There is a lot of discussion regarding voter suppression and voter intimidation. In practicality, I see the manifestation of these issues on two fronts. First, in California, the party that obtains the majority, takes the votes of the opposing side towards its count, calling that “winner takes-all.” Isn’t that voter suppression. If an individual voted for B instead of A, shouldn’t the votes be counted proportional?

Secondly, mail-in or absentee ballots have its own set of flaws that could be construed as voter intimidation. You may ask how? So, if a family has multiple members who could vote, and everyone gets their mail-in ballot, a dominant member of the family could intimidate other family members to vote a specific way or a specific candidate, or one family member with the mail key could take the mail-in ballots, check the boxes and send it in with or without signatures. Some states are arguing that no signatures are required, so there is even more voter intimidation. Worst, one family member can destroy the other mail-in ballots that is also one possibility which is also voter intimidation. Voting in a voting precinct has advantage in that it ensures privacy from friends, family members.

Hari Iyer

Yucaipa

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