Furious about absentee ballots

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, November 07, 2004

I am a 20-year-old college student attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. I sent in my application for an absentee ballot over a month before Nov. 2, and never received it.

Like so many others, I hurriedly applied for a fax ballot. Because the Division of Elections did not get the mail ballots out in time, they had an overload of fax ballots. This meant that it took a week of calling the division several times a day until finally, on Nov. 1, I received my ballot.

What no one told me, until I had a member of my family in Juneau go directly to the head of the division, was that they could not find a return fax address on my ballot. It was sitting in a pile with many others like it with no one doing anything about it. No one ever thought to call my phone number on the application, and no one thought to call my Juneau phone number, to ask about the return fax address. No one ever thought to look at the application for the fax address that was on it at the top of the page.

Needless to say, I mailed in my fax ballot rather than trying to fax it back. I am furious with the incompetence of this administration's handling of absentee voting in this very important election. For those of us who make the necessary efforts to vote absentee, the difficulty of this year's process is very depressing. How many people were not able to vote because of all of this? I am ashamed of my state, and I am ashamed of my government.

Preventive measures need to be put in place so this never happens again.

Megan Clough

Juneau/Boston



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