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Election process needs legitimacy

The Yakima County auditor, Corky Mattingly, and our county commissioners are considering an all mail-in ballot election system.

In light of the last election I would like to offer an opinion on this and some food for thought. As U.S. citizens, we are responsible to elect our county, state and national government leaders and we have been trusting in a tried and true process with little error until recent times. Many Washington citizens had their confidence in this process shaken by the governor's election outcome. Whether the judge's ruling is right or wrong is inconsequential considering the number of convicted felons who voted illegally. The discrepancy in the recount indicates serious problems becuase no two number counts ever matched.

All-mail voting is convenient and easy, but is it trustworthy?

How do we prove the legitimacy of the voter? Some addresses in the last election received twice as many ballots as qualified voters in those homes. Maybe we've made this critical process too easy.

I believe we need to re-register voters in our state and go back to voting at our local polls. Absentee ballots will still be necessary for servicemen and some citizens. It is imperative that all voters prove their citizenship and right to vote to legitimize our election process and restore confidence in the system.

Let's not trivialize something this important.

/s/ Rick Herndon, Sunnyside

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