I spent an hour this morning filling in my California ballot. Six contests and twelve initiatives. The contests are easy, I pick those with a 'D'. It's the initiatives that take time. I read the pros and cons and then do the opposite of Howard Jarvis.
The filling-in is different this year. No marking of an actual ballot. Instead you log into a website, type in a code, mark choices, download a pdf to print, then hand it off to Canada Post and the USPS to carry it through the orange smoke to Santa Cruz.
The instructions say postmarked by Nov 3 and received by Nov 20 though I wonder about that second date. What will be happening on the 20th? Still counting, peaceful transition, four more years, martial law?
Update: today, the 29th of September, I received an email from Santa Cruz elections acknowledging receipt of my ballot.