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Will every vote count this fall?

Every vote does not count if we continue to vote by the present California’s absentee method and rules if they remain are the same as the past primary. I mailed my ballot on Feb. 28, but with the mail snafu I don’t know if my ballot made it from Grass Valley to Nevada City. Just think about the military service personal overseas. What chance do they have when the present “time line” doesn’t give any absentee voter a chance?

So, here is a solution that will make every vote count. I hope that the Secretary of State for California will forget party politics and make some changes for this fall’s election.

First, send out sample ballots, which contain the request for absentee ballot, six weeks before the election date.

Second, all overseas (APO, FPO, etc.) ballots will be sent out as soon as requests are received.

Third, U.S. domestic requested ballots will be mailed out three weeks before election date and there after as requests are received.

Now, how shall we get every absentee vote counted?

First, all domestic ballots, returned by USPS, must be postmarked by 12 p.m. on election day. APO and FPO should have a military postal unit stamp, but not necessarily a date stamp. And, have a APO, FPO return address space printed on the ballot return envelop.

Second, all absentee ballots received at county registrar’s office 24 hours before the final time and date necessary for the local vote “final results” to be sent to the Secretary of State, shall be counted.

It is a well-known fact the one of the political parties does not want any consideration of time given to having the absentee ballots counted. (Look at Florida and what they did to military absentee votes). With “Every Votes Must Count Proposition” we can not disenfranchise the absentee voter. Are we to have more lost ballots this fall and time restrictions that will deny the voter his vote?

Martin P. Brumm

Grass Valley

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