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VOTING: Mail ballots are too easily abused

Letter by William L. Anderson, Auburn on Oct. 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm with No Comments »
October 22, 2012 2:32 pm

Re: “Story missed mark on mail-in ballots” (Viewpoint, 10-19).

I’m sure that the Pierce County Auditor’s Office does as good a job as any in handling and counting mail-in ballots. But Pierce County has only 11 percent of the registered voters in the state of Washington, so it hardly seems that Auditor Julie Anderson could speak for the efforts in other counties.

King County, with 28 percent of the registered voters in the state, rejected nearly 20,000 or 2.6 percent of the ballots received in 2010. Remove the late ballots and rejection is still high at 1.7 percent, with mostly signature-related issues at the forefront.

As to the naive presumption that manual signature verification is 100 percent accurate, I’d like to point out that the banking industry abandoned manual signature verification more than 20 years ago. With the advent of the inkjet printer and scanning technology, it is just too easy to forge a signature.

So to those who say there are few or no reported acts of fraud in the mail-in voting process, I’d like to ask them to prove it. I’ve heard it is nearly impossible to prove a negative.

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