September 3, 2020
In the early 1990s I was a deputy prosecuting attorney for Whitman County. One of the interesting tasks of my position was to be a member of a panel certifying absentee ballots. The other representatives on the panel were the county auditor and a county commissioner. This was before voting by mail, so these ballots belonged to Whitman County voters who had requested to vote absentee, rather than in person.
There were never many absentee ballots at that time, perhaps 25 or so, and we would compare the signatures with the voters’ signatures of record. Because of the age or infirmity of the...