Editor,

The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.”

Since the US Constitution secures the right of citizens to vote, supported by the preamble’s establishment of justice for all, how can it be justified that voting is made so difficult, if not even impossible, for some? Elderly people may have a hard time getting out, not to mention standing in long lines for a chance to vote. Long lines, short hours and limited voting places and ditto machines make it hard even for the younger crowds, especially when you have to take time off from work, or if you have young ones to take care of.

The solution? Universal voting by mail, of course! Or, does that sound too socialized, too easy, too fair for everybody? Or, perhaps — too scary for Republicans?

A common Republican complaint is that vote by mail encourages fraud — by Democrats! Why not equally common among Republicans? Yet, voting fraud has been found inconsequential and so rare that it can be ignored.

Jorg Aadahl

San Mateo

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(3) comments

Jorg

This should help enlighten those who have been listening to Trump's imaginary scenario:

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/04/864899178/why-is-voting-by-mail-suddenly-controversial-heres-what-you-need-to-know

Lou

Jorg,

)1) Voting by mail is easy.....Just "register" to vote! Ballots will be sent to anyone who is "registered" and they can be mailed in or dropped off. Age or race is not a factor. Thus, it follows the Constitution. (See: https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration/vote-mail/)

(2) I think ballot harvesting is considered one of the major potential fraud problems. Be grateful we have groups monitoring this. For example... " Election Integrity Project...." (non-profit) news brief states....

"2020 Election: Supreme Court May Rule on Ballot Harvesting

Watchdogs file Amicus Brief in support of protecting

the chain of custody of vote-by-mail ballots.

Santa Clarita, Calif. - A potential landmark case involving Arizona's election laws, including its right to limit who can handle and deliver vote by mail ballots, is being considered for acceptance by the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS). Election Integrity Project, California (EIPCa) and Arizona (EIPAz) have joined 13 other parties in filing documents with the court (amicus curiae) in support of Arizona's petition to have SCOTUS take up the case.

At stake is the issue of ballot "harvesting", a practice by which any person can collect-- and possibly manipulate-voters' vote-by-mail ballots. As a minimal protection of the secret ballot and to prevent undue influence, Arizona's law limits who can collect and deliver a voter's ballot: family or household members, caregivers, election officials, or postal service. The Democratic National Committee claims that Arizona's law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, because the limits on ballot handling disparately harm minority voters.

Two courts have agreed with Arizona's contention that its limits do not harm minorities. However, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overruled those two previous findings. This ruling is stayed until SCOTUS determines whether to take the case.

Tafhdyd

Don't forget to include the information about the largest ballot harvesting scandal was by the Republicans in North Carolina in 2018.

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