Yesterday the Washington Post reported that the State of Maryland will be introducing legislation allowing voters to download ballots, sign them (with no signature verification) and then send them in. How many ballots are going to be printed? By whom? And, who is going to sign them? Plus, the Post reports that Maryland’s voting computers are vulnerable to hacking and fraud.
Reducing the security of the vote in no way protects voters and democracy. Quite the contrary, voting is a precious privilege and a responsibility. The founding fathers never intended to have voting treated lightly.
As for those who believe that voting fraud is a non-issue, please consider the last election. In Cleveland, 16 precincts had one candidate receiving “0” votes, 24 precincts where he received “one” vote, 35 precincts where he received two votes and another 53 precincts where he received only 3, 4 or 5 votes. Then in Florida, at least one county had a voter turnout of 140% of the registered voters, when 60% or 75% is considered a good turnout.
Dear Maryland Legislators, many Americans have died to protect our right to vote. When this bill comes to the floor, all you have to do is vote “no.”