Sounds good to me (I'd prefer to vote that way anyway), but we'd have to watch out for Republicans grabbing control of the post offices and mail pickup.
“In Search of Accurate Vote Totals” noted that voting accuracy remains a problem nationwide. Oregon has the solution.
Voting problems include voter intimidation, going to the wrong place to vote, failure of voting machines, lost ballots, no reliable paper trail with electronic voting, employees not being able to get away from work to vote, and so on. In Oregon, we have shown that all this is unnecessary.
In 1998 voters passed a measure directing all elections to be conducted by mail. We vote at our leisure in the privacy of our homes. This affords the voter the time to study the often complex measures on the ballot, and to vote over a period of hours or days, if desired.
Oregon has a high rate of voter participation and almost zero fraud. Our vote-by-mail procedure has been successful, and should be emulated by other states.
John S. Dearing
Corvallis, Ore., Sept. 5, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
They Might Just Be On To Something...
A letter to the editor in today's NYT: