Tacoma columnist calls for national vote by mail

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“Enough is enough,” writes Tacoma News-Tribune columnist Matt Driscoll, lamenting polling glitches witnessed across the country on Tuesday.

There were long lines across the country, with voters far and wide forced to wait hours upon hours just to have their voices heard.

In some places, there weren’t enough voting machines. In others, precincts were late to open. In still others, there were ballot shortages, car crashes and power outages — all of which needlessly affected peoples’ Constitutionally enshrined right to vote.

It was painfully evident on Tuesday that in many states, voting systems failed voters.

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Voter suppression, Kansas style: Dodge City

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UPDATE: 1 November

Voters who have already received absentee ballots have until November 5 to return to the county office in Dodge City or be certain to have them postmarked no later than November 6th.

There is in-office voting on Saturday and Monday

  • Saturday, November 3, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Monday, November 5, 9:00 am until noon

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Attention Dodge City, Kansas, voters: you have until Tuesday October 30 to apply for a no-excuse absentee ballot.

Voting by mail is not only easier, it circumvents voter suppression efforts like those demonstrated by Ford County election officials; Dodge City is the county seat of Ford County.

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Challenges to voting in North Dakota

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North Dakota made news earlier this month when the Supreme Court failed to act on a decision of the Eighth Circuit which found that a new state law did not discriminate against Native Americans who live in remote areas of the state.

Judges in the Eighth Circuit overturned the North Dakota District Court ruling that a voter ID law (HB 1369 ) signed by Republican Gov. Doug Burgum in April 2017  is discriminatory. In its failure to act, the Supreme Court (4-2) changed the rules for voters less than four weeks before the general election.

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If pen and paper are recommended contingency plans, why not make them first choice in voting?

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After a cyberattack forced a local Alaska government to disconnect its computer systems from the Internet this summer, employees were ready with a Plan B. They picked up pens and paper — and even resorted to typewriters — so that the government could continue its daily work, from collecting property taxes to checking out books at public libraries.

In a Cybersecurity 202 column, the Washington Post references security professionals who recommend that government officials “should just assume they will be hacked.”

Although the focus of this column is cybersecurity planning, similar to crisis communication planning, let’s extend the premise (assume you’ll be hacked) to voting.

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