But they are thrown away if you can't do the follow-up legwork.
Some people literally can't. Or don't know.
It once took me nine months of active coordination and effort to be treated by an oncologist.
Between transportation, being well enough to ride in the car & financial issues.
That is not fair, equal or just to disabled people.
I certainly can't get it done the day of the election.
So let's look at someone else's possible situation.
- They won't let me take off work even to pick up my sick kid
- My voting place is now 40 miles away thanks to the end of the VRA
- I don't have a car
-The state I live in won't let me absentee vote
- I can't early vote.
I get there and I'm not on the rolls despite registering.
So I demand a provisional ballot.
I'm already on the verge of losing my job.
Who's going to watch my kids?
There's no free/cheap Lyft/Uber for provisional ballot verification.
I have no bank account & no money until payday.
A nonprofit? Not if it involves me taking a trip somewhere.
But it's not practically sound. I say that as someome who loooooves President Obama.
Due to an election that wouldn't be so close if all marginalized people could vote.
Then we're back on this merry-go-round.
Whether you have a street address.
Whether you have ID.
Whether you're an ex-con.
And be sure one person can't vote twice.
And to have ONLY people whose votes are contested to have to show in person to verify.
Can we stop saying voter turnout is the WHY not the WHAT?
Can we start recognizing that voter disenfranchisement is the WHY - in multiple forms other than gerrymandering?
They want you to compartmentalize all the various things we need for the system so it's easier to create two new problems out if every solution.
Failing that? We have "socialized" police & fire.
All states should accept the federal money for the Medicaid expansion. And we need to get on childcare too.
Having either or both would give us SOME of the resources to otherwise help ourselves.
I hate to break it to you but some of us need boots first.
“The most common reason for rejecting a provisional ballot is the voter not being registered in the state, followed by not being in the correct precinct or correct jurisdiction.”
But they are also not typically counted on Election Day due to the verification process that has to occur.
So what happens when the 21% of provisional ballots that weren’t counted could have swung an election.
What if cheating to win has been part of the Southern strategy for 30+ years? Or is at least the result of it?
Or someplace obvious where you’d be caught?
People like us can raise these questions about fallacies of a system touted as giving us fair representation.