The Case Against Voting By Mail

In an effort to increase participation, from time to time, we hear calls for unlimited voting by mail. Oregon provides for vote by mail. While well intended, vote by mail opens up the opportunity for fraud, buying votes, and voter intimidation.

John Foster, makes the case to the Committee on House Administrations, Elections Subcommittee in Expanding and Improving Opportunities to Vote by Mail or Absentee.

Another example of good intentions, questionable benefits, and unintended consequences:

First, at a polling place, a voter casts a private ballot. By contrast, there is no privacy curtain around an absentee ballot; it has left the protections of the polling plac


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