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If you like sending cash through the mail, you'll LOVE vote by mail!

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I hope the line "If you like sending cash through the mail, you'll LOVE vote by mail!" becomes a rallying call to defeat the total privatization of voting that IS what vote by mail constitutes.  It's bad enough that we have privatized secret vote counting on corporate computers....

Snopes has a new article up, complete with video by a postal inspector, that helps support this point. While it is not illegal to send cash through the mail, the postal inspector who has busted postal employees for stealing cash from the mail says you should never send cash through the mail. He cites one case where there was only a small handful of complaints but the postal employee had stolen over hundred cards with cash in them.

  See the video near the bottom of this link:

To add injury to injury and insult, a 2004 Oregon study (which has
100% vote by mail) showed that one half one percent of people
specifically reported that their vote or votes changed as a result of
pressure from someone nearby when they were voting.  This is the
clearest possible evidence of 1/2 of one percent rate of election
fraud.  THe problem will only get worse as more people catch on to the
problem and as the system spreads to jurisdictions with more of a
history of political shenanigans like Florida and Ohio.

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Vote by mail ends the secret ballot, results in actual votes being
changed through pressure and intimidation, is nothing less than the
complete privatization of what is supposed to be a public process, and
then ballots sit around for a long time for things to happen to them
like getting "lost" altered, or damaged.

If you like sending cash through the mail, you'll love vote by mail.


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Paul Lehto practiced law in Washington State for 12 years in business law and consumer fraud, including most recently several years in election law, and is now a clean elections advocate. His forthcoming book is tentatively titled DEFENDING (more...)

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