For the first time in my life, I feel that my right to vote is threatened. Already there are evil-doers trying any way they can to stop people from voting Democrat from destroying peoples’ registration papers, to changing the rules on voting here in Virginia.
Voting here in Virginia has been the same ever since I can remember, you went in, gave your name and then they crossed it off their list, and you went to vote, then they’d give you a cute little “I voted” sticker to stick on your shirt. But for the first time ever, I got a letter this year. In all my 35 years on this earth I never got a letter in regards to voting. It was a letter claiming to be from my Senator Mark Warner to fill out a form for an absentee ballot and that I could vote from the comfort of my own home. Alarms started going off in my head as to why my Senator would send me an absentee ballot application. I feel that I am probably more informed about Virginia laws than most people around me and I know for a fact Virginia law says we DO NOT have early voting, absentee ballots have to be REQUESTED, and even when requesting one, you have to meet a certain criteria i.e. on a business trip out of town, unable to leave home due to illness, disabled, or some other extreme situation that does not allow you to leave home. It DOES NOT say you can request an absentee ballot just because you want to vote from the comfort of your recliner and 55″ HD flatscreen. If you are mentally and physically sound, you MUST go to the polls in person on Election Day in Virginia. Knowing this is the law I seriously doubt this letter came from my Senator.
First of all, I didn’t request it. Second of all, an absentee ballot SHOULD be coming from The Office of the Registrar, NOT the Desk of Mark Warren. And third, votes have ALWAYS been anonymous. Sure I gave them my name to check into the booth, but my name has NEVER been on the ballot, so how do they know that didn’t vote Republican? I have never signed up for any Democratic groups for them to even know if I vote Democratic, Republican, Green Party, etc.
I do not know if the letter I got was authentic or not, but it looks very fishy to me. As if they want me to send it in to make me THINK I voted, so I won’t show up on Election Day.
I went online to check my registration status and it shows that I NEVER requested an absentee ballot to be sent to me. And even so, my registration status lists my street address, but this letter came to my PO box.
So I urge anyone DO NOT respond to these absentee ballot mailers unless you specifically requested one sent to you. Check the Office of the Registrar’s website and make sure your info is correct. VOTE IN PERSON! Because I honestly believe I got a bogus letter although I could be wrong, but I don’t think so. I think the forces of deception are at work here to thwart the number of votes.
Never in my life have I felt so paranoid and threatened of people standing in my way of my right to vote, and that’s sad because this is America. We are suppose to be above and beyond deceptive tactics and “fixings” of governments such as this.
While it does sound tempting to be able to vote from “the comfort of home”, I’m going to vote in person to make sure my vote gets counted. I urge everyone to not trust these mailers and do the same.