In the Opinions section, Jean Goncalves wrote a rebuttal stating that there is a difference in mail-in ballots and absentee ballots (“Reader responds to Lux,” Daily Independent, Aug. 29, 2020).
The way a ballot is sent out is different, but the only ballots that count — the only ones that are actual votes — remain the same.
When someone votes, if the ballot doesn’t have all of the correct information, bar code and signature, it doesn’t count. If someone dies, a death certificate is issued by the state and those lists are used to purge the lists of registered voters.
Mail-in balloting has been safe and effective enough for every state that chose to go to all mail-in balloting. Fraud has been studied over the centuries, and the process refined, so that the incidence of fraud is literally 0.0009%, which is insignificant out of 330 million citizens.
When Christmas rolls around, or any other holiday, the mail goes through every year, and the mail has gone through every voting year in the past as well. Not to worry, unless the new removals of equipment, mail boxes, and cuts to the hours of postal workers by the new agency head — who is a friend of the president — screws it up.
The reason all of the places listed remained open during a pandemic is because the governor of this state didn’t listen to medical professionals but listened to the president instead. Gov. Cuomo of New York mandated masks and social distancing early on and that state, along with many other states and countries, are now able to open up safely.
Sadly, there are still people who think they are being disloyal to the president if they listen to the doctors and nurses. Oh, and masks are worn safely hour after hour, day after day by health care workers to stop the spread of germs.