Without ballots, no guide needed

I am of course greatly disappointed in the decision by the county auditor to not send out a primary voters pamphlet. Now we find out that more than 1,200 voters, including those at an assisted living center, did not get ballots on time and may not vote.

There was an assumption that everyone, including shut-in seniors, low-income and unemployed who had to let luxuries like the Internet go in order to save their home or feed their families, would automatically run to the library and sit and wait for a computer to be available long enough to go through the 72-page pamphlet.

What will be the next step? Should we just decide to not send these people ballots altogether? Are their rights to vote any less important? These are ill-advised decisions that the auditor has made; they just fuel the distrust that the citizens have. It will be interesting to find out how many hits the voters pamphlet actually gets compared to the number of votes cast. I hope they are at least smart enough to have set that up, considering this was supposed to be a test.

A better answer is to eliminate the primary altogether or have the parties pay into a general fund to pay for the printing. Of course, in the old days the newspapers would have published a voters guide in the Sunday paper before the election. Those days are gone. I hope this is not a sign of the direction we are going.

Mike Huisman