Ensure Truthful Voting Process By Reforming Absentee Ballots

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Target: United States Elections Assistance Commission (EAC)

Goal: Reform absentee ballot counts to ensure that all registered US votes are fairly accounted for in all elections.

On November 6, 2012, many registered voters will cast their choice for the next president of the United States. However, many votes will be cast away and not truthfully represented. There have been many adjustments to the voting system such as cracking down on voter registration drives, imposing identification requirements, and cutting back on early voting in person, but with recent news of a rise in fraudulent and error filled absentee ballots, many Americans are wondering if their ballot will be the next to be bashed.

Boards across the states are tossing out some ballots because they arrive without the signatures required on the outside of the return envelope, leaving election board members with the tedious task of comparing handwriting to justify the validity of a vote.

Scenes like this contradict the Keystone Essay written by our founding fathers that clearly states that all representation of the people should be easy, possible, and truthful. Now, we are facing a nationwide increase of absentee ballots that has tripled since 1980 and accounts for almost 20 percent of all votes. Of course this leaves the American people wondering: did I cast the absentee ballot that has not been fairly represented?

The Commission on Federal Election Reform has even concluded that “absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.” A change should be made and the evidence supports a need for reform. The arguments that absentee ballots are cheaper to administer and make for shorter lines on election day are two extremely unacceptable and irresponsible reasons to administer an unfair process in counting the votes that determine a country or state’s leader. Tell the United States Elections Assistance Commission to reform absentee ballots so that their validity can be ensured and so they are only used when absolutely necessary.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear United States Elections Assistance Commission,

With the 2012 Presidential Elections fast approaching, we must take this time to consider the accuracy of our voting systems. I urge you to bring attention to the Federal Government that absentee ballots are often a source of inaccuracy and voter fraud. The process has proven throughout our history to be an unfair representation of the American people. A tripled increase in absentee ballots since 1980, which now account for 20 percent of all votes, calls for an urgent change to ensure the people of America are not being cheated out of their right to vote.

In a democracy that our founding fathers clearly defined through documents such as the Keystone Essay, which states that all representation of the people should be easy, possible, and fair,  we must create another system that upholds these foundations. This is no surprise to many of the fair people working hard to bring accurate voting results. Tell the federal government we must be provided with fair voting systems to uphold the fundamental rights of this country.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. Charlotte Stubbs says:

    From everything that I’ve researched ballot fraud is not an issue. Where was this issue found or documented? I am a disabled veteran and vote by absentee ballot for 2 reasons. 1 there is no way I could stand in line in order to vote and absentee ballots provide a sorely needed paper trail of votes. Many of the electronic machines did not and still do not. There is probably more fraud in the electronic machines then in paper absentee ballots.

    • http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/07/us/politics/as-more-vote-by-mail-faulty-ballots-could-impact-elections.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 (This is where I started the research) I just think it is funny that we can send people to Mars but people are still mailing in their votes in which the process entails comparing signatures by the letter that look ‘suspicious’? Who is the Master mind behind this process? Furthermore, I thought it an idea to…. ****This is what should happen: The elderly and disabled should vote a few days in advance of the ‘OFFICIAL VOTING DAY’ of the presidential election OR PERHAPS a team of certified state officials (SAME PEOPLE COMPARING SIGNATURES BY THE LETTER THROUGH THE MAIL) should work to establish a program through which state officials VISIT THE HOMES of the disabled or ELDERLY to cast the votes. This could be called, ‘US CARE TRANSPORTS.’ This would make the voting process a collaborative effort of the communities to ensure all registered voters are accounted for. If not visiting the homes, then establishing a transport to the VOTING POLLS FOR those incapable of getting to the polls. This mentality of ‘makes it easier for disabled’ by mailing votes is the most accurate, easy, and efficient way of counting ballots is NOT CREDIBLE. The process of comparing signatures and then not counting ‘SUSPICIOUS’ BALLOTS and not ‘SIGNED PROPERLY ‘ VOTES is MORE TEDIOUS AND according to the The Keystone Essay of our Founding Fathers less possible in crediting ALL VOTERS.

  2. I am still learning about the issue and appreciate your service Charlotte and just really want to understand ways in which we could make the system more reliable.

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