How can Russell Arben Fox think there is no difference in security between voting at a polling place and mail in voting? If I vote in person at my precinct polling place, they check my photo identification so they know who I am, and they can see that I am filling out the ballot myself. They can watch me at the voting machine to see that no one is forcing or enticing me to vote in any particular way. I can see that my ballot is entered into the machine and counted.

For mail-in voting, we don’t know who filled out the ballot. Even if the correct person filled it out, we don’t know whether they were coerced or bribed to vote for one candidate or another. Mail-in voters don’t know if their ballot even gets entered.

Absentee ballots are necessary for people who need them, and I don’t see much of a problem if people request ballots and then return them. It would be difficult to tamper with enough ballots to make much of a difference.

The real concern for me is when states mail ballots to everyone who has registered. This would make it possible for someone to intercept unmarked ballots in bulk and cast large numbers of bogus votes for one side or the other. That could potentially change the outcome of some close elections.

Phil Bowman, Salina