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https://plus.google.com/115275890580241851049 David Davidson : Please read, sign, and share this #petition  with all in your circles Google+ Family & Friends! Unfortunately...
Please read, sign, and share this #petition  with all in your circles Google+ Family & Friends!

Unfortunately the day after this current election cycle ends another one begins, the presidential one!

Already GOP lawmakers are gearing up to cook the books across the country in the form of proportional voting by district, doing away with, altogether, 'Winner-Take-All' Voting.

WHY?

Its so that they can rig the system for their Establishment favorite to win. Who is that? Jeb Bush? Mitt Romney? Ted Cruz? Anyone or all.

At any rate IF you are a GOP Voter THEN it is you who should be outraged and add your name to this #petition  from the +People For the American Way ... Thank you in advance. Be well! #tgif   


Speak out against the latest attempt by the Right to fix elections and drown out the voice of voters. - People For the American Way

Some right-wing lawmakers are trying to rig the playing field for the next election with a dangerously undemocratic proposal. Find out more and take action.
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  Alan has me blocked is why I have to do it this way but this is a conversation he had a year ago with the ACA Obama Cronie that tried to BS him about the out of network deduction that no one is talking about...

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Articles & Essays  -  Oct 28, 2013
 
No "out of network coverage": _And your network does not extend out of your county of residence. That means no coverage when traveling. Yes, you read that right.

Actuarial Value:  This is a complicated way of saying "what percentage of total health care expense" is the policy expected to cover?  For a bronze plan (the least-expensive, but still expensive policy) the answer is 60%. So on average, you'll be paying at least $40 for every $100 of medical/healthcare expenditures.
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Cyrill KALITAOct 28, 2013


 
 
Check your Law of big numbers application in respect of insurance.

Cyrill KALITAOct 28, 2013


 
 
Did anyone even read this article?

Alan LovejoyOct 28, 2013


 
 
+Cyrill KALITA Yes. Twice.



Cyrill KALITAOct 28, 2013


 
 
+Alan Lovejoy we may be reading two different articles.

Exactly how does your physician location affects the contacting of physicians by the insruance company?

"An out-of-network provider is one which has not contracted with your insurance company for reimbursement at a negotiated rate. " 

Nothing here, I mean nothing suggests that you and your physician have to be in the same locality.
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Alan LovejoyOct 28, 2013


 
 
+Cyrill KALITA From the final paragraphs in the linked article:

"I am getting multiple reports that many of these Obamacare policies have zero out-of-network coverage and this is not clearly disclosed up front until you sign up for the policy itself.  Indeed, I've seen exactly no clean disclosure on this point before you create an account if you're "just shopping."

Now add to this that previously insurance was sold on a state-wide basis. Under Obamacare it is sold on a county-by-county basis.

Why is this a big deal? 

Because if there is no out-of-network coverage at all what happens when you are traveling out of your immediate home area and either get sick or have an accident of some sort (other than in a car, where your auto insurance likely provides injury coverage)?

You're screwed -- you will pay 100% with no limits as your insurance is worthless if there is no out-of-network coverage!"
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Cyrill KALITAOct 28, 2013


 
 
Now, the averages.

I cannot even decide where to start with the errors of the averages here. The whole article is just wrong: one thing to start is that insurance companies almost never use averages, mostly because an average does not tell you anything about the row of numbers.

To put in perspective: me and Mitt Romney are the only two people leaving in this country. He is worh 22 bn and me - 110k.

Ad average person in US thus is worth 11bn, r-r-right? 

This is precisely the reason why averages are useless when looking at the statistical data.

Keywords to look up: median, standard variation, covariance, distribution.

This article is fear mongering and people that just do not like a particula legislation read your description and never bother even looking at the article itself, much less to read it in full.
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Alan LovejoyOct 28, 2013


 
 
+Cyrill KALITA "Now, the averages."

I worked as an Enterprise Architect (Information technology, not civil engineering) for a major insurance company for many years.

I now work as private trader. I build automated trading systems that work based on statistical analysis of price action (time series data.)

I can authoritatively state that you are quite wrong.  I now earn my living based on the fact that you're wrong.
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Cyrill KALITAOct 28, 2013


 
 
And lastly, the assumptions of the article.

I like that line in particular: let's assume that your premium is $ 300 for the least expensive  plan.

