When voting this year, residents won’t be heading to the polls. Weeks ago, Tucson’s city council voted to make the switch to an all vote by mail election. It was a decision that stirred up controversy.
But news of missing mail ballots in Sahuarita is causing concern. On April 5 the council weighed whether or not Tucson can handle an all mail election. And after hearing from the public, council members decided the answer was yes, an all vote by mail election was the best way to go.
“It’s just a way of ensuring people cast their votes, regardless of how they cast their votes,” said Tucson council member Karin Uhlich. But that day, questions were raised about how safe an all vote by mail election would be.
“While those ballots are probably very secure while in the postal office’s care, they are not secure while in a mailbox,” said an attendee of the early April forum on the all mail election. Those concerns are growing after the U.S. Postal Service misplaced 85 ballots in Sahuarita’s election.