I just received a ballot for the state APA election. It came with a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope, but there's one catch. The instructions state that I am supposed to sign and then print my name on the back of the envelope. It further states that in order to ensure anonymity, the ballots will be removed from the envelopes before tabulation occurs. Yeah right!
My problem with this is obvious, if I sign the envelope, then this is not a secret ballot, regardless of what the instructions state. While the purpose of signing the envelope is to "ensure voting integrity and security," I feel like it does not protect me as a paid member of the organization. I received the ballot, therefore that is proof that my membership is current. From that point on, they have no way of knowing whether I voted or if I had a non-member vote for me. Either way, signing that envelope is not going to change that.
What does the Throbbing Brain have to say about this so-called democratic process?