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Friday, August 27, 2004

Absentee voting

Also via the EVP, a graphic in the Washington Post showing which states allow no restrictions, minimal restrictions, and require specific excuses for absentee voting. I'm surprised that so many states (more than half) have no restrictions. I had no idea. That is a great idea that should be nationwide.

They show Illinois as one of the states with minimal restrictions. However, I would differ with that. Illinois has massively specific laws on who can vote absentee and how and why. (See, Voting by Absent Electors, 10 ILCS 5/19-1, et seq., , and Voting by Absent Electors In Military or Naval Service, 10 ILCS 5/20-1, et seq. (Ill. Election Code))

In Illinois, and in theory, if you vote absentee in a precinct in which the vote is contested, there is a very good chance you will be investigated. That means someone could come to your home and question you as to what you were doing on election day and why you voted absentee. They may even question your family, neighbors, and co-workers. It may not necessarily be an official doing the investigating. It might be someone from the media, in an unofficial capacity, of course. If it is someone from the media, you can expect it to be splashed all over town that you're a liar. However, even if you lie on a request for an absentee ballot, that doesn't mean your vote will necessarily be thrown out.

Absentee voting: It's not for the faint of heart.

Posted by Marie at August 27, 2004 10:19 PM