Mail-in voter scheme: Nearly 75% of Americans can vote by mail in the upcoming presidential election

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On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that nearly 75% of Americans, the most in U.S. history, are eligible to vote by mail in the upcoming November presidential election.

The Times’ analysis stated that if election turnout increases as predicted then an estimated 80 million mail ballots would be delivered to election offices this fall. This is more than DOUBLE the number of ballots that were returned four years ago. 

Currently, each state has some sort of mail voting. However, the COVID-19 pandemic that spread vigorously from coast to coast forced discussions about safety at polling places, which forced states to make mail voting more accessible to all residents. 

In face, this year 24, along with the District of Columbia have welcome mail ballots. In nine states and Washington, D.C., every registered voter will be mailed a ballot ahead of the election and voters in 33 states will be allowed to cast an absentee ballot without an excuse.

In eight states, every registered voted will be mailed an application to request an absentee ballot and in 25 states, voters will need to acquire an application for an absentee ballot themselves. In another eight states, voters still need an excuse beyond COVID-19 to vote absentee.

According to reports, states that are allowing residents to vote by mail saw a higher turnout during the caucuses and primaries; 31 states saw and increased compared to the 2016 elections. 

Over the last year and especially as COVID-19 reared its ugly head, the conversation regarding mail-voting has shifted into partisan politics. Many Democrats favor the process while many Republicans oppose it. 

As these conversations have continued throughout the summer months, Democrats have noted that a vote by mail process would be the right option in November as the coronavirus continues to spread and a vaccine not yet available. President Donald Trump strongly disagrees and he has been very vocal about it.

He has continuously criticized mail voting claiming that the system would compromise the election’s integrity. It should be noted that Trump has been a mail voter himself over the years as he is registered to vote out of Florida. 

Trump has questioned the safety and security of the process saying it could lead to grave problems, such as election fraud. He has accused Democrats of “meddling” and claims that voting by mail makes it easier for foreign actors to interfere with the election process.

On Monday, Republican National Committee Chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel said that Democrats are purposefully trying to create chaos ahead of the November election. She said:

“We need to have surety in our elections. Democrats are saying mass mail ballots, let’s not verify the voters, get rid of voter identification, get rid of signature verification, let’s have ballot harvesting, which has nothing to do with coronavirus. This is a huge problem.”

During an interview with Mark Levin, host of “Life, Liberty & Levin,” Attorney General William Barr also weighed in on issues with mail-in ballots. He said:

“The two ways we have been resolving disputes in our society and keeping the peace are discussion and voting and right now we’re a very divided country politically. Our elections have been very close. They can turn on one state, they can turn on just a few districts and people have to have confidence in the outcome or we’re going to have real problems in this country.”

Trump’s aides have started weighing ideas about executive actions the administration could take to curb mail-in voting. Trump did not keep these options secret as he tweeted about delaying the November 3rd election. 

He suggested that the election could be delayed due to mail-in ballot fraud. He said that the delays in mail-in ballots, including lost ballots could mean the election winner is not declared for weeks or even months after Election Day.  He said:

“You’re sending out hundreds of millions of universal mail-in ballots. Hundreds of millions. Where are they going? Who are they being sent to? It’s common sense. I want an election and a result much more than you. I think we’re doing very well. I don’t want to see a rigged election.”

Earlier in the month, a Fox News review found various issues with mail-in ballots in recent elections. Mark Dimondstein, the president of the American Postal Workers Union said that budget-related cutbacks have significantly slowed down mail delivery and that he is concerned about the impact it will have on mail-in ballots in November. He said:

“Anytime the mail slows down, it’s harder for the postal workers to serve the customers, whether it’s a mail ballot or anything else. So, again, we’re just absolutely opposed to any effort to slow down mail, to delay mail and that includes, obviously for the ballots as well.”

In contrast, the USPS has assured that the mail-in ballots would not be compromised. The agency wrote in a statement:

“The Postal Service is committed to delivering election mail in a timely manner. The Postal Service’s financial condition is not going to impact our ability to process and deliver election and political mail.”

