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Saturday, September 20th, 2008

According to the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College, 28 states allow no-excuse absentee voting by mail, including Oregon, where everybody votes by mail. Well, some of the folks that will be dropping their ballots in the mailbox this year (or already have) are abuzz on Twitter about their unique way, and lack of specific day, to vote. I’ve been following and tweeting about it all morning. Check it out.

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Voting by mail isn’t universally lauded as a solution to America’s low voter participation, however. As I explored when I visited the main postal sorting facility in Los Angeles, vote-by-mail may cut out one part of the American voting system that many people have come to rely on: the secret ballot.

* 9/23 UPDATE: Other cool Twitter voting searches I’ve been doing are early voting, voting early, and absentee ballot.

2 Responses to “Vote By Tweet”

  1. Terrence Madden Says:

    I just worry…given past performances by the US Postal Service, that all the mail-in votes would reach their intended destination.
    Here in Chicago, there was a letter carrier, who was literally dumping bags-full of mail under a bridge abutment. Who will be watching them?
    Everyone in Oregon seems “ducky”with the mail-in system, seems a bit naive to me to think that the US Postal workers are all above reproach.

  2. Jacob Soboroff Says:

    It’s a valid concern and one we explored in this vlog. Check it out!

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