

SilentStrider: You'd think that the 14th amendment would require it.


Don't you mean the 24th Amendment?
2012-10-22 04:01:27 PM  
1 vote:
Pfft. The local GOP sent me this handy scanner that I used to transmit my vote.

www.shreddingzone.com

I'm not sure why they sent me this when I usually vote Democratic. Also, it must be wireless because I didn't need to plug it into my router.
2012-10-22 02:24:33 PM  
1 vote:

Nadie_AZ: serial_crusher: People in Ohio vote by mail to stand in line? How antiquated? They might as well send smoke signals.

Here in Texas we have early voting. You get a whole week to just show up whenever's convenient to you. I'll be heading out on Wednesday to support my favorite of two evils and let my opinion that doesn't matter anyhow be heard.

I voted by mail. The ballot came with an envelope with prepaid postage. Been that way for every election I've voted by mail, here. It is nice to sit down and think things over, do some homework, then stick it in the mail and be done with it. Easy.


That is a good point. I usually write down all the issues and who I'm picking, then I invariably realize I left the sheet of paper at home, after it's too late. So vote by mail is an elegant solution to that problem.
2012-10-22 02:20:48 PM  
1 vote:

serial_crusher: People in Ohio vote by mail to stand in line? How antiquated? They might as well send smoke signals.

Here in Texas we have early voting. You get a whole week to just show up whenever's convenient to you. I'll be heading out on Wednesday to support my favorite of two evils and let my opinion that doesn't matter anyhow be heard.


I voted by mail. The ballot came with an envelope with prepaid postage. Been that way for every election I've voted by mail, here. It is nice to sit down and think things over, do some homework, then stick it in the mail and be done with it. Easy.
2012-10-22 12:57:14 PM  
1 vote:

hillbillypharmacist: Bloody William: Why the fark are ballots not postage-paid?

We're trying to make it harder for people to vote, not easier. Get with the program.


My wife and I were stunned by that when hers came in the mail. You have to actually read it carefully to notice that you need 2 stamps to send it.
 
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