Who would have thought it? It’s happening! There are finally some leaders in the Democrat Party who are questioning the wisdom of this massive push for Mail-In Voting. For reasonable thinkers, there has NEVER been any question that the process of mailing ballots to voters, voters filling them out in total and accurately, and then returning them in the proper format and method would be a nightmare experience. Yet these sycophantic Trump-haters, to tip the scales of partisanship in their favor, discarded reason and opted to ignore planning and preparation and said, “Let’s just force it down the throats of Americans!” After initially singing the praises of voting by mail in the Nov. 3 elections, some Democratic Party leaders are reluctantly backing away from the idea as enthusiasm for that method of voting fades.
- Pennsylvania’s Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman blames Republicans for the declining interest in voting by mail, accusing them of exaggerating problems associated with sending ballots through the mail.
- President Trump has been incredibly vocal in his criticism of voting by mail, asserting that it’s not secure and that ballots often get misdirected or fail to be delivered.
- Some observers are concerned about whether a government agency, the U.S. Postal Service, long-criticized for its lack of efficiency, can handle an unprecedented onslaught of mail-in-ballots.
- Also, experts say voting-by-mail is fraught with problems. That method of voting gives wrongdoers more significant opportunities for fraud compared to in-person balloting.
The bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, found in 2005 that “absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud” and that “vote-buying schemes are far more difficult to detect when citizens vote by mail.”
Reports of widespread problems with voting by mail may be forcing Democrats to change their tune.
In the 2020 primaries, more than 550,000 mail-in and absentee ballots were disqualified, much more than four years ago. The problem is especially severe in some swing states. More than 23,000 mailed ballots were rejected in the presidential primaries in Wisconsin — more than Donald Trump’s margin of victory in that state in 2016. Deep-blue districts have had the same problem: New York City alone threw out more than 84,000 ballots this primary season. Now party officials, mostly Democrats, are reportedly worried that too many people will vote on Election Day and overwhelm the systems in place, leading to unsafe crowding in the pandemic era and long lines.
“I’m getting people saying, ‘Screw it. I don’t want to vote by mail anymore. I want to do it in person.’ That’s what [Republicans] want,” Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor Fetterman told The Intercept. “It’s truly diabolical. And I choose that word very deliberately. It’s diabolical. They know that you’ve got to bring everything: your ballot, the envelope, everything. If you don’t, you can’t vote. And most people don’t know that you can demand a provisional ballot. And if you do, that’s going to blow up the lines and create chaos.”
Quentin James, founder and president of the Collective PAC, told The New York Times that the GOP is trying to suppress voter turnout. “I’m concerned with Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s attempt to limit votes,” said James. “They’re afraid of the almost 5 million African-Americans who didn’t vote in 2016 coming out and voting.” His group reportedly intends to spend $7 million in large cities in battleground states to get out the black vote, focusing on in-person voting.
Interest in voting by mail has been sliding in recent months.
A Pew Research poll in springtime found “broad bipartisan support for voting by mail with almost 3 out of 4 Americans favoring universal access to absentee ballots,” according to NPR.
An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released September 18 found that among registered voters, 35 percent say they will vote by mail or absentee, down from 50 percent in May. Broken down by party affiliation, that’s 50 percent of Democrats, 25 percent of Republicans, and 32 percent of independents. These figures are lower than in May when 11 percent more Democrats said they would vote by mail or absentee. In May, the figures were 17 percent higher among Republicans, and 32 percent higher among Independents. In the poll, half of the voters specifically said they would vote in person on election day. The partisan breakdown is that 56 percent of Republicans said they would vote in person on Election Day, compared to 38 percent of Democrats and 3 percent from the “other” category. A Citizen Data poll from earlier the same month generated similar findings. Among all likely voters, 35 percent plan to vote by mail. Of those planning to vote in person, 34 percent plan to vote early in person, and 60 percent plan to vote in person on election day. The poll indicates Democrats are twice as likely to vote by mail as Republicans in the forthcoming election. Of Democrats, 61 percent intend to vote by mail, compared to 30 percent of Republicans.
Why the Rush for Mail-in Balloting?
We can only give suggested possibilities for answers to that question. But, at this point in the 2020 election process, the number of options is getting slimmer daily. Let’s “assume” a few of those possibilities:
- As given originally for the push for all mail-in voting, the motivation might be truthfully to protect voters and poll workers from the infection of COVID-19.
- The fear of COVID-19 will undoubtedly keep many from voting at all — many of those potential voters are elderly and will NOT risk COVID-infections in voting.
- Democrat Party voter registrations have dropped significantly, causing party leaders to push hard to find new voters quickly and “enhance” those voters’ abilities to vote, and not just to vote, but vote Democrats because “Democrats care more for average Americans than do Republicans.” That’s somewhat a “quid pro quo.”
- Last but certainly not least: As was discovered by the bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform, mail-in voting gives those who wish to “fix” elections far more opportunities to do so in mail-in voting than in-person or electronic voting.
Numbers one, two, and three, and four above, the first two seem to be the most benign suggestions for the sudden support of Democrats and the race to push mail-in for 2020. But it is becoming more evident daily that is NOT the purpose of Democrat Party leadership. Why? The single purpose for adjusting the way American voters cast their ballots should be based on only ONE thing: the guarantee voters every legal vote will count and NO vote cast illegally in any way will be counted.
That’s NOT the reason for these mail-in demands from Democrats.
How can I say that? Think about it: Democrat Party leaders and Democrats in Congress know that blowing up the current voting systems and replacing them with manual mail-in voting to achieve an honest objective is a massive undertaking. Any voting process for national elections must accommodate up to 200 million potential voters in any election! How could that be accomplished in less than one year?!
Number Four above is most likely the reason for this Mail-in voting demand.
Yes, that is opinion. But as soon as an expressed opinion is proven to be accurate, it automatically ceases to be a “conspiracy theory” or an “opinion.” To what does it morph? A Fact!
I’m not crazy about any U.S. leaders using (without any legal authority) a national system such as election voting itself as a partisan tool to alter the results of an election. Further, I am certain THIS election and what is at stake is considered by Democrats to be their last chance to intervene in this process to salvage their utopian dreams of some type of united government to serve globally instead of to serve America.
Their view that they can do this frightens me almost as much as the thought that they just might pull it off!