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Can Being Absent Be a Good Thing for America? 

Student-authored and teacher-edited

            When you hear the words “permanent absentee-voter ballot,” what do you think of?  If you think about a ballot that gets sent to your house and you no longer have to go to the polls to vote on election day, and you can vote in the comfort of your home, then you are right.  When you apply for a permanent absentee-voter ballot, you are sent the ballot by mail and you can mail your ballot or turn in it at a polling place at your convenience before the deadline.  

            You can get permanent absentee-voter status by filling an application, which can be obtained by the Internet through the Los Angeles County Register-Recorder or you can have one mailed to your house by calling (562) 466-1323. 

                  With permanent absentee-voter status, you have no need to request an absentee-voter ballot for each election. You also have the liberty to vote on your own schedule, eliminating election-day conflicts with your job, school, emergencies, meetings, childcare, etc.  Also, you can have discussions with family to help with your decisions.  (This last idea fits well with the suggestions in the essay, “The Eleventh Commandment, Part 3”, which appeared in the January 25, 2007, issue of E-News, available at www.mymontebello.com.)   

            However, everything has its ups and downs. Some ballots may be delayed, lost, diverted, mishandled, held or stolen in transit.  

            Despite permanent absentee-voter ballots that make voting easier, the majority of people still do not vote. 

If you answer the multiple-choice questions below and e-mail to lessonanswers@mymontebello.com with “Lesson answers” in the subject field, you will be credited toward a “certificate of recognition in community affairs” to be awarded in 2007 by a local nonprofit organization. 

1. Permanent absentee-voter ballots can be obtained by

(a) the Internet.

(b) calling the county register-recorder’s office.

(c) Both a and b.

(d) None of these. 

2. Permanent absentee-voter ballots

(a) allow you to receive your ballot at home.

(b) allow you to vote on your own schedule.

(c) allow you to have time to think of your decision thoroughly.

(d) all of these. 

3. What is the best way to use your permanent-absentee voters ballot?

(a) Put the ballot next to the microwave to remind you every time you heat up leftovers.

(b) Join a “WAVE” [“We Always Vote in Elections”] group in which everyone receives a permanent absentee-voter ballot and meets before every election to discuss, mark her / his ballot, and mail along with everyone else.

(c) Wait until a campaign worker call and offer to help you mark your ballot. 

February 15, 2007

 

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