Sunday, February 25, 2007

ELECTION WARNING - VOTING PLACES CHANGED!!

I started to post my endorsements and predictions, and decided to help voters out by linking to the website that tells you where to vote in Kansas City. Imagine my surprise, though, to find out that it gives you the WRONG INFORMATION!! For example, if you have always voted at the St. Peter's Legacy Center, you don't vote there this time, but, if you go to the Kansas City Election Board website, it will say you do.

Where DO you vote? I can't tell you, and neither can the Missouri Secretary of State, nor the Kansas City Election Board site. All I can tell you is to try to find the little card they mailed you recently, that probably got stuck in with all the campaign pieces, and tossed into the recycling bucket.

UPDATE: After playing around with the site, and trying other methods of figuring out where to vote, I have come up with a work-around to help Kansas City voters. Please follow these instructions carefully if you do not have your little postcard sent out by the Kansas City Election Board.

First, go to the KCEB website and enter your name and street name at the bottom of the left-hand column, where it says "Check your voter status", and hit "enter". THIS IS IMPORTANT - DO NOT BELIEVE THE POLLING PLACE INFORMATION ON THE PAGE THAT COMES UP. Instead, write down your four digit ward and precinct number (mine is 0809). The first two digits are your ward number, and the second two digits are your precinct number. With that information, you should go to the list of polling locations on this page, and find the polling location that will be serving your ward and precinct. Go to that location and vote for you chosen candidates.

Folks, this is ridiculous. In the last election, they made the unfortunate choice to make us use SAT-style, fill-in-the-oval forms without any assurance our votes were tallied. This time, they're shuffling the deck of polling places, on the probably-foolish assumption that we will have low turnout in an election with 12 mayoral candidates.

WHAT KIND OF NINCOMPOOPS CLOSE MORE THAN 20% OF POLLING PLACES ON THE EVE OF ONE OF THE MOST CONTESTED CITY ELECTIONS IN OUR HISTORY?? WHAT KIND OF CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE IS IT TO THEN FAIL TO UPDATE THEIR OWN WEBSITE TO TELL THE VOTERS WHERE THEY MAY VOTE?!?! I sincerely hope that the victorious candidates will get to the bottom of this scandalous stupidity.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous travelingal said...

Hey..Same thing happened in my little town in Kansas. Normally 4 polling places but for this election, only 1. I read it in our very local newspaper or I would never have known. No notice in mail. No notice on City webpage. Newspaper article said it was to save money since low turnout expected...city council and school board only running.

2/25/2007 4:18 PM  
Anonymous FYI said...

I have been relocated to a new polling place but was sent a letter to that effect about two weeks ago. The new polling place is also on my voter ID card.

The KCEB will also have flyers at the old polling place directing voters to the new location.

This is good information though.

2/25/2007 5:41 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

And thank you, FYI, for the additional information.

2/25/2007 7:32 PM  
Anonymous misspider said...

I didn't understand the Star article you linked to. They quoted the director of the Kansas City Board of Elections but then gave the address for Johnson County and made other references to JoCo. Are there elections in Kansas tomorrow as well?
How do they know there will be low voter turn-out? Do they have any facts upon which to base this assertion?

2/26/2007 10:13 AM  
Blogger les said...

Unfortunately, I suspect "they" are right about low turn-out. A distinctly non-obvious date for an election, no state or national ballot issues, no immediately burning local issues (in the sense that a tax levy, for example, immediately impacts people--not that selecting a mayor is unimportant), historically low turn-out for this election, etc. It has struck me that the timing of the mayoral primary is a great machine-politics move, from KC's history; the ability to control and turn out a bloc (city employees, unions, for example) would pretty much ensure a win for the machine with control. If I weren't so lazy, I'd be interested in when this schedule was first set up...

2/26/2007 3:23 PM  
Blogger Blue Girl, Red State said...

Excellent rant I not only deem you linkable, but blog-roll worthy.

That and four bucks will get you a cup of coffee.

Thanks for the PSA and the excellent expression of dismay-meets-outrage.

2/27/2007 12:33 AM  
Anonymous Michelled said...

This is out there...but with all the Star’s other electioneering I wouldn't doubt it: Do you think they're so set on predicting a low turn out so it turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy? So that the status quo has a better chance of prevailing?

There was a study pretty recently that the best way to influence others behavior is to position the desired behavior as what “everyone else is doing”. So if everyone else is skipping the election why shouldn’t you? The Star may not be doing it for this purpose but I’d bet its having the same effect.

2/27/2007 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michelle: I'm not sure I follow. The Star is predicting low turnout to help its candidate Funkhouser to help preserve the status quo?

2/27/2007 12:33 PM  

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