It's October 24th...



...and there’s Christmas items in the CVS in Stafford, VA.
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Cahill Supporters?

Since Tim Cahill can’t seem to find any supporters for his selfish, failed Independent bid for governor these days, especially outside his hometown of Quincy, it seems that he and his campaign staff have decided to make up for the voters who won’t display his yard signs by placing them on public property up and down the heavily trafficked Route 3A. Nothing like trying to drum up support with illegal yard signs...


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Online Voting

I officially voted today using Massachusetts’ new option to receive the ballot via email for military members or those living overseas. The process isn’t as advanced as you might think. The town clerk simply emailed me a PDF version of the official ballot, which I printed, filled out, and dropped back off at town hall. If a voter isn’t in the area the ballot can be faxed or scanned and emailed back to the clerk’s office as well.


After I initially printed the ballot, I was alarmed that it didn’t fit on regular 8 1/2” x 11” printer paper. I figured it wouldn’t scan correctly and my vote would be meaningless. But, I eventually printed the ballot to fit-to-screen and learned that Internet ballots are automatically placed in the non-conforming ballot box and counted manually on election day. So, it didn’t really matter that the image was shrinked (shrunk?) onto 8 1/2” x 11”.

My ballot request originally caused quite a bit of confusion, as I’m pretty sure I was the first to ask for a ballot by email in town. Hopefully future electronic ballot voters will be informed of the print formatting required and the fact that the formatting won’t affect the vote count. Overall, though, this new type of voting solved my problem of not knowing my new address in time to receive a regular mail absentee ballot, so I’m pleased.

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