Live it. Learn it. Love it. This means you, Oregon.

Carla Axtman

Live it. Learn it. Love it. This means you, Oregon.

I generally leave the cool widget-y type stuff to Kari because well, let's face it, I'm just not a bells and whistles kind of woman.

But we're getting down to the voting wire. And while vote by mail is easy-peasy, there is the matter of having to scrounge up the postage stamp to send it out. If you're anything like me, you can never find them around the house. I think I'm going to get them the very next time I go to the grocery store only to walk out with my milk and eggs, blissfully heading home in my continued postage-stamp-free existence.

Thus necessity has made the Bus Project the mother of invention. They've created an awesome Ballot Drop Box Locator map whose purpose is to aid the postage-stamp challenged and the procrastinators.

It's awesome. Check it out.

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    I love vote by mail in some ways, not so much in others. I love it because I get to submit my ballot on my own timeline. What I miss is the actual visit to my voting precinct, the feeling of participating with my fellow citizens in exercising my right to vote. I miss the opportunity to teach-by-doing, of taking my daughter with me to vote. I miss the retired ladies staffing the tables, and from my childhood, I miss the cheap cookies and the smell of weak perculator coffee. --sigh--

    I know, weak coffee and kind old ladies have little to do with voting, but I do miss it.

    So... rather than mail my ballot, I recapture a tiny speck of that sense of participatory democracy by walking my ballots to the closest drop box available to me, which happens to be the Lane County Elections Office in Eugene. It's provides a small taste of that old style of voting. Slapping a stamp on an envelope and popping it in the mail is, while convenient, just not the same.

    Glad to know Portland is providing voters with info so they can drop their ballots directly. Smart move!

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    My family takes full advantage of that great socialist institution, the public library. So I know where to find a ballot drop box, and I always take my ballot there.

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    Kudos to Scott and the other folks at the Bus for making democracy go digital. Love the locator.

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    Great stuff, and a big improvement over the SoS's Dropbox Locator tool.

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    You can purchase stamps online at USPS.COM. They deliver! <smile>

    Purchase the "Forever" stamps, and you'll never have to worry about having the right postage for a letter.

    You can even print postage online with your printer.

    Or you can drive/walk/bike to the nearest ballot drop box.

    In any case, don't forget to vote! No excuses. Every vote counts.

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    Thanks for the love Carla.

    If you find anything wrong with the map, bad data or map points or maybe the color offends your delicate palate, don't hesitate to let us know, there's a contact form on the tool.

    And spread the word! The more people who see this the better.

    • Scott from the Bus

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