A friend just received a ballot for her husband, who has been deceased for four or five years. Another couple each received two ballots; one each from a house they lived in four years ago, but never sold, and one each at the house they currently live in. And that’s only three people. Tears for my country.

Diana Tharp

Redwood City

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John Baker

I think it's fantastic that the County is trying to make sure every voter is reached. It would be great if the County was made aware when voters were no longer here (for one reason or another) so the taxpayers would be saved postage. But the implication the letter writer is making, that people would vote using other peoples' ballots despite it being a crime and despite precautions such as signature checking and keeping track of who's submitted ballots, probably says more about them than it does about society.


You cannot open other peoples mail, federal offense...

Dirk van Ulden

Mike - as usual you missed the point. These folks were receiving two ballots each. But don't worry, only one will count even if they turned in two. It is also a federal offense to come here illegally but what is done about that?


This letter is an example of unnecessary fear mongering. The deceased person cannot sign a ballot so it would not be counted. If one receives more than one ballot, only one is counted when compared to the database. Knowingly submitting more than one vote is a felony punishable up to 5 years in prison. The greater point is this: there are going to be glitches as long as humans are involved, but mail-in ballots remain extremely low in measured fraud.

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