Voting should be Accurate, easy, private, universal and funded entirely by
government. Voting should rank at the very highest of government
priorities Voter fraud should rate an extreme penalty. Suggestion:Provide each voter with a simple, short, secure ballot.
Mail or other means. provide a ballot with sections for voting,
identifying and validation. Provide that each ballot has a means of
identifying the person using the ballot. Fingerprint or DNA or something
better. Provide for the secure, safe and dependable return of the
ballot. Mail.First processing of the ballot would be to validate
the voter. Using the identifier check for duplicates and any other
requirements. Second separate the ID portion from the voting and
count the votes. Using the ID portion, publish a list of accepted
ballots. Newspaper, Internet, whatever. The voter should check to see that his
ballot had been accepted. And a number of other details.
I have never voted by mail. I grew up watching my parents walk down to the
polls and I do the same; it's important to me.However, I'm
sure the impetus to this decision was partially economic. It costs a lot of
money to run an election - especially in more rural areas. Another consideration
would be voter participation. I'm sure any County Clerk considering this
action would take the wishes of their constituencies into account. If a vast
majority of your voters are voting by mail because getting to the polls in
inconvenient, this probably makes sense. If vote by mail increases the number
of voters, that's a good thing.It's kind of sad to see
another piece of Americana fall by the wayside, though.
But Timj, given the great potential for abuse, is that really the "smarter
path?"As it stands now, anyone may ask for, and receive an
absentee ballot. Why not leave it that way?
"Only allow the vote-by-mail system on a limited basis, such as with
missionaries, military, health and out-of-town issues."Please,
no. I vote by mail for several reasons.1. No line.2. I
don't have to take time off from work or other obligations to vote.3.
I get to sit down and study everything out. Because I don't vote
straight-ticket, this takes time. I actually get to investigate who I'm
voting for as I'm voting.If you want to wait in line for hours
just to vote, go right ahead. I'll take the smarter path.