Vote in person vs. vote by mail

As the September 14 Recall Election draws near questions continue to be asked about voting by mail.  Different people have expressed divergent views.  The Election Integrity Project California provides us with a handy guide.  Read it through then get out and vote.  If you don’t know where your nearest Voting Center is go HERE.


There is definitely a time for casting an absentee ballot: ill or immobile voters, travelers, military, etc. EICa recommends voting in person if at all possible.

BUT the only way to ensure INTEGRITY in the election process is to limit voting by mail to those who have no other choice.

  • perceived as less convenient
  • deterrent against multiple or fraudulent votes
  • guarantees privacy
  • guarantees vote submitted without alteration
  • assures prompt counting
  • assures ALL voters have access to ALL information before voting
  • fosters the communal aspect of citizens voting together
  • eliminates threat of ballot harvesting


  • turn-out increases in ALL demographics when ID is required


  • does not increase turnout or save $$
  • disenfranchises those without mailing address and those who cannot go to ROV office or vote center if ballot does not reach them
  • negatively impacts handicapped voters
  • “convenient”
  • open to successful multiple registrations and fraudulent votes
  • no guarantee of privacy
  • no guarantee your vote arrives untouched, unaltered, or at all
  • delayed counting; rejection potential
  • often duplicated; original not counted = easy manipulation
  • encourages EARLY voting, i.e., voting before all information is in
  • harvesting danger
  • submitting in person does NOT change the processing disadvantages
  • Remote Access Vote by Mail for non-handicapped or deployed military poses greater risk to secret ballot and ballot manipulation, as well as fraudulent voting


  • Do NOT vote using an envelope unless absolutely necessary
  • Strongly oppose any attempt to move California to ALL Vote By Mail elections

EIPCa is a nonpartisan IRC 501(c)(3) charity. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Please help us fund this work, we can’t do it without you.

Click here to download pdf

Linda Paine, President and Co-founder,
Election Integrity Project®California

3 Comments on “Vote in person vs. vote by mail

  1. Are there no Republicans watching to make sure vote by mails are not altered. This is our only option in voting due to my husband’s physical limitations. Does it means it is better not to vote at all than vote by mail?

    • Armina;
      Not voting is the worst possible option. I can suggest that you can entrust your completed ballot to someone else to take to the voting center for you. If you don’t know anyone who can do that for you send me a message in the Contact us form. You can find that in the menu, and we’ll get you guys taken care of.
      Your Irascible Correspondent

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