Whenever a voting authority accepts a mail ballot, it foregoes the guarantees inherent in the process of in-person voting, including confirming the identity of the voter and assuring that the voter is afforded the anonymity of the voting booth.
Absentee voting was intended for people who physically can’t make it to the polls on voting day. It has turned into, at best, a convenience for people too lazy to vote in person.
Congratulations to Mary Boger and Nayiri Nahabedian for retaining their seats on the Board of Education. Hopefully, Nahabedian will not be unduly influenced by the approximately $41,000 spent by the Glendale Teacher’s Assn. political action committee on her and Ingrid Gunnel. It would also be nice if she would refrain from seeking higher office, as she did in her previous term, while serving on the school board. Thus far, she has not given that assurance, leaving some to question her commitment in the next four years to the children of Glendale.
Finally, I want to address the election for Glendale City Council and the events leading up to it, particularly the aspersions cast upon Councilman John Drayman. I will say at the outset that I am slightly prejudiced, having formed a favorable opinion of this man years ago. I join a very large chorus of voices wanting to rise to his defense, not to cover over or cover up, but to see that his side of the story is told. Some of us have been left wanting in this regard, given the headlines that have suggested impropriety and a few local voices that have gone so far as to charge criminal culpability on his part.