McCain Sowing Seeds of Voter Confusion

The Campaign of John McCain has begun sending out misleading information to voters about absentee voting. His target audience? Republicans.

The flyer above went to a registered Republican in Wake County. John McCain is telling people to request a ballot on a postcard using their own handwriting with their name, residence, phone number and signature. The address example actually contains two addresses. One address in the example has a non-existent zip code, 127602. The other address immediately below it is a PO Box address.

The return address given is actually that of the Wake County Board of Elections but there is no clear identification of the Board. It simply says "Director of Elections". The postcard requires a first class stamp but does not tell the recipient the actual postage required.

Here is what the Wake County Board of Elections actually requires:

HOW TO REQUEST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
All requests for absentee ballots must be made in writing. We cannot accept requests by phone or email. Mail, fax, or hand-deliver a written request to the Wake County Board of Elections.

WHAT MUST I INCLUDE IN MY WRITTEN REQUEST?
* Voter’s name
* Voter’s current residence address
* Voter’s date of birth
* Address where ballot should be mailed
(if different from the residence address)
* A daytime phone number
(in case we have questions or need additional information)
* Voter’s signature

WHERE DO I MAIL MY ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUEST?

Wake County Board of Elections
Attn: Absentee
PO Box 695
Raleigh, NC 27602

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES FOR REQUESTING AND RETURNING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?
September 15, 2008
Beginning date to request an absentee ballot to be mailed.
October 28, 2008 5:00 P.M.
Absentee ballot requests must be received by BOE office.
November 3, 2008 5:00 P.M.
Voted absentee ballots must be received by BOE office.

The critical piece of missing information is the date of birth and, to avoid the risk of identity theft, that should not be placed in full view on the back of a postcard. At first blush this looked like a voter caging exercise but upon review it just seems sloppy. The pre-sorted mailing rate does not allow for returns. Such a request to the Board of Elections would not be valid and a response would generate more expense and delay and likely frustrate the recipient.

For anyone who has received this mailing, please contact your own County Board of Elections to clarify the requirements that apply to your circumstances and needs. Lord only knows what Democrats received in their McCain Mailin'.

Comments

Dirty tricks from the republican election office?

Lord only knows what Democrats received in their McCain Mailin'* Great Architect

Dear Democrat Voter:

Whether you are aware of it, the Democrat party no longer exsists. This happen last May when John Edwards surrended the title of the Democrat Party to a Whore in California as payment for services. However help is on the way. As a true independent, You can vote for me and my Independent Democrat Hillary Palin. In fact you don't do anything, as we have a service to pick up your vote at home. Whatever you do, do not go to the polls on election day. Let our friendly voter pick up service pick up your vote. Simply call the 800 number at the bottom of this letter and give your name and address to the recording machine. Don't do anything and simply wait on our superior voter service to appear at your home on election day.

John Kerry was right! He knew I was a war hero!

Yours for the Country first

Senator John McCain and Hillary Palin

p.s Oh! Don't forget when we pick up your vote. You will recieve a year supply of Meals on Wheels from Polar Bear Steak and Ale.

It's just sloppy.

Like the rest of the campaign - slapped together at the last minute. It's sad, really.