Do you think voting by mail is a good idea?

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With the Presidential and other major elections only months ahead, there has been a lot of discussion about the merits of offering mail-in voting. Proponents of the idea note that for some voters, it’s hard to even get to a polling place, and then once there, lines and waiting times can be long.

Voting by mail is good thing for many RVers, who may be a long way from home and unable to get to their local polling place. Of course, absentee voting has been around for a long time in all or at least most places.

Others, for various reasons, believe that voting by mail is not a good idea.

What about you? What do you think? Please take a moment to answer our poll. If you wish to leave a comment, please do so, but do not turn this into a political brawl. Just let us know if you believe this method of voting is good or bad.

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Jim Prideaux
9 days ago

Voted by mail/absentee in KY primary. It went fine, would do it again. But would like the option of going to polls. At my site there is at most a half dozen voters in front of you, other times you just walk in, present your ID and vote. If I lived at a precinct where I had to wait 20 minutes or more I’d always vote by mail. 

chris p hemstead
16 days ago

This is another war our esteemed president wants to start because he thinks, somehow, more Democrats vote by mail. I have no idea where that comes from.

BILLY Bob Thronton
15 days ago

Not what he said. Researching the vast internet on multiple platforms revealed numerous articles on fraud with “some” vote by mail. Not to be confused with absentee balloting, for those who may have difficulty in discerning between the two.

Again, the operative word here is “some”. It is in all our best interest to insure the most secure voting methods, so when they are tallied, and the winner is announced, as was the case in 2016, we all can rest assure the people have spoken, according to the constitution of the United States of America.

Elvis has left the building.

BILLY Bob Thronton
16 days ago

This is interesting; Dateline a couple days ago, US Postmaster General said to their carriers, if you have too much mail, you can set it aside and try and get to it the next day. Seems the useless culture has creeped into the post office. How’s that going to effect the vote, stay tuned, should be some interesting “finds” around mid November!

Carl
16 days ago

This was the decree of another incompetent campaign contributing appointee of our esteemed Commander in Chief. The individual has no experience with USPS operations prior to his appointment. Guess we’re going to make the post office great again.

BILLY Bob Thronton
15 days ago
Reply to  Carl

To that I say; to the victor goes the spoils.

Now, in all seriousness, the post office should take a page from the UPS play book. Deliver everything out for delivery on that day, no matter what. Why, because your a delivery company.

Rory R
20 days ago

I forgot to add that mail-in ballots were never a problem when it was the domain of the conservatives, now that requirements have been modified so it is easier for anyone who wishes to use it, it is fraut wit fraud… Does that mean that all the elections previous to the changes are in question and should be redone? Which would mean that if you are out of town, and can’t vote in person it is so sorry too bad, sorry you couldn’t make it. Once again if you don’t believe in it, don’t use it. But stop applying your fears to everyone else…

Rory R
20 days ago

I have been voting by mail since 1994 in local,state and federal elections. It is convenient, and I don’t have to try to rush home to get to my appointed polls. If you don’t wish to vote by mail, don’t try to stand in the way of someone else’s rights to choose which they prefer…….

Diane
20 days ago

We were active duty Army for over 20 yrs and always voted by mail. Never had a problem.

Brian Doc Burry
20 days ago

Absentee if necessary ONLY. Voting in person prevents most ballot stuffing (think of Chicago where many dead people have voted over and over again!).

Rory R
20 days ago

Ballot boxes can be lost in transit, they still have to go to a central location to be counted by computer…

Sharan Harrison
20 days ago

Many years ago when we moved to a rural area we were forced to vote by absentee ballot. We never mailed the ballot however; we took it to a neighboring area to a polling station and handed it over on election day. I did not like not being able to vote in person at a polling booth but we wanted to vote so complied with the absentee ballot.
The mail delivery is fraught with mistakes. I frequently get mail for someone else and wonder about my mail being misdelivered. Will an activist at the Registrar’s office toss my ballot when they see my party designation on the envelope or judge me by my address?

Dennis D
20 days ago

I don’t see how anyone can believe this is a good idea. There have been several cases already where fraud has been discovered with mail in votes. If you give anyone access to ballots there are going to be people who will commit fraud.

PennyPA
20 days ago

If political comments are discouraged here, why is this poll allowed?

BILLY Bob Thronton
20 days ago
Reply to  PennyPA

Although I side with vote in person, and if you can’t for a valid reason, request an absentee ballot, because that is how best to insure the vote, I feel strongly about their first amendment right, which covers free speach.

