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Absentee Voter

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savannah geerdes

on 21 April 2016

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Transcript of Absentee Voter

Absentee Voter
Who is an absentee voter?
An absentee voter is when a voter (person) is not able to go to the voting booths so instead they send their vote through the mail.
What is wrong with the mailing your vote?
This seems like a harmless way of voting, but it is very easy to add extra votes or take away some votes for a certain candidate. Our country has the worst mailing system meaning that some of the votes may not get to the correct place. The voters don't know if their vote got to the ballot or not. When the votes go through the mail, the mail men or woman are able to add votes or take out the votes that are not for his or her candidate. The people don't need to show any identification when voting so that means you can write random people's names allowing you to add extra votes.
Another example
Robin Trainor pleaded guilty to two charges of absentee voter impersonation fraud at the polls in the 2014 primary. While serving as judge of a polling place, Trainor went inside a voting booth with her husband to “assist” him—that is, she told him whom to vote for. Trainor then stepped out, falsely signed the election register under her son’s name, reset the voting machine, and cast a vote in his name. Trainor was placed on one year of probation and stripped of her right to vote for the next four years.
BY: Savannah Geerdes
Example of mailing system not delivering properly
In Texas, electoral fraud occurring over the years involves political operatives engaged by candidates illegally aid those eligible to vote by mail, usually voters over 65 years of age or voters with a disability. This means that when it is time for the elderly to vote, some people may go to the elder's house and tell them how to vote and who to vote for.
What is an absentee voter fraud??
Absentee ballot vote fraud is a type of vote fraud that occurs when a person attempts to fill out and turn in an absentee ballot either containing false information. For example, this can occur when a person attempts to fill out and turn in an absentee ballot with the name of a false or non-existent voter. The term "absentee ballot vote fraud" can extend to manipulation, deception or intimidation of voters made possible by absentee voting, an arena of voting that is less easily regulated and observed than in-person voting.

According to a study conducted by the United States Election Assistance Commission, absentee voting creates one of the greatest opportunities for vote fraud and is the area of voting subject to the largest proportion of fraudulent acts.
A majority of states across the nation have no-fault absentee voting, which means that there is no excuse needed in order to be granted an absentee ballot. This practice has gathered opponents who argue that it allows for easy voter fraud, as it makes it much easier to obtain an absentee ballot. These critics urge laws requiring evidence of a valid reason a voter is unable to vote in person to be provided before an absentee ballot is issued. No-fault absentee voting has been criticized widely by the Heritage Foundation and others, which have been adamant on this issue since massive absentee ballot fraud in Alabama featured in the late 1990s. Proponents of no-fault absentee voting say that it encourages a large voter turnout and that this benefit outweighs the increased chance of voter fraud
What is wrong?
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