Ballots

MethuenLive Magazine posted on Facebook today that the city has 35,465 registered voters. So far 1,496 people have taken advantage of early voting. On top of that, 4,649 mail in ballots have already been received.

Early voting is still open for another 10 days, and who knows how many more absentees will arrive.

It’s October 20th and 17.2% of the city’s registered voters have already voted.

Keep up the good work, Methuen. Let’s send the fascists packing.

Track My Ballot

In the spirit of receiving our absentee ballots in the mail earlier today, Jen and I were wondering whether or not there is a way to track your ballot’s status after you send it in. Like… a UPS tracking number for the election.

There is. Well, for citizens of Massachusetts there is. For the rest of ya, I don’t know.

Track My Ballot

I ran the search for myself. My General Election ballot was mailed to me on 10/6 and it has not yet been returned. I knew that already since it’s sitting on the table next to me, but it was nice to know that the city knows too. It also said my September Primary ballot was received and is in Accepted status, meaning it was submitted for counting. Kick ass.

Methuen Life Magazine had a post on their bookfayce page two days ago that reported the absentee ballots were ready to be picked up by the post office. Allow me to quote:

10,000 BALLOTS HEADED TO POST OFFICE, THEN TO RESIDENTS: At 4:45 tonight, piles and piles and PILES of mail-in/absentee ballots (each requested by a registered voter) were outside City Hall waiting for the mailman to arrive for pickup. Standing guard are (from left) City Clerk Jack Wilson, Mike Rubino of the Clerk’s Office and Julian Almanzar of the DPW who is lending his services at the super-busy Clerk’s Office. “In years past, we’ve had 300 or 400 absentee ballots (for an election). This year will be closer to the 15,000 range,” Wilson told MethuenLife. The Clerk’s Office just received the ballots from the state yesterday. You can return your ballot to the secure ballot box located outside of City Hall’s lower entrance or drop it in the mail. YOU CAN STILL APPLY FOR A MAIL-IN BALLOT: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/…/early-voting-by-mail.htm YOU CAN REGISTER TO VOTE by visiting www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR by Oct. 24.(ML photo by Melissa Fili)

That’s a lot of ballots. One of them is mine and another one is my wife’s. We’re coming for you, fascists.

Starbucks?

Our neighborhood Starbucks is gone. I don’t drink coffee but it was our go-to Craigslist sales transaction meeting place. I don’t know what the new thing is. I hope quarantine ends someday so that we can find out.

Kiss My Ass, Fascists

Call it a dry run for the General Election in November. I just delivered my mail in ballot for tomorrow’s Massachusetts Primary Election to Methuen City Hall. I’ll do it again in just over two months. Kiss my ass, trump, you nazi stooge you.

The Long Way Home

For the second day in a row I did some car vocals. Last night I wrote up lyrics for five more songs, all while watching The Bruins let game two slip away. I thought they were going to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat as Tampa Bay completely outplayed them, but no such luck. The Lightning took it in overtime.

So I had five more songs ready for bad singing and I drove to the movie theater again and cranked ’em out. There were no weird spectator moments like yesterday, but I did manage to wrap it up quickly (simply by choosing to not add harmony parts to one of the songs) so I decided to take the long way home.

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