It use to be that the liberal mindset championed that right. But somewhere along the way, over the past few years, somehow the RIGHT has been stifled a bit. Which is amusing, in that it was their parents in the 60ties that brought free speach to the lexicon we so enjoyed for decades.

For those rendering their opinion, I salute you. For those who want to be crude, rude and disrespectful, I still say you have that right (within this blogs rules of course). Thats how our founders thought it should be, and I agree with them. The most interesting thing is that those who think, and may preach tolerance of late, tend now to be the opposite, as evidenced by some of the comments here. In any event, let’s all burn some fossil fuel and go RVing.

Dovidas
20 days ago

We need a Federal voting process, not local election boards. If you are a citizen you should be able to vote PERIOD! We have a method to identify citizens, it is called a PASSPORT CARD. Make it mandatory to have one. Then we establish a network of voter stations (maybe use ATMs). If you have a Passport Card you could vote at any ATM. Maybe give a $25 tax credit for voting to encourage slackers to vote. If your card is lost or stolen, you report it so no one else can vote using your data and then you submit a special mail in ballot. I designed accounting systems for the Army for 25 years, this system could be done securely (how quickly is questionable) . I know, “mark of the beast”, I won’t even use a debit card, bad guys are citizens, Russian Hackers, yada yada yada!

Les
20 days ago

The county I live in has ONLY mail-in voting for more than ten years. Nobody has a problem with it.

Bob p
20 days ago

Is there a way to insure 1 vote per person? And you’ll have to have all cemeteries patrolled by honest cops looking for the person with a clipboard writing down names of voters for their party. There may be a way to do it, but I don’t see it. Two years ago we went to TX in October, I told the election board we were leaving 4 weeks before the election and they had to mail our absentee ballots to us, we couldn’t take them with us due to possible fraud. That system would probably work, but think of the expense.

Joe
20 days ago

Unfortunately some people are confused by the facts when their mind is made up

chris Zimmerer
20 days ago

mail voting encourages fraud. why do it?

Carl
20 days ago

Comments should be limited to one per person. It is quite obvious that certain individuals here are trying to politicize this this poll, and push their beliefs down everyone else’s throat. Say your piece one time and shut up. You’re not going to change anyone else mind anyway and this newsletter should not be used to promote false facts (i.e., fake news) or conspiracy theories. You are entitled to state your opinion only.

BILLY Bob Thronton
15 days ago
Reply to  Carl

Carl, “wouldn`t it be nice”, great song by the way, if after a reply of an opposing view, those individuals can engage in civil thought. Sounds like that novel idea was thought up some 240+ years ago. Pretty smart people framed this country, and the silent majority will speak soon.

Jim
21 days ago

There is an increased likelihood of fraud with voting by mail. In the past boxes of ballots suddenly appear the day after the election. I have more faith in the election process if people have to vote in person and show valid ID.

Jon
22 days ago

I know there are a lot of non political people that do not vote because they don’t know who to vote for. I believe they shouldn’t vote if they’re just going to flip a coin to decide. These people are less likely to go a poll or waste their time mailing one in. But having an active group going door to door (like petitioners do) could persuade them to turn over their mail in ballot for them to use for their candidate. This is only a fraction of ways that fraud could be utilized. I firmly believe if you don’t care enough to get out and prove who you are with proper I.D. then don’t vote.

Ann Baker
22 days ago

We voted by mail for several years in Colorado. It wasn’t a problem.

www.livingboondockingmexico.blogspot.com
22 days ago

It would be interesting to see a poll by age group. i’ll bet younger people are all for online voting or mail-in ballot. Who wants to stand in line all day in the sun, wind, rain or cold? This is the age of technology. We all trust online banking, online ordering, emails, etc so why not voting? Nothing is perfect but I’m sure they can work the bugs out. It’s the wave of the future.

Connie VH
20 days ago

Interesting idea. We all (pretty much) have computers. Our ISP provides an ID to each one. Can’t online voting be established where one vote per ISP# is all you get? With a cross-reference to the State you’re registered to vote in….? Once your vote is accepted (which should be instantly), you could then get a confirmation number, print that if you wish (I would) plus an email confirmation follow-up, and then no more voting for you. If you have more than 1 computer, you choose the ONE ISP to vote from, and no others accepted.

Are we THAT behind in technology all of a sudden where this isn’t possible to get done? We have satellites going up into space nearly every week so we can have global internet. Isn’t somebody working on THIS?

What am I missing? Let me guess….

Louie
16 days ago
Reply to  Connie VH

Family using the same isp#?

Jessie harvey
15 days ago
Reply to  Connie VH

Hackers enough said