Letter: Vote by mail needs more explanation

Published August 5, 2014 9:26 am
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Both major political parties in Utah are pushing for "vote by mail" (aka "mail-in-ballots"). This week I went to the office of our county clerk and discovered that there are no brochures that describe the process.

I have the following concerns:

1. What is the process for counting the ballots?

2. How do we ensure the ballot is secret, and who sees the ballot?

3. How do we know that our vote is cast or counted? Any feedback?

4. How can we ensure that our ballots are received? Suppose the ballots get lost, stolen, destroyed, altered, or the incorrect post-mark makes the ballot invalid.

5. If one forgets to mail-in the ballot, what process is necessary to be able to vote at the polls?

6. How sure can we be sure who actually voted? How many of the vote counters are qualified to judge a forged signature?

7. I was told that the mail-in ballot must be certified each year. Is this true?

Information relative to these concerns — the process, etc. — should be addressed and publicized. If we are not careful in handling this most important privilege of democracy, we are setting the stage for fraudulent elections. I have addressed these concerns to various political leaders this year, but have not received a response.

Grant Rees


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