My wife and I applied online to the Suffolk County Board of Elections for absentee ballots, which we received in a timely fashion [“Absentee ballots roll in,” News, Nov. 7]. However, I am disappointed in the process of using these ballots.

The directions were to mail back the ballots by Election Day, and two envelopes were provided for each ballot. We were required to mark our ballots and place each in an inner envelope that was to be signed and sealed, and which was labeled with our names.

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Anyone who opened this first envelope would be free to read how we voted. Whatever happened to a secret ballot? All of this information ought to be on the outer envelope, so that when the ballot is actually unsealed, it is anonymous. This is essential in our democracy.

Further, each envelope contained a warning that extra postage might be required. Indeed, we had to add 21 cents in postage. I wonder whether any of our fellow voters were disenfranchised because of the missing 21 cents!

Michael Steuer, Smithtown