Thank you, Tallahassee. I very nearly lost my vote.
After seeing all the signs alongside the road advertising for my vote, I scratched my head and said "Gee, I sure don't remember sending in my absentee ballot a month or so ago."
So the next-to-the-last day of losing my vote, I called the supervisor of elections office.
For 30 years, ever since I was in the Navy and out of the area, then upon moving home, I just kept voting absentee for its simplicity. I never received any notice from anyone that state legislators in all their infinite wisdom are running things differently.
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Now you have to re-sign up to vote by mail every two years. And if you fail to renew the requests, you just miss out. Outrageous actions!
The poor lady on the phone at our local elections office said they didn't have time to notify people and they are just answering calls as best as they can and signing up people for the next election cycle.
We had a perfectly working absentee ballot system, and lawmakers just had to tweak it to break it -- just as they do with shifting districts just before elections.
I will be sure to vote for any newcomers that are not currently in office. I think they should have an eight-year limit just like the president. It should be a service to your country, not a lifetime of voting for things that line pockets or keep yourself in office for 40 years.