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Signatures on ballots have some voters concerned

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PASCO, Wash. - Voting and identity theft don't typically go hand in hand, but some voters are worried they could.

It was just last year that Franklin County decided to do away with the security fold that previously covered voters' signatures on the mail-in ballots. Pasco resident Kathy Baumgart said she's worried about having her John Hancock out in the open for anyone to see.

"I'm very concerned. I think this is ludicrous and preposterous that we have... After we're cautioned about this identity theft stuff and how to dispose of receipts," Baumgart said.

"We have drop boxes for those people that are concerned about their signature being on the outside. The vast majority of people understand that they use the USPS as a trusted courier," said Franklin County Auditor Matt Beaton.

Beaton said one reason they're not using the security flap is because it is actually cheaper to send out the thousands of ballots without it.