Restoration of ballot integrity needed

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  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 11:41 a.m.

    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.


    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.

    Jan. 17, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 8:45 a.m.

    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?

  • Timj South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 17, 2013 6:44 a.m.

    "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.