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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today about mail-in voting and election fraud:

In this country, mail-in voting is supposed to be an accurate and acceptable way to vote. However, a recent experiment carried out by a local new station, had a very different result.

Although voting by mail seems as easy as mailing a letter, it might not be that simple. The timelines and protocols vary from state to state in regards to sending and receiving mail in ballots. According to CBSNews, in 2016, more than 73,000 out of 33 million mail-in ballots arrived too late to be counted. 

Give the national situation with the coronavirus, mail-in voting is expected to be the preferred form of voting this year. Given that, “CBS This Morning” created an experiment, sending out 100 mock ballots, simulating 100 voters in locations across Philadelphia. This experiment was designed to see how long one should allow themselves, to ensure their vote counts.

Tammy Patrick, a former Arizona election official told “CBS This Morning”:

“We’re gonna see somewhere between probably 80 and 100 million voters receiving their ballot that way,”

CBSNews explained their process:

For the experiment, a P.O. box was set up to represent a local election office. A few days after the initial ballots were mailed, 100 more were sent. 

The mock ballots used the same size envelope and same class of mail as real ballots, and even had mock votes folded in to approximate the weight. The biggest difference: real mail-in ballots have a logo that is meant to expedite them. “CBS This Morning” was unable to include those the trial.

When the P.O. box was checked a week after the initial ballots were mailed, most of them seemed to be missing. 

When asked about the missing ballots, a postal worker said: 

“I don’t see anything back there for you,” 

When pressed, the postal worker said:

“That’s all I have back there right now.”

After asking for a manager and explaining the situation, amazingly the ballots were found.

The postal worker said:

“They had them somewhere else,” 

In addition to mis-sorted mail, there was another problem- missing ballots. Out of the 100 votes that were mailed out, only 97 had arrived successfully to the post office. This means, that about 3% of voters did not have their votes counted, which could be a make or break percentage when it comes to voting. 

As the experiment continued, the second batch of ballots were counted four days after being mailed, and only about 21% had arrived at the post office. 

According to Postal Service recommendations:

“voters should mail their return ballots at least one week prior to the due date.”

However, nearly half of all states still allow voters to request ballots less than a week before the election.

According to Tammy Patrick, many states’ mail-in voting policies simply do not take the postal system into account, considering nearly half of all states still allow ballot requests less than a week before the election. 

Patrick explained:

“So states like Ohio, you can request your ballot on Saturday up until noon for Tuesday’s election,”

She went on to say:

“And that is the worst possible thing… you are setting up the voters with false expectations, and you’re setting them up to fail.”

Some Americans say they are hesitant to trust the U.S. Postal Service, despite pandemic concerns. 

When asked, mostly all who were interviewed said, they are worried or concerned about the efficiency of the US Mail system. 

According to CBSNews, after nearly 15,000 votes arrived late in Philadelphia’s June primary, Deeley, who helps oversee elections, said voters are right to be wary. 

She said:

“I can guarantee that I’m gonna get you your ballot, and if I get it back in time, it’s gonna be counted,” 

She continued:

“But I have no way of guaranteeing what happens in the postal service.”

The postmaster general declined “CBS This Morning’s” request for an interview, but in an emailed statement, the postal service said it was “committed to delivering election mail in a timely manner.”

You can read the US Postal Services full statement here.

More than 16 million mail-in ballots went missing between 2016 and 2018. Wonder why Democrats are pushing for mail-in voting?

Research shows that between the 2016 and 2018 elections, a healthy amount of mail-in ballots went missing in some way or another.

Over 16 million ballots to be precise, between the two election years.

When reviewing the 2018 midterm elections, approximately 42.4 million ballots were mailed out to registered voters. Out of all those mail-in ballots shot out to voters, about 1 million were “undeliverable,” over 430,000 were listed as “rejected,” and 10.5 million simply went missing.

Each and every time something like that transpires, it can be exploited.

