Issue Should PA Consider All Mail Voting?
Many states are now considering all-mail voting.
Oregon has had all-mail voting. I believe the state of Washington also has all-mail voting. Others states
and counties are considering this option.
...Other benefits Bradbury listed: protection from fraud by verifying the signature of every voter, an automatic paper
trail that makes recounts possible, easily updated voter rolls (because the post office does not forward ballots), election
costs 30 percent lower than polling-place elections and better control of ballot handling and counting.
Academic studies concur. A 2003 survey by the University of Oregon found nearly a third of the
respondents said they voted more frequently with vote by mail. That especially was true for women, the disabled, homemakers
and people aged 26-38.
The possibility of fraud is often raised as a concern about all-mail voting, but a June report
from Reed College in Oregon reported "hybrid" systems, such as Arizona has, present more ballot integrity problems.
That's because officials have to run two separate election processes at the same time
A third study, reported in the journal Political Behavior, found that all-mail elections are especially
effective in local elections or primaries, in which turnout normally is low.
A number of Arizona communities have used vote by mail for some elections, including Oro Valley.
Previous Issue: independent/3rd party voters to be affected by SURE in this presidential Primary Election (2004)?
Special Discussion of this development at ConspirannoyYa
According to the article, this is what's up!
By Paul Sunyak , Herald-Standard
Democrats and Republicans are eligible to vote in the April 27 primary election, so independents and minor party members should
stay away from the polls if they haven't switched their registration by the March 29 deadline.
Laurie Nicholson, director
of the Fayette County Election Bureau, said that Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes has determined that only registered
Democrats and Republicans can vote in the upcoming closed primary, in which voters can cast ballots only for nominating parties
certified by the Department of State.
DISCUSSION OF RECENT NEWS ITEM HERE
By Paul Sunyak , Herald-Standard
In years past, Nicholson said, independents and minor party members could vote
in the primaries, casting write-in votes that weren't officially counted anyway. She said that many of them showed up because
they wanted to be recorded as voters, something they no longer need to do.
Unfortunately, the statements in the article do not reflect that many times over the years, a question has appeared on
the ballot in a Primary election and all registered electors, regardless of Party registry, are ENTITLED to choose to show
up at the polls and vote on the question.
Voter Registration Guide*
Qualifications of Voters at Primary
The qualifications of an elector entitled to vote in a primary
are the same as the qualifications of an elector entitled to vote in general elections. The only exception is that an individual
must be registered and enrolled in a political party to vote in that party's primary. However, all registered electors
are entitled to vote on questions placed on the ballot or in special elections held concurrently with the primary.