There's nationwide talk about vote-by-mail being fraudulent. In 1983, vote-by-mail for special elections began. In 1991, registered voters could have ongoing absentee mail-in ballots. In 2011, vote-by-mail became a mandate & Washingtonians lost the right to poll vote. High costs + low voter turnout = restore polls!
Poll voting is the type of voting where a legal registered voter casts their vote at a polling place, in person with identification, on Election Day. Your polling place is assigned based on your residential address. Your name will be on a roster at your polling place. Polling places are typically schools, community centers, churches, and other public facilities. Volunteers at the decentralized precinct level operate the polling places. You tend to get to know volunteers over time and this makes for excellent community involvement and relations. "The major fear is now hacking, and more voices now urge a return to paper ballots." What's the Best Way to Verify Votes?
"Former Washington gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi [possibly] won his election. He was certified the winner of the 2004 election. Twice. But the closest gubernatorial election in United States history was flipped through shenanigans during the recount."
"And I think that what we have to remember, if we start with the rule, that every vote should count, then we do what is necessary to count every vote." -Gregoire's attorney Jenny Durkan (current Mayor of Seattle)
What happened to counting every legal vote? Is this possible error the reason Rossi lost the election?
First of all, We the People did not make the choice to remove our rights to vote the polls. All mail-in voting was pushed onto the people through a mandate. There is a very large portion of Washington Residents who would like to see live poll voting rights returned to Washington State's voting system. It is possible that live poll voting has less chance of fraud. Vote-by-mail appears to discredit the integrity of the electoral voting process. It could be true that the risk for fraud increases when you have more than one hand handling each ballot. Who can prove otherwise? Just because you mail in your ballot, doesn't mean it got to the right place. Just because your ballot was logged as received, does not mean the ballot itself wasn't altered. There are too many systems affiliated within the all vote-by-mail process.
As for going to a live poll vote location, you can almost guarantee that your vote is real, true and getting counted! You show up on the election day, you and only you check your boxes in a private and secure booth. Your vote is processed immediately, there is no waiting and processing through a gazillion people and machines.
"The New York Times correctly said back in 2012, 'votes cast by mail are less likely to be counted, more likely to be compromised and more likely to be contested than those cast in a voting booth.” Mail-in ballots are the ballots most vulnerable to being altered, stolen, or forged. Mail-in ballots also have a higher rejection rate than votes cast in person. Then there is the problem of mail-in ballots being miscarried or not delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. In addition, there have been problems with the Postal Service not postmarking ballots, making it impossible for election officials to determine whether the ballots were mailed in time to be counted. At polling places, by contrast, election officials can try to remedy any problems a voter encounters. " (2020, Hans Von Spakovsky)
Weighing the two, it looks like voting in person is better than voting by mail. Please stay tuned for detailed statistics showing why voting in person is better.....
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