At last, the saga ends.
In two previous blogs, I recounted my attempts to vote in the November 7 election. The first noted that three out of four voting machines at my Jefferson County polling station weren't functioning on the big day, forcing me to opt for a provisional ballot; after filling it out, I was given a stub/receipt emblazoned with a phone number to call in order to find out "if" my vote counted. The second noted what happened when I dialed the appropriate digits on November 20. My call rang through to someone who had no idea how to process my inquiry; she eventually advised me to phone back a couple of days later, when the line was supposed to be operating correctly.
I finally got the opportunity to call again on November 27, and this time, the automated set-up was functional. A female voice with a robotic tinge advised me to punch in the number on the upper right-hand corner of my stub, and after doing so, I was told to wait while my request was processed. Approximately a nanosecond later, the voice was back. "Your ballot was counted," she told me. "Thank you for calling. Goodbye." Click.
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So there you have it. The system works! Slowly and badly, but it works! God bless America! -- Michael Roberts