To the Editor:
Kudos to your reporter Sam Adams for his informative May 20 article on voting issues in the June 23 primary election. I have posted it on the Facebook page of the Kentucky League of Women Voters.
And thanks to Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade for detailing new voting options and processes. Mr. Meade understands that many would prefer to vote in person, but he urges all eligible voters to consider the realities of voting during a pandemic, to apply for an absentee ballot, to follow instructions, and to submit the completed ballot by postage-free mail.
On Election Day itself, persons with special needs will need to be accommodated at the polling site(s). We would not want them to face crowds or long lines.
To those who fear that mailin ballots will not be secure, the League of Women Voters and other nonpartisan groups cite research showing rare instances of voter fraud due to mailing. And Mr. Meade assures Letcher Countians that there will be a paper back-up for each ballot.
Believing that voting should be easier for every citizen, the League of Women Voters is asking the U.S. Senate to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA). which restores the protections of the 1964 Voting Rights Act. The bill has already passed the House but awaits Senate action. Please contact our Kentucky senators and ask them to bring the VRAA up for discussion and passage: Senator Mitch McConnell (502) 582-6304; Senator Rand Paul (270) 782-8303.
Thanks for all The Mountain Eagle does to keep Kentuckians informed.