UPDATE: absentee ballot arrived *last day* of early deadline
now I’m scrambling to Buckhead CUZ DROP BOXES GOT YANKED OUTTA ATLANTA BY @GaRepublicans & KEMP@100FrogLegs @KristenKfromGA @CheryleJ0806 @NickKnudsenUS @ATLGreg1 @carrybeyond @DavidManOnFire pic.twitter.com/dA9U6UDpjv
— Will P🌻llock (@bywillpollock) October 29, 2021
10 days later and no ballot. This is BY DESIGN because Louis DeJoy’s operation to sabotage Election 2020 spilled over to 2021 municipal elections and, if he’s not fired or indicted beforehand, 2022 midterms. Ballots are gathering dust all around the country and, somehow, Lou DeJoy still has a job
Following up on that post with an update: received my absentee ballot *10 days* later, arriving on the last day I could deposit the absentee ballot in-person. Under normal circumstances, non-DeJoy USPS would’ve delivered the ballot within 2-3 days and I then I’d turn around and mail back in time for receipt deadline.
We don’t live in that kinda world right now.
So I was faced with the following choices (all bad):
profoundly corrupt @GaRepublicans tagline:
We Make Voting Intolerable™️
Ponce Library line around-the-block
— Will P🌻llock (@bywillpollock) October 29, 2021
- wait on horribly long line and ask pollworkers to shred my paper ballot
- pop my ballot in the mail and hope USPS delivers within 3 days
- drive to Buckhead Library (10 mi. there and back) and drop the ballot off
- vote on election day
These terrible choices are happening all across the country right now. And I realize Georgia republicans DGAF about urban centers but here’s the tea: we in City of Atlanta are choosing our next mayor and THERE ARE NO BALLOT DROPBOXES WITHIN CITY CENTER.
All by design.
And so. I drove up to Buckhead—on a Friday; in a rainstorm; during construction; in rush hour—to pop my ballot in a dropbox hidden in a room in back of the library.
I’m only telling this story because it’s happening everywhere: ballots are either painfully slow or gathering dust in Post Office holding stations everywhere. In Atlanta and Charlottesville, Virginia; in Pennsylvania and Arizona. Virginia Dems even had to sue.
The tag-team of Republican suppression laws; DeJoy’s sabotage; and election “Fraudits” are all designed to work in tandem to reduce confidence and strangle voting in the bathtub before voters even think about going to a polling place. And sometimes not even then.
Future is not DeJoy
THIS REDOUNDS TO DEJOY’S PERSONAL BENEFIT https://t.co/mGhlAG3j2C
— Will P🌻llock (@bywillpollock) March 23, 2021
How much longer are we gonna tolerate a person whose family has already gotten rich off a weakened USPS? It’d be one thing if Lou DeJoy was a logistics expert working to streamline operations (he hired PR firms to tell lies about his prowess); but his sabotage hampers USPS deliveries, which has the weird knock-on effect of boosting USPS-competitor XPO, his previous company.
Neighbor and Twitter gal pal Angie had this to say about what in-person voting was like:
I sure did! We all felt like popsicles by the time we made it inside. One hour & forty minutes total — I was done before about 7 or 8 ppl who were in line in front of me. Gotta be familiar with what’s on the ballot! 😄
— Ang-GOTV🗳✨ (@AngieAsadourian) October 29, 2021
Blowing up the filibuster to pass voting rights is urgent. Prosecuting potential election-fraud crimes should also be a priority. Republicans will only stop their election fraud (sometimes the fraud they invent) until they fear prosecution—and maybe not even then. 🔴
(Writer’s note: I wrote to Senate GOP Leadership fund asking for Robert “Mike” Duncan’s contact info. I intend to track him down and ask questions that clear the air about why he chose DeJoy in the first place. Watch this space.)
Will Pollock is a perpetually cranky New York City escapee based in Midtown Atlanta. He’s a freelance multimedia journalist, media analyst and author of two books (award-winning Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way.
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