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Elizabeth

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Ballot FAQs
« on: August 25, 2003, 12:04:08 pm »

From the Announcement Email sent out yesterday:



Ballot Information
-- What do do if you have received your ballot
-- What to do if you have not received your ballot
-- What do do if your ballot had a mistake
-- What we plan to do with submitted identification info
-- How we plan to publicize the state choice announcement

A majority of Free State Project members have apparently now received
their ballots in the mail; once you get yours, please send it to ECL
(their address is on the return envelope included with your ballot
package) as soon as possible, so that they don't have to deal with a
last-minute surge, which could delay the counting process.  Also, if you
can, please include one of the accepted forms of authentication, to
avoid
making us telephone a large number of people, which could also delay the
counting process.

A significant minority of FSP members have not received their ballots
yet.  
If you do not receive your ballot by AUGUST 30, please email
members@freestateproject.org on that date, and we will immediately send
you a new ballot by first-class mail.  The deadline for returning the
ballots has been moved back to September 22nd to make sure that everyone
will be accommodated.  Note that 9/22 is the deadline for ECL
*receiving*
your ballot, not a postmark deadline.  (Although if the US Postal
Service
clearly messes up & delivers your ballot a day or two late when it was
mailed two weeks prior, then we may well be able to include you - just
try
not to rely too much on the USPS's capability!)

We've also had four people notify us that the wrong names were on their
ballots, and there are certainly others.  If this has happened to you,
email me directly at jason.sorens@yale.edu, and I will give you the
correct member number for your name.  You can then cross out the
existing
name and number, write in the correct name and number, and submit the
ballot as normally.  I will provide ECL with a list of people who are
doing this so that they know to count these ballots.

In case you're worried about what will be done with your identification
materials that you submitted with your ballot, ECL has agreed to SHRED
all
identification materials as soon as the certification of the vote is
complete.

We're currently working on plans for the state announcement on October
1st.  One strong possibility is to hold a press conference in New York
City for maximum media attention.  More details will be available as
plans
are firmed up.  We've also granted the "Times" of London the right to
run
a European exclusive on the vote result on the same day as the official
announcement, and the largest paper in Germany has already signalled an
interest in having a presence at our 10/1 press conference.

___________________________________________________________________________

Jason P Sorens - jason.sorensATyale.edu -
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Re:Ballot FAQs
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2003, 04:03:35 pm »

Please note that ballots should be returned in the envelope provided. Please do not send them to the Henderson address, as I just need to forward them to ECL anyway.

Thanks!

Debra Ricketts
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Re:Ballot FAQs
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2003, 10:31:05 pm »

Is there a place where we can see sample ballots and the different ways to fill them out?
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Re:Ballot FAQs
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2003, 06:38:08 pm »

Am I the only member here who objects to "having" to provide proof of legal identity?  This was not something I ever agreed to when I signed up.  It was not a requirement at the time I signed up and I was never given an opportunity to sign, or not sign, a new Statement of Intent, based on these policies.  What if I am a completely off the grid sort who never uses a government authorized name of identification card?  What if I object, on principle, to giving out such documentation in an environment that is supposed to be trying to establish greater levels of freedom, not emulate the existing system?

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Re:Ballot FAQs
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2003, 07:11:16 pm »

Am I the only member here who objects to "having" to provide proof of legal identity?  This was not something I ever agreed to when I signed up.  It was not a requirement at the time I signed up and I was never given an opportunity to sign, or not sign, a new Statement of Intent, based on these policies.  What if I am a completely off the grid sort who never uses a government authorized name of identification card?  What if I object, on principle, to giving out such documentation in an environment that is supposed to be trying to establish greater levels of freedom, not emulate the existing system?

There are ways provided that don't require any sort of government ID card. You can choose to have the ballot notarized, you can provide a utility bill, you can give a number where you can be reached by phone for verification, etc. The phone call certainly doesn't require any sort of government ID at all.

I don't find anything anti-libertarian about a mild protection against voter fraud.
« Last Edit: September 04, 2003, 07:12:05 pm by jhfenton »
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Re:Ballot FAQs
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2003, 07:18:05 pm »

Mega--

Did you read the cover letter to the ballot package?  It specifically mentioned the things that jhfenton references above if you wish to maintain a pseudonym.
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