I read a letter to the editor last week claiming there was no fraud in mail-in voting. While that may be so, I have had personal experience with some deficiencies in our process that could allow for it.
My wife passed away in mid-January 2010. Her death was reported to the Social Security Administration and I went down to the Douglas County offices in Castle Rock to do the same about a month after her passing. At that time I filed an official death certificate with Douglas County.
Later on that year in October, 10 months later, I received a mail-in ballot from the county for her to vote. I was baffled that even after 10 months her passing had not been processed by election officials to remove her from the current voter rolls. How widespread was this problem? I don't know but it did happen.
Vote by mail and verifying voter status are not mutually exclusive choices. I like voting by mail much better than standing in line, but it needs to be a verified and reliable process. Asking voters to verify their address, identity, or status is not a hardship when today any doctor, dentist, DMV office or liquor store will ask for the same verification.
Voting by mail is fine, just keep it current, correct, and annually verified.
William A. Henning
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