There are two, recent stories getting a bit of attention during the last couple of days. The first report deals with a planeload of absentee ballots, destined for delivery to military men and women serving in Afghanistan, having been destroyed in a plane crash in Shindad Air Force Base on October 19. Some 4,700 pounds of mail was reported to have been burned in the resulting conflagration. A “top official” of the Federal Voting Assistance Program “recommended that election officials resend a new ballot to anyone who requested one since the first ballot may have been destroyed in the crash and fire.”
Great advice. Presuming the news of this accident reached Afghanistan the same day it broke, what are the chances that every service person, waiting for their absentee ballot, had even learned of the crash? Or that replacement ballots were requested by these military men and women? Or, once reissued, ballots would reach the military and be returned in time for the election? Why not reissue all of the ballots immediately and send an urgent delivery to them?
The second account deals with an incident reported several days ago. Two, Ohio volunteer poll workers, wishing to remain anonymous, were disturbed by van loads of Somali immigrants being bused to their polling place for early voting. The poll workers were not troubled because there was assistance given for getting out the vote; Ohio boasts the second largest Somali population in the United States. The poll workers were distressed because there was clear and questionable behavior on display.