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Mail-in voting has no partisan advantage, Stanford researchers say

Original post made on Sep 9, 2020

Mail-in and absentee ballots improve voter turnout, but the argument that one political party would have an advantage over another in a mail-in ballot election doesn't appear credible, Stanford University researchers have found.

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Posted by Otto_Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 9, 2020 at 3:12 pm

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I have an issue with mail-in voting but it's not concerns about fraud or the ability of the Post Office to handle the volume.

I believe we, the people, should all vote on the same day. That way we are all voting based on the same information.

With the craziness going on in the last few years a lot can happen between the time you mail in a ballot and election day.

I'm not saying there should be no mail in voting. I understand it's necessary for some people unable to vote in person. I understand this year it's really needed with COVID.

However I've been a mail-in only voter for 10 years now. It was not my choice. There weren't enough people voting in my area to justify the cost of a precinct. I do have the option to vote in person but they give you a "provisional" ballot and the two times I tried it the poll workers didn't seem to really know the process for handling a provisional ballot. Not knocking them. They're helping out and that is good but it didn't instill a lot of confidence.

Yes, you can hold onto your ballot and vote on election day. As long as it's post marked you're good. I usually drop mine off at the local polling place on the day of the election. This year I'll probably mail it in due to COVID. Probably a week early just to be safe.

Stay healthy and VOTE in November.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 9, 2020 at 10:23 pm

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In the old days, special interests would advance or attack candidates just before election day. The information could be bogus - with no time for voters to learn the truth. So one advantage of voting over time is that lies can be revealed. If voting this fall were limited to November 3, Donald Trump would have fellow liars roll out - on November 2 - a fake vaccine and a fake cure and other false stories about anyone and anything that he thinks might trick voters into voting for him or not voting at all. Indeed, Trump is trying to get only his base to vote. I predoct the Postal Service will slow to a standstill where that helps Trump. Only swing states matter in the Presidential race. But voting down-ballot matters in other races - including for some contested congressional seats in California. What folks here should do is VOTE EARLY by delivering their completed ballot BEST to an official drop box. The location of such boxes will appear in your county ballot materials. But voting in California is not enough. People need to give money and their time to remove Donald Trump and his cohorts from public offices.

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Posted by Steven Goldstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 10, 2020 at 5:28 am

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Unfortunately the politics game is not to provide the best policies or practices to make government or business function well.

Instead, it is how much you can destroy your opponent using any means you can use.

Especially when you have a record of being dishonest, or you have not performed up to the needs of the people.

I am a registered independent, and I have to say that at least the Obama campaigns minimized personal or other attacks. But all other campaigns currently have had "hit" jobs, using false claims to manipulate voters. The last election was the worst one in American History.

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