Sunday, September 20, 2020
Sept. 20, 2020

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Letter: Keep outgoing mail secure


Regarding the recent controversy concerning vote-by-mail, recent Columbian articles provide a strong argument that our own state’s system is dependable. I do not, however, have the same confidence in results from states which are hurriedly hammering together a vote-by-mail system in response to recent demands politically motivated.

Locally, however, we do have a problem with vote-by-mail — a problem not related to our postal system itself. Recently while taking a walk along our rural road, my wife found, lying in the roadside ditch, a piece of discarded outgoing mail — in this case an application for voter registration. We contacted the sender by phone and were told that her outgoing mail had also been stolen previously. Rural locking mailboxes protect only incoming mail, not outgoing.

I strongly recommend that voted ballots be deposited only in the ballot drop boxes. In our neighborhood at least two of these boxes are located quite readily accessible from our home. Similar care should be taken when mailing out checks. Take them to the post office or use the locked drop boxes located throughout the community.

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