I take exception to the Nov.7 letter, "Suggests flaws in voting by mail." The writer unfairly criticizes the auditor's staff and the volunteer election observers from both political parties. Had the writer visited the office, he would have found his fears to be largely unfounded.
Upon my visit, the staff did admit to some people having difficulties with the actual ballot. As a precinct committee officer, I would be happy to help voters in my precinct with assistance on the ballot. That includes both parties. If the writer has an idea for a more user-friendly ballot that meets state law, please submit it to the Washington Secretary of State.
Mail theft and voter fraud are both felonies. In addition, the ballot box is protected by law.
Yes, every legitimate ballot is counted in accordance with state law.
Any questionable ballot is examined. Every attempt is made to determine voter intent. That includes contacting the voter if necessary. If a ballot continues to be questionable, it goes to a canvassing board for review. This is open to the public.
Our government is not some maniacal entity bent on making life miserable for its citizens. It is our government. We can all make government appear less threatening by learning more about our civic duties and becoming active participants.