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Eric Holder Is Encouraging Dems to Pounce on the Coronavirus Crisis to Make a Drastic Structural Change

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President Barack Obama's Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel frequently said, "Never let a good crisis go to waste." Ever since it has become the Democrats' rallying cry and their mantra. Now, Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, wants Democrats to use the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic – or crisis, rather – to fundamentally transform America's elections. 

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“Coronavirus gives us an opportunity to revamp our electoral system so that it permanently becomes more inclusive and becomes easier for the American people to access,” Holder told TIME Magazine. "It would be foolhardy to take these pro-democracy measures off the table after we get on the other side of the virus. These are changes that we should make permanent because it will enhance our democracy."

According to Holder, absentee and mail-in ballots will be important this election cycle.

"There has to be a sea change in our thinking there. Allow people to access their primary American right by voting at home. It’s not as if this is an untried concept," he explained. "Oregon has been doing this for years. But we have to make sure that we’re being sensitive to the needs of poor communities and communities of color by doing things like having prepaid postage on envelopes. Construct a system so that you’ve got expanded in-person voting, you’ve got expanded at-home voting and expanded no-excuse absentee vote-at-home measures."

Prominent Democrats, like President Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have all pushed for mail-in ballots to become more widespread. 

The one thing we never hear about from these Democrats is about voter fraud. We don't hear about ballot harvesting. The issue with ballot harvesting, in itself, is it allows political operatives to collect and return ballots. There's no way to know if those operatives are actually turning in people's ballots or if they're magically "losing" the ballots of those who oppose their candidate or their cause.

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Then there's the issue of voter identification. Who's to say that the person who filled out the ballot is the registered voter? There's no one to double-check that information. No one has to produce any kind of identification. It's based entirely on the honor system.

But Democrats will never talk about those issues. You know why? Because they almost always favor their party. Why would they want to fix a broken system that favors their candidates and their causes? If anything, they want to bolster this broken system, not strengthen it.

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