LETTER: Methodology real problem with some voting by mail
Nobody has a problem with voting by mail. Absentee voting makes very good sense, so long as ballots are requested early enough to ensure they can be returned and counted by election day. All states should establish rules to this end.
The real problem is with those states that plan to shotgun absentee ballots out to everyone they consider an eligible voter, whether those ballots are requested or not.
Given population fluidity (deaths, transfers, new registrations, etc.) voter rolls are constantly changing, making management of such a system impossible in real time.
Any state that sends ballots to everyone, whether requested or not, will be effectively sabotaging this November's election.
Bob Reid, Niceville
Voting in person - masked
We must and do protect ourselves by wearing a mask when interacting w/people in close confines. Nobody has told us to stay away; instead, they (and “the science”) tell us to wear a mask.
Masks work since we’re told to wear them conditionally: “When you can’t social distance, wear a mask.”
We’re not told to wear a mask AND social distance.
My right to vote AND that vote are sacred trusts I still enjoy and I’m willing to do what it takes to secure that vote and make it personally count.
Towards that end, and I hope you’ll all join me, I’ll insist on casting it in person while I wear a mask and allow time and space on those dates in-person voting is open.
Are more votes expected to be placed in the USPS system than “holiday cards”? Reports abound that that’s the plan of many; aka, Operation Chaos.
Every holiday season we’re told by the same USPS now entrusted to deliver hundreds of millions of unverified ballots to drop off 2-3 weeks before the desired delivery date.
Two to 3 weeks, and that’s for a known, recurring surge.
Who else among us is just hoping beyond hope that 435 Florida-like 2000 election nights unfold, one in every congressional district on election day?
Remember how that concluded, and it took a mere 6 weeks to determine who won just one state!
William J. Roberts, Fort Walton Beach