This is an arbitrary number, specifically inflated to give you the impression that bronze plan (which is actually cheap because a person may want to go self-insured) - is in fact very expensive. This is why $300 is used and not something that is closer to reality, like "$74". Which also is an assumption and much closer to the actual figure one may ancounter.

See the difference?
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+Cyrill KALITA "Out-of-network not an option in individual ObamaCare plans" => http://nypost.com/2013/10/23/out-of-network-not-an-option-in-individual-obamacare-plans/
Out-of-network not an option in individual ObamaCare plans
Individuals shopping for health insurance in the ObamaCare marketplace are in for sticker shock: They’ll have to pay 100 percent of the bill if they dare use a doctor not included in their plan’s n...
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100 Ways Republicans Are Just Like Democrats
There is a widely-held perception that the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are drastically different in their policy, proposals, philosophy of government, and general modus operandi. While there are certainly some significant differences between the two parties, the number of similarities are astounding. A few months ago on IVN, Wes Messamore explored the similarities between the two major party candidates, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.


100 Ways Republicans Are Just Like Democrats Here’s a look at the broader similarities between the Democratic and Republican parties:
1. A large number of Democrats and Republicans signed the National Defense Authorization Act for the year 2012, which critics say allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens on U.S. soil without due process. President Obama pledged to veto the NDAA, but went back on his word and signed it into law with the indefinite detention provision included. Mitt Romney says that he would do the same.

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2. Republicans and Democrats overwhelmingly favor Keynesian economics rather than other schools of economic thought such as the Austrian School of economics.

3. The Bush-era Patriot Act, which allows for warrantless wiretapping, was passed with bipartisan support and recently extended by policymakers of both parties. Romney has voiced his support for the controversial legislation. Obama supported it as a senator and signed the extension into law as president.

4. Both the Republican and Democratic administrations have attempted to justify the use of extrajudicial targeted killing, the killing of people without trial or substantive due process, including American citizens. The use of these tactics increased under President Obama and has received praise from members of both parties. There was strong bipartisan support for the Obama Administration’s extrajudicial killing of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Aulaqi and his 16 year old son without trial, which received praise from Republican Party members and was strongly supported by Mitt Romney.

5. The Democratic and Republican parties both generally support the vastly-growing use of unmanned aerial combat drones in the Middle East:

The use of unmanned drones to patrol foreign skies, which have been responsible for many civilian and child deaths, began under President Bush and drone use has drastically increased and expanded under President Obama. There has been little to no partisan opposition to these tactics and while the GOP platform advocates for increased drone use, the Democratic platform doesn’t mention their use at all.
Drone warfare in Pakistan started under Bush, has been significantly escalated by Obama, and Romney has indicated that he will continue using drones in Pakistan if elected. Both parties also support the continued drone warfare being used in Libya, which Romney has stated he would likely continue.
In Yemen, the Obama Administration has continued the fighting that the Bush Administration initiated, which Obama has done with the use of secretive drone warfare and by recently sending troops back.
6. Both parties will also allow drones to patrol the skies of the United States. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which calls for the use of up to 30,000 drones in U.S. airspace, passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.

7. The Federal Reserve is allowed by both parties to continue to operate as an “independent government agency,” whose monetary policy decisions do not have to be approved by the president nor any other elected member of the executive or legislative branch. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was appointed by George W. Bush and re-appointed by Obama. Mitt Romney has flip-flopped on whether he would reappoint Bernanke, stating in 2010 that he would reappoint him, but stating recently that he would not reappoint Bernanke for a third term. Bernanke was reappointed for his second term in 2010 after a bipartisan vote of 70-30. However, the Audit the Fed bill has also received strong bipartisan support.

8. In an apparent direct conflict of interest, 130 Republican and Democratic congressional members have invested in company stocks while making legislative decisions that impact those same companies.

9. Democrats and Republicans both played a role in the founding of the Federal Reserve.  Initial versions of the Federal Reserve Act were drafted by Republican Senator Nelson Aldrich and the final version was drafted y Democratic Congressman Carter Glass of Virginia, which then went to receive strong bipartisan support in Congress.

10. Both Republican and Democrats have allowed the Federal Reserve to inject trillions of dollars into the economy through their quantitative easing programs. While many Republicans including Romney have said they are against the third round of quantitative easing, neither party has or is likely to introduce bills aimed at regulating or halting quantitative easing altogether.

