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Opinion: Voter fraud still possible with ID check
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Voters are being mailed applications to vote absentee in the May 19, 2020, primary. - photo by Shannon Casas

My venture into politics began as a little kid handing out political cards and saying, “please vote for my daddy!” In 1965, I started a 40-year career in voter registration and elections. 

So yes, out of curiosity I read the whole 92-page controversial election bill passed by the infinite wisdom of the Georgia legislature and signed into law by the governor.

Many controversial provisions have been addressed by the media. One that I have not seen addressed is the use of ID to request an absentee ballot. Copies of my driver’s license are in computer files at the bank, investments, insurance of all kinds, the hospital, many doctors, utilities, human resources, etc. Literally hundreds, if not thousands, of staff have access to the files containing a copy of my driver’s license. 

An unintended consequence of this law is it would be way too easy to request an absentee ballot in my name. 

The oath on the return envelope containing the voted ballot must be signed, but the signature is no longer verified. If a bad actor requested a ballot in my name, removed a ballot from my mailbox or paid me to give them my ballot, they could fraudulently vote, sign the oath and the forgery would never be checked. 

Signature verification is not perfect, but neither is an identifying number. Checking both would be safer.

Another problem is that the absentee ballot paperwork is kept on file for 22 months and is a public record. We already have too many ways for scammers to get our private information. Maybe the legislature will address these problems soon.

John Sullivan