I went to the polls last week to cast my vote.
I don’t believe in mail in voting unless you are literally unable to get to the physical polling location.
I know many of you LOVE mail in voting, but here are my reasons against it. That being said, I’m not going to argue any of this with you all. This is my opinion and why- but I don’t care what you do as long as you vote.
- My daughter is a college student in DC, but she wanted to vote for her official place of residence- NYC. She applied for an absentee ballot but never received it. She was unable to get a new one. This means she did not get a chance to vote, and someone else could have gotten her ballot and cast a vote. There is no way to guarantee delivery of ballot, nor authenticity of vote
- If a polling place is able to count your ballot and show proof of that, there is probably some code in there that will show how you voted. Is there such a thing as a secret ballot anymore?
- Mail in voting would need to be updated on a yearly basis, because you can’t be mailing ballots to people who may have died or who may have moved, because ANYONE CAN FILL OUT THOSE BALLOTS AND NO ONE WOULD KNOW Administratively, this is a nightmare. Plus- the cost. For when there are midyear primaries and such, you would need to go through same procedure twice in a year.
- Do we want to rely on the mail to get something as important as our ballots to and fro? I live in an apartment building. I get someone else’s mail at least five times a week, including mail for the person who lived here prior- twenty five years ago.
- According to my 20 something neighbor- they just don’t check their mailboxes because they don’t ever expect to get anything other than packages. This includes my daughter and her friends, whether they are from NYC or other places, and wherever they live now. Knowing she had requested an absentee ballot made my daughter actually find out where her mailbox was/is. She will likely not visit it again this year. She directed relatives wanting to send her birthday cards to just send them to NYC and she will look at them at Thanksgiving.
- Say you didn’t receive your ballot and a vote was counted in your name: What’s the recourse?
- What if they never received your ballot: What’s the recourse?
New York City held an election last week. Every four years all citywide offices, including Mayor, are up for grabs (we also have term limits now, so that adds to the importance)
We had all sorts of early voting, mail in, etc…
This year less than 20% of eligible NYC voters actually voted- (gothamgazette.com)
If we make voting a month long free for all, I only see that number getting lower. I think when it is spread out it lacks the urgency and gravitas. I think it makes it easier to be apathetic.
Side Note: This blog was written on the 6th. When I spoke to my daughter on the 9th, she told me that the ballot got to her on the 8th- almost a week after election day