KRIS KENNEDY, Pasco
We the people need to exercise our rights as the employers of politicians. We do this through the ballot box. Washington state uses a forward-thinking method of identification through the signature of the citizens. It allows for the prevention of fraud and validation of initiatives.
In the past, ballot workers checked signatures as citizens signed the precinct book. The mail-in ballot requires fewer trained in signature verification. Would it be possible for someone to sign appropriately for a multitude of citizens? Many teenagers have been successful for decades purchasing cigarettes and alcohol with a phony identification. One single identification forger could provide multiple identification documents for fraudulent voting. Limitation of types of identification minimizes the forger's task.
With many concerned about voter fraud, many states can protect elections through signature verification. Election workers can sound the alarm when too many inappropriate signatures occur while citizens remain in control of the government.