I have always voted in person on election day, but this year I voted early. The process for voting was the same as it has always been: I was required to show my identification to an election official, who compared my photo ID with the registration records. After determining that I was eligible to vote, I was allowed to operate an official voting machine, which provided a ballot to complete, plus an opportunity to check my ballot for accuracy before recording my vote.

I have confidence in the election process that I was subjected to because I was identified as the person registered and eligible to vote, and the machine recorded the date that I voted. 

I have zero confidence in a mail-in voting process that doesn’t check to see if a voter is alive, or dead, or is living at the address on file, or if the voter is eligible to request an absentee ballot. I have zero confidence in a process that doesn’t require an ID. I have zero confidence in a process that does not have a way to verify that a ballot was received on time.

Mail-in voting requirements, and rules for the 2020 Presidential election were totally inadequate in many ways: Election officials were overwhelmed by the massive volumes of mail-in ballots. Voting procedures were changed at the last minute by judges, and unelected state and local officials instead of by the state legislatures, as the Constitution requires. Observation limitations in swing states presented many opportunities for fraud: “Observers” were not allowed to observe receipt of ballots, opening of ballots, review of ballots, and processing of ballots. This limitation made it impossible for observers to check signatures, dates, and comparison to registration records. The failure to closely observe effectively covered up and destroyed evidence of voter fraud.

To ensure a free and fair election, and prevent suppression of legal votes, future mail-in voting procedures will require major change. At a minimum, the mail-in voting process should require enhanced identification to determine eligibility to vote, and compliance with any other state legislature instructions. Therefore:

Voter registration records must be purged every year to eliminate voters who are not eligible to vote: eliminate those who have died, or moved, or have not voted for years, or are felons who have lost their eligibility… Limit mail-in voting to the absentee ballot process whereby a ballot will not be issued unless requested, and checked for up to date registration… End election day registration and establish a reasonable time period prior to election day for new voters to be properly registered… Require photo ID for voter registration…and again with all mail-in ballots. .. Outlaw vote harvesting… Allow early voting, and early processing to determine vote results on election day… Observation rules must be changed for mail-in ballots: Representatives of both major parties must review receipt of every envelope, opening of every envelope, review of every ballot, and machine processing of every ballot… Lastly, every mail-in ballot issued for an absentee request must have a tracking system to determine if a ballot was received by the requester, to determine if the ballot was completed, and mailed on time, and received by the election office, and if not, using the tracking system to determine it’s location.