"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

Check that ballot

Send a package by FedEx or UPS and you can generally track its progress toward destination. Here’s one of the side-benefits of vote-by-mail (or drop box) in Oregon: You can do the same thing with your ballot. Our guess is that a lot of Oregonians probably don’t know they can do this.

The way is to hit a site called MyVote, associated with the secretary of state. Fill in your name, birth date and some other identifying information (it’s not a long form), and it’ll pull up a report on whether you’re registered and whether your ballot has been received by the county and state.

Mine says: “Ballot Status: November 2, 2010 General Election Your ballot was received on October 21, 2010.”

Might not be a bad idea for Oregonians to run that double-check to make sure they’re accounted for.

Not sure, though, how you’d make such a system work as a practical matter in a polling place state, where the bulk of people vote on the same day.

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3 Comments

  1. fortboise said:

    And if it doesn’t turn up, then what do you do?

    October 30, 2010
  2. FortBoise – contact the county elections office.

    October 30, 2010

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