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Letter: Voting has a lot of risks this year, but it’s more vital than ever

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Voters wait in line at the Judicial Center in Noblesville, Ind., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, to cast their ballot on the second day of early voting in Indiana.

Michael Conroy, Associated Press

This year, I want to be able to choose, along with my fellow Americans, who will be president of our country for the next four years. I am pleading for encouragement of all voting, by mail or in person. I am asking for a postal service that will handle ballots with integrity. I am hoping for no voter harassment. I am hoping that all polling stations are fully staffed and not overly crowded; I am hoping that polling stations in all areas remain open until everyone has had a chance to vote.

I am hoping for a president who encourages all forms of voting and does not cast doubt on the validity of mail-in ballots when he has absolutely no credible evidence for doing so — only the need to try to prevent as many people as possible from voting so as to increase his own chances of reelection. I am hoping that every citizen rejects the disparaging claims that the vote this year is somehow “rigged” and has the courage and motivation to vote this year.

I have the sense, being 68 years of age, that this election is the most important one of my life. Our Constitution, our voting rights, our future existence as a truly democratic nation — all of this hangs in the balance, as if by a thread, this year. Let us choose wisely.

LeRoy Anderson

Salt Lake City