11. Republicans and Democrats love earmarks so much that even the bipartisan earmark moratorium, while greatly cutting back on earmarks, couldn’t stop the pork from being slipped into bills. Approved earmarks in 2010 totaled over $15 billion and the amount of requested earmarks in 2011 exceeded $129 billion. Citizens Against Government Waste reports that $3.3 billion has been approved for 2012.

12. Both parties and their national, congressional and senatorial committees have spent more than one billion dollars on their 2012 campaigns.

Tired of the two parties?  End Partisanship!
13. The Democratic and Republican convention committees each received $17,689,800 from the U.S. Treasury for their conventions in 2012 and an additional $600,000 to cover the cost of inflation. This is paid for through a voluntary check off on federal income tax forms.

14. Both parties are largely backed by the same corporate contributors and interest groups. Congressional members also receive contributions from many of the same interest groups. Both parties are heavily lobbied by corporate America — to the tune of $3.3 billion in 2011 and $1.68 billion thus far in 2012.

 "Both parties are largely backed by the same corporate contributors and interest groups. "
15. The majority of both parties agreed that Wall Street should receive bailouts. The TARP bailout was signed into law by George W. Bush and initially drafted by Bush-appointed Secretary of Treasury– and Republican– Henry Paulson. Obama supported TARP as a senator and the bailout went on to receive overwhelming support from Democrats in the House. TARP also received largely bipartisan support in the Senate.
16. The same Wall Street TARP recipients who were top contributors to the Democratic presidential campaign in 2008 are now the top contributors backing the Republican presidential campaign in 2012. In 2008, Republican John McCain was backed by the same companies, although his campaign received less than the Obama campaign.

Both parties work hard to maintain the illusion of a two-party system, but in reality they both serve the interests of the business party.
"20. The Democratic and Republican parties have both sued third parties to prevent them from appearing on the ballot in key states."
17. Both parties are private, non-profit corporations and are in no way an official part of the United States government. Furthermore, neither party is mentioned in the Constitution nor is there mention of a two-party system, and a few of our founding fathers expressed concerns regarding the emergence of a rival two-party system.
18. As Glenn Greenwald points out in an article for The Guardian, Republicans and Democrats discuss certain general issues during debates while ignoring other more controversial issues that they may agree on, hoping to convince the public that there is a huge difference of choice.

19. Both Democrats and Republicans seem to believe that voting for a third party is equivalent to throwing away your vote while in reality, if everyone voted their conscience and avoided voting for the “lesser of two evils,” which 46 percent of those polled said they would be doing this election, the two-party stranglehold may actually be broken.

20. The Democratic and Republican parties have both sued third parties to prevent them from appearing on the ballot in key states.

21. Both the Democratic and Republican parties exclude third parties from the presidential debates. In 1987, the Democratic and Republican parties founded the nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates to regulate the presidential debates, which excludes third party candidates from participating in the only nationally televised presidential debates.

22. The Democratic and Republican parties have both been sued for conspiring to exclude third parties from the quadrennial presidential debates.


 
23. Both also both believe that taxpayers should provide funding to other countries around the world. The bipartisan Commission on Appropriations approved $40.1 billion in foreign aid for the 2013 year.
24. Both party platforms mention Israel, confirm Jerusalem as being the capital city, and both the Democratic and Republican presidential candidate have pledged their allegiance to Israel.

25. The Democratic and Republican parties both agree that a two-state solution should be pursued between Israel and Palestine.

26. No one other than a Democrat or Republican has been elected president in the last 160 years.

27. Lawmakers from both parties in Congress and the executive branch have been responsible for all foreign interventions since 1853, keeping America in a near perpetual state of war. They are also responsible for the assistance and direct involvement of the U.S. in at least 31 instances of covert foreign regime change since the beginning of the Cold War.

28. There is cross-administration support of preemptive cyber attacks. The Obama Administration has continued the Stuxnet cyber attacks against Iran which were started under the Bush Administration.

29. Sanctions against Iran began under Carter and have received strong bipartisan support from every administration since, continuing under the Obama Administration.

30. Both Democrats and Republicans are eager to place even more sanctions on Iran, which harm innocent Iranian civilians, hoping to prevent Iran from developing nukes.  The fact that eight other countries already have nukes is usually ignored.

31. The Democratic and Republican parties both agree that preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is a top priority. Obama and Romney also both agree that preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is a top US security priority.

