Friday, November 02, 2007

Absentee Voting Surge

According to Marion County Election Board staff member, Tim Moriarty, the number of absentee ballots cast to date is up nearly 25% over the number of absentee ballots cast during the 2003 general municipal election. As of 10:56 a.m. today, 11,400 absentee ballots had been cast, including 9,038 mail-in votes, 1,788 walk-in votes and 574 travel-board ballots. There were 8,801 absentee ballots cast in the 2003 general municipal election. That 11,400 number is likely to grow appreciably between now and election day. Absentee ballots received in the mail up through the day of the election are counted. Walk-in absentee voting will be conducted through Monday. It would be interesting to see a break-down by party on the absentee ballots cast. The absentee ballots often tip the outcome of a race in close elections.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

As you know or should know, only in a primary election can you tell the party of the absentee voter.

Bart Lies said...

Sounds like a lot of people are making sure their Ballard vote gets counted because they have no confidence in Beth White's ability ensure a fair and honest operation of the county's polling stations.

Anonymous said...

How many of those were changed to reflect what "they" want the outcome to be?

Advance Indiana said...

anon 6:10, the voter can be identified with either party based upon which primary they voted in. I always vote in the Republican primary. If I cast an absentee ballot, presumably I'm a Republican. Also, the respective party's know what their absentee voter efforts are. They know how many they are collecting, which offers some clue. Parties often boast that they got x number of absentee votes so the numbers can be approximated

Anonymous said...

JUst because I vote Democrat in the primary, is NOT a vote for Peterson and Co..

I'll be Voting for Ballard, Smith, Hegg, Sanders, and Boyd. Along with my district CC member, Plowman. Coleman and Malone are both idiots.

Bart Peterson is almost useless without the CCC, and vise-versa.

Anonymous said...

"Bart Peterson is almost useless without the CCC,"

ALMOST???? With or without the CCC, Mr. Peterson IS USELESS!

Anonymous said...

Aren't the incumbents supposed to be annotated by (i) on the ballots?
I believe they always have been in the past but, they are not on the absentee ballot I was given.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what kind of effort the GOP made for absentee....or did they just spend all of their time bitching...plus it takes money to do an absentee ballot program and the money repubs didnt give to Ballard.

Anonymous said...

7:20, when you figure out how government works, let us know.

Lincoln Plowman? Are you freaking serious? Behind Sherron Franklin, he may be the dimmest bulb on the council.

And that is saying a LOT.

Anonymous said...

Is ID required for absentee voting? -or is it the Democrats way around voter ID, by voting the dead absentee?

Advance Indiana said...

I believe it depends on whether you cast your absentee ballot in person or by mail. If it's by mail, you have to complete and sign a ballot application under penalties of perjury. Because it is done by mail, you aren't presenting a Voter ID. If you walk in to the clerk's office to cast an absentee ballot, you will be asked to present a Voter ID.

Anonymous said...

Who cares if GOP made an absentee effort? Taxpayers with double and triple increases in property taxes registered and will vote. There's your surge.

Sir Hailstone said...

Gary - I voted in person after my well document schmozzle with the Clerk's office. I presented ID and in spite of most of the people there I managed to get a vote cast.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:33...if there was a GOP surge bases on anger, why did the GOP not have a top tier candidate, why did the GOP money people not raise any money, Why did the republican governor not do tv spots or raise money for the candidate, what about Congressman Burton who is sitting on over one million dollars in a district that is one of the most republican ones in the country......I think you may be reading too much into your own personal anger and hangups.

Anonymous said...

My boyfriend and I sent in applications for absentee ballots in early September. As of 10-31-07 we had never received them. We stopped in the Clerk's office at the CCB to inquire and were told his had been mailed (but never arrived) and mine had never even been received by the Clerk.

We've both been quite active in the anti-property tax and local government protests. I'm no conspiracy theorist but it's certainly interesting that neither of us received our ballots. Hopefully this is not yet another Beth White screw-up. Thankfully we were able to vote absentee while at the CCB.

If you're still waiting for your absentee ballot, I urge you to go to the CCB and vote in person. Don't miss your opportunity to cast your vote!

ProCynic said...

I'm interested in knowing how much of the surge in absentee ballot voting this year isvolves voting atthe clerk's office and how much is by mail. If most of the increase is by mail, be on the lookout for East Chicago-esque vote fraud issues.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1031, If there is no surge and Bart is ahead in the polls with a comfortable lead. Why has he broken his promise about running a clean campaign and started going negative towards Greg Ballard? Why has he started push polling? Why am I getting 2 or 3 mailers a day from the Dems telling me that people are trying to destroy Bart or that Greg Ballard is a bad choice? Don't forget about the millions Bart is spending in negative tv ads. Talk about reading too much into your own personal anger and hangups.

Advance Indiana said...

ProCynic, I have the breakdown. At least 80% of those cast so far are mail-in.

Bart Lies said...

I am eager to see whether the voting-day turnout is also up 25%.

I suspect it will be one of the better turnouts for 'off year' elections.

Anonymous said...

8:26--at no time in Indiana voting history have incumbents been noted with any kind of notation.

The party listed first, is the party which carried the county for the Secretary of State's race. In each party, the names are listed in alpha order (if there's more than one candidate, as in at large races).

And whoever thinks the Peterson poll is a push poll doesn't understand the meaning of the term.

I am always amazed at people's lack of underestanding of the voting system. Yet they often offer comments which are taken as complete gospel.

Anonymous said...

My gut feeling at this stage is that there are going to be some serious voting "irregularities" this go a around.
Computer voting machines I DO NOT TRUST. Is the voter given a receipt of their vote?
Absentee ballots are a fraudster's dream. There WILL be challenges and whose to say how many of those ballots get shredded?
It's going to be a long day.