Reform the handling of mail-in and absentee balloting

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One of the biggest concerns during the 2020 Presidential election has been the receipt, handling and counting of absentee and mail in ballots. The processes vary from state to state, and disputes over when ballots can be received, how they are examined and counted, observation of the processes and deadlines for receiving such ballots has created great distrust among the American people.  This is unacceptable.

Therefore, we are petitioning the state legislatures of all 50 states, to take up serious reforms to the mail in / absentee balloting systems and create, to the greatest degree possible, a uniform set of rules to ensure that ballots are received in a timely manner and are only counted if very specific criteria are met. With regard to mail in / absentee ballots, we propose the following to apply to all elections:

·       Voters must be registered in their respective county or parish no later than 30 days prior to the election.

·       Voters should be required to state a specific reason as to why they cannot vote in person on election day or during so-called ‘early voting’ in person prior to election day.

·       Mail in / absentee ballots must be requested by the voter, and such request must be made no later than 30 days prior to election day.

·       No longer should mail in / absentee ballots be automatically sent to voters, except for military members deployed oversees. Such oversees ballots should be mailed no later than 60 days prior to the election to ensure they are received and can be returned in timely manner.

·       Ballots must be signed and dated by the voter, and must include the voter ID number or state issued driver’s license or state ID number.

·       Mail in / absentee ballots must be crossed referenced with voter ID, drivers license or state ID number to verify the ballot is matched to the voter who requested it.

·       Mail in / absentee ballots MUST be in the hands of election officials no later than 5 pm local time on the date of the election, and must bear a U.S. Postal Service postmark. Any mail in / absentee ballots received after 5 pm on the day of the election will be discarded.

·       Illegible, unverifiable or otherwise damaged mail in / absentee ballots will be discarded.

·       Observers will be in place to ensure that ballot counting and handling procedures are followed and to ensure that no ballots are tampered with or altered in any manner.

**Note: some of these criteria are already in place in some states, but there is no uniformity across the nation with regard to such ballots.

We feel these basic rules, if adopted by all 50 states and their respective counties/parishes can help to restore faith in our system with regard to absentee and mail in voting.