Letter to the Editor: Protecting your vote

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I am proud to be a citizen of the United States and especially, Bosque County. As an Early Voting Ballot Board judge, I am honored to count and protect all citizens votes. I do so with my fellow board members. This is such a privilege to continue our right as citizens to conduct voting and assure all votes count. This is a tradition of federal, state, and county laws going back to the founding of our Republic.

A vote is applied for by mail. A ballot is sent to the voter by the County Election Clerk to the voter. The voter returns the ballot by mail or hand delivers it to the Election Clerk. Then the Early Voting Ballot Board verifies signatures on the Voter Registration roster with the signature on the Mail In Ballot envelop. Any discrepancies are checked by other board members, at least one Democrat and one Republican. When both agree on signature match the ballot is open and set to be counted. If a signature is not a match, the election clerk is to notify the voter and a provisional ballot is offered. This is to assure all voters can vote legally even if they omit information or forget to sign their mail in ballot envelope.

So all this talk of voter fraud is so unfounded. We citizens have been conducting elections successfully with little error for at least a century in our modern era. All Democrats and all Republicans and all Independents are in charge of each and every vote in each and every county in America. I may not agree with other Early Voting Ballot Board member’s political views but I do respect their integrity to protect our vote and make sure it counts.

Thomas Schenck

Clifton