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VOTING: No confidence in all-mail elections

Letter by Carolyn J. Mayer, Fircrest on Oct. 19, 2012 at 10:35 am with No Comments »
October 19, 2012 10:35 am

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

I was dismayed when Pierce County joined the rest of the state for voting by mail. I was assured by my legislator that it was more cost-effective and efficient. But at what cost to democracy? The front-page article only confirms my fear and dismay.

I have always enjoyed going to the polls. My parents raised me to see it as a privilege and an exciting thing to do. I miss it. I voted by mail for the first time a few months ago only to get a letter telling me my ballot would not be counted because my signature did not match the one on file. I had time to “make it right” by submitting a form with another signature, but I have no confidence that it was counted and, of course, it surely was more expensive corresponding back and forth at least four times.

I have voted in Pierce County for 35 years and have never been questioned about my identity, though I knew I had a registration card to prove who I was if need be. Now I wonder why I even have one. The article states that “voting in person is more reliable” and that “voting by mail suggests an overall failure rate of as much as 21 percent.”

That is a frightening thing. I do not support voting by mail and have no confidence in the system as it exists here in Pierce County.

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