To the Editor: Gets absentee ballot too late to vote PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by John W. Harden   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:48
I sit here in the United Kingdom as a retired member of the Air Force after 26 years service. I am writing because today, Nov. 9, I received my absentee ballot for the recent passed elections in Wood County.
My dilemma is, should I waste time filling them out and casting my vote as the polls have closed and the results totaled? Does my vote really count?
Last year, for the national election, I was in Iraq, and received my absentee ballot in January... well after the election closed and winners announced. Did my vote count then?
My disdain is to the Wood County Board of Elections. Two years running I have not been able to cast my absentee ballot in time to be counted. Why is this? Is the post office that slow? I don't think so. I recently received a letter from North Baltimore 2 days after it was mailed.
In this day and age, you would think that a more amicable way of voting absentee could be arranged. Other counties and states have used on-line secure voting. Why not Wood County?
This is not the first time in my 26-year career I received my ballots too late to count. There have been many in the past.

I will still complete this ballot so someone at the courthouse can count my ballot or collect it and shred it uncounted.
I implore the Wood County board to step into the times and use the technology available. At the least, our deployed service members deserve to vote.
John W. Harden
USAF master sergeant (retired)
United Kingdom

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