Wednesday, November 09, 2016
The Election Baby
Mom and her husband were supporting different presidential candidates. This new Dad promised Mom that he would abstain from voting, telling her that the two would cancel each other out. But he's a dirty rat. Once he was sure that his wife and baby daughter were healthy, he told her he was leaving to vote.
Fortunately, mom has a good friend. I'll call her Reina. She came to my precinct and asked for an absentee ballot. It was impossible to give her one, but I suggested we could try a provisional ballot. She returned with it to St. Luke's, where Mom filled it out and the hospital provided a note, explaining what had happened. Then she brought it back, just before closing time.
Given that Mom's failure to vote is no fault of her own, and both the hospital and Reina provided statements, would you honor this provisional ballot? We are supposed to err on the side of allowing people to vote. If we had early or online voting, this would never be an issue.
Elections officials will make this call.