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VOTING: State can save money elsewhere

Letter by Dan McDonald, Tacoma on March 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm | 19 Comments »
March 28, 2011 3:05 pm

Re: “State ends poll voting” (TNT, 3-26).

Slowly but surely, we the people are losing our freedoms to the state. The conversion from poll voting to voting by mail is the last straw.

We are fortunate to have the right to vote. It’s our only defense against the more prevalent governmental model: corrupt dictatorship, which does not permit voting. Ballot boxes protect the sanctity and the anonymity of that vote.

Mail can be illegible, lost, stolen, or destroyed by high-speed sorting equipment and weather. Collection boxes themselves can be stolen or destroyed, and their contents reduced to ashes. Return addresses identify senders. The postal service is a government entity. Will the USPS protect the sanctity of our vote? If so, how?

Voter turnout does not seem to be the issue here. Cost to the state is. Surely Olympia can trim the fat here and there and eliminate “pet” but non-essential programs. Lawmakers work for us, not the other way around.

Voting is too important to entrust to the mails. It’s all “we the people” have.

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