Does it really matter? I only ask because there seems to be no real way to determine whether or not my vote did anything. Heck, I don’t even know if my votes were recorded correctly. I was even told that there is a group of people that can decide whether or not to accept, reject, or partially reject my ballots. RCW Chapter 29A.60 would be the chapter to look at for the law that has the people who can vote on whether a vote is counted.
I believe all votes should be on public display with every individuals name tied to them. Perhaps a running count where you can see the numbers go up when you put your vote in. Heck, if we really believe the mail in ballots are the way to go, then the vote count should be printed on every ballot that is processed showing how the count for what you voted for changed when your ballot was input. (eg. your ballot took the number of votes for a candidate from 299-300) Then your ballot should be mailed back to you with an indication of which vote was counted in order to confirm your vote was counted correctly.
It’s a shame that something as public as voting has been made so private, that we’re concerned about whether a person is able to vote instead of whether a vote was counted — counted correctly — and whose vote it was.
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