Use Georgia Secretary of State Website to Check Status of Your Absentee Ballot

I’ve been using an absentee ballot for many years in Georgia, primarily because I can fill out the ballot when I’m not under time pressure and the convenience of not leaving the house or waiting in line. This year, news stories appeared mentioning that local election officials can disqualify absentee ballots for a variety of reasons, among them a perceived mismatch between the signature on the ballot envelope and the form used to request the absentee ballot and other documents on file with the state. More importantly, neither the county nor the state is required to notify the voter that his/her ballot was rejected, and there is no appeals process. This is a matter of ongoing litigation.

I asked a employee at my county’s Board of Elections if there was a way to know if my absentee ballot was accepted. I was given the following instructions:

Login into: www.mvp.sos.ga.gov
Look under the status of your absentee ballot.

Here’s some screenshots to help you implement these instructions.

Landing My Voter Page (1)

Fill out the form on the right side of the page, which I’ve enclosed in a red rectangle, and click “Submit” to get to the next step.

MVP Voter Page Info Accessible redacted

 

In the red rectangle there is a link to access your Absentee Ballot status. Here’s mine:

My absentee ballot status

I checked for another family member whose ballot was mailed a few days after mine, and that ballot had not yet been received.

If you check and find your status to be something other than “Accepted,” please share what you learn about your ballot in the comments.

Another question I have is if a person can vote in person if the status on this page shows anything other than “Accepted.”

Another issue which may affect some Georgians is that some counties don’t report their absentee ballot processing to the Secretary of State office electronically. So I don’t know if voters in those counties would be able to verify this information.

Finally, I did put a Yellow rectangle around “Provisional Ballot Status.” For me, that link was inactive. I’m assuming that link would be active for a person whose voter registration was not accepted. If that link is active for you, please share in the comments what information is available to you about your voter registration status.

Was an Increase in Liability Insurance Premiums an Example of Structural Racism?

Around 2000, I moved from one apartment complex in Indianapolis. I had the lowest permissible level of car insurance while I lived in Indiana, liability coverage only.

My premium increased when I moved. When I asked my insurance company (Allstate), the representative told me that the state regulatory agency allowed this price increase based on my new zip code.

If I had comprehensive coverage, I perhaps could understand a premium increase (although I felt as safe in both locations). But why should a change in zip code result in an increase in premium for automobile liability coverage?

A higher percentage of the residents near my new apartment were African-Americans. Is my experience an example of structural racism?

Why Do People Call Gaza an “Enclave”?

Insomnia brought me to my PC & Twitter, where I saw a status update which linked to a wonderful article about artists in Gaza.

For some reason, the word “enclave” struck me, so I looked up its definition at Merriam-Webster: Continue reading

Turner County, Georgia is Prepared for Terrorism, or Why Didn’t I Get in on the Counter-Terrorism Boondoggle?

 The Martin News reported (or reproduced a Robert Friedman press release) on July 19, 2017:

[Turner County] Sheriff Andy Hester has returned from Israel after an intensive two weeks of public safety and counterterrorism training with the country’s top policing executives. Hester was among a 20-member delegation of senior law enforcement officials from Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee who participated in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange’s (GILEE) 25th annual peer-to-peer training program in partnership with Israel.

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While You Are Reforming the Democratic Party, Advocate for Ballot Access & Ranked Choice Voting

Updated July 18, 2017. Ask your representatives to support the Fair Representation Act (HR 3057).

This ugly example of the Democratic Party establishment genuflecting before health insurance companies prompted some advice for progressives who still think they can fix the Democratic Party.

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Would Mutual Friends Address My Former Friend’s Islamophobic Comment on Facebook?

I moved back to my hometown of Augusta, Georgia 13 years ago after an absence of 18 years, except for visits. Shortly thereafter, I bumped into a person whom I considered a friend from high school. We exchanged pleasantries and became friends on Facebook. At some point, this former friend (“FF”) objected to some of my political posts, and, after some online back-and-forth on these matters, we stopped being friends on Facebook (and I don’t remember who “defriended” whom), although we do have mutual friends there. We haven’t, to my knowledge, met again IRL. Continue reading