The Gazette’s editorial board is in favor of signature verification for absentee voting in Iowa.
“Iowans set a record for voter turnout in the Nov. 6 election,” said an editorial published Friday. “The percentage of registered voters casting ballots — 72 percent — was the highest in 20 years, though just above the 71 percent of 2004 and 2008.
“More noteworthy was the 46 percent of ballots cast early or by absentee. That figure is a record and reflects a growing trend in our state and many others. If more early and absentee voting leads to higher voter participation, that’s good.
“Iowa’s Secretary of State Matt Schultz also wants to head off potential problems with absentee ballots by proposing a signature verification system. We think that’s worth exploring.
“We doubt whether most Iowans want an all-mail voting system yet. But tightening our absentee ballot process to prevent future problems makes sense, as long as it doesn’t discourage voter turnout or greatly increase costs.”
Do you agree? Do you think there’s a substantial potential for voter fraud with absentee balloting? Is signature verification the best solution?