Target: Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator
Goal: Allow all citizens the right to vote by mail by amending the Voting Rights Act.
States that utilize vote-by-mail systems have higher voter participation and see more change than states that make it difficult to vote by mail. Bernie Sanders has been an advocate for voter rights since he started campaigning for office, and as a Senator, he is in a position to make it a law that every citizen have the right to vote in this way. While many states make it easy to attain vote-by-mail ballots, which can be filled out at the voter’s leisure and returned any time before Election Day, the states that do not make it difficult for millions of Americans to vote.
Officials and other critics who have opposed this system have weak excuses for doing so. They claim that their citizens prefer the tradition of voting in person and that filling it out at home allows peers and family members to influence their votes.
The other critique is the cost of printing ballots, but the money states would save from eliminating some voting places and workers could make up for that cost. Also, not everyone enjoys the tradition of the polls, especially as most people have jobs, kids, and other things in their lives that make going to the polls and standing in long lines a hassle.
The reasons for utilizing a system like this are numerous. The imminence of hacked votes would be reduced because you can’t hack paper. Signatures and other notoriety prevent fraud. If an attempt at hacking does occur, it can only affect individual votes rather than entire databases. In case of a recount, there would be a paper trail. Vote-by-mail would eliminate the need for an ID and the involvement of the transportation department. Consequently, it would make the USPS more relevant.
Citizens from states that vote by mail are happy with the system and generally happier with the decisions made in their state, since more people were able to have their say. Voters can take the time to research the candidates and propositions that appear on their ballots and make more informed decisions. States like Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, which use only vote-by-mail systems, report the highest rates of voter participation in the country.
There is no good reason why any person should not be allowed to vote in this way. Sign this petition to ask Sanders to fight for our right to a vote-by-mail system.
Dear Senator Sanders,
Due to your advocacy for voter rights and position as a Senator, I am writing to ask that you fight for all citizens to be allowed to vote by mail. Those with the opportunity to vote by mail are more likely to participate in elections, don’t need IDs, and are less susceptible to having their votes hacked.
You once tweeted that, “When the vote of the poor and minorities is suppressed, it becomes that much easier for the ruling class to further rig the system.” Utilizing vote-by-mail systems would allow everyone to access a ballot and hopefully begin to eliminate the problem of only the ruling class getting to influence politics. I and the undersigned ask that you push for an amendment to the Voting Rights Act that allows every U.S. citizen the right to vote by mail.
[Your Name Here]
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