meloukhia’s Quick and Dirty Voter’s Guide to the 3 November, 2009 Consolidated District Election (and an Observation)

Photograph of a Mendocino County absentee ballot for the 3 November, 2009 General Election. Visible is Measure A, with my NO vote.
Photograph of a Mendocino County absentee ballot for the 3 November, 2009 Consolidated District Election. Visible is Measure A, with my "NO" vote.

My voter’s guide is graphical for this election!

On to my observation:

As some people may or may not be aware, many Mendocino County voters vote exclusively by mail now. This is done to save money, and I happen to be a fan of it because I’d rather have a paper trail than vote electronically.

But, when I was signing the back of my ballot, I note that they demand a residential address, and that “PO Boxes and Mailing Addresses Are Not Acceptable.” (It just occurred to me that I could have photographed that, but now I can’t, because the flap sealed it.) This is done, presumably, to ensure that people voting on Mendocino County ballots really are Mendocino County residents, although I suppose people could just make things up.

Anyway, my observation is: Are we really saying that we do not want homeless people/people without fixed addresses to vote when we demand fixed residential addresses? Because that’s kind of the impression I get from that language, and that seems kind of contrary to American ideals. What happens if someone gives the address of a shelter, or even says “a bush in Bainbridge Park”? I think this is an issue I brought up during the Presidential election as well, but it still bothers me.

And it should bother you, too.