Voting Block

Voting is one of our greatest privileges as citizens. In this election, we have seen many stumbling blocks to voting enacted by Republican legislatures in various states–ID identification requirements, shorter early voting days, billboards that warn of punishment for voter fraud. In Pinellas County, I have found only one detriment to voting and, although this one concerns only voting by mail, it nevertheless is a serious concern. I have been voting by mail ever since it became available and have never complained about having to put a stamp on the envelope. However, this year’s ballot, because it is a two-page ballot with many constitutional revisions, requires a .65 cent stamp. That means that anyone who mails his ballot with a regular first class stamp will be short and risk his ballot not being counted. It was when I learned that Hillsborough County provides a pre-paid mailer for their citizens that I became upset and wrote a letter to the editor in the Tampa Bay Times. The requirement for the .65 cent stamp is a voting block that should not be.

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About bobosbest

I am a 79-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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