The July 27 Letter Best by Ginger Vetrano, headlined "Voting counts," made many excellent points. I write to make a couple points regarding fraud, which I am sure will not make me very popular among the political crowd.
First, it is true that in this country, fraud is not as huge a problem as it is, say, in Belarus. But two things concern me about the way the Washington manages its elections. First, the primary system places the two highest vote-getters onto the general election ballot. This is a terrible idea that ensures that only Democrats and Republicans get on the general-election ballot.
There can be no "stealing votes" by a third party or an independent candidate -- a clever trick to keep the Libertarian, Communist, Constitution or Green party candidates off the ballot and limit the choices of the voters. This is shameful action by the Democratic and Republican parties to eliminate competition, as far as I am concerned.
Second, the mail-in ballot has done damage to one of the most fundamental principles of the voting system in this country -- the secret ballot.
JAMES GROHS, Kennewick