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ELECTIONS: Problem with mail-only voting

Letter by Anne T. Wood, Terry Mace, Fox Island on Jan. 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm | 15 Comments »
January 14, 2011 2:01 pm

Re: “Mail-only vote next?” (TNT, 1-13).

There are two main reasons for voting by mail: It is convenient and it saves the state money.

Voting by mail is convenient if you have a stable living situation or are a homeowner. What happens to those voters who move frequently or who have had their homes foreclosed on, thus becoming transient? What happens to people who are homeless? Is it understood that they do not get to vote?

State legislators should realize they are making decisions that could formally disenfranchise a large number of citizens. They are elected to serve all citizens. They need to consider the unintended consequences of decisions affecting the most important right of citizens in a democracy, the right to vote.

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