I voted with an absentee ballot this year, since I’m traveling full time for my current job. But it would appear that the election board disclosed the fact that I requested an absentee ballot to at least one of the candidates that I have the option of voting for. I’m more than a little surprised that such a disclosure is allowed! I plan on following up with the State Board of Elections after Election Day to find out what the situation is.
I think it’s interesting how lifecycles can influence things. A tree that lives 5000 years must have a very different “view” of the world than a human or a bug. Of course, most insects have lifetimes measured in weeks, but there is an interesting exception – the 17 year cidada. This is a great video showing the last frenzied weeks of these insects lives as they emerge from the ground and furiously mate, lay eggs and then die.
The votes that count in your local election may depend on the equipment used more than on the people voting. A recent study in California found that voting machines from major manufacturers were all severely flawed. In about six weeks the “red team” researchers who were tasked with examining the machines found major vulnerabilities with every system examined.