I was never good at multiple choice tests. I always complicated the matter — read too much into the question, and thought that all of the answers were wrong (even when I could see which one they wanted.)
Who knew that could get in the way of voting?
I’ve just tried to submit my vote for the US presidential election. It’s the first time I’ve used an overseas ballot. But how hard can it be, right?
Well… they say follow the instructions printed on the form. And then there are none. Do I circle the candidate? tick? mark with an x? or (my favourite) use a gold star?
Does the phrase ‘Dated at ________, this ____ day of _______. 20 ‘ begin with my current location? time of day? By length of line, I shall assume address.
Now, the questions may seem trivial, but that I know that if they want a tick and I put a circle they might count if void. I know some of you reading this will also be voting by absentee ballot. Is it just the Connecticut form that is so awful, or is this a problem across the board? The photo below shows the main form, exactly as it arrived. Don’t you think it inspires confidence?
Update: It is now confirmed that this is not a ballot. They forgot to include a ballot (though claimed otherwise, of course). I have been instructed to write on a blank piece of paper, ‘ I cast my vote for…’ and they say they will accept it. I suppose I will never know if they do.