The ballot-box issue
I have no opinion if there should be a ballot box outside of Town Hall. I get it, some individuals’ schedules may not allow them to enter Town Hall before 5 p.m. when Town Hall closes. Others, who make non-essential visits to malls, retail establishments, liquor stores, convenience stores, restaurants, etc., may not however feel comfortable entering Town Hall. Additionally, those who have made only essential trips outside of their homes would understandably not feel comfortable entering Town Hall.
Like life in general for most challenges, there are several options available to address each of these individuals’ concerns, given a ballot could be returned in a postage-paid envelop through the USPS. Those not able to visit Town Hall during normal business hours could drop off their ballots at the South Main Street post office (opened 24/7) or at the Yalesville substation. Those options would also be available to any individual not feeling comfortable entering Town Hall. There are numerous USPS mail boxes located throughout Wallingford which are significantly more accessible to the overwhelming majority of voters than Town Hall, making those boxes more convenient than and equally as safe as a ballot box outside of Town Hall. As there have been discussions concerning nationwide voting by mail; what better way to test its effectiveness than for everyone mailing in their primary ballots?
I find it amusing the Deputy Secretary of the State suggests having ballot boxes located only inside buildings somehow forces voters to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote. Apparently, this gentleman is clueless as to the various options available to voters under the procedures his office established. As for the claim the mayor is attempting to suppress the vote, I cannot wait for a Readers’ Opinion with the next equally ludicrous notion.
Jim Seichter, Wallingford