Letters to the Editor

Voter postcards invite ID theft

Maybe I don’t have some pertinent facts, but does it strike anyone else as being strangely careless of our King County elections folks to mail out postcards containing cut-out portions to be our wallet voter registration confirmation?

It does say, “This card Is not valid proof of citizenship or identification,” but how many of us have often had something like this accepted as ‘proof of residency’?

With rampant identity theft, is it reasonable to assume that many times, a thief who needs to validate his false identification documents will support those lies with documents reinforcing his residency?

True, the county may have saved some money on postage and paper. But how many unsuspecting citizens will have their lives and finances utterly screwed up for years and perchance find that this one document (containing each voter’s full name and address) has been used in conjunction with other stolen items to build, or at least confirm, a false identity, thus victimizing them?

It just seems to me that the mailing of this type of information on large postcards is an open invitation to criminal behavior. I would like to expect more prudence on the part of our election officials, wouldn’t you?

Harriet Cook

Federal Way

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