To the Editor:
I would like to share my experience of watching 4,000 absentee ballots being counted and seeing the MANY things that can go wrong disqualifying your vote.
As a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 131st Assembly District seat in the June 23 Primary, I witnessed first-hand absentee ballots being counted. I was surprised to see so many had to be disqualified for a variety of reasons; therefore, if you want your vote to count, please vote in person.
A few observations:
1. If you have made a mistake on your ballot (selected a candidate and changed your mind) and submit it in person, the machine will fail it and you can try again. If you have mailed in the same ballot, it will be disqualified, and you will never know if your vote counted or not.
2. You need to sign your name on the absentee ballot
3. Some people mailed 2 ballots in one envelope, both ballots had to be rejected.
4. There cannot be any additional marks on your ballot.
In closing, the balloting locations are very safe and follow all CDC guidelines. Everyone wears a mask and is social distancing. Vote in person like you have done in previous years. By showing up, wearing a mask and practicing social distancing, you will know, with certainty and confidence, that your vote will count. And if you have questions about the process, the Election Inspectors will be there to help you.
We recently observed the 100th anniversary of women being granted the right to vote. Advocates fought for years to make this historical milestone happen. Regardless of gender, it is something we all shouldn’t take for granted.
Make your voice heard. Please show up in person to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3, and vote for the candidate of your choice.
(Editor's Note: Cindy Ward is on the ballot for the 131st Assembly District representing the Serve America Movement Party, and it is the Times' policy not to publish letters from active candidates. However, she is not actively campaigning in the race, so we have decided to publish this letter not as a campaign piece but rather as informational to the voter.)