Letter: A counterpoint to letter on mail-in voting

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To the editor:

In response to Anni Crofut's letter (Eagle, "The facts of voting by mail," July 17), consider some counterpoints. Hans von Spakovsky of The Heritage Foundation states that voting entirely by mail would endanger the security and integrity of the election process. Voter registration rolls are inaccurate and out-of-date, containing names of voters who no longer reside at a registered address. These ballots can be stolen and voted.

Judicial Watch has filed lawsuits against states to remove inactive, ineligible voters from its rolls. Between 2016 and 2018, 28.3 million mail-in ballots remain unaccounted for, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. If you don't want your ballot to "go missing," vote in person.

Absentee ballots are different from mail-in ballots. They must be requested, signed and authenticated before being sent to a voter. If one is disabled, at a high risk for COVID-19 or is unable to vote in-person for legitimate reasons, getting an absentee ballot is simple. Go to Vote.org and fill out an application that takes two minutes. You will get a ballot by mail or email. Town clerks can also assist you.

Vote-at-home is not less expensive than in-person voting. The Brennan Center for Justice estimates the vote-by-mail option has a cost between $982 million and $1.4 billion. This includes costs for postage, tracking ballots, verifying signatures, high-speed scanners and additional facilities and staffing for ballot processing. The center estimates that in-person voting has an estimated cost of $271.4 million. Compare the figures.

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Ballot applications are not sent only to registered voters. They are mailed to deceased persons. Will 22.1 million undocumented immigrants, cited in the MIT-Yale Study of Government Data, also get ballot applications? How can millions of these be authenticated?

A recent Washington Post/ABC News Poll states that "A plurality of Americans say mail-in voting is vulnerable to fraud" and nearly 60 percent want to vote in-person in the 2020 election. Even left-wing outlet polls concede election fraud exists.

If a voter can shop at Walmart, Home Depot, liquor stores or grocery markets, go to beaches and riot in the streets, then that citizen can don a mask and gloves and vote in-person to legally cast a vote. To honest Berkshire residents, voter fraud seems like a far-out notion. It happens. Voter fraud via mail-in balloting is a reality dangerous to election integrity. If you want your vote counted, go to the polls.

Judith Belanger,

Adams


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