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Old 03-26-2019, 12:54 PM   #1
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A mobile app created in the last 3 weeks of AOC's campaign accounted for 12% of her voter turnout. Canvassers go to wherever people are gathered and match them to the voter registration list (as opposed to knocking on doors, making phone calls--things young people hate). Now being rolled out as a public benefit corporation, it will only be used in the campaigns of candidates who dont accept corporate money.

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Already, five of the 2020 primary campaigns have contacted the company to express interest in the app.
Next, why isn't every state in the union using a vote-by-mail system? Automatic voter registration? Election day as a national holiday? What is the argument where making it easier to vote is a bad thing?
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Old 03-26-2019, 01:05 PM   #2
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What is the argument where making it easier to vote is a bad thing?
something... something... voter fraud
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Old 03-26-2019, 01:23 PM   #3
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North Carolina proved the mail in system can be manipulated.
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Old 03-26-2019, 01:51 PM   #4
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North Carolina proved the mail in system can be manipulated.
I'm not talking about absentee ballots. That were illegally requested. And illegally mailed.

I live in a state that's been exclusively voting by mail for twenty years.
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* 2000 Oregon becomes the first state in the nation to conduct a presidential election entirely by mail. About 80% of registered voters participated.

Measure 60 eliminated restrictions on vote-by-mail and established it as the single form of voting for elections in Oregon. It also required vote-by-mail to be used for biennial primaries and general elections as well as eliminating polling places.
It has bipartisan support, and people vote more often because of it:

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A survey done in 2003 ... 81% of respondents favored the vote-by-mail system. 19% favored voting at the polls. The poll also shows high favorability among both registered Democrats (85%) and Republicans (76%). 30% of respondents said they voted more often since vote-by-mail was enacted.
I get a voting packet in the mail. Each candidate is listed and has a standard form bio/statement of positions. Each ballot measure has dozens of pages of debate points both 'for' and 'against'. If you want to do your own research, you have weeks to do so, at your own pace, in your own time. Sit down with your packet and a web browser and take notes. Make a spreadsheet. Discuss with your family. Pray, meditate, wait for inspiration. Days pass, weeks pass. Read articles, do soul-searching. When you're ready, fill it out, sign it and mail it. Or just drop it in a ballot mailbox outside your county courthouse.

Imagine doing all that in 30 seconds in a cramped voting booth while you're late to work and just waited in line for two hours, the machine is broken, they "don't have your name" on the list of registered voters, and you can't even decipher the obtuse wording of the ballot measure.
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Old 03-27-2019, 12:33 AM   #5
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How do you know the election outcomes are legit?
What about the people who don't give a rat's ass, give it to a friend, is a resident foreign spy, or loses it in a poker game?
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:20 AM   #6
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Once upon a time, the League of Women voters would mail sample ballots to all voters weeks before an election. Then voters could plan on what they would vote for long before going to polls.

It no longer happens.

They used high tech - US Mail.
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:23 AM   #7
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I tried to tell them that was their raison d'etre at the PA state convention in 1997 and they took no interest.
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:44 AM   #8
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The app represented 12% of AOCs voter connection, i.e. how many people were actually talked to? This can lead to greater than 12% turnout, as the people talked to have a multiplier effect.

But it's no panacea, and doesn't contain anything proprietary that can't be developed in haste again. It's just the voter database in a form where you can register in a bar that you talked to a voter in public. Then you can skip their door when you go door knocking. Or if they are enthusiastic, you can hit them up for money. The old way is, you talk to them in the bar and you write their address down on a piece of paper and bring it back to the campaign office. The app is easier.

(If you like being accosted on your train platform, by interns working for politicians, asking for your address, this app is for you!)
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Old 03-27-2019, 01:02 PM   #9
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How do you know the election outcomes are legit?
What about the people who don't give a rat's ass, give it to a friend, is a resident foreign spy, or loses it in a poker game?
Bruce, we've had twenty years for those problems to happen, and they haven't. That's how you know.

People can actually have their ballot rejected because the signature on their ballot is deemed to "not match" their signature on file. To the question, is "a matching signature" a valid way of determining who a person is-- is it better or worse than showing up in person with a non-photo ID*, like a utility bill with your name on it? *You can do this in 17 states.

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson (R), determined we had .002 percent [of "suspicious ballots"] in the 2016 election. Richardson said it’s time for President Trump to back up what he says [about voter fraud] with facts. When officials make unsubstantiated claims ... “it causes greater distrust of the government. … I want to make sure that the citizens of the state can trust their [voting] system.” Understand, Bruce?

VOTER PARTICIPATION is what makes a Democracy, and Turnout in Oregon increased more between 2012 and 2016 than in any other state. Overall voter turnout in the state reached 68 percent in the 2016 presidential election, up from 64 percent during the 2012 non-AVR [automatic voter registration] election period. Nationally, voter turnout increased by only 1.6 points.

More people voting is GOOD. Democracy is GOOD.
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Old 03-28-2019, 12:58 AM   #10
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Bruce, we've had twenty years for those problems to happen, and they haven't. That's how you know.
Which was told to you by the people who were elected by this system, I wouldn't expect them to say otherwise. I will say I trust it more than internet voting.
I understand this is a statement from a career politician who doesn't want the boat that's carried him, to be rocked. It's harder to rape and pillage when the public doesn't trust you.
If those people know they are voting. Even better if they care about taking the time to know what they are voting for.
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