The mail ballot: Some love it; some still leery
Author: Dan Njegomir - October 30, 2016 - Updated: June 6, 2017
Since 2013, Colorado has been one of three states using mail ballots for all elections. Ballots for the Nov. 8 election started arriving in voters’ mail boxes sometime after Oct. 21, which was the deadline for county clerks to send out ballots to all voters. Do you like the convenience of mail balloting? Do you fear it opens the door to voter fraud? Unsure how you feel and could use a little more information? The Colorado Springs Gazette published a quick-read, point-counterpoint on the issue today in its opinion pages. Highights include:
…Colorado’s election law is already a model in the country for convenient options for registering to vote and casting ballots. It is no surprise that when voters have options, voters are more likely to vote. Colorado’s participation rate is now among the top three or four states in the nation.
Mail ballots increase chances for abuse. Election officials obviously can’t check the ID of voters who mail in ballots. Brian Mass of CBS News 4 reported that by cross-checking databases of deceased Coloradans and active voters, he uncovered multiple cases of ballots being cast in the name of long-dead voters.
Read the full arguments on each side and decide for yourself.