Dear Editor, As a Texan who has been living in Oregon for almost 10 years and who is moving back to Austin, I have to call bullshit on Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir and her statement that voting by mail is "not easy for the voter." How exactly is it not easy? Let me tell you, nothing beats opening up your ballot sent directly to you, reading up on the candidates in a booklet sent directly to you, filling in the bubbles, sealing it up, signing your name and dropping it in the mail, all in your own time. No fitting it into your day, no waiting in line, no running late for work … nothing. It is nothing BUT easy for the voter, and I will truly miss the convenience of voting from home.
[Michael King responds: Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir was simply pointing out that voting by mail is not without some drawbacks – perhaps not for Carol Vickers, but certainly for some voters not accustomed to the different system, which includes managing the materials, the return envelopes and external signature, all without assistance from poll staff. Not all voters are alike.]