When a Secret Ballot Isn’t Really A Secret Ballot


The above link will take you to a great discussion of why a postal ballot, absentee ballot, or vote-by mail ballot are not exactly secret ballots. It’s eloquent, and if you are looking for a quick summation of the issue, there’s no better discussion I have found anywhere on the web.


Interesting Report on No Fault Absentee Ballot

Another report on the perils of postal voting. This one is here, and was written by Hans A. von Spakovsky, Attorney and Government Affairs Consultant.

His conclusions, whoever he is, are as follows:

  • Absentee ballots make the job of vote thieves easier
  • No fault absentee ballot laws do not increase voter turnout and may lead to greater declines in turnout
  • Absentee ballots make vote buying and voter intimidation easier to commit and make poll watching impossible
  • When voters cast absentee ballots in large numbers, the costs of political campaigns, which are already prohibitive for many citizens, are significantly increased

He also cites several studies, so it’s a good source to keep track of for further research just for the footnotes alone.

Another Great Article on VBM


In my ongoing search for good writing about absentee ballot fraud, I cam across this article today. It’s from last October, and appeared originally in the Wallstreet Journal. I especially liked this quote:

Mistakes are certainly possible. In 2004, a worker at a Toledo, Ohio, election office found 300 completed absentee ballots in a storage room more than a month after the vote. At least half hadn’t been counted, and they affected the result of at least one local contest. In Washington state, absentee ballots were the main reason that two recent statewide contests, for Senate in 2000 and governor in 2004, went into overtime.