32. At least 360 former Democratic and Republican congresspeople have left office and accepted jobs as lobbyists for corporations or special interest groups who then attempt to influence the same federal government they once worked for. As many as 5,400 congressional staffers have done the same in the past 10 years alone. Referred to as the  “revolving door,” members of both parties routinely move between influential private sector positions and policy-making positions in the executive or legislative branches.

33. Republicans and Democrats can agree that the economic stimulus package helped the economy. Romney has stated that he believes an economic stimulus package was necessary and many Republicans have spoke of the success of the Democratic economic stimulus package. Think Progress reports that over half of the opposing GOP — 110 members from the House and Senate — returned to their home states to either claim credit for popular stimulus programs or to tout its success.

"41. Both parties use gerrymandering to gain a political advantage through more favorable district boundaries."
34. The large scale domestic spying program currently underway by the NSA, AT&T, Verizon and others, named Stellar Wind, was approved by Bush and has been continued under the Obama Administration. There now exist massive domestic spy centers which are designed to collect every single communication made in the U.S., including e-mails, phone conversations, financial transactions, and internet activity. These have been conveniently ignored by the majority of both parties.
35. Both Republicans and Democrats stay relatively quiet about and generally support U.S. reliance on fiat money, fractional reserve lending and our debt based monetary policy. Both platforms are void of any mention of monetary policy reform.

36. The Democratic and Republican parties largely support continuing the War on Terror in which Bush Administration policies have been continued and expanded by the Obama Administration. A Political.com poll found that 72 percent of those polled want troops home from Afghanistan now — not in 2014, and a Rasmussen Reports poll found that 59 percent of Americans polled want troops removed from Afghanistan either immediately or within a year.

37. Neither party has constitutionally declared war since World War II. This election cycle, both the Democratic and Republican parties have also chosen presidential candidates who believe that the president has the power to go to war without congressional approval. Like the Bush Administration’s unconstitutional war in Iraq, the Obama Administration is responsible for an unconstitutional war in Libya. A Romney Administration will consider sending more troops to Libya. Also like George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush, The Obama Administration has sent troops to Somalia. As demonstrated in the third presidential debate, despite who wins the election, foreign policies will likely remain the same.

38. There was strong bipartisan support in the Senate and House for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution, however congress never officially declared war.

39. Both parties believe that the U.S. should be intervening in Syria. The Obama Administration began arming the Free Syrian Army rebels, who are joined by Al-Qaeda factions, and Romney has stated that he supports and will continue arming the rebels in the proxy war with Iran and Russia.

40. The Bush Administration’s use of torture through extraordinary rendition, which is when prisoners are sent from CIA black sites to other countries where “information extraction” will be attempted, began after Clinton signed PDD 39 and has continued under the Obama Administration. By failing to speak out or attempting to change these practices, Republicans and Democrats both allow for “enhanced interrogation techniques” — such as waterboarding, sleep deprivation, hypothermia and stress positions, among others–  to be used to extract information from suspects. The Obama Administration even granted final immunity to Bush’s CIA torturers.

41. Both parties use gerrymandering to gain a political advantage through more favorable district boundaries.

42. Despite the increase in use of illicit drugs in the U.S.,  a rising drug war death toll in Mexico, and the highest public support for marijuana legalization ever, both parties generally avoid speaking about ending the War on Drugs or legalizing marijuana in lieu of a more effective approach. Since the beginning of prohibition in 1937, no administration has attempted to legalize marijuana.  Even though there is more scientific evidence than ever indicating the benefits of marijuana, every administration has kept marijuana regulated under Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act. A Schedule I classification places marijuana in a stricter regulatory category than cocaine, labels it as having no medicinal benefit, and prohibits doctors from prescribing it. Hemp production, which would provide many environmental and economic benefits, continues to remain outlawed and ignored as well.
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Plutocrat, (noun), a person whose power derives from their wealth.

Democracy is the foundation upon which our society and nation have been built. It expresses the notion of the fundamental equality of all people. My vote is equivalent to the vote of a Koch bros. Yet not everyone believes this.

For an example, let's turn to the leader of Hong Kong:

"It’s always good when leaders tell the truth, especially if that wasn’t their intention. So we should be grateful to Leung Chun-ying, the Beijing-backed leader of Hong Kong, for blurting out the real reason pro-democracy demonstrators can’t get what they want: With open voting, “You would be talking to half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than $1,800 a month. Then you would end up with that kind of politics and policies” — policies, presumably, that would make the rich less rich and provide more aid to those with lower incomes."

