Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ~1 Peter 5:7
To say the times we are currently living in are anxiety-producing, is the understatement of this incredibly crazy year. Never have I witnessed so many people stressed, wrung-out and worn out. As we continue to ride out this virus, we are inundated by rules that seem to change daily: don't wear masks/wear masks; lock downs work/lock downs don't work, vote by mail/vote in person.
It's the latter issue that I wish to address in this post. With all the hype and hoopla about mail-in ballots in the news, I'd like to give you two reasons why I think they're bogus, and a poor choice for casting your vote in this most important election.
1. These ballots are issued willy-nilly to whomever appears on the voting rolls. They do not take into consideration that someone might have moved or are deceased; in that case, persons in possession of these ballots have the ability to commit fraud. Think I'm exaggerating? Danny's mother passed away in February of 2019. Guess who received a Covid stimulus check? That's right! Of course, we sent it back to the Feds.
2. Mailing anything these days is fraught with peril, as the post office is already overwhelmed with delivering enormous amounts of products ordered online. How can it possibly handle a sudden tsunami of mail-in ballots? Case in point: Do you recall the post I penned several weeks ago about sending some earrings to our granddaughter, Virginia? Guess what - the package never arrived!!! Yep, lost in the mail. Would you want to be the fate of your vote?
So, this leaves us with two alternatives: voting in person, or using an absentee ballot. I hate to admit it, but my husband, Danny, and I arranged to have absentee ballots sent to us for the first time ever. The huge difference between mail-in and absentee ballots? You must request the latter, and before they even think about sending you one, all your voter registration information is thoroughly vetted. Do I feel secure about mailing mine in? Absolutely not! Once we've filled them out, we will deliver them to a locked box designated for absentee ballots only. And we will do so during early voting to insure that they are there in plenty of time to be counted.
Voting in person, however, is the least anxiety-producing of all the voting methods, hands down. If we had not already ordered the absentee ballots, that's the way I'd prefer to go. I hope many of you feel the same way, as you want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your vote counts.
We may still worry about the future of our great nation, wondering what the outcome of this election will be, but we can know in our heart of hearts, that God hears our cries and our pleas. We can cast all our burdens at His feet, confident that He will always count us in.
God cares for you, for me, without measure.