Is there any debate that if a country’s main objective with elections is to ensure one person one vote would be to have in person voting with an approved photo ID at the polling location in which they are registered? Assuming the poll workers are honest, attentive and competent the potential for fraud would be generally minimal. Is there general agreement on that?
Could we also agree that with any form of mail in voting there is no way to guarantee that the person who the ballot is intended for is the one who sends it in? Unless you believe #1 it’s simply impossible to forge a signature or #2 it’s impossible for forged signatures to make it past poll workers. There are also other possible area’s for fraud as well if you consider phony ballots, signatures not being verified, human error, etc.
NOTE: THIS IS NOT A THREAD ABOUT HOW MUCH FRAUD THERE WAS OR WAS NOT IN THIS PAST ELECTION. KEEP THE DISCUSSION ON THE OP.
The other part I wish to discuss is a general view on voting along the lines of Constitutional intent. This is not something I have studied intensely so I did some cursory research and I found this helpful:
“When the Founders wrote the Constitution, the lack of voting as a right was not an oversight. The Founders were elitists, but they also believed only those who had a stake in society should be given the vote. In their minds, stakeholders were the only ones who had enough on the line to take voting seriously. If applying what the Founders believed to today, then only those who put in the effort of learning the issues and weighing out the options should vote, not those who simply vote for popularity or for who gives the best speech or makes the best promises. The mail system worked fine in 1789, but they chose to have voters show up to the polls. You had to put in some effort to vote.”
So my initial view Constitutionally speaking is that voting should not be restricted by ones race, gender, etc., but that it is not a right that either can or even should be enforced. It seems to me that the question is largely around how much effort should be required?