This "half of the people" should sound familiar to some. We have heard it before:

"So Mr. Leung is worried about the 50 percent of Hong Kong’s population that, he believes, would vote for bad policies because they don’t make enough money. This may sound like the 47 percent of Americans who Mitt Romney said would vote against him because they don’t pay income taxes and, therefore, don’t take responsibility for themselves, or the 60 percent that Representative Paul Ryan argued pose a danger because they are “takers,” getting more from the government than they pay in. Indeed, these are all basically the same thing."

This couldn't happen in America you say. Think again:

"And now you understand why there’s so much furor on the right over the alleged but actually almost nonexistent problem of voter fraud, and so much support for voter ID laws that make it hard for the poor and even the working class to cast ballots. American politicians don’t dare say outright that only the wealthy should have political rights — at least not yet. But if you follow the currents of thought now prevalent on the political right to their logical conclusion, that’s where you end up."

As Professor Krugman outlines, right-wing conservatives have used lies, thinly-veiled racism, and obstructionism to try to disrupt the intended workings of our Democracy. And when these indirect measures have fallen short they have resorted to direct measures like Voter ID which is a type of unConstitutional poll tax.

Which raises the question:

"The truth is that a lot of what’s going on in American politics is, at root, a fight between democracy and plutocracy. And it’s by no means clear which side will win."
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Friends back in the USA, and fellow expats, travelers, and immigrants to new countries who are still able to vote back in the USA - please do.

I get why people of good will might not like President Obama's policies or his leadership style (I'm an Obama 2008 voter and donator and I don't). I get why good-hearted people can support many Republican policies or at least feel it important to reject some Democratic party policies. I share many people's disgust at framing every single election as a "war on __" or "Republicans hate ___" which is to me, blatant oversimplification and itself a form of mindlessness.

But this midterm election is important. Arguably more so than was the Presidential 2008, 2012 (where I voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson), and 2016 (where I will almost certainly not support hardline warmaker and Wall Street crony H.R.Clinton) were or will be. The shape of the Congress in both houses determines what does or doesn't happen, far more than any President does.  I recommend that you vote against the Republican candidates for Senate, for House, and for State Legislatures, even if your particular Republican candidate is not one of the "bad ones". Even if the Democratic alternative is pretty bad.

I also recommend that you do not vote for a third-party candidate, whether that third party might be the Greens, the Libertarians, or somebody else - not in this election. Even though I dislike that advice personally, and I strongly believe the US needs more third-party votes, more political voices. But the current system is corrupt, a consensus-corruption between the "two parties", where only the D and R columns have any power. Only they form and determine the power in Congress, what committees, what rules, what bills move ahead, what die undebated and unvoted. Only they determine and gerrymander congressional districts (and both love doing it). Only they, in the Senate, confirm or block court and cabinet appointments.

Even if your state or district has a "Good Republican" (and yes, there are some, there used to be many), it's too much risk to give that block more power in the next 2 year. The "good Republicans" are not in control of what the block will do, but electing them gives the block power.

The current dominant strain of the US Republican party, is, to put a fine point on it, disgusting and stupid. I say that as a Rudy Giulianni for Mayor (NYC) 1993 voter, a Paul Cellucci for Governor (MA) 1998 voter, a Mitt Romney for Governor (MA) 2002 voter, a George W. Bush 2000 voter (sorry about that, but I bought into the "compassionate conservative" bit - once), as someone who benefited from the "rising tide lifts all boats" of the Reagan years. I would vote again for the Mitt Romney who ran for, and who governed, Massachusetts, if I were back there in 2002. I'd probably not have voted for Reagan in 1980 (I voted Carter for reelection) but in retrospect I probably would have voted for Reagan's 2nd term. I know people, pro-choice, pro-women's rights, pro-civil rights, who did so and are perfectly happy with their vote and its aftermath.

But today's Republican Party has very little to recommend it. Yes, things I believe in like being pro-business-growth, pro-personal responsibility, pro-security, pro-equality-of-opportunity (not with a guarantee of equality of outcome - that's up to each of us) are still talked about.  But so also a mark of today's not-very Grand Old Party, is so much anti-science, anti-freedom, and anti-good-government nonsense.