Going back to the infamous 2016 election, roughly 41.6 million ballots were sent out to registered voters. In that instance, about 320,000 were “rejected,” over 568,000 mail-in ballots were described as “undeliverable,” and nearly 6 million ballots went missing overall.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation conducted the immense study pertaining to mail-in ballots, exposing the obvious flaws that exist on the smaller scale versus what’s being suggested by Democrats today.

J. Christian Adams, who serves as the president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, stated the following about the findings:

“These represent 16 million opportunities for someone to cheat. Absentee ballot fraud is the most common; the most expensive to investigate; and can never be reversed after an election. The status quo was already bad for mail balloting. The proposed emergency fix is worse.”

The logic presented by Adams is spot on. If the current system of mail-in ballots shows already creates easy exploits for voter fraud, expanding the system only expands the gaps and vulnerabilities.

Certain areas during the 2018 midterms were hit harder than other for missing ballots. For instance, various counties in California saw over 3 million missing ballots in 2018, with 1.4 million of those intended only for Los Angeles, California.

Also, Maricopa County, Arizona had over 400,000 missing ballots in 2018; as well as King County, Washington losing around 353,000 in 2018.

That a lot of room for fraud to occur.

We even have a recent example stemming from Wisconsin, where hundreds of absentee ballots simply went undelivered. Then, they were magically discovered after local voting deadlines had passed.

Republican Sen. Dan Feyen commented on the situation with missing absentee ballots in the state:

“I learned today that the (Wisconsin Elections Commission) received a call from a postal service worker informing them 3 large tubs of absentee ballots from Oshkosh and Appleton, were just located.”

Meagan Wolfe, an administrator for the WEC, said she was communicating with the U.S. Postal Service about what might have gone wrong. So far, she hasn’t gotten any suitable response to satisfy ongoing inquiries:

“We don’t have answers on that at this point.”

But sure, mail-in voting would be perfectly fine for the national election later this year.

When President Trump was recently pressed by CNN’s Jim Acosta to deliver proof that voter fraud was a thing, Trump hit him with some hard facts. 

It’s no secret that Jim Acosta of CNN continually inserts himself as a sparring partner for President Trump, usually in a very disrespectful, showboating sort of manner. 

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Recently, Jim Acosta called out the Trump administration and re-election campaign over statements made concerning mail-in ballots and how they would serve to perpetuate voter fraud. 

Acosta called the notion out as fake news.

Charlie Spiering of Brietbart reports that Acosta demanded (?) evidence of such voter fraud – and the Trump group appeared happy to oblige.

During a White House press briefing, Acosta insisted that “all the experts say voter fraud is rare.” He continued:

“You’ve been talking about voter fraud since the beginning of this administration and where is the evidence of it?” 

Trump replied:

“I think there’s a lot of evidence, but we’ll provide you with some, okay?”

Trump then referenced nine people charged in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas with “vote harvesting” mail-in ballots. 

Another reference included a person from New York who was stealing and submitting absentee ballots. 

A person is Pennsylvania was caught receiving at least 7 ballots in the mail at the same address.  The campaign also referenced a report by the Heritage Foundation that documented more than 1,000 proven cases of voter fraud. 

The campaign also told of an expert in the field who said that although voter fraud is rare, “the most common type of such fraud in the United States involves absentee ballots.”

Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement:

“Democrats and the mainstream media always scoff at claims of voter fraud, but then completely ignore evidence from across the country. The obvious reason is that Democrats are just fine with the possibility of voter fraud. And many in the media just see the world their way.”

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The Trump campaign also cited a Judicial Watch action to purge millions of ineligible voters from the rolls, and a joint project between President George W. Bush and former President Jimmy Carter that concluded mail-in ballots were “the largest source of voter fraud.”

A White House source told Breitbart News in a statement:

“Outside those in the establishment media who are more interested in attacking the President than the facts, there’s a clear consensus that universal mail-in voting would be vulnerable to fraud.”

Sound familiar? 

“Those in the establishment media who are more interested in attacking the President than the facts.” 

That fully describes CNN in general, and especially Jim Acosta.

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