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VOTING: Fraud threat with all-mail elections

Letter by Ronald W. Vietz, Edgewood on Oct. 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm with No Comments »
October 15, 2012 12:57 pm

Re: “Mail-in ballots in focus” (TNT, 10-15).

Interesting that the story focuses on mail-in ballots and potential for fraud and error. When our Legislature mandated vote-by-mail for the state of Washington, those of us opposed to this idea raised the very same questions.

Human error, deliberate tampering with results, ballots not counted, ballots never received – we have already seen some of these fears become reality. This is unacceptable. Our future depends on true democracy reflecting the will of the people and the indisputable accuracy of the vote count.

We have taken backward steps from electronic voting and voting booths to a room full of people counting tally marks. Voting is a right, a privilege and a duty. Our state needs to come up with a better system than all-mail voting.

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