For the recent election, I voted for the first time by absentee ballot. In preparing my ballot I realized that there is no real assurance that I was the person executing the ballot (my signature on record is from probably more than fifty years ago). I also realized that mail-in ballots that I had read about throughout the country, have even less assurance. I urge that absentee ballots be limited to those away at the election time, or housebound, that mail in ballots not be used. In-person voting, particularly with the seven-days pre-voting available, would assure everyone the opportunity to vote and of the validity of the election.
PAUL A. LAVIETES, ATLANTA