To the Editor:

Have you noticed your property taxes have increased? Every year they will continue to increase. Why? Because your county and city needs money to operate.

What can we do to cut costs? Coryell County, which includes Gatesville and a few other small towns, is about to have to spend over $700,000 just to replace worn computer voting machines.

Can you imagine how much people who live in Waco, Temple, Austin, Houston, etc., must pay to do this?

Every county must pay poll workers to work in all the voting places, which costs a lot of money across the state. Every time we vote, it costs millions of dollars to us across Texas. We can use that money for a lot of things we need by simply doing what a lot of states do and that is vote by mail.

Texas does have vote by mail for those 65 years of age and older and handicapped folks, so we already have a system in place. Why not allow everyone to vote by mail? The whole West Coast, Colorado and many other states do that now and save taxpayers a lot of money. All that one has to do is register to vote and then they receive their ballot in the mail. They can sit down at the kitchen table at their convenience. They don’t have to stand in line in the rain or cold or rush home and be down to the voting poll by 7 p.m.

Most states give 15-20 days to return your ballot. We all need to tell our local politicians what we want to do. I ask the editor to please take a survey of your area people and let’s find out if people would rather vote by mail or continue doing what we are doing and print it in the newspaper so all can see.

Jim Denton

Gatesville

(2) comments

tomintexas

It is doubtful if mail in ballots would save significant money, if any. However, one should always keep in mind that such a process is tailor made for manipulation at the recipient level and fraud at the sender level - a poor risk with little or no reward.

Roody2
Roody2

A Democrat concerned about government spending and saving the taxpayer money. That's suspicious.

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