Misdelivery of Ballot?

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I wonder if this happened to anyone else. A friend of mine has had his ballot delivered back to him. The reason was apparently because of the way in which the envelope is printed. Look closely and you can see why the sorting machine (and the mail carrier) made a mistake. 

In the center of the back of the envelope is clearly printed the name and address of the sender. Evidently, the envelope was turned over when it went through the sorting machine and was assigned to the route of the sender's address. The mail carrier did not notice this amidst a pile of mail and delivered it back to my friend who now has only one day in which to take it in by hand. Clearly, the envelope should be redesigned and the return address should be on the front of the envelope in the upper left-hand corner as is normal, or in the upper corner on the back.

Has anyone else had this experience?

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Lucky 777 Nov 07, 2017 05:54 PM
Misdelivery of Ballot?

I frequently get mail returned to me, the automatic sorting machine reads the return address label and so it comes back to sender. So mostly I put the return address label at a 90degree slant across the corner of the envelope to thwart that. Robots make mistakes, and they do that when counting ballots too.

gooseberry Nov 07, 2017 10:03 AM
Misdelivery of Ballot?

Yes, I had the same problem. I mailed my ballot of Saturday and it was returned to me on Monday. Now i have to hand deliver it to a collection place.

Flicka Nov 07, 2017 09:53 AM
Misdelivery of Ballot?

My opinion is that anyone who doesn't bother to vote has no right to complain about the outcome. A very small percentage of citizens run this country because they are the only ones who bother voting.

a-1511265818 Nov 07, 2017 01:00 PM
Misdelivery of Ballot?

What does that have to do with this post?

shapimari Nov 07, 2017 08:53 AM
Misdelivery of Ballot?

If you have any questions about voting, didn't get a ballot, got it returned, etc. call the City Clerk: 805-564-5309, and thank you for voting. Our democracy is getting weaker when people think it doesn't matter and don't vote.

Gobbledygook Nov 07, 2017 08:38 AM
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I agree with you Mtndriver, the envelope was confusingly laid out. I think Resident is right, you only need to write in your address if you're registered somewhere else than the address printed below, but it doesn't say that, I just recall that's how it is on State ballot envelopes. Also the three boxes on the left are all for separate functions but they're enclosed in a solid red line that makes them look like they are related to each other--it would be easy to sign in the wrong place. Design of forms etc. is a thing that can be done well or badly. This reminds me of the infamous butterfly ballot which screwed up national election results in 2000.

Kcottrell Nov 06, 2017 08:41 PM
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I mailed my ballot a week ago, but just tonight got a text saying that they have yet to receive it. Same number texted me several times to remind me to vote, etc. What the heck?!

Annie Bananny Nov 06, 2017 08:09 PM
Misdelivery of Ballot?

I registered to vote in California in June, after moving here...was confirmed for voting...and was never mailed a ballot.

sbsweetpea Nov 07, 2017 09:58 AM
Misdelivery of Ballot?

You can go down to the clerk's office today and they will look you up and give you a ballot if you are a registered voter. Sometimes things do get lost in the mail or misdelivered. I often get my nextdoor neighbor's mail and none of my own and wonder where it was delivered to??

JAD Nov 06, 2017 10:21 PM
Misdelivery of Ballot?

ANNIE - this election was for the city of Santa Barbara only. If you live in the county you would not get a ballot. If you live in the city, call or go by the county elections office.

a-1511265818 Nov 06, 2017 02:49 PM
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No. But I got some *silly* postcard from The City that I had to read and reread before I could understand that it was only a "just in case you haven't already voted" warning. The postcard read that my ballot may have been lost. How stupid is that? I am sure at least a few who received this postcard called the number to ask if their ballot actually was m.i.a.---------And RESIDENT has it right. In all truth, there was nothing "confusing" about those envelopes, if you can read. As with that City postcard, sometimes you just have to take the time to read.

a-1511265818 Nov 07, 2017 08:39 AM
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I got a stupid postcard which was made to look official but was clearly not from the city saying that perhaps I had not voted. This is a campaign ploy, not official business. People really have to develop some discern and pay attention.

Resident Nov 06, 2017 01:31 PM
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MTNDRIVER, Are you sure that the place to enter your address isn't where you enter it if you have a new address? If you don't change your address you don't have to do anything but sign and date the envelope.

mtndriver Nov 06, 2017 12:17 PM
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I found the ballot envelope a bit confusing--though my address was printed on the back, there was also a requirement to enter my address myself--maybe they are checking to be sure that people still live in the city or something. Was confusing to me, anyway. Maybe your friend didn't fill that part out, and that's why the envelope was returned.

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