Shouldn’t ballots be anonymous?

By From page B7 | June 01, 2014

Fully risking sounding like a local crank, I have a question about the mail-in election ballot envelopes that were sent out. I finished my ballot in the nick of time so I don’t have to hand-deliver it this year, but I am puzzled by the outside of the envelope, where my name and address is printed in black text, for all the world to see.

I started imagining a scene where political operatives had hijacked the postal system and were grabbing ballots, checking names against some sort of list, and trashing those from “undesirable” voters, be they Democrats, Republicans or supporters of the wrong proposition or college football team. I could see this as part of a plot of a movie that would run at the Varsity, though it might be a short run.

All joking aside, I imagine there’s a logical reason for this practice, but yet, I question it, as it seems that ballots should truly be anonymous.

Joanna Friesner


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