So is so much money-wasting time-wasting bad-governance idiocy like trying to repeal the admittedly highly flawed "Obamacare" over and over again, instead of trying to improve what was essentially the conservative Heritage Foundation's market-based counter to "Hillarycare", and what was, to any non-biased observer, successfully beta-tested in live use as "Romneycare".

I don't demonize you if you are a Republican, unlike so many of my social media friends who sling slogans and memes. I even agree with you on some of your points. Nor do I think that the Republicans "hate women", "hate gays", or are waging a "war on" anybody. That type of talk is heat-not-light. I do recognize that many of the current generation of Republicans support policies that have the effect of feeling hateful and of restricting the freedom of LGBTQ people, of restricting the reproductive rights of women - and that's wrong. However, that does not mean those people "hate" - it means they have a different, perhaps less-evolved, understanding.

The current batch of Republicans don't deserve our votes, because too many of them are restricting freedom, and too many of the ones who aren't directly doing it are staying silent when their extremist co-party-members do. More, they are wasting our time and tax dollars by not governing well. But a rather sure way to ensure that you do not convince your good-hearted Republican-leaning neighbors to consider alternatives, is to call them "haters". Your next door neighbor who votes Republican? It's damned unlikely she hates you. She might not understand you. Call her a "hater" and you've made it even more likely she's going to vote for somebody you don't want.

Important note: Nowhere in this essay, prior to this paragraph, did I use terms such as "Rethuglican", "teabagger", or any other slur against the historically important and still important US Republican party. Because I think that cheapens the debate, destroys our civil society, and is every bit as stupid as the type of person who uses terms like Obummer, Obola, Dumbocrat, etc. Grow the hell up and take our representative democracy in our republic seriously. That requires serious words, and lots of them. Thoughts, not slogans.
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Texas has come under fire for its new law requiring poll workers to apply extra scrutiny to voters' state identification, in a way that potentially discriminates against married women. Although voter ID laws garner the most attention for turning voters away from the polls—longstanding laws in Texas and other states still require election boards to use a voter's signature to verify absentee ballots.

Ben Granger, an Air Force captain  was deployed for seven months in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan in 2012, says he's voted in every presidential election since he turned 18. But after he sent his absentee ballot to Tom Green County, Texas, to vote in the 2012 general election, he received a rejection notice claiming that his vote was discarded because his signature on the ballot application and the signature on the ballot's envelope were signed by different people.

"I was surprised and aggravated," says Granger, who,* having spent four and a half years on active duty*, now lives in Belleville, Illinois, supporting U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command on active reserve. "As the guy that requested the ballot, carefully looked over the candidates, carefully signed the envelope and the ballot with a good pen, and then walked across my base to the post office to mail it personally, the rejection was insulting."

Under Texas law, in order to vote by absentee ballot, a voter must sign a ballot application, and then after receiving the ballot some weeks later, must sign the sealed ballot's carrier envelope. In Tom Green County—where 73 percent of residents cast a vote for Mitt Romney last November—the law allows a county to appoint a five-person board tasked with deciding, by majority vote, whether the two signatures match (they can even request to see the voter's registration signature). In Granger's case, they claimed that the application and the ballot envelope were signed by different people. He adds that while he doesn't specifically remember signing the application before successfully receiving his ballot about six weeks later, "I was pretty busy at the time...I [always] sign my name the same way."

Doug Chapin, the director of the Program for Excellence in Election Administration at the University of Minnesota, says that barring people from voting because their signatures don't match "is a growing problem in the field" and "an issue that’s increasingly on the radar.​" While every state has a different process for verifying signatures, "This example is definitely at the stricter end," he says. Rick Hasen, a voting expert and law professor at the University of California, Irvine, agrees that, "signature matching has been studied and it is not a perfect system." (Kansas has​ done away with it entirely, allowing voters to enter a verification number, such as a driver's license or social security number, instead.) 

Granger says that if the Election Board truly thought someone had stolen his ballot envelope or application, "isn't that cause for the launch of a criminal investigation?" Vona McKerley, the election administer in Tom Green County, tells Mother Jones that "several" ballots were turned away in last year's election because of non-matching signatures. "The ballot board was following the law as prescribed in processing the ballots. No, there was no investigation."

Granger is, nonetheless, concerned that this is just another way to disenfranchise voters: "I am a young educated military officer and I know how to sign my own name for God's sake. And even if I didn't, is poor penmanship good cause for disenfranchisement? What about the elderly whose hands may shake?"​​

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