Frequent address changes make voting by mail perilous

Posted: Sep. 9, 2020 3:30 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

Recently my husband and I received our applications to vote by mail. We also received one for our daughter, who has been gone for 10 years and is registered to vote in North Dakota.

Our son and daughter-in-law moved from Quincy to Hannibal, Mo., last year. They received their applications to vote in Adams County, Ill., at their Hannibal address.

While this is no reflection on the part of the county clerk's office -- they do a great job -- this is a major problem for the vote by mail initiative. People move, and many do not realize when they sign up to vote at a new location, that does not remove them from the voting registration record associated with their old address.

It would not be difficult at all for me to fill out the request for our daughter and enable her to vote in two states, which we will not do. I am not sure how voting records are updated when a person passes away.

The point is until there is a national database to track whether a person is registered to vote in more than one precinct, the vote by mail is a dangerous idea.

It's another case of the federal government implementing a program that is not ready for a rollout. Regardless of which side of the political fence you are on, I do not see how this vote-by-mail election can be an untainted election at the present time.

How many people do you know who have moved or passed away over the last four years? Think about it.


Carol Means