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Old August 12th, 2018, 10:27 AM
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Unhappy Re: 2018 Primary Election Day

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Originally Posted by mel View Post
3. Worker did not ask me for I.D.
4. Got my ballot folder
5. Went to voting booth.
6. Discovered I had two ballots in folder.

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Long story: https://blog.hawaiifiles.com/?p=2328
I'm not really commenting on mel's “short-hand” notes here. I read Mr. Ah Ching's full blog post which he provides a link for in the preceding HT post. I happen to know who he voted for — not because of his blog — but because of the energy he spent supporting a campaign I happened to have worked on personally.

Like mel, I noticed a huge difference in the way they structured the poll workers this year. I also noticed every worker thanking each other profusely for helping out.

There was indeed ONLY ONE precinct official who “checked me in” at the table with the ballots. I don’t recall signing the poll book, though I do remember the woman searching for my name before handing me a folder complete with a fresh ballot.

Even more disconcerting was the fact that there was no "receipt" attached to my ballot. I actually had to ask the worker assigned to the optical ballot scanning machine, “where's my stub?” The man proceeded to explain that they’ve “already boxed up all the receipts.” Did I still want a receipt? “Heck yes, I do!”

I realized later, as I was getting into my car, “there’s less than a 50/50 chance the number on this receipt matches up with the ballot I just cast.”

Things are not going in the right direction in terms of people getting involved in the political process. A poll worker is quoted in today's Honolulu Star-Advertiser as saying this was the “slowest (turnout) she can ever remember.” Exercise your rights as U.S. citizens and vote. I half expect that one day, there will be a “referendum question” that reads: “should term limits be abolished due to lack of interest and voter apathy among the electorate?” SMH.

Just another day in the nei.
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