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.
SHOULD I VOTE BY MAIL?
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.
VOTING IN PERSON
VOTING BY MAIL
perceived as less convenient
deterrent against multiple or fraudulent votes
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
BY THE WAY:
turn-out increases in ALL demographics when ID is required
MANDATORY VOTE BY MAIL:
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
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
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
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