The California Secretary of State, Shirley Weber, has invented a “print-your-own ballot from home” program, which arrives just in time for the September 14th recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom.
However, reports suggest that this “Remote Accessible Vote by Mail” (RAVBM) system is not new, and appears to have been created for the November 3, 2020 General Election.
This program allows voters to mark their selections using their compatible technology to vote independently and privately in the comfort of their own homes. It appears to be a published but not menu-listed page.
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A voter can request a RAVBM when they review their information on My Voter Status or by contacting their Country Elections Office by phone, mail, or email or by going to their County Elections Office website for more information. The voter then does the following, according to reports:
“[user] downloads the application to mark their selections, marks their selections for each contest using their compatible technology, on their computer or tablet, prints and returns their marked selections by mail using the postage-paid envelope included with their vote by mail ballot or using their envelope which would require postage. The return envelope used in any instance must have the voter’s signature on the outside of the envelope.”
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The voter can also return their selections in-person to a voting location, dropbox, or their County Elections Office. A voter cannot submit their selections online. It must be mailed or returned in person. The vote-by-mail envelope being mailed to all Californians includes punched holes that will help guide visually impaired voters where the signature is needed. However, if a voter is using their envelope, they can sign anywhere on the outside of the envelope (California Globe).
So how many ballots can a person print? Does each ballot require the State printed envelope? Can a person use a regular envelope? Seems like without precautions this could be a way to cheat or eliminate voters.