The Washington primary is placed for March 10. The ballots are actually mailed out, and lots of voters are livid. They’re needed to label their party affiliation externally of the ballot – Republican or Democrat, of course, as there’s no more an alternative for unaffiliated. Not only can practically anybody view that, but the detail is regarded as public for 60 days.
With regards to voting, just how far does the legal right to personal privacy lengthen, and what measures are required to fight voter fraud? There’s personal privacy at the polling booths, with minimal curtains or boxed walls so that we can make our choices free from prying eyes. Do we also have the authority to keep our selection of political parties protected from other people? Washington state voters appear to feel so.
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman announced that her office had been flooded with complaints:
“We’ve heard reports that people think their mailman or their letter carrier will throw those ballots away or that elections officials will throw them away and we’re assuring people that won’t happen.”
As assurances go, how can anyone assure such a thing? Will they have guards pursuing the mail carriers to make certain they don’t throw offending ballots? The worry of giving up a vote just from your affiliation, particularly for Republicans in such a liberal state, is not mere paranoia. All throughout the country, conservatives combat battles just so as to talk about their beliefs. Just seek the college campuses, where progressives harass and terrorize conservative students, even controlling them from their constitutional right to free speech.
Trump supporters and Republicans are seen as racists – the foulest of the foul. Once you have people in Congress like Maxine Waters calling on the American people to assault the Trump administration, the issue that a Republican’s vote might be dumped is not so farfetched.
Why is it necessary to put that information on the cover of the ballot? Why not inside, where only the election staff have access to it?
“I think the parties are worried about somebody coming over, crossing into their primary and trying to influence or affect it, but I don’t know how you would go back and prove John Smith really is a Republican and he crossed over and voted in our Democratic primary,” Wyman said. “I don’t know how you prosecute that.”
A primary is a party nomination process. On the state’s ballot, there are 13 Democratic candidates, as they were printed out before the newest competitors fallen out of the presidential race. On the Republican side, there are only two choices: President Donald Trump or a write-in candidate. The dread is the fact that folks will attempt to vote more than once or vote on a party they are not associated with to skew the totals.
The state used to have an option called “unaffiliated,” which allowed voters to choose candidates without declaring which party they belong too. It was successful, and, in 2000, approximately 500,000 voters chose that option. Wyman has been trying to bring that back since 2015, so far with no luck.
The question we all should be asking here is: Why make it so public? If the prime concern is voter fraud, then why not keep it private and sealed, to be seen only by the eyes of officials?