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POWER OF THE POLL ... The coronavirus pandemic is expected to significantly shakeup a highly anticipated event less than four months away: Election Day. As the clock ticks, government leaders are figuring out how to safely operate a general election in the midst of a health crisis. For Palo Alto High School student Tara Kapoor, the answer lies in universal vote-by-mail. She laid out her arguments in "Freedom Isn't Free: The Price to Preserve Democracy," her entry in The New York Times' seventh annual Student Editorial Contest. "This is, indeed, a realistic goal — five states have successfully and repeatedly set an example with almost all ballots cast by mail for years," the 15-year-old student argued. "It's high time we guaranteed the option for all Americans." She was recognized as a runner-up on June 17, when the publication released its list of winners. Kapoor contrasted the mishaps observed during Wisconsin's primary with the success during Alaska's primary, which canceled in-person voting and sent out ballots to eligible voters. The turnout doubled compared to the state's 2016 primary. (Both primaries were held in April.) Kapoor acknowledged an estimated $2 billion would be spent to make universal vote-by-mail a reality, but cited a March 21 opinion in the Times that stated the amount is "a drop in the $1-trilllion-plus stimulus bucket ... and it should be an essential part of any coronavirus response package." The contest, which limited each piece to 450 words, received a total of 7,318 entries reviewed by 30 judges. Read Kapoor's full editorial at

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Posted by Don & Melania vote by mail
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland

on Jun 27, 2020 at 11:46 am

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Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 27, 2020 at 11:58 am

Banning mail voting is another form of voter suppression. Working people and college students and senior citizens have a hard time voting in person because they can't take time off work or school or transportation to the polling place is difficult. Some states are even closing polling places in districts that tend to vote for certain political parties. Voting by mail makes voting much more fair, which is a fundamental principle of democracy. If the mail system is safe enough for tax refunds and stimulus checks, then surely it is safe enough for voting.

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 27, 2020 at 2:39 pm

People should be given a choice. One big problem just noted in the papers is that many dead people have received checks in the mail and the IRS has no way to get the money back. Our systems are so out of date. And our Santa Clara County Primary voting we had - never saw the final results. They just kept drawing out the count to see if the "right" people got enough votes. Never saw the final results. And some person in Santa Clara County voting "misplaced" 3,000 votes which were later found. Sorry - do not trust the system. Too many agendas out there.

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Posted by Absentee Voter
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2020 at 2:23 pm

Every vote should have a choice. Vote by mail, vote in a vote center before election day, or vote by mail on election day. If you received a ballot in the mail and you wish to vote in person, surrender it and you can vote. Otherwise, you can vote a provisional ballot, and it will be counted if you did not vote by mail.

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