"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

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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  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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