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Let’s vote by mail

An excellent way to better serve postal customers would be to implement a nation-wide vote-by-mail system. Idaho currently has an absentee ballot system to make it more convenient for voters although not everyone uses it.

Voting by mail has many advantages over traditional polling: It is cost-effective, it has increased in participation of voters, it is easier for election officials to conduct, allows for a more accurate picture of eligible voters by keeping voting lists up to date and it gives voters a longer opportunity to study ballots to find answers to questions. It also makes voting more accessible for working, disabled Americans and senior citizens.

Oregon currently has a “tried and true” vote-by-mail system where voters may drop off their ballots without paying postage, if they desire. In an Oregon all-mail 1996 Senate special election, even though 1.8 million ballots were cast in this hard-fought, highly partisan contest, not a single complaint (of fraud) surfaced. In fact, during the 15 years Oregon has held mail elections, only one case of fraud has been prosecuted.

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Let’s make voting represent the voice of more Americans.

John Paige

President, Idaho State | Association of Letter Carriers

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