November 6, 2012
In case anyone is wondering how NY’s “vote anywhere” thing works today:
You fill out your ballot in a privacy booth like everyone else. With pen. Because it’s still like 1970 in NYC. (And as I explained to my shocked sister-in-law today–these are our new machines! This is our updated way of voting!)
Then put you put your ballot in an envelope which doubles as an affidavit. That is, your ballot is ensconced inside but the information you fill out is on the outside, able to be read by anyone. You fill out a bunch of information like where you live and why you can’t vote there (displaced voters tick a box that says their information can’t be found in the voter rolls).
And in two different places on the affidavit you’re asked your party identification. I know there are Republican poll workers but I didn’t see any at my polling location and I don’t have a lot of hope for an envelope identifying the ballot within as filled out by a member of the Republican party making it through a long and tedious journey to be counted. Maybe I’m cynical. And yes, I realize it’s NY so who the hell cares anyway.