Thursday, July 28, 2016

VOTE in the primary August 2! Tips about logistics

RantWoman is busy doing her own homework about the upcoming August 2 primary election.

RantWoman is also glad to foment the doing of informed voter homework by others eligible to vote in the upcoming primary.

Some resources and as usual unvarnished RantWoman opinions.

The video voters' guide for all statewide and federal races; phooey on candidates who do not submit statements.

Summary WA State Voter's guide

RantWoman has received excited news that at least one person has used the print a ballot and mail it in option. RantWoman is not finding an easy link to this. RantWoman thinks this option might be lurking under a MyVote link but RantWoman does nto feel like stepping all the way through to see right now; for one thing, RantWoman and  RantMom will be holding our usual riotous ballot marking party during our next Sunday Supper at RantMom's.

For another thing, RantWoman wants to comment about availability of Accessible Voting Units and free dropoff locations in King County:

Here are the locations and schedule for Accessible Voting Units:
This also mentions the options for the online ballot marking at least in King County!

RantWoman encourages readers to use their search engines for information about other counties.

RantWoman does not mind using a stamp in lieu of travel to a drop box. However RantWoman is sympathetic to the view that even having to use a stamp rather than deliver the ballot for free amounts to a poll tax. RantWoman is also glad that this election the number of locations for drop boxes has increased substantially. With that in mind, ballot drop box locations in King County

Readers in other counties can put
ballot drop boxes and the name of their county into the search engine of their choice.

For still another thing: RantWoman has been interested to learn that in one county Accessible  Voting units have been used to take voting out to senior or community centers. RantWoman would be interested in knowing more about this for a number of reasons:
1. It takes a technology of vital interest for blind people and asks how else can it be used to benefit other citizens?

2. RantWoman wonders whether in counties where the Voting Rights Act requires translation into specific languages, could the content in those specific languages be provided on existing AVU's to meet the VRA requirements while possibly reducing printing costs?

Further Commentary about the summary voters' guid: RantWoman deeply appreciates that this page is very easy to navigate and includes equally easy to navigate links in English, Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, and links on each page for Federal, Statewide, legislative, and Judicial offices. That is RantWoman reads English and Spanish and sees translations she assumes are reasonable for the other languages.

--Each language page includes summary descriptions of position, candidates' names, and party preference.

--RantWoman is puzzled by a couple points. All of the non-English pages have the names of some legislative districts translated and others not. RantWoman is wondering about the logic of this even though the structure information the next level down is translated.

--It is easy to navigate up and down the information tree with a browser back button, but RantWoman wonders whether it would also make sense to put some navigation buttons on each page for novice users who might not know how to use the back button.

--RantWoman would be very interested in knowing whether and how these translated pages get used.

--RantWoman is also interested in knowing about barriers to internet access, whetehr people know resources such as libraries or community centers that can help people use this information.

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