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posted: 4/11/2013 5:00 AM

Mail-in voting would curb costs

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Columnist Jim Davis ("Local primaries make case for less democracy," March 31) decries the high cost per voter of the February primary for local offices. Here's a solution: mail-only voting. Illinois law already allows any voter to vote by mail. Why not provide that all voters in the February primary vote by mail? This would eliminate the need to pay for hundreds of election judges and to rent space for polling places.

Don't trust the mail? Create drop-off boxes at convenient locations. Oregon and Washington have mail-only voting for all elections. Let's try it with the February primary. We also should consider mail-only voting for special elections. Once voters get used to it, they might find they prefer it to waiting in line on Election Day.

Matt Flamm


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