Letter to the Editor of the Findlay Courier
On January 8, we were troubled once again by a nearly factless rant by Tom Quarrie. I use nearly because there is one fact he had right. Polls do indicate that 80% of U.S. citizens favor voting reform. Had he dug further, he would have discovered that nearly none favor the kinds of reform he is proposing. Other than this one instance, he has gotten everything wrong. Voter fraud is not prevalent, in fact it is nearly non-existent. The risks of getting caught and the penalties are too high to make it a practical endeavor for any person.
You need to be really careful with statements about voting machines being hacked. Dominion Voting Systems has launched lawsuits against people making such claims, and since there is zero evidence to support those claims, their lawsuits are very likely to be successful.
Mail-in voting has been with us for decades with little incentive for fraud. Once again, the risk vs reward ratio makes it stupid to try. In fact, the only known mail-in ballot fraud cases involved two republicans from The Villages, Florida and these individuals will likely pay a fine and spend a portion of their remaining golden years in confinement and disenfranchised. Their only possible defense is stupidity.
Quarrie is relying on false narratives of "the big lie." Early voting is done under the same restrictions as those in place on voting day. Voting day is not a national holiday and many citizens do not only get docked for time off to vote, but also risk the loss of their jobs. Early voting is the only safe way they can vote.
Quarrie has obviously never been a poll worker or he would know how much work and time are devoted to getting all the votes fairly accounted for. I could easily knock down all of his strawmen, but I am limited to 350 words (compared to his 352).
In short, Mr. Quarrie only wants like-minded people to vote. The states he mentioned are being sued by the DOJ for voter suppression. Trump lost, get over it!