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Apr 24, 2008

Archer Pelican Endorsement


I voted yesterday at the Hillsborough Public Library, steps away from where the "Gosh it seems strange that he can seem so irrelevant" former president Bill Clinton spoke in the afternoon.

04:32 PM in Editorial | Permalink


Oooh, you broke the law. Ain't allowed to photograph yer ballot:

§ 163-166.3. Limited access to the voting enclosure.

(c) Photographing Voted Ballot Prohibited. – No person shall
photograph, videotape, or otherwise record the image of a voted
official ballot for any purpose not otherwise permitted under law.

Posted by: Tarus | Apr 24, 2008 5:19:00 PM

Aw, man! :-)

After some digging around, I see that this rule was added in 2007. I wonder what "otherwise permitted under law" means?

Posted by: Phil | Apr 24, 2008 7:08:57 PM

The secret ballot, without witnesses or photographic evidence, both allows one to vote without fear of reprisal and without having proof of having voted as one was paid to.

Posted by: Glenn | Apr 24, 2008 7:33:05 PM

Glenn's got it. I wanted to photograph my last major ballot, so I called the Board of Elections to make sure I wouldn't get hassled (defend my rights, etc.). When it was explained to me that it was to prevent the sale of votes, I begrudgingly agreed.

Posted by: Tarus | Apr 24, 2008 7:55:15 PM

Of course, when you vote by absentee ballot, your benefactor can get your signature then fill out your ballot and mail it for you.

Posted by: Glenn | Apr 24, 2008 9:39:39 PM

I just love the protecting-me-by-taking-away-my-liberties thing.

How about protecting me by taking care of my Diebold doubts?

See here for a Princeton paper on Diebold security vulnerability:


Posted by: Phil | Apr 24, 2008 9:55:52 PM

Yes. We. Can.

Yay, Phil!!!

Posted by: Lisa | Apr 25, 2008 12:02:49 AM

And in case you didn't get enough of this in '04, check here for the (sadly) hilarious Bush/Kerry voting machine video from '04:


Posted by: Phil | Apr 25, 2008 12:02:54 AM

I'm impressed that you've voted already. I still haven't figured out who to vote for in the local races.

Posted by: Sarah | Apr 25, 2008 4:45:32 PM

So, for voting purposes, do you live in Orange County?

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Apr 26, 2008 11:07:33 PM

"So, for voting purposes, do you live in Orange County?"

Much as I'd like to be a "vote early and often" multi-county person, I am an Orange County person in these wandering days, with my parents' H-boro addy as my own.

Posted by: Phil | Apr 26, 2008 11:44:29 PM

I'm impressed that you've voted already. I still haven't figured out who to vote for in the local races.

Same here.

In the Durham Commissioners races, there's a surplus of good candidates. In the DA race, not so much.

Posted by: barry | Apr 28, 2008 11:40:11 AM

I had no idea Mike Gravel was still in the mix!

Posted by: Marianne | Apr 28, 2008 2:03:28 PM

Gravel is always an essential part of the mix: along with cement, a little ash, maybe some sand, and water.

Posted by: Phil | Apr 28, 2008 6:02:47 PM

An interesting story in Slate today: an Indiana law on primary voting has an implied oath concerning how you voted in the last general election (or how you plan to vote in the next general election). Absent physical proof of how you voted, the law seems mighty hard to enforce, but it still creates potential for shenanigans. Here's the slate story: http://www.slate.com/id/2189893/ On a related topic, can you spot the allegory in the poem at the link attached to my name? ( www.anglesandrhymes.blogspot.com )

Posted by: Glenn | Apr 30, 2008 10:35:29 AM