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Is Mass Mail-in Voting About to Backfire on Democrats?

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When the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic came to America earlier this year, Democrats rushed to score political points and demanded elections be conducted through the mail instead of in person. They did this thinking it would be politically advantageous and productive in bolstering victory for their candidates.

When President Trump pointed out problems unprepared systems would have with an onslaught of untested, mass mail-in voting, Democrats doubled down in an effort to prove him wrong. The tech censors at Twitter slapped President Trump’s tweets about potential issues and warnings of fraud or incompetence with warning signs for “misinformation." Cable news anchors and White House reporters assured Americans the system would work.

It’s been six months since mass mail-in voting was first proposed. There is one month to go until the 2020 presidential election. This experiment has already been nothing short of a completely predictable disaster.

In New York, several delayed results from a Democratic primary served as a huge red flag.

“Election officials in New York City widely distributed mail-in ballots for the primary on June 23, which featured dozens of hard-fought races. The officials had hoped to make voting much easier, but they did not seem prepared for the response: more than 10 times the number of absentee ballots received in recent elections in the city,” the New York Times reported in August. “Now, nearly six weeks later, two closely watched congressional races remain undecided, and major delays in counting a deluge of 400,000 mail-in ballots and other problems are being cited as examples of the challenges facing the nation as it looks toward conducting the November general election during the pandemic."

In states across the country, households are receiving numerous ballots, with none of them addressed to the person who currently lives at the residence.

“A Washington, DC, friend had EIGHT ballots sent to her apartment. ZERO ballots were for the current resident,” Nathan Brand, who works at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, recently tweeted. 

The results have been so chaotic and unreliable, The New York Times Editorial Board is now calling for voters to cast their ballots in person.

“Any New Yorker who is able to do so ought to vote early and in person. The news this week that the city’s Board of Elections sent defective absentee ballots to nearly 100,000 voters makes this need clear,” they argue.

All along, this is what Republicans and President Trump have been encouraging Americans to do -- in local and national elections.

But considering Democrats are still voting by mail in droves, their votes are the most at risk. In the New York races, which adopted mass mail-in voting this year, 20 percent of ballots received were thrown out or disqualified due to human error. In states across the country, hundreds-of-thousands of votes via mail were rejected.

“More than 534,000 mail ballots were rejected during primaries across 23 states this year — nearly a quarter in key battlegrounds for the fall — illustrating how missed delivery deadlines, inadvertent mistakes and uneven enforcement of the rules could disenfranchise voters and affect the outcome of the presidential election,” the Washington Post reports. “The rates of rejection, which in some states exceeded those of other recent elections, could make a difference in the fall if the White House contest is decided by a close margin, as it was in 2016, when Donald Trump won Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by roughly 80,000 votes…This year, according to a tally by The Washington Post, election officials in those three states tossed out more than 60,480 ballots just during primaries.”

On the campaign trail, Democrats continue to tout a surge in mail-in voting requests while Republicans plan on voting in person. Ironically, Democrats have put their own votes in jeopardy in yet another failed attempt to prove President Trump wrong. It turns out he was right all along.


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